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 Christine of I’m Sick And So Are You.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I have two children, one in college and one that I am currently homeschooling. Writing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. That, along with cooking and hiking, keep me semi-sane.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
I created I’m Sick And So Are You to document and share all the lessons I’ve learned after being diagnosed with a rare tumor. Serious illness affords one an amazing opportunity to gain humility, clarity, wisdom, compassion, and humor. Keeping those qualities is a battle all its own. I fight that battle with my blog.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging on and off for about 7 years. I started this blog a few months ago as a way to process all that I had endured in the years since my diagnosis with a desmoid tumor. Having a rare disease can be incredibly isolating. I found my disease to be often misunderstood and it only compounded the emotional toll. Writing about what I’ve endured has helped me to unravel the proverbial knots.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I try to post at least once a week. I have learned from experience that 1-2 posts a week is my sweet spot. What I have to say is important and I want my writing to reflect that. I don’t want my message watered down or my writing compromised by posting something just to have it up. If I write something, its content will matter to me or I won’t publish it. This is non-negotiable.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging has infinitely benefitted me. It has connected me to other writers and desmoid patients. It has given life to a mass of jumbled up emotions and thoughts. Through writing, my illness makes sense to me. Before this blog, it was just another foreign language I didn’t understand.
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
The isolation one can feel after being ill for so long can be debilitating. The connection bloggers offer is immeasurable and the benefits are twofold, helping both the writer and the reader. Blogging puts a face on a diagnosis. We’re no longer words in a medical dictionary, we’re your neighbor, your friend, your mother, your sister, your coworker.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
1.) No one will ever write your story better than you will, so do it unapologetically.
2.) Never compromise your writing for blog hits.
3.) Find other bloggers that inspire and encourage you and inspire and encourage other bloggers.