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 Cathy of The Life and Adventures of CateePoo.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
When I think about who I am, my first thought always goes to my family. I am a proud momma to an 18-year daughter and 20-year-old son as well as a happy wife. I teach adult education part-time. The everyday simple things of life make me smile – my kids in a deep conversation, my husband home at the end of the day, my dog doing her crazy dog things, text messages with my sister, birds chirping, sunshine, and much more. I also have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis since 2004.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called The Life and Adventures of CateePoo. I write mostly about my journey with rheumatoid arthritis. I have experimented with both natural and conventional medicine and have found a happy place with an integration of the two. I have more good days than bad these days and want to share that life can continue on happily despite a chronic illness.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started my blog in 2008 when I was really struggling with my RA pain. I felt tired of complaining/crying about my pain to family and friends but needed a place to put all my thoughts. At the time, I didn’t know where my blog would go and wrote about numerous topics. I now keep it pretty much focused on RA.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post weekly, but it all depends on what’s going on in life. As a mom, wife, and teacher, I have to prioritize my time. Lately, I’ve been trying to write several posts and schedule them out. (It seems like all my ideas come at once.) This has helped a lot in posting regularly.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Definitely. On some of my worst days, reading a comment on my blog made that moment okay. Plus, I have met amazing friends and had advocacy opportunities to travel.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
When I was diagnosed in 2008, there weren’t many of us around. I searched to find someone who wasn’t experiencing constant pain with RA. Also, I needed support in my journey with natural remedies as well as conventional and found very few resources. We each have a unique way of handling our illness and with each new blogger sharing their experience, we come closer to finding a match for each person searching. It doesn’t matter if you have a huge following or a small one, we each contribute to making someone else’s journey easier.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Let other bloggers know you appreciate what they are sharing- leave comments
2. Respect the ideas of other bloggers. They may have ideas different than yours, but they still need support.
3. Remember your blog and illness are only one part of who you are. Don’t forget to nourish your other needs.