This is a post that I did for BlogHer last month on women and chronic illness, I think it is relevant here so I am posting it. If you are a women blogging about how you are living with chronic illness, I hope you will add your link to the many comments that are all already on this post at BlogHer.
BlogHers – Living, Coping, and Blogging with Chronic Illness
By Catherine Morgan
Millions of women suffer from chronic illness, and many of them courageously blog on how they are living and coping with their disease. Whether you suffer with chronic illness or you know someone who does, these BlogHers have much they can share with you.
Being sick is like being on a roller coaster — you can be up and hopeful one minute and down and doubtful the next. Your illness can take unexpected and unpredictable turns. One disease can dispose you to or give rise to another. This can be frightening as well as exasperating. Finding medication that works, being committed to following a good treatment plan and maintaining honest, direct and open communication with your healthcare providers takes time, energy and skill. But this is only part of the picture. Living with illness affects every part of your life and every significant relationship you have. — living with chronic illness
So let me introduce you to some of our courageous BlogHers…
Vicki has Multiple Sclerosis…
I became a single mother when my two boys were 1 and 3. Now they’re in their 30’s. For years I was in Marketing with the travel and hospitality industry. I have a bachelor of journalism from UT and a master’s in marketing management from UTD. I’ve been disabled with MS for about 15 years. I love blogging. — Down The MS Path
Alix was diagnosed with Lupus…
A lifetime of athletics failed to keep me healthy. At 30, I became disabled. I was diagnosed with lupus after meeting 7 of 11 diagnostic criteria. — more
A Thirty-something who is Living with Migrains
My migraines tend to be hormonal and related to my cycles, although changes in pressure (weather) and stress are also big triggers for me. I’ve found that staying very well-hydrated and getting regular (and enough) sleep help a great deal, as does eating regularly. I suspect that too much sugar and too much caffeine are also triggers for me.
This is my migraine blog. I hope you’ll find it interesting and helpful. In addition to my own thoughts, I’ll post links to articles I find that are relevant to the study and management of migraines. — read more
Kerri writes about how Diabetes may not define her, but it helps to explain her…
I have been living with type 1 diabetes since September 11, 1986 – over 20 years. I write this blog because I felt alone with diabetes, and blogging helped to make the burden a bit lighter. That means more than comments or stat counts or emails. Just knowing people are out there, living a life with diabetes that is so like my own, makes a world of difference. — six until me
Catherine has Celiac Disease and she is blogging on Tips and Tricks on Living Gluten Free…
While most foods marketed as “whole grain” include a gluten-containing grain, there are a few whole grains that are delicious and safe for the Celiac diet. Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”) is one of my post-celiac discoveries. It is an ancient South American grain that also happens to be a great source of plant protein. It is available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and other well-stocked supermarkets. — see recipes
Joan and Rosalind both suffer with chronic illness, and they write a blog that helps and encourages women to continue working – Keep Working Girlfriend…
For the past 30 years, I’ve lived with chronic illness: the daily questions, the self doubt, the pain, the fatigue, and the fear. I know, from experience, how tough it can be to get out of bed each day and get a job done, whether you work for yourself or someone else, whether you make just enough to get by or your salary is fat, whether it takes a one hour commute or you never have to leave home. And I know, from experience, that it can be hard to keep working, especially if you’re a woman, if you live with a chronic illness. The work world, a tough place for women who are “healthy” can feel impossible when you’re managing an illness, too.
May is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month, and on my blog Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I posted on a statement that I gave to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee that met on May 16th and 17th.
Take a few moments and view a video that aims to help the friends and family of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sufferers understand the illness and what their loved ones are going through. From sleepydust.net
Also see: It’s Not Easy…To Be…Me
Since May is the month for bringing more awareness to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, here are some other BlogHers blogging on this invisible disease.
Sandy has a blog called Fighting Fatigue. She suffers with Chronic Fatigues Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Interstitial Cystitis…
My personal journey with chronic illness has been a difficult one, but a journey that has taught me a great deal about life, understanding and compassion.
I am here to let you know that if you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and/or Interstitial Cystitis, you are not alone! There are many of us who are where you are and have felt what you are feeling.
According to some medical journal articles, 24.6% of I.C. patients show symptoms of Fibromyalgia, compared to 3.2% of the general population. The theory is that “I.C. might be a disease within the spectrum of chronic fatigue and pain syndromes”. — read more
Ellie says on her blog Life ,Not Just Existence…
It’s frustrating when a chronic illness interupts your life (in my case Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), but everyone loves a challenge and at the moment mine is to keep enjoying a fulfilling life, not just existing.
Vicki is learning to live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at Manchester M.E.
I’ve been sitting around waiting to be well enough to work and that hasn’t happened, so instead i’m being pro-active, I’m going to try and find a job that works around me instead of it being the other way around. — read more
Well these are just some of the many bloggers that are blogging on their personal struggles with chronic illness. If you are a BlogHer who is also blogging on your trials and triumphs with chronic illness…I hope you will leave a comment and a link to your site, and tell us how blogging is helping you cope with your disease.