Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blogging to Heal (Part 1)

I usually don't post on weekends, but I had a dental emergency yesterday, and I need to rest at home today, although I'm sorry to be missing my digital photography field trip at the Getty.

In the last week, I've been doing more research on writing to heal (a topic I've been personally involved in for the last 15 years) and have come across another wonderful book, When Words Heal: Writing Through Cancer, by Dr. Sharon Bray, which "shows that storytelling in a supportive environment can lead to a profound transformation of body, mind, and spirit."

While Dr. Bray's book is targeted at people who want to lead writing groups for cancer survivors, I believe her message applies to any illness. And I've often written about the importance of blogging as a means of developing a virtual support group.

Over the last 29 months, I feel we've gathered together a wonderful group of supportive people--some of whom actively participate by leaving comments--and others who are steadfast readers, but don't feel comfortable leaving comments. Some of these relationships have remained online friendships, and some have become offline friendships as well, where people provide support, love, and advice in a more private way.

In the coming months, I intend to write more about the process of blogging/writing to heal in anticipation of some workshops I will be leading. Through my recent therapy sessions, I have truly understood that the value in having been so ill for so long (for me), and having made such significant progress toward wellness, is that I truly can help other people who are suffering.

Whether you are dealing with depression, bipolarity, cancer (my father died of cancer and I actively participated in helping him develop a wellness program as well as helping him cope with his illness), or issues related to aging (my mother died after a long battle with dementia), or whether you're a spouse, relative, doctor, nurse, caregiver, or survivor of someone who's coping with these illnesses, or has died because of them, I believe I can provide insight, information, techniques, and advice about the blogging/writing process that will help you heal.

3 comments:

David said...

I think you have something to give, as evidenced by the clarity of your writing and that perhaps indefinable something that makes me think of 'trust'.

Best wishes

Wellness Writer said...

Dear David,
Thanks very much! I so appreciate your support. And I'm flattered that you use the word "trust" when you think of me. To be trusted by others is the highest honor!

Susan

sallyo said...

I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say. I'm learning that it helps me understand my husband better the more I write about his illness (with his encouragement).