I’m glad you’ve found my little corner of this world. 🙂 My name is Cecilia and I live in Stockholm, Sweden together with my wonderful husband Mathias.
When we met in 1999 we lived in different corners of the world, me in Sweden and he in Denver, CO, USA. After 5 months of email, chatting and finally meeting each other for real in London, I moved to USA too. A year later (January 2000) we got engaged and in 2001 we got married. We spent almost 9 years in Denver and had a fantastic time but decided to move back in order to be closer to our family. In December of 2008 the big move across the Atlantic occurred.
Three months after our return to Sweden I started having problems with my joints. One after another got painful and swollen. Suddenly I found myself stuck to the apartment we lived in at the time. I spent most of my days in the sofa or in the bed and mostly felt miserable about my health condition. The doctor gave me a wheelchair in order to get out of the house and a referral to the rheumatologist. I consider myself quite lucky though as the hospital called me within 2 weeks after the referral and told me they had a cancellation and therefore a spot open for me in 4 days. It didn’t take long for them to give me a diagnosis… rheumatoid arthritis… I started my treatment and was able to return the wheelchair within one month after I had gotten it. Happy moment! 🙂
Nowadays I have occasional flares but overall my medications work and my RA is considered to be inactive by the rheumatologist. However, during 2015-2016 I’ve suffered through a lot of pain in my fingers and wrists which in turned caused more fatigue than usual and suddenly I found myself being on sick leave due to exhaustion syndrome. I’ve realized that I order to be able to enjoy both work and everyday life I need to prioritise my life differently from now on.
My goal with this blog is to have some type of accountability towards my health and to show both others and myself that it is possible to live life fully with a chronic illness. I want to show both the positive and the negative aspects during my journey in life towards a stronger and healthier Cecilia!
My new journey starts now…