Thursday, 3 November 2011

Health Blogging Month - Catch Up! (Days 1, 2, 3)

I'm behind the rest of the world - there's a Health Blogging Month challenge on - with a topic set every day by WEGO Health for bloggers to write about.  It started on the First of November, so since it's the Third, I'm a bit behind.  Thought I'd have a go at catching up!

Topic 1: Titles of my Future Book Say you're writing a book about your life, community, condition, or Health Activism. Come up with 5 working titles and a quick book jacket synopsis.

Hope Beyond Pain A Christian devotional book for people suffering from chronic illnesses. The book offers comfort, understanding, and a sense of God present in the struggles of everyday life.

Smile: It Could Be Worse A book of jokes and humorous anecdotes to lighten the bad days.

Smile Anyway: It Did Get Worse The sequel to the mediocre-selling "Smile: It Could Be Worse" has more jokes, and ideas to lighten the mood when everything hurts and you don't have anything else to smile about.

How They Cured Lupus Remember Lupus? In the early 21st Century, scientists found the final cure for this disease that had disrupted many lives. This book tracks the history of that ground-breaking discovery. (I think lots of people with lupus what to write this particular book!)

I Love a Lupie! This is a book for family, carers and friends of people with Lupus and other chronic diseases. It helps you to understand what is happening with your loved one, and gives you concrete ideas to support and encourage them. Often, it is the little things you do and say that will make a huge difference.

Topic 2: My TV Show Your blog is being turned into a TV show! Congrats - you've earned it. In fact, you get to co-write it. Write about the TV show based on your life or blog.

Just a Bit Lupie is a situation comedy about a single mum with lupus, two teenagers with Asperger's syndrome, and too many not very well-trained pets. Mum tries her best to care for everyone else, but half the time can't really care for herself. The kids have great ideas about helping out, but suffer from "domestic blindness" and don't see that they leave absolute chaos in their wake. Mum spends her life swallowing pills that she hates - and dealing with bizarre health conditions that seem to appear at the absolute worst of times. She fantasises about being able to wear high-heeled shoes, but always ends up in flats with broad toes. Daughter changes either the degree, the major, or the university she's studying at every episode. Son is an IT nerd who lives in cyberspace, built his first computer when he was 12, and can't cope with the thought of a computer in distress.

Topic 3: Dear 18 year old me. Write a letter to yourself when you were 18. Be sure to tell yourself what to do more of, what to do less of, and what you have to look forward to in the next few (or several) years.

Dear Iris,

There are so many things I would love to tell you, about life, about the future.

The first, and perhaps most important is: if a man constantly borrows money from you and doesn't repay you; and is consistently unkind and uncaring towards you, DO NOT MARRY HIM, whatever your mother says.

That out of the way, never give up doing what you love. Don't stop writing, doing crafts and art. Don't lose your creativity. When bad times come, and they will, you will find great comfort in words, in music, and in art.

Lose weight - and keep it off. You are going to become sick in the future, in fact, although you don't realise it you already are sick. Getting your weight under control will help you prevent complications later.

Pregnancy is going to be complicated and frightening, and you will never know if your babies will survive. It will be worth it, when you see the absolutely amazing adults they grow into. You will be totally awed by their talents, their wisdom, and their love for the world they live in.

Hold fast to your faith. There is nothing in life that is too great a challenge, if you know you are not facing it alone. 

Keep your medical history written down. You are going to be asked so many times what medicines you have ever taken, what surgery you have ever had (and there'll be lots of both) that it will be too much to carry around in your head.

Value your friendships. Never give up on your friends - when you can look back over 20 years or more with someone, and see how you've shared the ups and downs together over that time, it is a precious gift.

Learn to love you (me). Your gift to those around you is yourself. The better you love and care for yourself, the greater that gift will be.

Life is going to get very, very, difficult. But there will always be good and wonderful things along the way.

God bless you.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days:

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