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 Marianne of Sharing Myself with Fibromyalgia.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Business Change Lead at Royal Mail by day and at night and weekend (energy permitting) I am studying to be an Alternative Therapist. I qualified as a Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner about 4 years ago and I have now completed a pain Management Diploma and I’m actively studying reflexology, CBT, and Mindfulness. I have degenerative disc disease, developed spondylolisthesis and had a spinal fusion, which is when I developed fibromyalgia.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Sharing myself with fibromyalgia, which I also share on Medium. The purpose of my blog is to educate and share tips and techniques that I, and others, have found useful. And to give people hope that fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions can be controlled using a more holistic approach instead of using our reliance on pills from the doctor.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging in 2014 as a practicing hypnotherapist. I continued to blog on a new page detailing my spinal fusion operation and recovery and then the fibromyalgia page all through WordPress. I care about people. I want to help people and share information on what support is out there to positively impact life’s stresses and troubles and give people a chance to read something which might give them hope that all is not lost. Also, that you can live a happy healthy life with chronic conditions and if we get our heads in a good place that we can cope and control anything,
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post most days. I sometimes use one or both blogs. I use my Facebook page several times a day to blog too. Most people are used to this way of communication.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
I feel it has helped me conclude the different stages of illness, surgery, and recovery. It has helped me focus on other things in life as chronic illnesses can take over our lives and I don’t want it to define who I am. It has helped me to talk to other like minded individuals and it has helped me keep away from a lot of the negativity of other forums, as I feel this can sometimes feed my negativity depending on my moods.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
I feel it is important to give people hope, be positive and look on what’s worked for others as some of this can be taken and applied to others lives. We sometimes put such a large burden on doctors to cure us when mostly the answers start within us and can be found at home with perseverance and by not giving up. We can share our ups and downs with each other and by reading other blogs I’ve learned how to dramatically reduce my overall symptoms and get some of my life back and I want to share that with other people.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Be honest, write from the heart, people then get to see that you are genuine and not just regurgitating other people’s posts. Write your posts in a way that captivates people, gets them talking and responding.
2. Back up your thoughts with research if you can. people can understand the ‘why’ not just the ‘how’.
3. Post often and use multiple sites to advertise and connect with like-minded people