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 Alexis of Untangled.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Eight years ago, sparked by a family tragedy, I began to piece together, for the first time, a personal history of abuse and trauma. Supported by my spirituality and writing, as well as family and friends, I have profoundly grown and changed over the years. While learning to live with the effects of my trauma, and working with the deficits caused by Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), I wrote and published my memoir in August of 2015. I began blogging in October of 2015 and have enjoyed the wonderful community of bloggers I have met along the way. I continue the process of healing and becoming whole to this day, trusting the long and winding path of recovery.

2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Untangled. Its purpose to write about living with courage and resilience in the face of PTSD. It’s also to open a conversation about living with a mental illness and hopefully help take the stigma out of talking openly about living with chronic and invisible illnesses.

3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I began blogging in October of 2015. I initially began blogging to help spread the word about my book. Now it has become a way of life for me.

4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post 3 to 4 times a week. I write, but also want to make sure I have some time in between my posts to read what other people are writing.

5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging has opened up a whole new world of acceptance, connection, and wonder for me. I love connecting with people from all over the world. I love to follow and by followed by people who are not just suffering from illness, but who write about travel, where they live, etc. I feel connected to others who suffer from PTSD, and I feel connected just by virtue of our humanness.

6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
I feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness for support and encouragement and connection. I’m also passionate about taking the stigma out of living with a chronic illness.

7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
Write honestly, read other people’s blogs, like and comment on people’s posts. We all like to know that someone is reading what we write.

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