Renee Writes

Writing While Sick

I included this infographic to raise awareness about autoimmune diseases. Many people go years before being diagnosed, so it's good to know the symptoms.


Note: I included this infographic to raise awareness about autoimmune diseases. Many people go years before being diagnosed, so it’s good to know the symptoms.

I have been quite sick for the last couple of months, between a reoccurring flu, bronchitis an symptoms stemming from Hashimoto’s. So I wanted to share how I’ve been coping with that and still managing to keep writing, even though I haven’t come close to keeping to my writing goals.

For a while, I was getting stressed out because I wanted to be so much further along at this point than I am. I should have Episode 17 of my Shadow Stalker serial being edited, the short story I was working on should have been submitted to Crimson Edge (which isn’t going to happen now), and I should have been editing the manuscript of the first book in my new series, A God’s Deception.

As it is, I’m still trying to finish Episode 16, and it was due out today. I haven’t even started Episode 17. The short story is on hold now until I can get caught up with my Shadow Stalker episodes. I’m planning to release it as a bonus to my newsletter subscribers since I’m too late for submission in the anthology. And aside from some basic series planning, I haven’t even started my novel.

Then I realized, as long as I’m moving forward, it doesn’t matter if I’m meeting goals. I have medical and other real life issues that sometimes get in the way of my writing. It can’t be avoided, so there’s no use feeling bad or punishing myself when I can’t meet deadlines. All that does is make it worse and cause me to not want to bother trying at all.

So instead, I’m focusing on just doing something every day until I’m feeling better. Even if all I write is one sentence, it’s still more than I had yesterday, and eventually it will get done. These “bad times” don’t last forever, and when I’m well I write like a fiend, so that definitely makes up for it.

Are you a writer who suffers with an autoimmune disease? I’d love to hear about how you get through the rough times.

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  1. 8 June, 2016    

    So sorry to hear you are so ill, Renee. Be brave and do what you can when you can. I had 3 or 4 weeks in April/May when I had sciatica. That doesn’t sound so bad, but it’s the worst pain I’ve ever experienced and I could do nothing at all, so I sympathise with you.
    What is the treatment for this disease? It must be horrid wanting to meet deadlines and being unable to do so physically.
    Know that I am thinking of you. Even though we’ve never met in the flesh, I think of you as a friend, so keep your pecker up as we say here in the UK.

    • 12 June, 2016    

      Thanks Viv. I’ve had sciatica issues, so I know what you mean. The only treatment for Hashimoto’s is hormone replacement therapy, but it doesn’t work for everyone. I’m one of those lucky ones it doesn’t work well for. So I’ve had to go as far as altering my diet (absolutely no gluten and some other foods I can’t have now) and that’s helped as well, but it doesn’t always stop the flair ups. Once this passes I’ll feel well again, but until then I’m just taking things a day at a time. Thanks so much for your kind words and support. I think of you as a friend as well and I’ve really enjoyed the blog tours we’ve done together. I’m hoping to plan another soon! 😀

  2. 7 June, 2016    

    I don’t have an autoimmune disease but there has been times when my back has gone out, leaving me unable to do anything other than cry. I’ve also had times when depression wouldn’t let me do much of anything. If these things happen, I try not to be hard on myself and do what little I can. I think it’s easy to forget that readers are people, as well, and that they’ll understand if their favorite author is ill and unable to provide for the moment.

    • 7 June, 2016    

      Hi Suzanna! Thanks for taking the time to respond. I’m sorry to hear about your back. I get a lot of joint pain, which leaves me wanting to just curl up in bed and cry some days, so I know what that’s like. I’ve set some goals for myself for this year and not being on track really upset me at first, but like you said, it’s pointless to be hard on myself. All I can do is what I can, when I can. That’s why I like to let my readers know what’s going on with me though. If they know I’m not well, then they won’t think I’ve just dropped off the face of the earth. Good luck with your writing and thanks again! 🙂

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