The Battle for Erica

They did it, they FINALLY did it! After 14 months of horribleness, 9 different doctors, a bajillion tests and a ton of useless meds and a million hours spent googling symptoms and reading medical research, we FINALLY know what’s wrong with me!

FINALLY!

FIIIINALLYYYYY!

Did I say that too many times?😆

AAAH! I can’t help it, I’m so freakin relieved to FINALLY know why my body has been waging war on me this last year and a bit!

Downside? Treatment will make me worse, so I’ll be even less on social media than I have been lately and the next 3 months will be HELL. But… BUT!!! After 3 months I should FINALLY be better. FINALLY!

FINALLY!

So… 2022 better watch out as I’ll FINALLY be kicking some serious ass while ensuring I’ll never ever ever get any kind of sick ever again.

Okay I’m done with the finallys now. I think. Maybe.

Yes I am. Moving on to the mush (yes, I know, you’re all mostly interested in WHEN THE EFFING F I’ll get to the book 3 update, so I won’t ramble too long. Just a little. A teeny, tiny bit. Okay? Okay.)

I just wanted to take a moment and say a HUGE thanks to all my readers! Thank you all so much for your patience while I’ve battled my insides. Thank you for not rushing me or being demanding or angry or sending me hate mail! Instead, I’ve gotten SO many messages asking me how I’m doing, wishing me a quick recovery, and just sweet messages/posts/comments of support, and let me tell you, it’s been SO SO appreciated!

I mean, lying in a feral ball on the floor is no fun. Having the full alphabet’s worth of vitamin deficiencies because your body isn’t able to digest food properly anymore is pretty hellish (who knew all those vitamins were so very necessary to function? I mean, I knew anemia was bad, but who the hell knew a lack of B12 could be so dangerous or that missing A, E, and K vitamins could have so many consequences?). And the constant pain isn’t exactly a walk in the park either. But all the love and support from my readers has really lifted me up and helped me keep going. So…

THANK YOU ❤ ❤ You really are the very best readers a girl could ask for❤

(for those curious, my final diagnosis is at the bottom of this long, long, looong update).

The Writing and Scribbling and Floor Dwelling Notes

You’re all probably thinking the same thing: “But Erica, if you’ve been sick for that long and have spent most of your time curled up in a ball on the floor, when the DUCK will I get book 3???”

AAH I don’t know! Besides having a vague “book 3 should release in 2022” idea, I have no date! But even though most of my days have been hell, I have had good days too. But before we go into that, first let’s talk about the floor dwelling and the scribbles.

You probably didn’t know that I am a creature that gets bored so fast, if it were an Olympic sport I’d be a 10 times gold medallist. So of course, when I was stuck on the floor, unable to get to my desktop or use my laptop while curlballing it, I started taking notes. And more notes. And even more notes. Remember the spinoff? The one I shared the first scene of in my newsletter? Well, that was born in my notes. When I felt too sick to get off the floor but functional enough that my brain was still engaged, I would jot down scenes and ideas and plots, and then once a week (if I wasn’t floor-dwelling), I’d go on the computer and try to make sense of said notes. So… because of this, I’ve made decent progress on the first draft of this thing, which means after book 3 is released, you’ll have the spinoff probably within 6 months. YAY!

(did you yay? Or did you roll your eyes and go I don’t CARE about the freakin spin-off, I ONLY care about book 3 dammit! – AAAH okay, okay! Book 3 news below! But really, I’m 99% sure you’ll desperately want the spin-off when you know who it’ll feature)

Book 3

(finally, right? THIS, THIS is why you’re here, not to listen to my rambles or hear about the imminent spin-off. I can FEEL your impatience from here. Truly, I’m all goosebump-y and wide-eyed and—fine, fine, I’ll shut up and get to it).

So, book 3. I’ve made progress, but it’s slow. It’s very slow. I can’t edit on the floor, and having had so few computer days (and so few hours on the days I’ve managed to get on it) has really hampered my progress. Sure, I’ve done floor notes and stuff, but when the end result is not supposed to be a messy first draft but a polished last draft, it’s not super helpful. That being said, slow progress is still progress, and once I’m finally rid of these stomach invaders, I’ll be back to editing 12 hours a day until this thing is DONE!

Bright side of all this floor dwelling? I’ve had A LOT of time to think. And when I think, I plot. Not just new books (which I have TOO many of in my head) but sidestories. Hope and the guys have SO many hilarious little sidestories going on in my brain, and once book 3 is done, I’m planning on sitting down and writing a couple of them, just so that you won’t have to say goodbye to these characters when you’re done reading their books.

AND more bright sides… I’ve read a ton of craft books  and watched a ton of video courses on writing while I’ve been floor dwelling, which has made my first draft (what I have so far) of this spinoff a lot cleaner than my older first drafts. This means WAY less editing time in the future and faster releases! Unless I just jinxed myself, in which case… I TAKE IT BACK!

So yes. Thank you for coming to my ramble. If you made it all the way, you really do deserve a badge. I’m not sure if it should be a stalker badge, a super-reader badge, or just a “Birch Please” badge, but I’m going to make one, just see if I don’t!

End Note: For those curious about the diagnosis

Still here, huh? Either you’re as crazy about ramblings as I am, or your’re morbidly curious (have I ever mention that’s a flaw of mine?) Either way, here we go:

So apparently, I’ve gone and gotten myself a mix of things, and it all started with the mono I had in September last year (both the virus AND the meds I got for battling it damaged my stomach). Doctor thinks this (as well as my previously under-treated hashimotos) lead to the perfect environment for SIBO to develop (it didn’t help that I was misdiagnosed several times and put on medication that practically invites SIBO in), which in turn made Candida join the fun, which again lead to dysbiosis, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, enzyme issues (did you know the liver and gallbladder actually has digestive functions? Well, I didn’t!) as well as some other fun stomach conditions that I’m told should reverse once the SIBO and Candida has been eradicated. 

(The evil little things better die off fast!)

But something good did come out of this whole nightmare though… I got new meds for my hashimotos and AAAH everything changed! For the first time in 12 years, my brain isn’t struggling to see through fog, and it’s amazing! I may have cried. But just a little (no need to check the cameras left behind by a few of my more zealous readers, I’m telling the truth, dammit!)

So… All in all, I’m pretty sure 2022 will be my year. It kinda has to. The universe owes me😆 And once I’ve kicked SIBO and Candida and all the other asses, me and my newly freed brain will conquer all the plotting and writing and the mess Past Erica always so delightfully leaves me to edit.

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  1. I am SO glad you got answers and that you will be able to feel better again soon!! That’s amazing news! I definitely read the whole post and I’m just relieved that you have a good direction to go to feel better.

    I am SOOOOO here for the spinoff book, extra scenes, and book 3. I’ll take whatever I can get, whenever. Take care of yourself!

  2. I didn’t mind in the least that the list was long. I *love* your writing style. So glad to hear the drs have finally started to get you sorted! Don’t forget your daily shot of apple cider vinegar (not the grocery store kind)!

    1. I’m so happy you love my writing style!😍 And yes, it’s so nice to know what’s going on. FINALLY😆 I actually can’t do the vinegar cause I have some acid damage to my esophogus (no idea how to spell that😆) but I’ve gotten some HCL to try once I’m further along in my treatment❤️

  3. I have been going through something different medically but crap started in October 2019 so I get the frustration and being so grateful for an answer. I’m still working on getting mine but I’m so glad for you!Thank you for being so open. You are books are always worth the wait. I hope your health gets to a great place and stays there! I’m glad your mind is clearer it makes such a huge difference! Best wishes!

    1. Oh no, I’m so sorry you’ve been going through yours for so long! I really hope you get some answers soon too and feel better❤️ And thank you for the support and the comment and for enjoying my books!

  4. Wow. I had to Google SIBO and it sounds terrible! I can feel your relief that you will now be properly treated ❤️ 2022 will be a very good year! Take care of yourself and us readers will always be here to support you and your writing 🥰

    1. It is terrible, and so hard to get treatment for seeing as it’s such a new condition (almost no doctors in norway know how to treat it or even what it is!) And thank you so much, I’m so grateful to have such wonderful readers❤️

  5. I am so happy for you Erica!!! Finally you found out what it is and can start getting better!
    I definitely read through your whole post, and more than ever have the highest respect for you, to still keep working while suffering this much!! I cannot fathom what this time must have been for you, but for you to keep working and keeping your fans updated…. It shows your commitment and what an amazing person you are!
    I hope your recovery will be fast and not too hard on you! Take care Erica! We all can wait a little while longer, your health is much more important! 😍

    1. Aaah, Elea you’re making me all mushy! Thank you, and thank you so much for all the wonderful things you said about me! I’m so glad my long rambling update didn’t scare you away (you definitely earned a badge, haha!)

      It’s hard to know how much to share (and AAAH it feels very vulnerable to put so much out there), but you guys are so amazing and you never punish me for being open–rather you encourage me to continue. So thank you❤️❤️

  6. soooo happy you’re going to be feeling better soon. those illnesses sounded f#cking horrendous hun. fingers crossed for you that you’l be off the floor and enjoying life again very soon hun.

  7. I am so freakin’ happy they figured it out! I understand a bit of what you are going through (though my issue was only a fraction compared to yours) and it is so disheartening when no one can figure out what’s going on. I AM AMAZED at the things you’ve accomplished while dealing with this. I’m case you didn’t know, you’re awesome 😎

    1. AAH thank you so much Tanya, that means the world❤️ And I’m so sorry you’ve gone through stuff like this too, being sick is never fun, especially when it lasts longer than a week (really, maximum sick-period should NEVER exceed a week, that’s just wrong!) I hope you’re all better now❤️

  8. Ohh I want that badge !! Yayyy ☺️

    I can only speak for myself, but your honesty and openness really means a lot to me and makes me appreciate your books even more! But your blog posts and newsletters and social media posts are a gift on their own, seeing how you deal with pain and hardship and never give up and (at least in writing to us) never lose your sense of humor is truly an inspiration.

    Take care Erica, and 2022 better give you its very best, otherwise the whole army of birches will march up throwing blueberries!

    1. I’m so happy you feel that way❤️❤️ I have to admit I did lose my sense of humor a couple times during the last year, but luckily my sense of humor is twisted enough that I can never lose it for too long before it jumps back into my head and demands to be heard😆

  9. I’m so sorry! SIBO sounds absolutely horrible! I am glad you finally got a diagnosis though! Feel better!!

  10. When I got pregnant with my 3rd (and last) kiddo I spent almost 2 months in severe pain in my back. Got so bad I couldn’t roll over in bed or dress myself. It sucked! Doctors did all kinds of tests and couldn’t figure it out. It was just devastating every time they thought they figured it out and then that turned out to be wrong. One visit to an amazing chiropractor and he knew right away what the issue was. I’ve been seeing him monthly for 5 years now and will have to for the rest of my life. But it sure beats the pain and misery!

    1. I’m so glad you found out what was wrong! I injured my back about 10 years ago and had several years of really bad pain, but a chiropractor saved me too! I go 1-2 times a month and I could just cry with how much it helps!

  11. During my 3rd (and last) pregnancy I spent about 2 months with severe pain in my back. The doctors ran lots of tests and couldn’t figure out what was causing the issue. It was so bad I couldn’t roll over in bed or dress myself. It was absolutely miserable. Every time they thought they figured it out and then the tests proved them wrong. The mental and emotional toll was extremely difficult. My supervisor recommended a chiropractor and I was desperate for any help. The chiropractor took one look at me and knew exactly what was wrong! I’ve been going to him at least once a month for 5 years and will have to go for the rest of my life. But it is soooooo worth it! I’m very fortunate it wasn’t anything more serious and can be treated with a few pops and cracks instead of medication.

    You are seriously strong and always so upbeat in your communication with your readers. I’m so glad to be a part of your fandom.

  12. I am so glad they figured out what was wrong with you. As much as I am looking forward to book 3, I am even more happy that you will no longer be in pain. Take care of yourself, I’m pretty sure you can tell we aren’t going anywhere. 🙂

  13. I’m so glad you’ve finally got a diagnosis you can work to eradicate. My son had mono three years ago and had numerous trips to the ER and fever of *106 before they figured it out. I truly hope you have as swift a recovery, not because I more than love your writing, but because mystery illnesses are truly CRAP! Get well soon! Hugs!

    1. Mystery illnesses are SUCH crap! I’m sorry your son struggled with mono too. It can be really rough, but it’s so luck based. 80% of everyone in Norway gets mono as kids/teenagers and almost all of them get 0 complications. Just a few of us are the lucky chosen ones😆

  14. I am so glad to hear that they figured out what is wrong and that there are effective treatments. I am sorry that the treatments will make it worse before it gets better and that it will still take 3 more months for the treatments to get rid of everything.
    I am very glad to hear that your other issue has been treated with a better medication and given you a clearer mind… take your time to heal. It will make the coming years so much better if you don’t rush things and make a Full recovery to health.
    Thank you for the update. Hopefully by the end of January you feel like a whole new person.

  15. I’m so glad your on your way to getting better! That’s the most important thing!!! Thank you for keeping us updated on everything even though I know that has to seriously stressful!!! Get better and keep us posted on how your coming along with your healing!

    1. Of course I keep you guys updated, without you, my books would have flopped and I would probably have stopped writing. I love you all for being so amazing and supportive❤ ❤

  16. So glad you have a diagnosis and treatment plan!! I hope you’re 3 months of hell go by quickly for you or are slightly less hellish than anticipated. Good luck! Feel free to request cute animal pictures when you need a pick me up 🙂

    Excuse me while I go Google medical terms I’ve never heard of..

  17. Happy to hear they finally found out what is ailing you and you are on the mend, keep up the healing. Can’t wait to see what new Erica has to bring with book 3 and the spinoff.

  18. I’m not sure if I’m obsessed with you, your rambles, or knowing anything and everything about book 3 and therefore you since you are the queen of these books. Either way, I read to the very end and enjoyed every minute of it! I’m so glad you FINALLY (you can never say it too many times) have the proper diagnosis and I hope you the best for your recovery!

    1. YES! Love that you read the whole way (and that you don’t run away screaming from my rambles😆)! I’m so relieved too (FINALLY) and thank you for the well wishes❤

  19. You must be so relieved to finally have some answers! Wishing you all the best and sending all the positive and healing vibes your way! And some writing (and editing) vibes, can’t wait to read what you write next; even the blog/facebook posts and emails 💖💖

  20. You poor thing! SIBO is terrible and I’ve definitely been there and had it. (I have a stomach condition that makes SIBO relatively easy to develop so I have to be careful/watchful). And I know very well how long it takes doctors to make the right diagnoses in those cases too! Glad you finally got yours and can begin treatment. Thanks for the update and just like your books, I love your newsletters! SO talented with your words. Thanks for Lucien pic too!

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry you have to deal with recurring SIBO! I’m lucky, my doctors thing that mono, under-managed hashis, and antibiotics were my root cause so they don’t think I’ll relapse. I can’t imagine dealing with it on a frequent basis, I really hope you’ve been able to manage yours and don’t have many flare ups!
      And thank you, I’m so happy you love my newsletters❤

  21. I’m so sorry I hope you do feel better I have lupus so I understand hating your body sometimes and wanting to know how to fix it but not being able to do I hope it goes better from here on out

  22. you are a super woman, I become a crybaby when I have mild fever. sooo hope this IS your year. Get Well Soon. love you and love your books ❤️❤️👍😃.

    P.S. would love that badge also

  23. I’m also battle stomach problems. I just got diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I’m on Infusion meds I have to take now. So by the beginning of 2022 I should be doing better too. I hope u get to feeling better. I feel u on stomach problems. They suck ass. Definitely need the badge thing too lol.

    1. I’m sorry you’ve been sick, Chrons can be rough, but I have two friends who has it who both notice basically nothing these days as long as they stick to their meds and the diet that works for them and all that stuff. So I hope it will be the same for you, and that you get better really quickly!❤

  24. AHHHHHH I LITTERALLY LOVE YOUR WRITING SO MUCH. Erica you truly inspire me and I have so many dreams of becoming a writer just like you when I grow up. You are so talented and your writing style is so vivid and so beautiful and im totally OBSESSED. I love love LOVE all the characters in Hunted, especially Hope (which is the best feeling ever since i usually hate the main characters in books) but i feel so connected with every single person in your stories I feel like were besties in real life!!! I have reread ever single book and every single scene in the Hunted series more than I can count and I never get bored cause ITS LITTERALLY SO GOOD IM GONNA CRY. anyway, hope you feel better and CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK (like seriously im drooling at the thought of reading book three). bye

    AGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    ok bye

    1. THANK YOU FOR LOVING MY WRITING❤ And thank you for such an amazing comment❤❤ I’m SO happy you enjoyed my book so much and that you like my writing style and that you connected with Hope! I hope you’ll feel the same my next books too–even when the heroine’s are very different from Hope.
      I can’t wait for the next book either (but at the same time I’m SUPER nervous about how it’ll be received, AAAH!) So yeah. Thank you again❤❤

  25. Erica you’re amazing and I hope these next three months fly by fast so you can be back in good health. You worry me sometimes because you’re my favorite author. I think a superbitch badge would be awesome if buy one

    1. Aww thank you Katherine, and thank you for worrying about me–though I’m pretty sure I’ll be right as rain soon (also I have no idea why that’s a saying. How is rain right? AAAH)
      Badges are on my to do list for sure!!

  26. Girl you’re like a superhero for managing so much while dealing with all that! None of us are going anywhere so take care of you!

  27. Awe I’m so glad your Drs figured out what’s going on. I had really bad Lyme & Babesiosis neurological infections for a couple years. So I know how horrible the brain stuff can be. I’m sure with killing off Sibo & yeast it may cause a herxheimer reaction or herxing from the die off. Ugh Lyme treatments always made me so much worse before better. So hang in there & help your body detox as well as you can.

    1. Oh no, a friend of my mom had really bad lyme and it took her forever to get better. I’m hoping you’re all healed up by now, and yeah, the kill-off is the worst!

  28. I read Book 1 and Book 2 this week and immediately went looking for Book 3. After reading your update I must apologize for any annoyance I was feeling that I can’t read it yet. I hope your health improves quickly!

    About the books. A-maz-ing. It’s rare I find a book that makes me both laugh and tear up – many times. Your writing and your story are both so very good. I don’t usually enjoy shifter/fantasy/magic etc. but these people feel so real to me. Thanks for creating this universe.

    Get well soon!

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