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 Melissa of Melissa’s Blogspot.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a dedicated wife and mother who was diagnosed with gastroparesis in February of 2014. I hold a B.S. in Political Science from St. Joseph’s College and an M.A. in Political Science from Indiana State University. I am a former university political science instructor and corporate trainer who currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I enjoy reading, writing, and intelligent debates. As the creator and administrator of several online support and advocacy groups, I now spend my days advocating for those who struggle to live with the sometimes devastating and life-altering effects of gastroparesis.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is “Melissa’s Blogspot“. Having been diagnosed in February 2014 with Gastroparesis, one of the many different types of digestive motility disorders, I know first-hand the damage and destruction this disorder can cause. It is truly life-altering.
It is my desire to advocate on behalf of all of us stricken with this devastatingly destructive disease. I want treatments that work. I want a cure. I want better efforts and advocacy on our behalf. We need awareness. We need help. We need a year in which not one more of us has to suffer and die. My blog is designed to speak out on behalf of all others in my community for these purposes.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging since February 2015. I started blogging about a year after diagnosis because I grew weary of seeing my friends struggle and die. Many felt as if they had no voice, and I knew I could help be that voice. I started slowly — simply telling my story — and went from there.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I do not post on a regular schedule, as I tend to write as the need arises and as the “mood” hits me. I do post at least once per month, though, so that people know it is an active blog.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
It has benefitted me immensely by helping me not only to release my own emotions, deal with my own fears, and address my own issues, but also by giving me a purpose — speaking for my community.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
There are so many in my community who feel lost and helpless as if they have no options and no method for speaking out and drawing attention to our illness. My blog helps me to express the emotions many in my community experience, and it allows me to disseminate important information and address significant issues which impact us — not only within my community but also to the “outside” world.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Just write! It does not have to be perfect. It is still helpful to both you and others.
2. Review others’ blogs to get ideas regarding style, function, and issues.
3. Write what you know personally. Chances are if you are experiencing it, others are, too.