Hello and welcome to Jelly-like Joints! 🙂 I’m a girl who struggles with overly flexible joints (technically called joint hypermobility) because my body doesn’t make my connective tissue correctly. At the time I originally posted this “About” page (the summer of 2015), I was 22 years old. I started college when I was 18. A year and a half later, I became so sick I had to go home to try to get a diagnosis and figure out how to treat my growing list of symptoms. In fact, this is what I spent the last five years doing because hypermobility is a rare condition and most doctors don’t know how to treat it. I’ve learned many tips for living with hypermobility that I’d like to share in this blog. I also want to increase awareness of hypermobility and help explain this condition to my friends and family, as well as the friends and family of other hypermobile people.
I’m very excited about being able to help others through this blog, but I don’t want to be known only as “that girl who blogs about being sick,” so I’ve chosen to blog under the screen name Clare. I’ve had two other screen names in the past for this blog – “The Bookish Crafter” and “The Phoenix” – which reflected my love of books and crafts, and my desire to keep my chronic illness from getting me down. Ultimately, I decided communicating through blogging and YouTube is less awkward with a “people name,” so I’m hoping to stick with Clare.
In the spring of 2017, I decided to expand my blog to cover books and crafting in addition to chronic illness since focusing on only my illness made me feel like I was professionally ill, which is not a good feeling. I also wanted other people who are newly diagnosed to see that there would still be more to their lives beyond medications and doctor’s appointments.
And finally, if you’re wondering what I’m like as a person – I love science. I’m the person in chemistry lab who is perfectly happy to do the things that require the most precision, and sit there tweaking them until they are precise enough. I also love reading thought-provoking books like Lord of the Rings. My favorite sport is classical ballet, and I’m really happy I got to take 5 years of lessons in it starting in middle school. In high school I had friends who liked to get together for English Country Dancing, which is the type of dancing they do in the movie Pride and Prejudice. I also enjoy cooking and crafts, though lately those have been harder to do (if not impossible).
Anyway, welcome to my blog! I hope you find it helpful! 🙂
P.S. I do struggle with blurred vision and often get migraines when I try to read/write so please forgive any imperfections in my writing. If you do find a typo/something else confusing feel free to tell me about it politely in the comments below that post.