What I learn from interviewing others

Everyone has a story. Too many people think their story is not worth anything. That it is not ‘special’ enough.

But all stories are, when told with guts and honesty.

I’ve stumbled upon a community of people who have profound stories to tell. It is not a community anyone chooses to join. We are ill. And the stories are of death and dying, pain and trauma, but also of survival and living.

I’ve learned I’m not alone. Each time I interview another person, I learn a little trick or a hard-won insight that changes my approach to my own illness. Doctors don’t know these, nor do carers. Only the ill.

And I’ve learned there are many of us – more than 4.5 million live with chronic illness (many of them invisible) in Australia alone. There are so many stories to tell, and to learn from.

What is your story? And whose story do you know?

4 comments

  1. I was recently diagnosed with MS -I will never forget that day when my neurologist told me I had MS. All I did was smile and listen to the doctor speak about my condition, but really it was all noise in my ear. I was so numbed to the news and did not want the doctor to see me cry. But it all hit me when I left the doctor’s office. I began to cry in the middle of the lobby, and out of nowhere a woman came up to me and hug me tightly and said, “it’s going to be ok.” I never saw her face, but I remember her arms and her warm voice..

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  2. I too am a lady with MS and a story….I use my MS to make a new story for myself each day while I pace my energy in order to enjoy life without overdoing it and loving it!

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  3. Yes, we all have a story. I believe that one choice that is always in our hands is attitude when faced by our personal monster. We can chose to make it a hero or a victim’s journey. I admire your choice Astrid! Shuli

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