Living with chronic illness is tough, debilitating and extremely isolating at times. But one of the perks of living in the 21st century is that people living with chronic illness are better connected and more informed than ever…because we have each other! Chronic illness blogs offer the opportunity to encourage and educate others who are on the some path.
Social community has become a real lifeline to me as I struggle to navigate the complexities of living with cervical dystonia and ulcerative colitis. I don’t even want to think about where I’d be without it!
A Balanced Belly is a fantastic resource for anyone living with IBD (Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis) as well as other digestive conditions such as celiac disease.
Bladder-Help.com was created by Layla, a Nutritional Therapist who specializes in chronic bladder issues. If you struggle with UTIs or interstitial cystitis, you’ll definitely want to follow this blog!
A Chronic Voice offers encouragement to chronic illness suffers who are struggling with depression as well as caregivers and medical researchers and doctors.
Chronic Mom lets people living with chronic illness know that they’re not alone in their struggles. Parenting with chronic illness presents its own unique set of struggles as we still have to be mom no matter how crappy we’re feeling.
Tea and Cake for the Soul – I’m all about blogs that offer encouragement and self care tips no matter what the diagnosis. This blog covers a wide range of subjects that will help you practically and mentally.
Brainless Blogger (I know the feeling!) shares about her experience living with migraines, fibromyalgia, asthma, hypothyroidism, depression and hypermobility syndrome. Like many of us, blogging and writing are very therapeutic for her.
Laura Chamberlain is a professional journalist who had to give up her career when she became chronically ill. She writes to share her experience living with a plethora of conditions including fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, Raynaud’s syndrome and ME/CFS.
The Spoonie Mummy also writes about parenting with chronic illnesses. Like me, she lives with IBD (Crohn’s disease) as well as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, ostopenia, anxiety, iritis and high blood pressure.
My Brain Lesion and Me writes about the complexities of living with a long standing brain stem lesion and spastic paraparesis. Her writing is beautiful and encouraging to anyone living with any type of chronic illness.
A Journey Through the Fog was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, IBS, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, migraines and insomnia. She writes authentically about the mental health struggles that many of us face.
People living with chronic illness often struggle with feeling like we’re stuck on the sidelines while everybody else is living a picture perfect life (on social media, anyway.) It gets discouraging. For us, blogging is a way to use our own unique life story and perspective to connect with others who are struggling. It also functions as a much needed creative outlet.
One thing that most people with chronic illness share, regardless of their diagnosis are mental health struggles. Anxiety and depression are very common. Unfortunately this is an area that is not addressed by most medical doctors and we’re left on our own to muddle through it. Checking in with other chronic illness bloggers is a great way to find some emotional connection with others who are struggling.
So brew some coffee, tea (or chicken stock!) curl up in a comfy place and give these blogs a look.