I’m not sure how many readers were still following our story when we last posted several months ago. As I said in previous updates, both Robin and I had life events interfere with our ability to keep writing consistently. We want to explain why we have continued to be out of commission and our plan to resume telling our story.
What our readers last knew was that my mother-in-law, Peaches, for whom I was caring, died in August 2014. While it is true that my husband and I have been focused on grieving and adjusting to our new lives without Peaches, who we loved dearly, this is actually not the reason for my inability to keep blogging consistently.
I have been struggling with an unexpected medical condition that would be frustrating for anyone, but as a writer it is especially upsetting. Typing, for me, has become very painful. I seem to have developed a repetitive stress injury…tendonitis…in my elbow, which is aggravated specifically by writing or typing. I am currently scheduled to begin physical therapy in order to address this issue. I very much hope to be able to soon get back to writing consistently, without pain.
Robin continues to be very stable, and will also soon be working to resume the telling of our story. She made a job change last summer, and then realized for many reasons she needed to return to her previous job. The details of her job transitions are relevant to her ongoing stability and will be told as we finish telling the rest of our story.
I have received feedback from some of our more trusted readers that our story has become redundant, and too wordy. Both are true. What we have written so far will ultimately be revised and cut back, as the book we eventually hope to publish is getting too long. We will be working to conclude the story of Robin’s meltdown year in shorter, hopefully more frequent posts, as soon as possible.
We have re-thought the plan for Part Two of our book. While we originally thought we would outline six steps to overcoming severe mental illness which could be applied to anyone dealing with these issues, we have realized we need to stay focused on what happened specifically for Robin. Her story remains an extraordinary example of transformation from complete despair, to a fulfilling life of stability and meaning. Simply telling the details of Robin’s journey will be informative…to readers suffering from their own symptoms of mental illness, to psychotherapists who treat clients with mental illness, and to family members of people struggling with bipolar disorder or other issues.
Blogging, for many people, happens in a vacuum. We bloggers put ourselves out to the universe of readers, with no idea how those readers feel about what we are writing. As Robin and I struggle to get back on track with the telling of our story, we ask that anyone who is still interested in reading it please comment about, or “like” this update, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be helpful for us to know how large our audience is at this point. And, as always, we welcome all feedback, constructive or otherwise.
Please bear with us, and stay tuned…we will be back soon.