The first week of July is the three-year anniversary of my first published column in Fibromyalgia News Today. I’m truly blessed to be affiliated with a company like BioNews Services. Writing has definitely changed my life for the better. My struggles would be more daunting without a creative outlet. Thank you, everyone, for believing in me!
I’m currently recovering from co-authoring and editing a book that will be released this month. “The Many Faces of Fibro — Sun, Fun, and Flip-Flops,” is about the fun and not-so-fun ways that fibromyalgia impacts our travels and vacation time. It’s the third in our series, with at least three more slated for this year. The books are a compilation of stories written by ordinary people living with an extraordinary invisible illness. We are always looking for new writers, no experience required. I enjoy seeing the writers’ work progress with each book.
In 2017, I self-published “In Spite of My Illness,” a devotional for people with chronic illnesses. It turned out to be one of the most exciting and challenging things I’ve done. Honestly, I never thought I could do it. I’m glad I took the risk because it has impacted so many more lives than I could have hoped to accomplish one-on-one.
I know that writing isn’t for everyone, but for me, it’s been a lifesaver. In case that’s something you’re interested in pursuing, the following are resources that you may find helpful:
- “Writing With Chronic Illness”
- “5 Tips For Writers Limited By a Chronic Illness”
- “Writing and Chronic Illness”
- “The Benefits of Chronic Illness”
- “Writing With a Chronic Illness”
- “7 Tips for Writing With a Chronic Illness”
- “5 steps to Creative Focus, in sickness and in health”
- “Writing about chronic illness and pain”
I’ve tried numerous times over the years to journal; thus far the habit hasn’t stuck. I’ll probably keep trying, though, because I think it’s a great discipline. If journaling is your thing, here are a couple of helpful resources:
- “Benefits of Journaling When You Have a Chronic Illness”
- “How Bullet Journaling Helped Me Cope with My Chronic Illness”
Writing can be cathartic and a viable avenue to emotional healing. Writing down thoughts and feelings can be a great way to process both. In this second half of life, I’ve found that writing is something I can do even when I’m bedbound. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
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