At some point, I want to broaden my writing. I am contemplating starting an additional blog that will function as more of a professional website where I will write more generally and more broadly about various counseling and mental health issues. Awhile back, I considered turning this blog into my professional blog since I already have a number of followers, but as I considered this, I realized how important it is to me that I keep this blog on a specific focus.
It’s not that I don’t want to post anything unrelated to pain and illness here. I will continue to write about the books I’m reading, things I’ve learned, and whatever happens to be on my mind. But, I have decided that for the most part this blog will remain a niche blog on all things pain and illness related.
People have occasionally suggested that my books could reach a broader audience. My book on grieving could apply to a number of issues. My book on work and service could apply to anyone who feels limited in life. If I took this approach, I would likely sell more copies and reach more people. And someday, I may write a book for a more general audience. But, I keep coming back to how important it is to me to tailor my writing to an audience of individuals with chronic pain and illness.
When your physical reality changes, everything else in life changes with it. You cannot approach life in the same ways you have before. Advice you received in the past may not work anymore. Wonderful Christian books and resources may seem just a little bit “off,” because they talk about things you are physically unable to do or that don’t fit into your life anymore. For these books and resources to make sense and actually help, you have to tailor the advice to your new experience, limitations, and physical reality.
Over time, I have realized that most everything in the world that you read was written to an audience of able-bodied individuals. Individuals with limiting and debilitating physical struggles have to do extra work when they read most material. Oftentimes, the information is great, but an extra step has to be taken to do the work of figuring out what to do with the information when everything in our lives is different than individuals who are healthy.
I want to bridge that step. I want to take away the work that comes with taking material focused on able-bodied individuals and seeking to apply it to someone who has to spend all day in bed.
And that is the main reason I write specifically for individuals with chronic pain, and why I have no intention of stopping. I never want to give the impression that chronic pain and illness are the worst things that can happen to people. They aren’t the worst; they are just different. And they are different in a very specific way that leaves no part of life untouched. It is this difference I am interested in.
It is this difference I like to write about. I want to touch people so specifically that they read what I have written and feel like I have been observing their very lives and thoughts. I want to hit on the issues that arise out of physical limitations so keenly that a clear path is provided forward. No translating. No tailoring. No figuring out which parts can still apply to you when you struggle to walk across the room. Just a straight path forward.
This is my hope. I am sure that not everything I write applies to everyone who reads here, but it is my hope to describe this form of suffering accurately so that I can touch on answers in intimate and specific ways. I want to serve all of you, my readers, well. I hope many of you will follow me over to my other blog once it is launched. But I also hope that all of you can find a safe place here where you feel known and understood by each word on each page. I want this to be a home that feels comfortable for those with physical limitations, because topics about all aspects of life are written about in a way that applies directly to you.