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A New Normal

For months I have been trying to put into words what I have been dealing grappling – often struggling – with for over a year now. I vaguely referenced what I’ve been dealing with in an April post. I couldn’t write more then. I still can’t.

I will share that I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder in June. I am not handling it well.

I wish being diagnosed with a life-altering medical diagnosis was the only thing I was wading through. It’s not.

Each day my depression and anxiety fight for which one gets to be in the driver’s seat. Trauma rides shotgun.

So, why am I sharing this with a bunch of readers on a local news site?

Because though depression, anxiety, and trauma may currently be in charge of the radio, hope remains secured safely in the trunk.

Today is World Mental Health Day. What have you done to benefit your mental health?

In an effort to put my mental health first, I am permitting myself to reduce the amount and what the Auburn Examiner publishes.

I am the primary writer and researcher for the Auburn Examiner. I am also the only editor. I handle all aspects of owning and managing the Auburn Examiner. I do not get paid to run the Auburn Examiner.

The other members of the Auburn Examiner all have full-time jobs and/or are students.

Why am I telling you this? Because I can not sustain the level of work I was doing if I want a future for the Auburn Examiner. I want a future for the Auburn Examiner.

With that, at this time, we will publish a minimum of twice a week. There will likely be delays in our coverage of events and incidents.

We will strive to provide as-it-happens updates and information for serious incidents. We will do our best to provide updates on stories we publish and serious incidents we provide coverage of.

If we have not or do not cover an incident, event, or individual, there was no motive or specific reason behind the decision. I apologize if you were looking for coverage or we missed something. It will happen again, so please accept my apologies for future absences of coverage.

There are several stories that research has been done for, but the article hasn’t yet been written, and articles written and not yet edited. I am extremely grateful to those who are involved with this content for their patience and understanding.

Thank you for your continued support of the Auburn Examiner as we/I go through this adjustment period to the new normal.  The AE you know and love will be back to our regularly scheduled programming, I’m just not going to rush it or myself.

Take care of yourself. Don’t forget to stretch. Drink your water. Remember to breathe. Don’t Doomscroll. Unclench your jaw. Check on your friends. Take care of each other.

-EM

4 Comments

  1. Lynn Pietila Lynn Pietila October 11, 2021

    Hello Elizabeth,
    It was good to read about you, the person behind the Auburn Examiner. I wanted to send my best wishes to you regarding your health, and thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with your readers.
    I hope in the near future I may be able to help in some way.
    Lynn P.

  2. FR Valenzuela FR Valenzuela October 11, 2021

    EM, may your health and well-being be restored in a speedy fashion. You are appreciated and brave!
    Thank you for sharing.
    FRV

  3. Ronda Carrera Ronda Carrera October 21, 2021

    I started in on your article tonight thinking it was about one thing but quicklyI realized that it’s MUCH more than that! What I just read was truth: bravely & brutally told I might add. Your heartfelt message from “the woman behind the press” left me feeling a certain kinda way…. That said, please accept my deepest condolences for your health issue THATS changing the you you currently know- along with a plethora of other things not spoken about. Im happy to hear that you’re loving yourself enough to recognize those things that are just not worth killing your self over even though your dedication is commendable, so is your ability to prioritize your life in a manner that says your worthy and proactively taking the necessary steps to ensure your health but the health of a publication that I for one have read for years and appreciate, I just didn’t realize how much till your article. If I can be of any help please reach out- the worst I could say would be no- and Im pretty sure you can handle no or two! Lol. God bless you and yours Elizabeth!

    Ronda Carrera

  4. Ronda Carrera Ronda Carrera October 21, 2021

    I started in on your article tonight thinking it was about one thing but quicklyI realized that it’s MUCH more than that! What I just read was truth: bravely & brutally told I might add. Your heartfelt message from “the woman behind the press” left me feeling a certain kinda way…. That said, please accept my deepest condolences for your health issue THATS changing the you you currently know- along with a plethora of other things not spoken about. Im happy to hear that you’re loving yourself enough to recognize those things that are just not worth killing your self over even though your dedication is commendable, so is your ability to prioritize your life in a manner that says your worthy and proactively taking the necessary steps to ensure your health but the health of a publication that I for one have read for years and appreciate, I just didn’t realize how much till your article. If I can be of any help please reach out- the worst I could say would be no- and Im pretty sure you can handle no or two! Lol. God bless you and yours Elizabeth!

    RC

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