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 Jessica May of The Medical Dorm.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
We are two college friends/roommates with rare chronic illnesses. We met in college and became friends and roommates. Earlier last year we decided to create a blog together to help both ourselves and others with chronic illnesses. Together we have Satoyoshi Syndrome, Myoclonus (spasms), Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (half a heart), Dextrocardia (heart on the right side of the chest), Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, POTS, Polysplenia Syndrome, Gastroparesis, and more.
Together we have Satoyoshi Syndrome, Myoclonus (spasms), Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (half a heart), Dextrocardia (heart on the right side of the chest), Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, POTS, Polysplenia Syndrome, Gastroparesis, and more.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Our blog is called The Medical Dorm. The purpose of our blog is to share what it is really like to live with and try to go to college with many different chronic illnesses.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
We have been blogging for seven months. It all started from a school project. We had to write about a community that we were a part of. We ended up writing about our dorm and being a part of the chronic illness community. It was then that we decided to turn the project into a blog to both to share our story as well as be a part of the chronic illness community
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
We post once a week on Wednesday because we decided that this worked best with our school/volunteer/work schedule.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Yes, because it has allowed for us to be able to talk about things that were important to us. We also are able to reach those who may or may not understand how it is to have a chronic illness and be a college student. We are able to have conversations with more than just the two of us about things that are happening in our lives.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
It is important to blog about chronic illness because there is a lot about it that people still do not understand. For example, many people think that because we are in college there is no way that we are as sick as we say that we are. People also don’t understand how much of a person’s life is affected by chronic illness.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Be honest about your experiences.
2. Only share when you are ready.
3. Write about what you care about.