It’s National Blog Posting Month, and WEGO Health is doing its own health activist version. The goal is to post an entry every day, but that is not happening, folks. So I will post when I’m up to the task. Today is a decent day, so here goes!
I’ve already said a bit regarding my reasons for writing about my health (Why Speak Up), so today I will say more about why I choose to reach people with writing specifically. I’m too self-conscious and technologically inept to do videos. It’s also hard to get out and meet people when you’re horribly ill or can’t drive, and our health can be unpredictable. Gut diseases have a way of imprisoning us and consuming our energy, but we can still read in bed, the bathroom, or hospitals.I don’t write because I am an excellent writer, or because I need to vent, or because I needed a hobby. I write because I forget things when I’m talking to people, and it’s SO nice to point them toward written resources. I am so passionate that I worry about overwhelming people with information, so it’s best to write so readers can browse at their own pace.
I still spend time online researching nutrition, exercise, and emotional coping strategies, but there was a time when online research was a desperate attempt to figure out how to survive. Reading through articles or chat forums was difficult because I had to run back and forth to the bathroom, and I was unsatisfied with much of the information I waded through. I kept running into dead ends, ridiculous people, bad nutritional advice, and just plain inadequate resources. My family helped me with the quest for help, spending hours in front of a computer screen sifting for the nuggets of good information. Over the years since 2003, we have found goodies that provide guidance and emotional validation, and every time we find something useful, it’s so exciting!
I write because it’s the best way I have found to share the results of my “trial and error” processes and hours of online research. Every time I work on an entry, I think of what I wished for back when I felt so lost, alone, and confused. We’re all unique, so I can’t speak for everyone, and what works for me might not work for all my readers, but I can provide a starting place. Writing allows me to reach new friends who might be equally frustrated and desperate for relief. I hope to take some of the hair-pulling agony out of online research, because I don’t know about you, but when I’m cranky and tired, summaries soothe my pain-fogged brain. I love screening and sorting things for you, because I am a research fiend.
So in a nutshell, I write because mutant guts need extra love, and I am a cooped up research fiend on a mission to dig up internet goodies and make them accessible to you.