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Thank You for Year Three

Dear Friends,

Three years have passed since we have started this journey of sharing stories together. It has been quite the rollercoaster compared to year one and year two. Thanks for sticking around and sharing your stories alongside mine.

This past year I have shared about my journey through postpartum depression, some stories about parenting, and about my diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When I started this blog three years ago, my hope was it would be a place to share invitations to play that I did at home with my daughter. It has turned out to be quite the opposite. While I share our more playful stories on Facebook, this blog has really been a place to come to you as I am and share my real life experiences with you. Thanks for hanging out with my family. Your support has kept me going, especially on days when emotional lows occur, or when I’m experiencing a physical flare-up.

My greatest joy was sharing the book launch with you. Friends, we launched a book together! Thank you for sharing about Chasing Light, and for helping to get the story get into the hands of those who need it most. This blog will continue to be a safe space to talk about pregnancy loss. No matter how many years pass, a mother will never forget about the children she holds only with her heart. I’ll continue to walk that grief journey until I’m on the other side of eternity.

Thanks for being a part of this community. Here are some of my favourite moments we have shared on Facebook this past year:

The time I realized my slurpee addiction may or may not have passed onto my little boo.
The time you supported me through my first injection.
The time my husband took a razor to my head.
That time you all liked my scandalous naked internet photo.
The time my family of six was captured in one photo 
The time my hubby and I texted about what we were up to with the girls.

I rarely look at my blog stats. Perhaps only a few times of year when I’m wondering how a vulnerable piece was received. These are your favourite posts form this past year:
5) Five Things I Learned From My Five-Year-Old
4) Gift of Spoons
3) What is Postpartum Depression Like?
2) Battling Chronic Illness
1) Diagnosis: Ankylosing Spondylitis

I look forward to sharing more stories with you and wish I was able to write more often. AS is so unpredictable. What I am able to do one day, I may not be able to do the next. Since starting the injections, my fatigue has been much worse. It’s a little easier to post to Facebook and Instagram as I can do that from bed while battling a flare or the fatigue. Thanks for your continued support!

With love and light,
stefanie_sig2x

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