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Lightning rod

Considering health activism through blogging? Be careful what you wish for. Are you prepared to become a lightning rod for your cause? We’d all like to be happy little bloggers. You will face opposition, criticism, insults, and more. A lot of it will get very personal. The people who appreciate you the most are the least likely to let you know you’re doing a good job. Most days you will wonder if anyone ever visits your blog or reads beyond the headline on Twitter.

Don’t call me fragile!

My chronic illness started at age five. As a result, my diagnosis became part of my identity.  Words like “sick one”, “weak”, “sensitive”, “can’t take the stress”, and “fragile” dot my life story. I resisted the stereotype by over-achieving. All that extra effort ultimately reinforced the unpleasant reputation by triggering a migraine anyway. I would …