Wego Health is hosting a health activist writer’s challenge this month and I’ve decided to participate. Each day of the month in November, we are given a topic to write about. 30 posts in 30 days?!?!?-we’ll see if I’m up to the challenge.
What drives you to write about your health? What do you want other health activists to know about your condition and your activism?
I write about my health with the hopes that it might resonate or help others even in some small way. Illness and pain is so isolating, and I want people to know that they are not alone. Not alone in their illness, not alone in their struggle. There are people who understand, who care and who are rooting for them.
I write because I wanted to have a voice. I wanted to fight against the stigmas of mental illness and invisible illness. Just because you can’t see my afflictions doesn’t mean that I’m not sick. I got tired of feeling like I needed to justify myself. To explain myself to everyone I met whether they were in the medical field or not.
The Pain Warrior has become an outlet for my thoughts, my pain, my hopes and my dreams for the future. It’s a place where I hope to educate others about my conditions. Where I share what has worked and what hasn’t worked for me. A place where people can come and share their thoughts too.
I’ve never thought of myself as an activist, I looked up what activist meant in the dictionary: An activist is a person who campaigns for some kind of social change. The social change that I am hoping for is acceptance. That society accepts those with illness, that we are not cast aside and forgotten about, thought less of or judged. Does that make me a health activist? I’m still unsure. Maybe writing these challenges over the next month will help me to figure it out. I hope you’ll follow along and read this months posts.
What do you find helpful about The Pain Warrior?