(photo of me, 2006)

I started the blog Retired Waif, three years ago.  It was largely a blog about pregnancy intersecting with chronic illness, but ended up being as much about my efforts to deal with finishing college, disability advocacy, and where my life was going.  I made some really wonderful friends and discovered some extremely inspiring people.

And then I had to walk away from it, in order to focus, work and graduate.  I always intended to come back, but that didn’t happen.  I thought for a long time that I’d start a whole new blog, but this is where it started, and this is where it will coninue.  

So, hi.  I hope you’re still here.


7 Responses to “About”

  1. Megh Says:

    I knew when I saw your siggy on MDC (the real reason your house is a disaster) that I had to read your blog.

    you’re awesome

    and a little terrifying.

  2. cornpicker Says:

    great blog! I clicked on your link on MDC. I’m happy to hear you are going for homebirth with MS. The Nat’l MS Society website, while well-meaning, has pretty limited birth stories, so it is nice to see a woman taking another path. Best of luck to you.

  3. Greg Says:

    You have been blogger tagged! Just learned about this, but here it goes. It’s just another way to get like minded folk reading each others blogs. Here’s the rules to blogger tag:

    1. Let others know who tagged you.

    2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.

    3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.

    4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.

    You’re it!

    Greg http://www.pittrehabcounselor.com

  4. mcewen Says:

    Found you via Kristina Chew.
    Best wishes

  5. Ana Says:

    You had a homebirth while having MS ??!! YOU ROCK! My sister has MS and has to also deal with the steroids junk. She wanted a 2nd child but due to economics & the MS she never did, so I’m doubly impressed with your 2nd pregnancy.
    Just found your blog from an MDC link. Fascinating that you’re both Budhist & Catholic, I’m catholic and intrigued by budhism.

  6. Justthatgirl Says:


    I found your blog! I was upset to see MDC down again this weekend. I was enjoying our conversation. I’m adding you to my myspace page. Talk with you again soon.

    ~ Carrie

  7. mrspaula Says:

    Hala & Son:
    Really great news! Congratulations! Did you have a mid wife? Did you water birth? How did this happen so neatly? I am so pleased, it feels as if one of my own did this…

    I am reading Hermione Lee’s bio of Virginia Woolf and getting ready for the new semester to begin at the end of August. I can feel myself beginning to rev up for the work.

    Enough from me for now—stay well, be well, be blessed!

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