Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Share Your Story

A new blog, Living With Chronic Illnesses, provides for interesting reading. And writing, if you choose. 

The author, Anna Scanlon, has Sjogren's secondary to other unspecified autoimmune connective tissue disorders. She asks others who live with Sjogren's and any other chronic illness to "send unsent letters, videos, drawings, songs, poems, stories, etc."

I like this idea very much! Once again, blogging proves to be an effective way to connect with others even when our physical limitations restrict us. 

There is therapeutic value in expression in prose, poetry and art. An article in Scientific American goes into detail describing blogging's benefits: 
Some hospitals have started hosting patient-authored blogs on their Web sites as clinicians begin to recognize the therapeutic value. Unlike a bedside journal, blogging offers the added benefit of receptive readers in similar situations, Morgan explains: “Individuals are connecting to one another and witnessing each other’s expressions—the basis for forming a community.”

Art therapy is also beneficial for people in all stages of wellness. This information taken from the American Art Therapy Association:
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.

Healing through creative energy? Sounds healthy and fun.

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