I started writing about my health because I wanted to log how my health was improving. It was after a couple of surgeries, and I was ready to start exercising, eating better, and making some grand changes in my life, but I still wanted to keep up with my symptoms and start talking to others who had some of the conditions I did to find out how they dealt with them. I knew not all of my conditions were going away, I just didn’t understand how much they could take over your life. (for a list of my conditions, please see the page above, titled “My Ants”)
Soon my health started getting worse, and my writing became more important to me. Reaching out to others became more important. Finding out all I could about my illnesses was very important, I had to know what was going on, and I needed to share what I found with others. I felt alone, and I needed to make sure others didn’t have to feel the same. If they could find me, then they didn’t have to feel alone any more….a grand idea I know, not everyone will click with me, but they may read something here and think…”Yes, I feel that too.” I soon found out way too many people did feel the same. One of the ways we no longer feel alone is through our blogs, and our online communities.
Now there are many reasons I write about my health –
- to get to know others who are in the same or similar situation I’m in.
- to get more information out there about my illnesses
- to let people know they aren’t alone, and so I won’t feel so alone
- to promote more knowledge about my conditions, especially Meniere’s and Intracranial Hypertension (most people don’t know much about those.)
- to put a face on invisible illnesses
- to make it easier for people to talk about having a chronic illness
- to learn ways manage my illnesses easier. (for instance, using aids for assistance, like my walker or hearing aids….)
- because I love myself, and writing makes it easier for me to accept my illness, and to constantly adapt to new expectations.
- and one huge reason I write about my illness – so I won’t drive my husband crazy constantly telling him every little detail over and over and over!