I got sick suddenly in June 2007 with what I like to call my Mystery Illness, and I continue to undergo testing as numerous specialists and my internist try to figure out what's wrong with me.
Until this happened, I was a stay-at-home mom with a 2.5-year-old daughter who had only been left with a babysitter a handful of times. Once I got sick, Ellie had to go into full-time daycare, leaving home at 6:30 a.m. and not coming home until 5 p.m.
In my pre-Mom days, I was a reporter at The Associated Press in a variety of bureaus around the country: Charleston, W.Va.; Yakima, Wash.; Seattle, Wash.; and Portland, OR. I left the AP on maternity leave in November 2004 expecting to return in six months or so, but ended up loving mommyhood too much to go back to work.
My illness has caused many changes for my family and me, but I'm blessed with a supportive and loving husband, Scott, and the Best Kid On Earth.