Each week we are highlighting a different Chronic Illness Bloggers’ member as our ‘Blogger of the Week‘. As well as getting to know each other better, we hope that you enjoy this series and that you find the interviews with each member to be insightful and helpful.
This week our blogger of the week is Jaime of I Told You I Was Sick.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness. My journey began in 2002 when a naturopathic physician diagnosed my lifelong mystery symptoms as gluten intolerance. Since then,I have been on a mission to validate and support those who live with chronic illness and are not taken seriously. When I’m not glued to my laptop, you can find me reading, watching Netflix, having lunch with a friend, or taking a hike in the woods.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called ‘I Told You I Was Sick‘ because I spent the first 22 years of my life trying to get anybody to believe there was something legitimately wrong with my health. From birth, I struggled with chronic stomach pain, muscle pain, weakness, anxiety, chronic infections, unexplained itching, and emotional instability. In 2010, I planned to write a book with the same title, but then I decided it would be better to have a blog. This way, I can connect with and help more people. ‘I Told You I Was Sick’ is a declaration. It’s meant to validate the very real experience those with chronic illness endure, both physically and emotionally.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in 2010 because I had a very important message to share with the world: You are not alone, you are not crazy, and there is hope.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post once a week on a Monday. Working on my blog at the end of the week gives me time to gather my thoughts, write them down, and present them in a creative way.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Absolutely! I’ve had some great writing opportunities and have met some incredible people.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
I think it’s important to blog about chronic illness because it spreads much-needed awareness. It’s also an excellent way to keep track of emotions, symptoms, and treatments. Plus, it’s a way to make a real connection, which may be the most important reason of all.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?