Wednesday, April 4, 2012

WEGO Health Activist Writer's Challenge Month - Day 4

I'm participating in the WEGO Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge. Today’s topic: I write about my health because...

I write about my health because I am a medical oddity. I have myasthenia gravis. I am a thymoma cancer survivor. I have type 1 diabetes. If I don't write about living with all three of these things, no one else will. My experiences dealing with both MG and diabetes may be valuable to the next person who ends up with both.

I write about my health because I want people to know more about MG and diabetes. With MG I am lucky. No one has ever heard of it before, so they don't have a list of prejudices about it. Diabetes comes with a long list of mythology that everyone assumes is true. I write to challenge these myths.

I write about my health because the process of living with both MG and diabetes is so absurd and ridiculous that it needs to be documented. Writing about it helps me continue to live an impossible life. But, mostly I write because I am a writer and writing is what I do.

This post was written from a blog prompt for April 4th  from The Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge at WEGO Health. 

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