Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guest Post: Blogging to Beat Cancer


"I sincerely believe blogging can save America."

--John Jay Hooker



Today's drop in the KB bucket comes from Melanie Bowen of Milady.


As I search for ways to deal with the pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia other than prescription drugs, and as I have several friends and loved ones battling one type of cancer or another with mixed results from modern medicine, Melanie shares the idea that what you contribute to your treatment is just as effective as what your doctors prescribe.


If you know someone who is dealing with one of these health issues, please pass this article along. And thank you, Melanie, for working so hard to bring awareness.

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Guest Post: Blogging to Beat Cancer

Blogging can be a great outlet for people going through a rough patch in their lives and looking for an outlet for their emotions. When one is are diagnosed with an illness like cancer, mesothelioma, or a chronic autoimmune disorder, many don’t consider blogging about it.


When you are diagnosed you will experience any number of emotions and you will become obsessed with learning as much about the disease as possible. Something you will learn when you research this cancer is that there are a lot of survivors and many of them have blogs. Some of these survivors have blogged about their experience and their prognosis from the day they were diagnosed and you may find that reading these blogs inspires you to create one of your own.


Cataloging your emotions through blogging is beneficial to your quality of life and the outcome of your treatment. Your emotions are there to help you fight; to get you through your rough days. Blogging about your feelings allows you to see what you are feeling in words and allows you to better process your emotions. On a bad day of treatment, you may find going back over your blog and re-reading past posts helps your mood improve as you realize that you have overcome worse days, survived through worse feelings and had good days after the bad.


In addition, keeping a blog is a good way to list your goals. Your short term goal is to overcome your cancer but your long term goals are the ones you should blog about. The things you want to do, the places you want to go and the memories you want to make after you overcome your cancer are the goals you should talk about when you blog. These will serve as a daily reminder that you have a life to live and to live that life requires that you fight your hardest today so that you can enjoy many tomorrows.


Being diagnosed with terminal or chronic illness is a way to touch a life; your blog could help someone else going through the same problem find a way to break through the inevitable depression and make an effort to fight. Your words, even those you deem the simplest, could help save a life.


Finally, the benefits of blogging will significantly improve your health because it will improve your mood and alleviate your stress. Stress is known to hamper your immune system, and alleviating those feelings will help your immune system to improve so that you can better fight this disease; and fight for health. Make your thoughts tangible--be proactive about your well-being.

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Melanie Bowen is an advocate for natural health and cancer patients. She highlights the great benefits of different nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments that can significantly help those going through a time of illness.

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