April 2, 2013

Why write? #HAWMC

This is a popular question.  I started writing to keep my family updated on what was going on after I was diagnosed.  It was also my place to vent and write out my thoughts.  I don't know if I ever thought it would end up being such a big part of my life.  Its more than a journal now.  I have people that email and share their stories with me.  I have been welcomed in to an amazing circle of local bloggers who are always so full of support and help.  By sharing my life I am able to keep myself from holding it all in and letting it eat at me.  I truly believe that this is one of the main reasons I am still stable.  Mentally, living with a chronic illness is just beyond draining and frustrating at times.  Here I have a safe haven to let it all out to and not feel guilty or pressured. Somewhere to share all that is me and my life and not feel judged.

I write because just a few years ago, I was diagnosed with Budd Chiari Syndrome and I was alone.  I wanted nothing more than to find someone who was living. Fighting the very same fight and who was winning.  I write because when I found no one, I wanted to be here for the next person who has no idea where to start.  So that I can share my stories with others like me or others who just want to know what life is like on the liver transplant list and so that they can see that while it is a scary journey, there are others out there going though the exact same thing.

This is going to be my second year doing the Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge.  Last year I managed to do 25 out of 30 days and I was really upset with myself for not getting all the days in.  But it happens.  This year I am trying to be more prepared and even write a few of the challenges out ahead of time.  I guess we will see if it works.

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