Hi everyone! It’s been a hectic week, and I’ve been recovering from the flu. So Chronic Coffee Chat got pushed into a night owl kind of post. Hey, with enough coffee, you’ll still probably be awake right now! Today we’re having a really cool chat: we’re talking to the founder of Chronic Illness Bloggers. CIB connects chronically ill bloggers with other bloggers and with brands, and is a great resource for any chronically ill blogger looking to grow their blog. Julie puts a ton of hard work into CIB, but still manages to have her own blog! I mean, #bloggergoals, right? Without further ado, let’s meet her.
My name is Julie Ryan, I’m 41 years old. I almost said 40 – still not used to crossing that threshold, nor am I happy about it. My primary diagnoses are Fibromyalgia, Endometriosis, Migraines, and hypothyroid. I have the Fibro largely under control with diet (gluten-free for the win). Lately, it’s the endo that is killing me. Migraines alternate between chronic and acute, and I’m not sure which is worse. It seems when they come less often they are much more painful.
Outside of blogging, my primary hobby is poker – online or in person. Whenever I stop to think about my hobbies I think – “I really need more active hobbies.” I do workout some, mostly using Just Dance on the Wii.
I’m all over the place on social media. You can find me at drunkitty2000 on Twitter and Pinterest, and as CountingMySpoons on Facebook and Instagram.