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 Sally of TheGallopingGrandma.com.

Sally1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I was 70 this year and although I have previously published a book some years ago, I have been coping with my Rheumatoid Arthritis ever since. It has meant me having a new hip, a new knee and titanium implants in both feet – all of which take a lot of getting over with my non-existent immune system! Anyway, putting that all behind me I decided to learn to paint and start a blog… and being 70 seemed a good time to start!

2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My Blog is called thegallopinggrandma.com on WordPress and it tells of how my husband worked abroad in the Oil business, getting home less and less and how I needed to travel in order to see him where he was working – all over the world.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
During my travels, I had to accommodate my RA, arthritis, etc. and had a lot of interesting and amusing experiences. I try to put life into being a positive experience and not dwell on the chronic pain etc. Laughter is a great cure-all, even if only for a little time!

4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post once a week. It takes me a while to type with bad arthritis in my fingers and hands and RA in my wrists. Although I could once-upon-a-time touch type, the keys seem to keep moving and it’s not so easy now!

5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Yes, I do, it has got me writing again and I now realize just how much I had missed doing it.

6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
There is a great need to be positive in outlook. It’s great to find out that there are other people out there coping in their own special ways with pain, etc. Also, they come up with some great suggestions on coping with chronic illness that I am putting to good use!

7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Try to be positive and not moan too much. I think most of us with chronic illness know only too well what the added extras are!

2. If you have a tip that works for you, share it with us.

3. Show us examples of what hobbies you have taken up (such as painting) that take your mind off your illness. For example, I love to cook (sitting down!) and examples of different cooking implements which you find helpful would be helpful to us out here ! Put the emphasis on what you CAN achieve, not what you cannot.

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