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 Jo of Fearless.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Jo Ann has had a successful career as a teacher and a senior level nonprofit executive. Since retiring, she has been assisting her aging parents. Soon after she arrived, her father passed away. Now she continues to be a companion to her mother.
She is active as a volunteer at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC. Jo Ann loves to read, play Mahjong, play brain games on her tablet and swim (which is her real love). She loves the Lord and is active in her church.
Jo Ann tries each day to live out 2 Corinthians 3:3–“clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”
When suddenly Jo Ann was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 60, signs along the way in her life became clear. Her faith, independence, and fearlessness in life were threatened. You are invited to share her struggles and find the Hope she has. Fearless is how Jo Ann worked through various trials and tribulations to find the fearless spirit she thought she lost. She gives God all the glory for never giving up on her.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
Fearless. My blog’s purpose is to educate others about MS, connect with others who have MS, and share my Christian faith and how it helps me grow stronger every day.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started in September after the release of my book, Fearless.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
At least four times per month. It is quite overwhelming to read and answer the plethora of bloggers that share my faith and/or disease. I have a Sunday devotion every Sunday. Then on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I try to share what I have learned and want to share about multiple sclerosis. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, I post what I have written to the MSCommunity website.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Yes, it had given me a wonderful new set of friends with which to communicate who understand my struggles and victories and hope.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
So many of our symptoms are invisible. It is difficult to explain these to people who are able-bodied. So, it is important to educate, inspire, encourage and applaud others who suffer from similar chronic illnesses.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1. Keep at it.
2. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.
3. Have fun.