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It's About Time! Announcing the HealingWell Blog

It has been a long time coming, especially since blogging has been around for over 10 years now. Well, I'm late to the party, but that doesn't mean we can't still have fun, right!  I've been looking forward to blogging for a long time, but due to life circumstances (such as staying healthy with chronic illness, raising four small children, working two jobs, serving in my church, and supporting my wife in graduate school) I wasn't sure I'd have the time or the commitment necessary. Over time, though, I've come to the conclusion that those are just excuses. Life never really does slow down does it? My life certainly hasn't. I've found it increasingly impossible to confine my thoughts and ideas to 140 characters that a simple tweet would allow. As they say in baseball, it's time to step up to the plate and swing for the fences.

I am by no means an expert on health or healing.  I do have a chronic illness and I know something about it from a patient's perspective, having lived with it for almost two decades.  But that doesn't make me an expert.  Sometimes people give me too much credit for the community and all the wonderful resources on  It's really not me. I am just one of many that contribute their time and energy.  It's true, I built the site and have spent years programming and re-programming the web site.  And I have spend countless hours worrying about server issues, rapid member growth, making enough revenue to keep the site going, and keeping moderators happy. I do tweet little bits of wisdom on Twitter and Facebook now and then.

A word of caution, this blog is going to be a work in progress.  I don't have the whole vision thing figured out yet. What will the blog focus on? Will it be therapeutic? Probably for me, I don't know about you. Informative? Possibly, but not as much as I'd like it to be. Insightful? I don't value my talents as a writer that much. Lengthy? I hope not! Collaborative? I'd love to see others contribute blog posts here too, I'm sure we have some great bloggers on HealingWell. I know I learn more by looking at things from another person's point of view. I think the blog is really going to be what you and I make of it. I will be looking to your comments for as much guidance and feedback as possible. So let's get the party started!

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