When my struggles with ulcerative colitis began, I was scared to share all of the details.
I was worried if I told too much, people would be grossed-out or even worse, think that I was complaining too much.
We all have our own challenges… was sharing mine even valid compared to what others were going through?
But as I shared my story and began hearing from others around the world, who were experiencing some of the same symptoms I was, I realized that my sharing wasn’t just for me, it was for others too. My story was helping them discover ways to talk about their own health issues and begin advocating for themselves with their doctors and families.
And that feeling was incredible!
By speaking my truth, the good, the bad, the ugly, and by sharing the strategies I was using to manage my symptoms, I was helping others do the same.
There is someone out there right now who needs your story. They need to hear from you to know that they are not alone. Your story has a ripple effect. And your story can change lives.
Your story truly can be someone else’s survival guide.
If you’ve been sitting on a story that you feel could be life-changing to someone else, I encourage you to share it. On social media, in a blog, via video, or simply sit down and share it with a trusted friend.
You honestly never know who you’ll impact or whose life you’ll change. ❤️