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I hurt, Therefore I Blog

The New York Times is doing a blog series on headache and migrain, and I've been thoroughly enjoying it. A lot of what they write about is generalizable to chronic pain and illnesses in general. I think I've bookmarked almost every post in my
Delicious
site. But the latest post
Beyond Kittens, Beyond Angels
has to be the best by far.

The article features three of my favorite chronic pain-related bloggers, and discusses how chronic pain affects blogging, and what factors go into a chronic pain related blog. I've often said that my blog is not always a happy blog, but it is a real blog. I tell it like it is. And I'm so glad to see the voices of women who deal with pain out here in the big, wide blogosphere.

Blogging has given me a voice I don't have anywhere else. Some of what I write here is stuff that no one else wants to here. It's hard to hear about the pain and how it makes everything more difficult. People don't necessarily want to hear that life with pain makes church challenging. And often, I don't want to say things verbally, but I can and do say them here.

Medically, I see a lot of value in blogging for managing pain. The work I've been doing to meet my new years goals and the accountability and measurement I get on the blog has helped me to make wiser decisions on pain management and psychological issues. And the feedback I get in public and friendslocked posts allows me to make decisions about what to ask at my next doctor's appointments. And the written record I have on what I've tried can be incredibly helpful.

I sincerely hope that more women and men with chronic pain will blog. Our voices are needed, and the benefits to us are too important to pass up.

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