Monday, March 22, 2010

Finding a Meaningful Path When Life Changes Course


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I feel like I've been forced to give up most of what gave me satisfaction and made me, well, me since becoming sick seven years ago. In particular my legal career. However, stumbling into blogging and developing my voice as an advocate has helped me feel as though my life has a sense of purpose outside of me, my health and my day-to-day drama.

I started blogging in 2006 because I enjoyed conducting research about migraines, chronic pain and depression and sharing that information with other patients. Before law school I was a journalist and I also missed the research and writing that had been such an integral part of my life for so many years. Blogging seemed like a natural way to satisfy these interests. Little did I know how deeply satisfying the blogging would become and the kind of contribution I could make to other patients just by doing what I love.

In addition to writing about news and research developments and my own experiences and feelings about living with chronic diseases, I've also been able to help readers find resources to get help for legal problems, find health care providers and apply for and receive Social Security Disability benefits to which they are entitled.

The truth of the matter is that I'm finding that helping patients with health-related legal issues is what I'm truly passionate about. I loved my work in the legistlative branch of the government, but the reality is that I'm unlikely to ever be able to return to that setting. But a practice helping people with disability and benefits related legal issues on my own terms is probably within reach. I'm not healthy enough yet to give very much of my time, but I'm hopeful that I'll get there. In the meantime it's immensely gratifying to be able to give little bits & pieces of myself as I'm able to and to receive so much in return from my truly wonderful readers.

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