Those of you who have been with me since 2015-16 know FedUpWithFatigue.com initially focused on fibromyalgia and ME/CFS (aka chronic fatigue syndrome) because those were my original conditions.
In 2016, I started covering Lyme disease, too, after I found out I have chronic Lyme disease, which is likely the underlying cause of my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms. At the time, I had planned to grow a Lyme community much like I’ve done here on Fed Up With Fatigue with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
However, the Lyme portion of my website never really took off because I didn’t take the time to promote Fed Up With Fatigue to my fellow Lyme warriors, and I rarely write articles that are exclusively about Lyme.
For some reason, I always felt uncomfortable sharing content that was only about Lyme disease because I knew it wasn’t relevant to the bulk of my readers who have fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue. And I’ve always felt that I am short changing my Lyme readers because I don’t offer you the same quality and quantity of content that my fibro readers enjoy.
As a result, the number of Fed Up With Fatigue readers who only have Lyme is very, very small. My last reader survey confirmed less than 1% of you have only Lyme disease. Another 6% of you have Lyme in conjunction with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue.
In contrast, the same survey revealed 95% of you have fibromyalgia, and around 1/3 of you live with both fibro and chronic fatigue.
Because there is so much imbalance in the numbers, I’ve made the decision to split Lyme off from Fed Up With Fatigue and will start a new website, LymeDiseaseNews.com, dedicated solely to covering Lyme and its associated conditions. My hope is to have the new website up and running by the end of this year.
In the meantime, I plan to rededicate FedUpWithFatigue.com to covering fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue exclusively with the bulk of the content focusing mainly on fibro.
For my Lyme only readers, please consider joining the waitlist for LymeDiseaseNews.com by filling out the form below. You’ll receive an email as soon as LymeDiseaseNews.com has launched.
The new site will have a similar format to this one, meaning it will focus on research, treatments and news relevant to the Lyme community, including weekly news posts and quarterly research updates.
I hope those of you who live with both Lyme and fibromyalgia will stick around here at Fed Up With Fatigue. By doing so, you’ll continue to receive my weekly emails like you always have; the only difference is I will no longer be including Lyme in my weekly news posts or referencing it as much in my other blog posts.
I will let my Fed Up With Fatigue readers know when LymeDiseaseNews.com goes live, so that you can also join the email list on that site if you wish.
I’m excited about this change because it means I will finally be able to focus on putting out great content for BOTH groups!
In closing, I just want to say how grateful I am to all of you. So many of you write to tell me how much you appreciate my work here at Fed Up With Fatigue but you guys will never know how much YOU help ME! You all give me purpose and a reason to get out of the bed every morning, and I am so very grateful for that.
Sending all of you gentle hugs and low pain days,