Today's post covers two areas: how far and wide a blog can reach and an update on CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome). They are not necessarily connected but since I wanted to say something about each I figured I'd just use one post.
First - the breadth of a blog. When I began my blog in September of 2010 I had no idea of the extent to which it would reach. Since that time people have logged on to one or another of my blogs over 950 times but the places the blog has reached has truly astounded me.
It is humbling to know that my words have reached four continents and over a dozen countries. The blog has been read not only in the U.S. and Canada but has reached as far as China, South Korea and the Philippines. It has also been seen in Germany, the U.K, Italy, Israel, Zimbabwe, and Russia among others. I hope that the readers have found something of either interest or help in the thoughts that I have shared. I welcome all of those readers into my "family" and hope they will continue their interest in my blog.
Second - one of my earliest blogs had to do with CMT (September 22, 2010). CMT is a degenerative neurological muscular disorder affecting over 150,000 persons in the U.S. and many beyond its borders. One of those who lives with this disorder is my younger daughter. It is a disorder that is not always diagnosed (in fact it took almost twelve years before someone diagnosed my daughter as having CMT). There is currently a drive on to have September named as CMT Awareness Month in the U.S. Last year they had a week dedicated to awareness and the national CMT association wants to expand this so that more can be learned about the disorder and further research can be done to hopefully find medications that will assist the afflicted and God willing an eventual cure. My early blog is still receiving attention - only today someone logged on to learn more about CMT.
For a more thorough discussion of CMT and to see how one person lives with it and tries to maintain a positive attitude in life, I highly recommend my daughter's blog - Grace Lines. It can accessed by going to: atticusmom1.blogspot.com. My daughter has been living with the effects of this disorder for almost the past 27 years yet she continues to amaze us with her upbeat spirit and wonderful sense of humor (so evident in the various posts she has made to her blog). Give it a read; I invite my readers from all those far-flung places in the world to read her work.
If you have been blessed with good health, remember those who daily struggle with all forms of diseases and disorders both mental and physical. And perhaps in September (and even any other time) you may think of those dealing with CMT and offer a prayer for them. God bless.