Having Scleroderma gives me an opportunity to decide on a daily basis what I really want to accomplish and focus on OR what can wait till later….when I get to it. Who knows when that could be! I suppose everyone has that same challenge, but when you have a chronic illness I feel it’s essential to pick and choose wisely because more than likely you won’t get it all done! Blogging has been on my “to do” list for years now. I have been told that I should share my experiences with others via blog so it’s out there, on the web for all to access. Maybe I’d inspire others or make someone else with scleroderma or another chronic illness feel less alone. That sounds so great! I love to share my personal experiences with others. Sometimes it’s not about my disease. If it is, I hope people might understand that scleroderma can be manageable and there is life after diagnosis. Actually, that is right up my alley! As a past educator and youth director, I find that humans are my specialty. I enjoy talking to others, helping when I can, making new friends wherever I go, sharing life’s ups & downs, and getting to know people and who they are! This energizes my soul on most days. BUT blogging is not quite the same.
Blogging means that the entire world has access to my inner most thoughts!! Quite a scary thought, don’t you think? I’m a pretty open book and believe sharing stories with others is what can open doors for new relationships or positive interactions that can change lives. However, allowing myself to be transparent to total strangers that I have zero connection with, is definitely out of my comfort zone! Blogs can lead to judgement and criticism, not to mention folks that don’t live in the same “Sheri Happy Bubble World” that I do!!! Personally I don’t want anyone to pop that bubble! I have enough trouble dealing with the bubbles that I accidentally trip over.
But after much thought and prayer, I have decided to start my own blog. What will I share? Will this be strictly about my journey with the disease that I battle? Who will want to read this? Honestly, I don’t know any of those answers yet. What I do know is I believe in life long learning. If I can share my experiences with you and you do the same, then we will both have an opportunity to grow. If I choose not to blog, I have a chance of staying stagnant in life which is not acceptable for myself. So here it goes….wish me luck! My very first blog:
My name is Sheri Hicks and I have scleroderma! Each day I am able to be vertical and get out of bed gives me a new chance to live this beautiful life we’ve been given. I hope you will read and share my blog as I share the challenges and celebrations of life! Wow, I actually did this. Blogging – CHECK! Stay tuned for more…