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 The Hope Health Healing.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
In 2010, I had a broken wrist that healed badly. It set off a series of events in my life that could have been nothing short of life-altering. Think about not being able to use your dominant hand for nearly a year. Frozen shoulder. Tons of OT and PT (3-5 days a week). And then it triggered Rheumatoid Arthritis. Everything I knew about life changed.
I was on a pharmacy of meds, feeling miserable. My faith was challenged, I was depressed, discouraged, and becoming hopeless. Thanks to some persistent nagging from my best friend, I began to research a more natural way of living. I started learning about how much we can influence our wellness by what we put in (and on) our bodies.
I learned about gut health, about the importance of exercise for mind and body. As a family, we began to change our lifestyle. My health (and attitude) began to improve by leaps and bounds. And I began to share with others the simple things that you can do to make a huge difference in your well-being. Guess what? I exercise, and love it! I started running. We learned a new way to eat – and how as Americans our typical diet is CRAP.
We learned how we can use things like essential oils to better every part of our lives. I developed a passion for helping people find a healthier way to life – physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. Working with others inspires me every day. The Lord has a way of using every situation for His good, doesn’t He?
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
The Hope Health Healing came from a lot of soul searching. I want to give people HOPE – that they can live with chronic illness, and information about HEALTH that can be improved with natural/holistic choices, and HEALING – physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It is meant to be an inspiration and help to people who are seeking to be healthier, more active and to live life to its fullest.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging off and on for a few years, but began working more regularly and focused in the past year.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post once or twice a week. Living a busy life with lots of volunteer work and an active family — plus my business makes this a practical schedule
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
I’m growing in knowledge and confidence, but I’ve also met many wonderful people who are becoming important people in my life.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
Chronic illness can be isolating, depressing, and lonely. Blogging is a way to connect with these people and help them connect.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Consistency – find a schedule you can stick to.
2. Transparency – be yourself.
3. Compassion – you have to truly care about the people you are attempting to reach