I write about my health because… Reflect on why you write about your health for 15-20 minutes without stopping.
Okay, well.. I don't know about writing for 15-20 minutes without stopping, but...
...I can tell you I first started writing about our family's experiences as a release. Things had been building up for so long, I was seriously losing my mind. I went online and started reading other blogs. The community appealed to me. I wanted to join in.
This blog gave me a chance to connect with other like-minded parents and Autistic people. To read about other people's experiences, learn from people in different stages of their journey. It's been really enriching, not just to my life, but to my family's life as well.
I've made friends and received advice, support, solidarity. It's overwhelming when I think about it. When I think about how much stronger I've become since I started writing this blog. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't know what I would do without the back up all my bloggy friends have offered.
After writing for a little while, I started hoping that maybe my words would eventually reach someone, somewhere, just starting their journey with all the upheaval and bewilderment that entails; staring down at the daunting and impossibly long road ahead, and maybe even finding comfort in my words as I have found comfort in the words of others.
I also try to raise awareness/acceptance any way I can, but I can often get it wrong. Advocates have taught me so much on so many different aspects. I write about our experiences now because it's how some friends and family keep up with our story, because it's a way for me to release whatever emotions I am feeling, and to connect with the wider Autism and Special Needs community.
I am right at the beginning of "my" journey - combine that with the effectiveness of my meds, the sheer amount of positive feedback and information I have got from our wonderful community and you'll have to excuse me for viewing the world (and future) with rose tinted glasses: