It’s been another interesting year for ‘I Told You I Was Sick’. For the past six months or so, I’ve dedicated much of my focus to writing the content that you’ve requested. I’ve gotten a lot of wonderful conversations going on Instagram, I’ve set up my first Patreon account, and I’ve even become an Amazon Influencer!
I also started the Shadow Spoonie campaign by asking veteran spoonies to help those who have yet to be diagnosed for friendly advice and direction. I’m happy to say it’s been going really well so far!
Furthermore, I came up with the term ‘linewalkers’ to describe my readers, fans, and followers. I think it works. Do you? If you haven’t seen the short video yet, now’s your chance!
Speaking of videos, I have also started reading some of my older blog posts on my YouTube channel, so, if you haven’t subscribed yet, get on that! I’ll be sharing a lot more videos with you in the coming year.
In the first part of 2018, I plan to focus on collecting anonymous stories from chronic illness patients who have been bullied by their doctors. I helped start a petition in early 2017 to help change the laws to protect patients from this very common but overlooked problem in America.
I truly believe there is going to be an increase in patients speaking up about the abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of medical professionals, and that this will bring about real change.
But before we get to all that, let’s take a moment to appreciate I Told You I Was Sick’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017.
This is one of the funniest posts I’ve ever put together. I had a good laugh over it, and I guess a lot of you did, too, because it’s my top blog post of 2017! Would you ever try these strange-looking Amazon products to treat your chronic pain?
A human head remains conscious 15 to 20 seconds after its been decapitated. (Yikes!) Click on the link above to discover 29 more weirdly fascinating health & body facts.
Are you a spoonie warrior? If you’re living with a chronic illness, you’ll recognize these common signs and realize that you’re not alone, and you’re truly stronger than you think!
This is one of the questions I put out to the #spoonie community on Instagram. I was shocked, saddened, and hurt by what I read, but I was all too glad to share these stories so that those with chronic illness (and those who love them) have a better understanding of the difficulties spoonies face that have nothing to do with pain.
Ruth Phillips is another awesome Instagram inspiration. I found her on the Medical Medium page, and I was so moved by her story of near-miraculous healing, that I had to contact her for an interview. Ruth’s story will give you hope that you CAN feel better no matter how long you’ve been living with a chronic illness.
One of the more difficult decisions those with chronic illness have to make is whether or not to use a mobility aid. Feelings of guilt, embarrassment, and “giving up” are the common reasons spoonies hesitate to use a cane, walker, or scooter. If you’re still on the fence, try to look at it in a new way by discovering how a mobility aid can greatly improve your life!
This is not a memory I like to relive, but this incident changed me, made me stronger, and helped me to turn more of my focus to this blog and the content I want to create for you.
Having what feels like paper cuts at the corners of your mouth can be incredibly painful and frustrating, especially if you have no idea what’s causing them. Click on the link above to figure out why you’re getting them and what you can do to fix it.
This was another difficult one for me to write. Because it can be so challenging for those of us with chronic illness to be believed, when we finally DO get a diagnosis, resentment is a common emotion that tags along for the ride. Even if you feel guilty about feeling this way, understand that it’s normal. When you allow yourself to work through it, you will have a chance to move past it and have more peace of mind.
Bone broth can help heal so many conditions, especially autoimmune disease. If you haven’t tried it yet, click on the link above and find out how it can help ease your gut problems, pain, and inflammation.
Thank you for your continued readership and support! I appreciate it, and I’ll see you in the months to come.