I am obviously not thrilled about the circumstances that led to my recent posts about my non-existent sex life. However, I was pretty excited to get an email this afternoon letting me know that BlogHer had decided to publish this post on their Love & Sex page and feature it on their homepage today. It just seems like more confirmation that "sex and arthritis" (or even "sex and chronic illness") is a topic that resonates with people, but really doesn't get enough coverage. In addition to interest from BlogHer, I've also gotten a great response from my readers, both in public comments and in private emails to me. And while it really wasn't easy to put my intimate life out there on the interwebs, I'm so very glad that I did. I know now that I'm not the only one out there dealing with this issue.
And while I feel very supported knowing that I am not alone, all this interest in my small contribution to the discussion also makes me feel extremely frustrated that there isn't more positive, uplifting, and useful advice out there for us. This is a very draining problem to have and one that is very complicated to overcome - why isn't it easier to find resources to help?
Although I am obviously not an expert on the subject (seeing as I am still in the middle of figuring it out myself) I have been doing a lot of research on the issue. I'm working on getting my findings out there to try to fill the massive void of information and support. I actually published three articles about sex on Answers.com in the month of June (Arthritis & Intimacy; How To Talk To Your Doctor About Sex; and Talking To Your Partner About Sex) and I have several more on the topic planned for July.
It isn't a lot, but it is a start. And that's something, isn't it?