Exciting News.... Long Overdo Update

WOW! So much has happened since I last posted.

I apologize for disappearing for such a long time. Life happens and I guess we all let things fall by the wayside, but I promise to try to update more regularly.

First, I want to let everyone know my most exciting news.....
I talked about opening an Ebay store in some of my last posts. I'm happy to tell you I've been selling on Ebay since March 2019. I'm not at a point where I can say it's helping our finances, but that's because I've been reinvesting my earnings into the business itself. It takes a lot of time and effort, much more than I realized. However, I'm enjoying the journey. I'm constantly learning about brands and what sells best on the Ebay platform. Yes, I have made many mistakes and bought things I should've left behind. I'm still a newbie and expect it'll always be a challenge to keep up with the latest trends and sell thru rates. I'm not pushing myself to expand too quickly. I photograph and list items on days I'm not hurting. On days I feel the ole AS monster is fighting me, I simply rest. This has turned into a happy way of life for me. I'll delve into a bit more detail about my business in an upcoming post.

Secondly. I want to tell you about how I'm using my Ebay store to 
raise Ankylosing Spondylitis awareness.....
While trying to decide on a name for my Ebay store, I asked my husband for ideas. He told me I should make a list of what is important to me. I began writing a list of what is important to me. Of course, my family tops that list but my health effects every aspect of what we do daily. I never know if I'll be able to drive, fix a family meal, get my son ready for school, etc. Then it dawned on me, my Ebay store had to help raise awareness for ankylosing spondylitis. I mean the whole reason I had to leave my last job was due to AS. I was opening my own e-store because I had to fight AS and help support my family. I began thinking of names for my store that would ring bells for other ankylosing spondylitis warriors. After a few possibilities, I settled on Bamboo Spine Gal. That to me spoke volumes, I have a spine that looks like bamboo. In sharing the name of my store with others it provides an opening to talk about AS. I can share facts, educate others, and maybe that will help our community.

Thirdly, I was so excited about raising awareness for AS....
I was thinking since my items are being shipped all over the world, why not include an awareness token. That's how I came to find light blue awareness key chains, pens, pencils, stickers, etc. I always include one of these tokens in each package I ship. Due to these items not being labeled for ankylosing spondylitis, I include a hand written thank you card, on which I write about AS awareness. I have had some really good feedback about these small gifts. I've also been contacted by other AS sufferers who thank me for spreading awareness.

Lastly, if you've read this far in my ramblings, I leave you with this thought,,,
I am not famous. I am a nobody. I live in a small town. I am a mom and wife.
I have the desire to see advancement in treatment for this unrelenting disease I fight daily. I challenge each of you that read this to do something to help raise awareness. It doesn't have to be big. Wear a AS awareness t-shirt, place a bumper sticker on your vehicle about AS, write a blog, the possibilities are only limited by our imaginations!

#fightingmybodydaily #ankylosingspondylitis