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 Chronically Content.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 54 years old and was only diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome three years ago. I grew up wanting to be a musician and earned my degree in Piano Performance. But after dealing with the pain of practicing, and the busyness of homeschooling my three children, I went back to school to earn a M.Ed . As I grew older, my pain and other health problems increased. By the time all the children were grown, I was suffering and unable to continue teaching music. After also being diagnosed with MCAS and an autoimmune condition, I had prolapses and underwent a hysterectomy. Ever since that surgery, my husband has had to be my caretaker. I continue trying therapies and medications to control pain and other symptoms.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Chronically Content. I am living my life trying to be content, even though I have chronic illnesses. When my former life was replaced with this chronically ill life, I had to accept the change and then learn to live with it. I want to be content where I am, and not miserable. My blog’s purpose was initially just a place for me to write about my life and make others aware of these rare illnesses. Now, I try to zero in on blogging about being content with chronic illness while trying to homeschool children. There are many homeschool moms who have this life, and it’s not easy. I try to offer encouragement to them and also ways for them to feel better. I hope we can all develop contentment in our lives.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for three years but didn’t always have a focus. I started blogging because I was spending most of my life in bed, and was feeling worthless. I wanted to be busy and be producing something. I hated doing nothing.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post twice a week and also work on reviews. I also share many giveaways deals, to help those who want to grow their families income at home. I decided to post this much, because it’s fun. Whenever I think of something important to share, I write a post
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
I think blogging has benefitted me. It’s certainly kept me busy. It’s challenged me to be content with my conditions, instead of feeling sorry for myself and getting depressed. I’ve met many other wonderful people who also suffer with chronic illnesses, and continue to learn from them.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
Before I was diagnosed, I spent many years going to the doctor. As my symptoms multiplied and I felt worse, I was dismissed as a weak lady full of stress and anxiety. During these years, I could have been getting real help and possibly prevented some of my problems. It’s very important to spread awareness of chronic illness because the average person has no idea. We need to spread awareness of invisible illnesses and rare diseases, too. These problems are ignored and many people suffer because their friends and acquaintances don’t understand the world in which we live.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Before you start blogging, do research about how blogging works. Read the experts or take a course, so that you don’t make all the beginner mistakes.
2. When you make those honest blogging mistakes, shake it off and try again.
3. Let it be fun. Even when some of the parts of blogging become hard work, don’t let it get to you. Remember why you started blogging, and enjoy it.