Today I’m starting this blog to talk about my life with chronic illnesses. It is my hope that it will start a conversation between many people who are in the chronic illness family.
To begin, I’ll tell you what illnesses I have…. more information will come out as we go along I’m sure, and I plan to post a page with definitions for each of these.
- Meniere’s Disease
- Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction
- Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV)
- Cluster Headaches
- New Daily persistent Headache (NDPH)
- Fructose Malabsorption
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Bipolar I
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Chronic Hip Pain – left hip replaced in 2015 due to Avascular Necrosis
- Degenerative Arthritis in my neck
- who knows what else I seem to get a new diagnosis every year of so….. LOL
Now you might ask, why Dizzy Chick says, “What?” The dizzy come from vertigo and constant disequilibrium, and the “What?” is because I’m deaf with cochlear implants. I’m often saying, “What? I don’t understand. I can’t hear you. I need to see your mouth when you talk…”
I live with vertigo attacks that come without warning, and very often, due to Meniere’s Disease, MAV, and from getting cochlear implants.
I lost my hearing because of Meniere’s disease. It started to go slowly in one ear, then when my Meniere’s went bilateral the hearing loss sped up greatly. I went bilateral in 2009. In 2012 I received my first cochlear implant, in 2013 I received my second.
I’m not knew to the blogging world, if you come here and feel you are seeing the same story somewhere else, you might be seeing my other blog, Picnic with Ants. I started this blog because I have certain people following me on my other blog that I don’t feel I comfortable knowing everything about me. Here I plan to tell it all.
Welcome, I hope you will keep me company on my journey.