2016 has been a pretty good year for I Told You I Was Sick. The mailing list has been up and running successfully, I’ve managed to post some new content at least once a week, I’ve had some interesting interviews, and I published my first eBook!
Below is a list of the most popular (based on social media shares) blog posts from 2016. If you’ve missed any, now is your chance to catch up.
Burning Nights is a UK CRPS charity advocating awareness of CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome). Their informative infographic shows what it’s like to live with this debilitating condition, and it has made quite the rounds on Pinterest!
It seems like self-help groups and forums are on their way out, so it’s really a pain in the butt trying to find active and welcoming places to trade stories, get support, and find those who really understand. This list (although I think it’s down to 4 now) will give you a few places to check out and get the support you need.
This was one of my favorite blog posts to write. I think it started with a comment someone posted on my Facebook support group about not being taken seriously because they wore makeup to their doctor’s visit.
This blog post was so popular that it even caught the attention of ChronicBabe.com founder, Jenni Prokopy, and I was able to interview her! (Link below.)
This infographic about how the brain responds to pain turned out to be more popular than I thought it would be. I think this may be because it’s important for those with chronic pain to be able to truly validate their experience with chronic illness by showing that something different is happening inside their brains.
There are a lot of people who don’t believe natural chronic pain treatments work, and I honestly don’t blame them. It can be really difficult to believe a gluten-free diet or an organic supplement is going to miraculously “cure” a debilitating illness you’ve been living with for years.
The thing is, natural chronic pain treatments DO work, science proves it, and you can learn how to get them to finally work for you!
ChronicBabe Founder, Jenni Prokopy, Explains Why People Doubt Your Chronic Illness (And How to Handle It With Style)
As I mentioned above, the “Go to the doctor looking like a homeless person” blog really got a lot of attention, and Jenni’s assistant offered me a blog post from this chronic illness expert and fellow spoonie.
Not being believed about having a chronic illness is almost as painful as the condition itself. In this interview, Jenni explains why people doubt your chronic illness and the best way to respond to them.
Robin is one of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this year. A fellow spoonie and tireless advocate for those living with chronic pain, Robin invests nearly 100 percent of her own time and money to keep Live Support Group available as a free safe haven and support system for those with chronic pain.
Unlike other support groups, you can talk with others either online or on the phone when meetings are available.
10 Things You’d Never Say to Someone in a Wheelchair (But People With Invisible Illness Hear All the Time)
“You sure do a lot of sitting around.” “It must be nice to have other people doing things for you.”
Few people would be cruel enough to say these things to a person in a wheelchair, an elderly person, or a blind person. Yet people think absolutely nothing of saying these and similar things to those with invisible illnesses.
I wrote this blog to point out both the cruelty and absurdity of such statements.
For the past year, I’ve also been writing sponsored posts and reviews for Chronic Illness Bloggers. This post is one of them. I really believe that self-care is one of the most important things those with chronic illness can ever learn to do.
Sometimes, the symptoms of a chronic illness can become so unbearable, you may have thoughts of not being able to go on. That’s why I compiled this list of places where anyone who needs immediate support can find it.
Thank you for your continued readership, and have a Happy New Year!
New to the site? Check out the Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015!