Story Matters – Writing the Story of Your Illness
Stories are vital to community, how we connect and learn about who we are, why we’re here, and how we belong. Story preserves history and elicits laughter. It plunges us to the depths of ourselves and sets us soaring to the skies.
Story is the tale of our lives. And it matters.
Yet writing our story can be challenging, perhaps not worth the time and effort. Add an unwanted illness, and wrestling our thoughts to the page can seem almost impossible.
Where do I start? What do I write? Will anyone care? Does it even matter?
I’ve asked these questions. Often. And I’ve discovered that our stories are where we begin, a connecting point, opening doors and shortening the valleys of loneliness and isolation, and sometimes our stories offer a glimmer of hope to someone standing at the edge of hopelessness who recognizes with sudden surprise, “Oh, you too? I thought I was the only one.”
Story can start the conversation.
Story can be the place where hope begins.
If you’d like to explore the idea of writing your story, we’d love to help. We’ve created a resource full of thoughtful questions and helpful tips, and we’d love to offer it to you free, our gift to help you begin.
A free downloadable pdf of Writing the Story or Your Illness can be found on our Printables page.
Cindee Snider Re
Author and Co-Founder at Chronic Joy Ministry, Inc.
Cindee is a wife of 26 years to the man she loves most in this world, mama of five world-shaking creatives (17-25), author of Discovering Hope, Finding Purpose and I Take You in Sickness and In Health and photographer, craver of quiet, lover of cotton, denim, Jesus and tea, and co-founder of Chronic Joy Ministry, Inc. Cindee and four of her five kids have Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, intractable migraine, and myriad co-existing conditions.