Oh goodness, I just keep getting so much love from my blogging buddies that I just don’t know what to do!
Teens With POTS (linked above) is one of my very favorite blogs. I was just starting to show symptoms of endo in high school, but I wasn’t really sick yet. High school was one of the hardest times of my life without illness, so you can see why this gal is one of my heroes. It’s enlightening and refreshing to read about illness from such a young person’s perspective. Plus, she’s a fabulous writer, which makes this blog a great read. Be sure to check her out! I’m honored to be called “inspiring” by her because she is such an inspiration to me.
And I also wanted to announce that I’m working on another video for you guys! It’s not going to be another “Spoonie Experiment” review (although I was just working on a loose script for the next one, so don’t worry! More are coming soon!) and it’s not a new series.
See, I’ve been writing this blog for a little over a year now, and it’s had an interesting effect on my circle of friends. I now see my friends in two distinct groups – the people that read my blog, and the people that don’t. Illness-wise, the people that read my blog now ask me how I’m doing from time to time and have intelligent conversations with me on health and writing, while the others don’t. Not a big deal. But it has drawn my attention to something pretty huge – I have tons of friends and family that don’t read. Not that can’t read. They just….don’t really ever read.
And believe me, I feel like this is a crime against humanity, but I’ve got to pick my battles here. I don’t think I can be a full time health activist and a full time turn off the TV and pick up a book activist. But! When I put out my first video for the Spoonie Experiment I had a lot of friends and family mentioning the fact that my blog exists for the first time ever! I even had a few friends who went from “yeah I saw you’re blog but I don’t really get it, like what does “do I look sick?” mean?” to “I really admire how you’re raising awareness for invisible illness.”
So, if it reaches more people and raises more awareness, I want to do it. That means I’m going to try to put out some videos at least every once in a while. But, to my loyal readers, don’t worry. This site will predominantly remain a blog. I am in love with the written word now and forever.
Here’s where I need your help!
I’d like my witty, writerly readers to help me think of some funnies. In the comments below, please respond to this prompt:
What are some phrases that only someone with a chronic illness would say?
What are some things you say that would probably sound totally bizarre to passers by?
What are some things that people with invisible illness would NEVER say?
Without giving away too much, if I like your answer, I’ll credit you in the video and link to your blog in my next post!
Comment comment comment! And please share this prompt with your witty writerly friends! Thanks!