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A Personal + Blog Update

Hey guys! This is an important update regarding American Girl Doll News's operations for the next few months.


Over the last eight years, I have struggled with my mental health. This has only intensified since Covid and as I have grown up, and to address my mental health symptoms, I have decided to seek intensive treatment for six weeks starting tomorrow. This means that I will not be personally posting most of the days for six weeks (until the middle of October), as I am only allowed a limited amount of computer time and need that computer time for my college classes and career.


However, AGDN will still be active during that time thanks to my family and scheduled posts! Here is the rundown of how the blog will be active, and how specific releases will be affected, most notably Lila's release:

  • I have given my sister Sierra a rundown of all the important release dates from now until the middle of October, and whenever there's a release or news comes up, she will post it for me.

  • Back in December, before I even knew I was going to treatment, I already scheduled the posts for every doll's birthday, so birthday posts will be regular, and I also scheduled posts for every show of the American Girl Live in Concert tour, which will also begin when I'm in treatment. My show will not be affected by treatment since it's scheduled for after I return.

  • Like I announced yesterday, there will not be another Doll of the Month until November.

  • I was holding out hope that Lila's release would be after I get out, but unfortunately I'm scheduled to be out of treatment the week after she comes out, and she'll release before I'm back. However, my mom will be going to the Charlotte store for me to take pictures, Sierra will cover the reveal and press releases- but who knows? Since it's a Saturday, I might be able to cover the release (minus going to the store, of course) if I get my schoolwork done... and I might have a surprise around then, too ;)

Thank you so much for always supporting this blog. January will mark a decade since I began American Girl Doll News, and I still love both my dolls and this blog. While I am prioritizing my mental health throughout these six weeks, I am hopeful that once I'm back, I will be feeling a lot better and be able to enjoy the things that I love, including my dolls and this blog, with more joy than what it has been in the past!


Enjoy Lila's release for me, and I can't wait to return!


See you in October!


-Sydney



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Laslo Keller
Laslo Keller
Oct 25, 2023

Unfortunately, mental health problems are now very common. I have a friend who is now severely depressed. Due to being depressed, his other illnesses have worsened, including his male health ailments, so he is being treated with gainswave therapy. I myself sometimes have strong stresses and it is not so easy to cope with them, so I understand you perfectly.

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Jane Liao
Jane Liao
Sep 10, 2023

So proud of you Sydney, for your decision to put your well-being first, take the time that you need, and not being afraid to talk about it transparently. Been following your blog since 2017 and have enjoyed reading it throughout the years, it's awesome the dedication you've put into it. Hope you get well soon.

-Charlie

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Sar Majere
Sar Majere
Sep 05, 2023

I think it’s awesome that you’re making the decision to take care of yourself. That is really brave and it takes a lot of courage, both to do this, and to be so open with us. We will be here when you return, and can enjoy AG’s holiday items together!

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Good morning 🌞💐, Sydney 👋🏾. I just saw this post and commend you for sharing your story. I'm 39 and have literally been a Pleasant Company/American Girl fan for almost 30 years. I deal with depression and anxiety and my youngest child deals with ADHD. You are doing a great and courageous thing by seeking therapy while working, going to school, and working on your blog! You are AMAZING!!!

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moonstar8
moonstar8
Sep 04, 2023

You're an amazing person Sydney, keep up the good work!


Debora

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