What are Chrillogs? #Chrillogs are our chronic illness weblogs – our stories of chronic illness as seen through a trauma lens.
I’ve shared my story to offer insights from trauma and nervous system perspectives, such as on my ME/CFS, food intolerances and weight and prediabetes so others might see some of the influences we don’t typically recognize in medicine.
This trauma lens draws on the science of adversity, the broad swath of research from a plethora of specialty areas, and from studies in different chronic diseases. It’s a perspective that helps make sense of symptoms. It’s a paradigm that suggests, even though each one of our stories is unique, that we have more in common than we’ve thought. It’s a perspective that explains how the effects of adversity are not psychological.
Next to come are YOUR stories.
I call these #Chrillogs.
#Chrillogs explore common themes: Different categories of adversity that played a role in YOUR ME/CFS or other chronic illnesses. How understanding trauma helps YOU feel less fear or worry when symptoms spike or you experience side effects from something you do or try. The tools YOU use to stabilize or soften or heal your symptoms or flares. How YOU experience that being sick is neither your fault nor even your body’s fault.
By speaking up and being more visible each of our stories validates the journey for others. It helps us all realize we are not alone. It connects us as a tribe.
By speaking out our stories help others acknowledge the depth of work that is possible. It offers examples of ways to help our bodies shift and heal, even if it’s not a “cure” (even as that happens too).
We are so much more than our illnesses. Even as we have also been shaped and molded by these life-altering adventures we would never have consciously chosen.
#Chrillogs are why I share the research. Because knowledge can be life-changing. It can show us new and more accepting ways of relating to our bodies, being with our tender feelings, and of connecting with ourselves, quirks and all.
Some authors will use their real names and locations. Others will use an assumed name and place where the live to protect their privacy.
If you’re thinking about sharing your story, know that you don’t have to be cured or even “better,” it’s about how the trauma lens helps you. Send me an email and we’ll explore it together.