Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

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2015 has been an interesting year for I Told You I Was Sick. I’ve finally gotten the mailing list up and running again, and I do my very best to provide fresh, meaningful content twice a week. Below is a list of the top 10 blog posts of 2015 (based on social media shares). 

 

1.    How to Treat a Person With Chronic Illness – A Step-By-Step Guide 

 

This is my step-by-step guide on how to treat a person living with chronic illness. It was my most popular post this year, receiving 3.84K shares on Facebook!

 

2.    Asperger’s and “Resting Bitch Face” – Why Neurotypicals Struggle to Read OUR Facial Expressions and How That Harms Us (Part 1 of 2) 

 

After my diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome in April, I was moved to write more about the topic and explain how communication difficulties are a two-way street between spectrum and neurotypical people.

 

3.    The Reason You Feel Different from Everyone Else 

 

This piece shines a new and unique perspective on feeling different from others and its possible connection to human evolution.

 

4.    What Men With Fibromyalgia Want You to Know – (Part 1 of 3)

 

Earlier this year, I came across a video of Norman Hanley explaining what everyday life is like for men with fibromyalgia. This intimate interview is aimed at helping men living with chronic illness understand that they are not alone.

 

5.    I Received My Official Diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome! – [Video] 

 

This was one of the best days of my life in 2015. After years of struggling to be believed that I do, in fact, have a multitude of autism spectrum symptoms, I received my official diagnosis and couldn’t share the news with the world fast enough.

 

6.    People With Chronic Illness Aren’t “Faking It” (And Science Proves It)

 

I don’t think there’s anything that sets me off more than not being believed. This happens to people with chronic illness (whether mental or physical) all the time. After reading a woman accused of being a ‘faker’ just for using a handicapped spot, I had to drop some knowledge.

 

7.    Top 10 Chronic Pain Websites 

 

Everyone who lives with chronic pain needs support, validation, and understanding. That’s why I spent time finding these 10 websites, which dedicate most, if not all of their efforts to helping those living with chronic pain.

 

8.    Author Barry John Evans Discusses Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Asperger Syndrome, and His New Book, “Life Is Complicated: My Journey with Asperger Syndrome” 

 

This interview came from a video I ran across with John Evans explaining what it’s like to live with chronic pain. His story really touched my heart, and I asked him if I could interview him. He is a fellow ‘Aspie’, he’s published two books, and he has a bunch of pet rats (which are quite cute, I might add).

 

9.    How Meditation Eases Chronic Pain

 

Meditation has been shown in multiple studies to provide powerful and lasting pain relief. This well-received and comprehensive article was shared multiple times on social media, and seemed to be of great benefit to others!

 

10.  An Interview with ‘Aunt Aspie’ and Original ‘Aspergirl’, Rudy Simone

 

Rudy Simone, the original ‘Aspergirl’ whose books helped me make sense of my world before my Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis, agreed to do an interview with me upon the release of her latest and last book on the spectrum disorder. In this interview, Rudy also discusses her music (which is amazing, by the way).

 

Thank you all for your support in 2015. See you in 2016!


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