I receive writing prompts from MamaKat, and this week there are so many good ones! But this week is also National Invisible Illness Awareness Week, so I have been writing about that, and having guest bloggers. This one ties right in to both!
Why do I blog? What does it mean to me? Well, let me start by saying that this is the second time in a week I have been at my husband's work place with my computer because my internet connection at home is having issues. So I came here so I can blog.
Blogging means a lot to me. In short, it is my connection to the world. Because I have myasthenia gravis, and quite a severe case at that, I really don't get out much. It's been a long time since I've been able to be part of a regular church, and I can't just jump in that car and go somewhere. Usually, if I have to run an errand, someone either has to watch my son, or I just can't go. Normally by the time I load him and our stuff into the van, I'm too tired to drive.
So this blog opens my world quite a bit. I have friends I've met through blogging that I never would have met otherwise. Friends in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, New Hampshire, even Belize! And I'm SO thankful for each and every one.
Blogging is important to me because I want to educate people about myasthenia gravis and chronic illness. MG can also be a largely invisible illness, and it's so easy to judge people because of it. I have a trach, so I look more "sick" than some, I suppose, but nevertheless, people stare, and judge. You can just tell by looking at them.
I started blogging for cheap therapy. My BFF Joanna got me into it. I was like, no, yours is so funny, I don't want to compete, I'll just read yours, and for a long time I did! But then I realized how HUGE the blogosphere was! Whoa! (By the way, there's no competing with Joanna...if you read her blog, make SURE you put your coffee down first!!)
I can vent. I can laugh. I can cry. I can share my faith. I can share my illness, my pain, my joy, my triumphs. I love to write. I love people. Once I got started it just seemed natural to continue.
So to anyone who reads my blog: Thank you. Thank you for leaving wonderful comments that lift my spirits, thank you for following me. Thank you for the e-mails you send telling me a certain post made an impact on you. It means so much to me to know that even ONE person is effected positively in some way by this blog. That's all I could ask!
It's been almost 2 years and 500 posts, and I'm more thrilled with blogging that I ever have been!
Blessings to you all!