Using My Ebay Store To Raise AS Awareness

   I've been neglecting to update everyone on my eBay journey. It has become one of the greatest joys of my life. That probably sounds crazy, but I receive so much pleasure running my own store.

   If you've followed my blog you know I had to leave my prior job due to my Ankylosing Spondylitis. I was unable to work on a set schedule. With AS you can't make solid plans because some days you are in pain, experience overwhelming fatigue, or have unrelenting stiffness. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability. 

   I decided to try opening an eBay store in early 2019. This seemed like the perfect job for me, I can work when I'm feeling well enough. I'm thrilled to say it's been over a year since my store, Bamboo Spine Gal, opened and it is going great. I love providing quality new & pre-owned items to consumers. I've had such great interactions with my customers. I'm very proud to say I've earned top-rated seller performance level. I pride myself on fast shipping and even sell and ship globally. Recently I shipped to France, Germany, & Canada. I'm blessed, my husband and son help me on days I need assistance. They drive my shipments to the post office if I don't feel well enough to leave the house. Also, my dear husband has become quite the treasure finder. As of today, I have over 250 items listed in my store and it is growing all the time. 

   I decided when I opened my store I wanted to use it as a platform to raise awareness for AS. I picked my store name to raise the question, "What is Bamboo Spine?" I always include a handwritten note of thanks with "Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness" and a light blue awareness sticker in every package. I hope this will help inspire people to research our disease. Maybe it could help someone find their diagnosis. If it helps just one person it would all be worth it. I remember my frustrating years of searching for an answer to what was going on with my body.

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