Migraine disease is largely invisible. Yes, my husband can (usually) tell if I’m getting one by the pained expression on my face and the irritable tone in my voice, but by and large it is an invisible illness. This means that most of the time I suffer from it – and through it – alone. Writing this blog helps.
Before getting involved with the online chronic illness, invisible illness, and migraine communities, I often felt desperately and terrifyingly alone. No one I knew understood the intense and long-lasting agony I was experiencing every day, all day. Sure, I had a few friends who experienced occasional migraines, but even they were unsure how to relate to what was happening to me. By writing about my migraines, I gained access to the people who could (and did) understand.
I get a lot out of writing this blog. I get to vent, and I get to be heard. But, most importantly I get to share with people who “get” me and what I’m going through. I gain comfort from my readers. And, I think (I hope) I offer comfort in return.
It isn’t easy to handle being chronically ill. (In fact, I still find it difficult to even consider myself as a chronically ill person.) You all help me with that. Knowing we are not alone is perhaps the biggest gift we can give each other, and I thank you for giving that gift to me.
Those of you out there who also are suffering with health issues, do you write about them? If so, why?