IBD Advocates: Why Paul Blogs.

There was a time when I didn’t want talk about my disease. I decided in my brain that nobody deals with Crohn’s but me. I was angry, I was mad. I went twenty-one years without any health issues, then all of a sudden I’m dumped with this disease. For a few years after being diagnosed I was stuck in my shell. I had to get some help, to be able to cope with my emotions.

Blogging about Crohn's is a form of therapy

Over the years, I have spoken to therapists. They help to an extent. But what I feel is the best therapy is blogging. I love telling my stories that have to do with Crohn’s disease. Every time I blog, I know I am helping somebody. I can’t say that I am a genius when it comes to Crohn’s but I know a lot about it. I live it, I experience it every day. I know that my blogs are helping others who are dealing with the same issues I am dealing with.

I like blogging because I learn a lot about other people who are dealing with Crohn’s disease. I enjoy reading the comments, and replies. The feedback is wonderful, because it reassures me that I am not the only one in the world that is going through these issues.

Support and understanding from others who get it

Blogging about my experiences with Crohn’s disease allows me to vent, knowing that I won’t get picked on. Sure, I have my share of bad days, and sometimes I need to just let it all out. I really think that sharing my frustrations about the disease with an online community that understands me is important. I am not judged, and always see words of support and encouragement from fellow bloggers.

I write about Crohn’s disease because it is relaxing to me. Some people like to run to relieve their stress. Others do some reading. Well, coming home after a long day at work and sitting down to type about something I am passionate about is very relaxing. I lay on the same couch, in the same position. I keep my cup of tea next to me, and I let my fingers do the typing.

I blog because I want to help others

I know that since I have started writing about my Crohn’s experience that I have become a better person. I know I am helping others, and others are helping me. I really am a strong believer that good things happen to good people! There are good things that come out of Crohn’s disease. Blogging and helping others are a few of them!

I feel part of a big family. I am part of a family that understands me. I am part of a family that supports me. Even though I can’t meet many of my Crohn’s family, I do pray for them. I pray that tomorrow will be a better day for all of those who suffer every day. I also pray that one day, we will find a cure for Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases. I would love to witness that day!

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