Create a “care page” – a list of your best resources that someone who is newly diagnosed could go to when starting to advocate for themselves or a loved one. Remember to include sites that lead to successful self advocacy!
I won’t say much here today. I am going to let my fellow activist to all the talking. So here are some links to some great people and great sites. Some you might know, others you are finding for the first time. Enjoy.
Here we go again. Seems like just yesterday I was blogging everyday for WEGO Health. Well, it is a new year and a new challenge. So, without further adieu, let’s jump right into it.
Why HAWMC? This is our third year of the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge – why did you get involved this year? Are you a newbie to #HAWMC or a veteran?
I have to say I was torn on whether to do this or not. Last year I got burned out from writing every day and it kind of turned me off of blogging for a bit. When I got the email for the challenge I didn’t know if I wanted to participate. Now I read this question, and I know why I am doing this.
I got involved this year because when I blog, it isn’t always about me. What I write is more to inform and help others. I am doing what I do so others can learn and know that they aren’t alone with their disease. Yes, the stories are about me and my experience but I don’t tell them to be vain or brag. I tell my stories to inform others. I share my experience with LDN and Gluten Free so anyone thinking about them can see what it is like. I don’t even write to get recognition. I just want to help.
To answer the second question..I don’t view myself as a newbie but not quite a veteran either. I have been blogging for a little over a year now. I have gone from not knowing anyone online to being part of a great community. I have met so many great people and have even been told how my blog has helped them. Since I have been blogging almost every month since starting and already doing a Writer’s Month Challenge, I can’t say I am a newbie. For me this is now sort of repetitious. But I do it for you, the reader.
Now that you have read this, and if you read my blog often, I want to ask you a question. Why aren’t you participating? Well, for some of you, maybe you are. But for the ones that aren’t why not. Why not start blogging yourselves. I can say it is definitely therapeutic and helps in releasing stress. It is a great way to meet others in the same situation. And it is a great way to help others. If you do have a blog, leave me a message telling me what your site is. Share it with everyone. Let’s make our great community even bigger.