STORY IS THE TALE OF OUR LIVES — AND IT MATTERS.

Chronic illnessmental illness, and chronic pain​ can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories can open a door, extend hope, and sometimes spark a life-giving, life-changing conversation with someone else along the way.

YOUR STORY MATTERS

Stories are vital to community. They are 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 across the skies.

Yet writing our stories can be challenging.

Where do we start? What do we write? Will anyone care? Does it even matter?

Storytelling has, in some ways, become a lost art in this sound-bite technology age — but have you ever considered that those of us with chronic illness are blessed to move more slowly, to have the gift of time to rekindle this lost art?

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, there are many ways to share our stories — in writing, through music and art, in drama and photography, by talking one-on-one, or in audio and podcast formats.

Story is where hope begins.

It is the tale of our lives, connecting us to one another and shattering isolation.

As we express the stories of our lives, our perspective shifts and we begin to see from a distance what we were unable to see in the moment.

If you’ve ever thought about sharing your story, we’d love to help. We’ve created thoughtful questions and helpful tips to get you started, but remember, these are only a place to begin.

This is your story.

We welcome your submissions. Click here for our guidelines.

Story Matters

Creatively Express Your Story

We can feel isolated and powerless when living with chronic illness, but what if your story begins to bridge the gaps?  What if your story offers a glimmer of hope to someone standing at the edge of hopelessness?

Metaphor • The Language of Pain

Sometimes what we experience because of chronic illness, mental illness, pain, or suffering can not only be difficult to explain but also (for those who don’t experience it) difficult to understand. Metaphor can be a useful tool.

Your Story Matters

We each have a story to tell. You have a story to tell and your story matters. There are many creative ways to tell your story. You can write it, draw it, sing it, paint it, dance it, act it, or build it. Every story is unique -- and every story matters.

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