It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 10 years since I was diagnosed with RA and started this blog. Wow.

This blog has introduced me to some amazing people, opened doors to participate in ways I could not have imagined, and made my life more fulfilling than I could have asked.

The landscape has changed a lot since I started Carla’s Corner. When I was diagnosed, I had a hard time finding patient stories. Now, thanks in large part to social media, there are bloggers and podcasters and Instagrammers and all kinds of patients making their voices heard in ways that didn’t even exist 10 years ago. These incredible people demonstrate first-hand that you can not only survive, but thrive with this disease.

So, after a decade of doing this, I think it’s time I took some time to think about where this blog and I, as an advocate, are going to go. I’m going to take off a few weeks — 10 to be exact — between now and the end of August. It’s a great time. I’ve got a lot of traveling to do the next couple of months (including a terrific trip that includes having Sticky Toffee Pudding with my UK chum and fellow blogger, Pollyanna Penguin). I have a few articles in the queue with that will no doubt filter through during this time and if major things happen, I might climb on my soapbox yet again. But I didn’t want you to worry about my going quiet.

We all need time to take a deep breath, count to 10, and look back before we look forward again.

While I’m away, I hope your life is good (and that you miss me). Thanks for checking in for the last 10 years. See you in August.