I love the wallpaper in our study.
I wasn't asked to complete this online questionnaire, but it appears that the results mirror my experiences. Check out this interesting and very readable study published online October 23, 2012 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research:
Communicating the Experience of Chronic Pain and Illness Through Blogging
Reviewed by Nanhua Zhang
Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, MS, HN-BC, Ylisabyth S Bradshaw, DO, MS, Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, and Kenneth Kwan Ho Chui, PhD, MS/MPH
The words of a survey respondent, “First I was helped, now I am helping...a reminder that I am part of the world,” describe the experience process that bloggers in this project reported. Perhaps the process of communicating the experience of chronic illness and pain through blogging may be one method to assist in moving toward a more complete, holistic model of health and healing by allowing individuals with chronic illness and pain to regain a place in the world.
I have often urged others to join the blogosphere, for many reasons, most of which are listed in the above survey results. But in thinking about my motivation for slogging through my daily blogging, I hadn't considered what the authors so eloquently state above: ".....by allowing individuals with chronic illness and pain to regain a place in the world."
How true. With the onset of a chronic, life-changing illness, one of the biggest challenges that anyone faces is dealing with the isolation and withdrawal from what was once considered normal: friends, hobbies, jobs, and family. I can connect with others around the globe through my blog, and it's helped me find my NEW normal.
You can read the rest of this excellent study here.