Why do I blog? Why do I write? And why do I want to share some very personal emotional details about my illness?
I have decided to try my best to take part if WEGO Health’s National Blog Post Month. This is the first day.
Why I write about my health. . .
I write to receive–hope, joy, endurance. I write to give–the source of that hope, joy, and endurance.
The joy of writing is that as you share, you can bless. As you process, you discover.
Why do I write about my illness online?
Because I have a voice, and writing forces me to find it. When I reveal it, others say I have given their scattered thoughts a voice. When I know others will read it, I avoid shortcuts and dig deeper. Here is why I write about my illness.
I write about my health to understand. . .
To recall, remember, consider. To cope, grieve, anticipate. Writing prevents me from relying on surface emotions, but demands I look behind the curtain of real pain.
To get a grip, face it, defraud it, admonish it, beat it, keep it. Writing obligates me to tackle the ugly feelings, the bitterness, the frustrations and find the significance of the pain.
I write about my health to hope. . .
To imagine, dream, rediscover, refocus. To believe in God’s plan, conceive His plan. Writing allows me to risk logic, and feel the what ifs instead of the wishes through the pain.
I write about my health to pray. . .
To surrender, seek, trust, endure, fill the empties, listen when I would rather speak, to confess. To give God the glory and share of His forgiveness. Writing gives me a slice of comprehension of who God is in me, despite the pain.
I write about my health to encourage. . .
To relieve others of isolation, to inspire, give courage, nourish, validate the sorrows, assure the emotions of “the normals” of illness. Writing supplies me with a purpose, a proposal to grow, an outlet to share my lessons learned the hard way, to accompany one on the journey.