That’s All Folks

that's all!Well, that’s me, wrapping up the blog.

I’ve been writing since just after my diagnosis, through the legal case at work and throughout coming to terms with MS and all it entails.

Without your support and feedback, this blog would not have happened.  A huge thank you to you all for reading and commenting.

What a journey! We had fun. We laughed and cried. The Teenager grew up (and then some).

All that is left to say is Thank You. XXX

61 thoughts on “That’s All Folks

  1. Tony Cardis says:

    Enjoyed them all, take care and best food forward xx

  2. Tony Cardis says:

    Foot not food bloody MS let me have my fingers back 🙂

  3. Sue Johnson says:

    No thank you! I so looked forward to receiving your blogs – will miss them as they always struck a chord. Long may your energy last and take care……

  4. Denise Mellows says:

    Aw what a shame and, selfishly, I’ve only just found you a few weeks ago too… 🙁 but I can quite understand how it might be getting a little bit too much my love, what with working and The Teenager and everything else there is to do….

    I’ll definitely miss you – I’ve forwarded on a few of your blogs to my closest non-MS friends with a “See? This is what it’s like” when I couldn’t find the words to describe how I felt myself.

    You take care and if ever you change your mind I’m sure there will be a few of us who will look forward to partaking of your musings again….

    All the best
    Denise M

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Hi Denise,
      Such a lovely comment!!
      I blame work, to be honest (pesky boss). He actually thinks I should be doing some work rather than being on Twitter all day.
      But seriously, it has been an absolute blast and I have enjoyed every minute.

  5. Carol says:

    Noooooo 🙁 I love your blog, there have been so many times I’ve totally related to things you’ve said. You will be missed x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you so much Carol!
      I may just re-invent myself as a DIY fanatic who just happens to have MS. Watch this space!!! But seriously, I am feeling really, really sad now. Amazing how much blogging has become a big part of my life. X

  6. Sally says:

    Thanks for all the entertaining posts. All the best for your future ventures and wishing you continued good(ish) health and energy.

  7. Angela D says:

    Oh no! I love your blog and will really miss it….like having a friend with MS, someone who actually understands. I guess as readers, we’re hardly holding up our end of the friendship bargain though!
    Anyway, just wanted to wish you well and let you know how you’ve really helped me and so many others laugh about this stupid disease (you were recommended in the Tysabri infusion room as ‘a really positive blog, unlike all the others’!!)
    Take care and do let us know if you start writing again, you have real talent!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks Angela!
      So chuffed to hear I’ve been recommended – makes me feel on top of the world! And thank you for the lovely compliments! Maybe I should re-invent myself in a new blog form – Post- MS Diagnosis?!

  8. Julie says:

    Oh no! I feel so sad saying goodbye to you and your blog. I will miss seeing Stumbling’ in my inbox.
    Hang on to my email address in case you start another blog.
    Thank you for sharing your journey so far, I wish you and the Teenager much love and happiness for the future.
    Julie xxxx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Of course I’ve got your email. I’ll still be around, lurking in dark corners with The Teenager, lol! And thank you for the kind wishes. It’s a whole new journey for us…

  9. Jan says:

    I don’t think I’ve missed a single post of yours, B. Will definitely miss your wit and candour, but wish you happiness and success with whatever follows – and hope we can keep in touch …

    Take care.

    Lots of Love,

    Jan x

  10. Suzy says:

    Work’s a bitch! Fully understand why it’s not possible to continue (for now!) but wish you all the best. And don’t let that pesky MS get you down … 🙂 Suzy x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      It sure is! I’ve got a lot less time on my hands now that I am no longer at home so much. Plus I love the blog far too much to just let it drift. Much better to have a start and end point. It’s a section of this weird and wonderful journey!

  11. Jill says:

    I am so delighted for you that you feel now is the right time to move on but I am sad too – I will miss your writing – you write well, did you know ;)?
    I wish you and your Teenager all you could wish for yourselves and so much more.
    Take care and thank you – you’ve been wonderful.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you so much!! It does seem to be the right time to finish. It’s been such an emotional journey and everyone I have met along the way through the blog has been fantastic. I’ve explored a lot of my feelings and adjustments to life with MS and now it’s on to the next stage. Just wish I knew what it was!

  12. Samantha Thompson says:

    I am so glad I found you last year because you have helped me more than you know.
    May your energy continue, your words certainly will in my head and heart.

    Thank you 🙂

    Sam xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you Sam! And I hope you’re slowly becoming adjusted to life with MS. It’s not easy but thank goodness there’s so much support and we know we’re not alone.
      Stay in touch!

  13. Danni says:

    I love ur blog I check everyday it makes me smile ive even shown my family. I hope all goes well for you. Good luck. You will be missed xxx

  14. Lorna says:

    Good luck. I’ve loved your blog and completely relate to what you write (and you write so well) but I think I understand why its time to move on.

    Live your life.

    I wish you and the teenager the very best x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks Lorna
      Yup, I always felt I would know when the time was right. It’s going to be hard after blogging since October 2012 but it’s time to start a new chapter. Someone asked me if I would keep the blog online and I definitely will.

  15. Barbara says:

    Oh no. My favorite blog. I can only say that you will be missed and I would look forward to your return someday. (I’m 72, so don’t be long.)
    I wish you and your son all the best in a bright future.

  16. I’ll miss yor articles, always made the day much fluffier and lighter.

    Good luck with your new ventures and keep in touch with us lot

    x Patrick

  17. Angela says:

    Oh no ….. I really enjoy your blog. Can reality to lots that you have talked about. I shall miss you 🙁 xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Going to miss you guys too! Without your support I don’t know where I would have ended up! You all helped me get from a pretty dark place to a much better one.

  18. Tricia says:

    NO, don’t do it, we need you,you have help me/us so much, it’s only been your words, that have helped me though this first year. Please rethink this over, so many of us need your words. If it is goodbye, then THANKYOU, our love to you both.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Aw thank you! Who knows, after a while I may relaunch a slightly different blog. I’m just going to see where life takes me over the next few months and put some plans in place.
      Watch this space!!

  19. Ellen says:

    I don’t comment often, but read every post you write. I’m going to really miss your wonderful writing! I do hope you continue to write in one form or another–you have an enormous talent for it. Seriously. Your voice as a writer and chronicler of life under the shadow of MS has definitely has stood out from the crowd. I’ll really miss your blog, but wish you well for the future.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks Ellen!
      Funnily enough, I woke up in the wee small hours thinking that maybe when I start dating again I should relaunch a slightly new blog. The next step and all that! This part of the journey is over for now. Feel really emotional but I just didn’t want the blog to stumble along I guess…

  20. Karen Schlotter says:

    It’s been a pleasure reading your blog. You’ve made me laugh, cry, and most of all, think! Thanks so much for sharing your journey with me, I will miss you! Good luck and good health. xoxo Karen

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you Karen!
      Strange times. It’s been on my mind for the last couple of months and now work has taken over it seems a good time to leave for now. Not easy though. The blog has become such a huge part of my life!

  21. stargzrblog says:

    Nooooooooo! This month is now officially the worst one ever. How will I survive without getting my regular Stumbling fix? I was so happy when I first stumbled across your blog, which now seems like a long time ago. Your witty tales have brought so many smiles and laughter. Thank you for sharing at least this small portion of your journey with us, through your incredibly-talented writing. (And if you change your mind and decide to let us tag along with you a bit longer, we won’t mind at all!) godspeed!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Such a lovely comment!!
      I’ve had a strange sleep and reading through all the comments has brought a lump to my throat.
      I don’t think I could give up writing forever. Maybe I just need some time out to reflect? It did seem like a sudden decision but a while back I blogged about the same thing. I always want to write my best and with work so manic I just wouldn’t do it justice. Gah. So confused now!!!!

  22. Heidie says:

    Hi a big thank you to you & I am so very sad that your blog has come to an end. I will miss all that you shared & found it so very helpful in many ways but mostly for cheering my day & making me realise I was not alone :). Surely a book must be your next plan? Take care & good health x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you! A book would be great, lol.
      Someone just emailed me to say they understand this section is over but I should really consider relaunching down the line as my life takes a new direction. Not a bad idea perhaps. I just knew the blog had to come to an end as it was a whole story in itself and I didn’t want to get to the point where I was repeating myself!
      Time to regroup and work out where I’m going. Got no idea……

  23. jend says:

    Found your site very recently in last couple of weeks and I swear you were readin ing my mind , thoughts and fears at times ! Also have Teenager so have laughed A LOT out loud reading your blog on the bus going to work . For me ( diagnosed 2 yrs ago at 39) you have been more help, made more sense than any MS Dr or Nurse I’ve met . Thank you – that doesn’t even begin to express how much your blog has meant . Good luck and take care xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thanks so much Jenny!
      Just told The Teenager about the blog. He’s not a happy bunny. He loves me writing about him. He suggested I do a Dr Who and regenerate. Whatever that means, lol.

  24. John says:

    Just to say that as a grumpy old git who has had MS for over 25 years and having only found your blog recently I will really miss your regular posts. It has been a breath of fresh air and for the first time it has been a real story of someone tackling everyday problems realistically. One gets fed up with stories of MS sufferers who miraculously become wing walkers or run marathons. I wish you both all the very best. Keep smiling (and swearing loudly when occasion demands it – I certainly do)

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you!
      I know what you mean – kind of get fed up hearing about superhuman MS peeps lol.
      I’ve had a blast writing the blog, life is just getting more complicated now and I can’t devote enough time to it. Have had an awfully sad day. It feels like some kind of bereavement!!

  25. OH NO!!! nonononononono! Can we change your mind?? Your blog, as you surely know, was a huge favorite and one of the first I read when I began blogging. You write in such a way that it’s super easy to connect with you (I mean that in the least creepy way possible).

    Even though I’m frequently MIA these days and haven’t looked at blogs in AGES, I feel as if I’m losing a friend. Totes sad. 🙁

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Aw Cranky!!! Just seemed the right time. Son is beside himself bless him. He is definitely urging me to relaunch in a few months and has offered to write lots of guest posts. Hmmm. What would he say??
      I just think that period of adjustment in my life is over now. Time to freshen up and decided what I will do now. Been amazing to have had the support since 2012. I loved every minute!!
      I am off to have a little cry with the cat…

  26. Honeysuckle says:

    Hi SIF,

    All of the above and then some!

    You’ve been such fun to read and absorb and along with the rest of man/womankind, you’ve made a real difference to the way in which I manage this thing. Thanks a million.

    All the very best to you and the Teenager.


    • stumbling in flats says:

      thank you so much Honeysuckle!
      It’s been some journey. I’ve been thinking a lot about it today, how much I will miss blogging. But I didn’t want to get to the point where I ended up repeating myself!
      I can’t tell you how much support I have had through this blog. I really don’t think I would have got through this initial MS stage without everyone who became part of my blogging family.

  27. Archie says:

    Not the end of the story already, surely? Yearly updates maybe? Take care. I have learnt plenty x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Funnily enough, The Teenager said that. Plus he has offered to make short films complete with soundtrack (he’s obsessed with DIDA in school – whatever that is, lol). Could be, um, interesting….

  28. Liz says:

    Lived with MS since 2003; though a little older than you;
    very much relate to your experiences; and yours has been the only blog I subscribe to – an hole in my inbox now
    Good luck and keep laughing

  29. Stephen T says:

    Really sad to see the blog coming to an end but I’m sure that as long as it’s online it’ll continue to inspire, inform and amuse anyone trying to get their head around MS. It’s a fantastic achievement – well done and good luck, Stumbling, from all at the MS Trust!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you!
      I will definitely be keeping it online. Thank you all too for your incredible support throughout the last three years. And especially my gorgeous custom-made MS Trust flat shoes!

  30. 🙁 🙁

    just please don’t take it down, your posts where/are great and it was good finding a blog written by a person with MS that was about daily “normal” things that were happening, not doom and gloom all the time and thought your posts were well written

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you!
      I thought it was really important to show that life still goes on. I also read a lot of blogs that left me feeling depressed and I wanted a bit of relief from that!
      Getting used to not blogging all the time. Very odd.

  31. Linda says:

    Nooo! I just recently found you. You really spoke to me. It’s as though you’ve bugged my house…or maybe my MS brain. You will be missed. Wishing you all the best…take care.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      That’s so kind of you! I may just be back in some shape or form and am still on Twitter!
      My son is starting a one-man campaign group to keep me writing about him, bless him.

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