Should You Blog About Your Health Journey?
Recently, a fellow sickle cell warrior messaged me on Instagram to ask if I thought they should document their health journey by starting a blog. This is something I will never discourage.
I started publicly sharing my health journey with a blog, although at the time it was an anonymous one. Not many people around me at the time even knew I had sickle cell disease.
Eventually, as I got older and more friends learned about my health, they encouraged me to more actively share my story and help raise awareness.
Initially, I was pretty anxious about sharing, but the encouragement I received helped convince me to get started. I haven’t looked back since.
When I started a blog, before eventually writing this column at Sickle Cell Disease News, I didn’t think I’d reach as many people as I have. Sickle cell disease wasn’t spoken about much in my community, so I aimed to raise awareness. Seeing the response from those around me who are affected by sickle cell in one way or another was a pleasant surprise. It helped to keep me going.
Some benefits from writing a blog include:
Becoming more knowledgeable
Since I started writing, I’ve found that I have become more knowledgeable about sickle cell disease and other related topics. I believe I have a responsibility to those who read my blog posts and columns to give them the most accurate and timely information possible. I make sure to do as much research as I can, and if my readers have follow-up questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. If I can’t answer a question myself, I’ll point them in the right direction to find an answer.
Because of the frequency with which I write, I’ve also found that my writing skills have improved over time. I never considered myself to be much of a writer, or a good one at that, but while reading some of my older posts, I have noticed some improvements. These improvements make me proud.
I’ve also found that the social interactions I’ve encountered as a result of my writing have taught me a lot. My views have been agreed with, questioned, challenged, and corrected. I have been taught many tips and tricks I currently use when looking after my health.
Building a network
I have connected with so many amazing and talented people through my writing, and I have been introduced to opportunities I otherwise would have missed.
The internet is a beautiful thing when it connects people from completely different walks of life. Through this amazing world of connectivity, I have been able to help others who have limited access to the resources I freely access.
I have met quite a few people as a result of my writing, and our interactions have developed into strong, meaningful relationships. I often check up on these people to see how they are doing.
Documenting my journey has been one of the most meaningful things I have done, and I have no regrets about it. To anyone who might be reading this and thinking about doing the same, take this as a positive sign.
If you are reading this and already have a blog, feel free to share a link to it in the comments below.
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