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March 2019 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses

March 2019 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

So the months are rolling along pretty quickly, don’t you think? How has the year been for you so far? I hope that the balance scales have been tipped more toward the good than the bad. Here are the writing prompts for March. I hope that they will allow you to portray what you’ve been up to, and also to express your thoughts and feelings for how you’ll be handling the month ahead. Happy writing, and can’t wait to read every single one of them – I truly do enjoy the experience 🙂

What It’s All About

It is a monthly get together for anyone with chronic illnesses. An opportunity to share, to listen, and to learn from one another. I also think it’s a great way to provide insight into life with chronic pain, from many different points of view. All you have to do is write a short excerpt for at least three of listed prompts, and publish it on your blog. Then click on the blue ‘Add Your Link’ button below to add your blog entry here. Voilà, you’re now part of the party!

A Few Simple Rules:

  1. Only 1 link per website.
  2. Do comment on at least 2 other blog posts in this linkup if you participate. Helping to spread the word on your social media is always appreciated, but not required.
  3. This linkup starts on the 1st of every month. There will be 5 different prompts. It will close at the end of each month before midnight. All timings listed are in Singapore time (+8 GMT).
  4. Pick at least 3 of the prompts to write about. 5 is best, of course! 😉
  5. We also ask that you share this main link to at least one of your social media outlets within the same month.
  6. Failure to follow these rules might get you blacklisted from future linkups. Let’s keep it fair for all 🙂

Prompts for the Month

  1. Failing
  2. Life is all about ups and downs, and as human beings, it’s impossible not to fail from time to time. Yet how we respond to these stumbles can make or break us. It’s alright to feel upset about these failures for a little while and to sit with these emotions. That’s a natural response. It is also wonderful if we choose to rise above them. Sometimes failures aren’t directly related to us either. Perhaps somebody or something has failed you in some way. How will you be dealing (or not dealing) with this?

  3. Succeeding
  4. “Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” – I think this quote by Corita Kent is apt, especially for those of us who live with chronic pain. A daily invisible battle that no one sees or feels save us. To go through each of these moments and to find pockets of joy within them is a mark of tenacity, a beautiful thing, and speaks volumes about your character. Of course, there are many many other things to succeed in life as well! Acquiring a new job or advancing your career, completing a project, getting your family together for a meal, or even managing to get a decent night of sleep, just to name a few.

  5. Pausing
  6. Every now and then, it’s good to hit the pause button in our routine lives, and to take stock of what’s really going on within it. After all, it’s the little things that wear something down or build something up. It’s good to just stop, assess the situation, adjust the sails if need be, before carrying on. Or, you could even be hitting pause on the Netflix binges because you’re feeling better, or hitting pause on work or other obligations because you’re entering a flare up phase 🙁

  7. Deciding
  8. Life is all about decisions, isn’t it? Small ones, big ones, they all add up. It’s important to make decisions for ourselves, as no one else will bear the consequences at the end of the day but us. Alternatively, you don’t have to take this prompt so seriously and have a bit of fun with it! Like…what should you bake for tomorrow? Important question when you have limited energy supplies 😉

  9. Thriving
  10. Last month we talked about surviving. This month let’s elevate it to thriving. Whilst I know that many of us are simply trying to get through each painful or depressing moment – I am in that state myself – I thought that this was a good opportunity for a ‘follow up’ prompt. Perhaps it might inspire some of you to make some voluntary changes for yourself. Or at least, give a bit of food for thought. I know that I’m keen to read what others have to say about this prompt. Every month others always unearth some important reminder that I may have forgotten, and thriving is a vital one 🙂

You can find the previous linkups on this page, if you needed reference or wanted to read them.

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Carrie Kellenberger
March 15, 2019 16:14

Hi Sheryl,

Your writing prompts for this month were very motivating as are your own words. I just wanted to say thank you for constantly putting in the time to support other chronic illness bloggers. You are invaluable to our community and I, for one, am very grateful to call you a friend. I’m following you online and I know you’re in rough shape right now. Just wanted to send some words of love and encouragement to you and a quick reminder that you’re not alone. We’re all wishing you a speedy (as speedy as can be for us chronic folks) recovery.

Niamh Kane
Niamh Kane
March 6, 2019 07:34

Hi Sheryl, I could really relate to what you wrote especially ” it’s the little things that wear something down or build something up” I really felt this in my heart to be true. I’m also eager to see what others write on the prompts especially thriving as I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit for all we manage on such limited resources. Thanks for this month’s motivators! x

Niamh Kane
Niamh Kane
March 20, 2019 03:35
Reply to  Sheryl Chan

They have really hit a note with me this month. It’s actually led to me finally renaming my blog and starting to prioritise a bit better while I’m baselining. I hope you are recovering from the dengue and have a wealth of support and love around you while your body heals what it can! Thinking of you xx