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 Stacey of MomIsSick.

Stacey at MomIsSick1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been dealing with chronic pain conditions for over 15 years. I have also dealt with conditions that specialists have never seen before. My diagnoses to date are Fibromyalgia; Polyarthralgia; Chronic Pain Disorder; Somatic Symptom Disorder with predominant pain — persistent, severe; Pelvic Floor Syndrome; Permanent Colostomy; IBS-D; Neuralgia; Rectal Prolapse; Postherpetic Neuralgia; PTSD; and Paresthesia. I also had the worst case of HELLP Syndrome with our son…so he was delivered via emergency C-section and was considered premature (3 months premature) at the time. I was forced to quit working the summer of 2015…my symptoms were getting out of control and my Sister was killed in a motorcycle/pickup accident. It is now over two years, and will finally have my Disability Hearing next month!

I also had the worst case of HELLP Syndrome with our son… so he was delivered via emergency C-section and was considered premature (3 months premature) at the time. I was forced to quit working the summer of 2015 as my symptoms were getting out of control and my sister was killed in a motorcycle/pickup accident. It is now over two years, and will finally have my Disability Hearing next month!

2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
MomIsSick hosted on WordPress. I use my blogs to share with others the journey of living with chronic pain/illness. I also share poetry and prose.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I believe it was about five years ago. I had to share my story so that others would know they are not alone!

4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post as I am inspired…sometimes several times a week…I have not been able to be on a set schedule as Fibro Fog is a huge impairment. Sometimes not able to focus for a week or so.

5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Yes! It has allowed me to vent, to share, to verbalize when I have been primarily homebound. It allows me to interact with others.

6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
It is SO misunderstood! So many of our conditions are not understood by the medical community. We appear “normal” on the outside but are struggling SO on the inside. It is vital that we know that we are not alone!

7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
Be patient with yourself. Jot down ideas and let yourself “simmer” on them. Dare to open yourself up.

2. Jot down ideas and let yourself “simmer” on them.

3. Dare to open yourself up.

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