I write about my health for many reasons:
- To keep my friends and extended family updated about changes and developments since I got sick back in June 2007. For the first few months, I sent emails to an increasingly long list of relatives and friends who asked to be kept in the loop. I switched to blogging for efficiency's sake in October 2007, never imagining anyone who didn't already know me would ever read my blog.
- In the hopes that someone will recognize my symptoms and help me (and my doctors) figure out what the heck is wrong with me. No, I don't get medical advice over the internet. But my primary care doc and I have found it helpful when people have suggested she consider ordering various tests for me. Sometimes she says no, that's not really a concern and explains why not. Other times, she agrees it's worth checking out. That's how we discovered that I had low ferritin levels.
- To combat feelings of isolation by getting to know other people who are also mostly or entirely housebound due to chronic illness. While I wouldn't wish chronic illness on anyone, it is comforting (to me) to find other people who know what it's like.
- To offer support to and share information with other people, especially those who also struggle to get a diagnosis and/or are parenting with chronic illness. I'm so grateful for all the support I've gotten from the online chronic illness community, and I love opportunities to pay it forward.
Meanwhile, take a few minutes to go check out the latest edition of Patients For A Moment, my favorite blog carnival. Hayzell got so many fabulous contributions that you absolutely should go read!!