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May Writing Prompts for People with Chronic Illnesses & Disabilities

May Writing Prompts for People with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities

Don’t say it first – how did we even get to May already?! It’s time for the May writing prompts in the blink of an eye. Is it an age thing, the lockdown, or do we all feel time speeding by just the same?

I haven’t even had a chance to crank out my April entry yet as it was an extremely busy month for me. Hopefully I’ll get to participate the May writing prompts (or sneakily enter in April’s, too…).

But I promise to keep these monthly linkups going because it’s just too much fun reading your entries, and also as a way to keep in touch with other spoonies around the world. Looking forward to reading your entry soon!

May 2021 Awareness Dates

All Month:

Days & Weeks:

*Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Let me know if I missed anything out and I’ll add it in!

What The May Writing Prompts are About & How to Participate

The linkups are a monthly get together for anyone with a chronic illness, mental disorder or disability. An opportunity to share, to listen, and to learn from one another through shared writing prompts. 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 using at least three of the writing prompts listed below, and publish it on your blog, or to a free writing platform like Medium. Then click on the blue ‘Add Link’ button to add your blog post to this page. Voilà, you’re now part of the linkup party!

2021 May Writing Prompts

  • Only one link submission per website.
  • Do comment on at least two other blog posts in this linkup if you participate. Helping to spread the word on your social media is always appreciated, but not required.
  • Linkups start on the first of every month. There will be five different writing prompts. It will close at the end of each month before midnight. All timings listed are in Singapore time (+8 GMT).
  • Pick at least three of the writing prompts to write about. Five is best, of course! 😉 You can write about your latest experiences with chronic illness, or even turn it into an evergreen blog post.
  • Insert a link to this post when you submit your blog entry for auto verification.
  • Failure to follow these rules might get you blacklisted from future linkups. Let’s keep it fair for all 🙂

Get the May Writing Prompts!

  1. Pushing
    Have you been pushing yourself too hard of late? Or perhaps you’re pushing past your comfort zone in a good way. Has someone been pushing you to your limits, or circumstances pushing you past your boundaries and not by choice? You could also be literally shoving at something, or pushing paper…
  2. Stretching
    Are you being stretched to your limits of late, be it because of chronic pain, inaccessibility, annoying people, a new pet, toddler or something else? You might be stretched thin with too much work, chores, appointments or things to knock out on your todo list. Or you might be stretching your budget, or even dough for a new, home-baked recipe!
  3. Disciplining
    Discipline is a crucial element for forming healthy habits; are you doing something to improve your quality of life and wellbeing of late? Or perhaps you are trying to be disciplined with studies, blogging, boundaries, a sleep routine, coffee, junk food intake, or just about anything else. You could also be disciplining naughty children or pets!

    Preserving
    Are you preserving your energy or spoons for something special or necessary this month, or maybe just pacing a little more to get through each day? You could be preserving pickles or making your own fermented foods. Or preserving something in gold…Hmm…

  4. Thanking
    There’s always something to be thankful about, though it can be so very hard. For some inspiration, check out the #MyDailyThankYou hashtag on Twitter, started by the lovely @Not_Just_Tired, who lives with ME/CFS. You could be keeping a gratitude journal, thanking your lucky stars, showing gratitude to loved ones, or even to your own body for sustaining you thus far, despite everything.

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5 comments

  • Avatar of Carrie Kellenberger

    Thanks so much for a great month of prompts, Sheryl! I can’t believe it’s almost June!

  • Avatar of Katie Clark

    My next post. Also, May is Fibromyalgia Awareness and Fibromuscular Awareness. So much going on in MAY!

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      It’s crazy how they squeeze it all into some months, whilst others are just rather empty, no?! Yes fibro is included on the list under the ‘May 12th International Awareness Day’ 🙂 But I’ll add the month in too because important!

  • Avatar of Claire Saul

    Sheryl – can I add Ehlers Danlos Syndromes & Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders Awareness month to your May list?! C x

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Thanks for pointing that out, Claire, I’ve added it in! Also added #REDS4VEDS Day on May 21! 🙂 Hope to see you in the linkup if you ever feel up to it! x

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