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 Lisa of Pain, Love, Hope.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 45-year-old suffering from Degenerative Disc Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I recently started my blog, Pain, Love, Hope, and finding out how therapeutic it is for me to write about life with chronic pain. I’m a Law enforcement officer’s wife of 12 years. We have two beautiful children; Maddie who is 13 and autistic and my son, Ethan who is 9. I love all things crafty, DIY, and self-help! I own my own business of refurnishing furniture. I stay as busy as possible to not dwell on pain!
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Pain, love, hope is about finding your “new life” even if you are suffering from chronic pain. I want people to know that even though you are in pain, there is still love and hope that you can find in everything you do.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started about 4 months ago but have been doing daily posts for around 3 months. I needed a platform where I could write about how my pain feels daily, but also show how I have other things in life besides pain.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post every day with the exception of Saturdays. I wanted a schedule so that my readers can count on me to be there for them.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
I feel it’s a great way to let out emotions, good or bad. It also helps others to feel less isolated; it’s like you are talking to them and my writing gives them a sense of hope. I know I look forward to blogging every day and learning something new too!
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
Chronic illness is so large in the United States now. There are people being diagnosed daily and they need places to turn to. When I was first diagnosed, I felt so alone and depressed. I don’t want others to feel that way and if there are millions of blogs that’s more places for people to turn to.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Be consistent with writing.
2. Care about what you are writing about.
3. Find others that you can talk to about blogging.