It’s time to share about your chronic illness life, using the September writing prompts! Admittedly I haven’t been participating in my own linkups in recent months as much as I’d like to, for a mix of reasons.
But I still get excited whenever I receive a notification of a new entry. Your entry. And I’m always eager to share your story to my social media. My hope is that these life experiences will help to raise awareness about life with invisible illness and disability, bit by bit, month by month.
There also seems to be quite a number of awareness days this month, which I’ve listed below should you wish to raise awareness via the September writing prompts!
As always, looking forward to reading, connecting, engaging and supporting each of you in this little chronic illness and disability writing community.
September 2021 Awareness Dates
- Alzheimer’s Month (2021 Theme: Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s) #KnowDementia #KnowAlzheimers
- Blood Cancer Awareness Month
- Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
- Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
- Cholesterol Education Month
- Food Safety Education Month
- Head Lice Prevention Month
- ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenia) Awareness Month #ITPStrongerTogether #ITPawareness
- Pain Awareness Month #MyPainPlan
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Month
- Prostate Cancer Awareness Month #EatItToBeatIt
- Recovery Month
- Sepsis Awareness Month #SAM2021 #SepsisAwarenessMonth
- Sickle Cell Awareness Month #SickleCellMatters2021
- Urology Awareness Month
- World Sexual Heath Day (04 September) (2021 Theme: “Turn it on: Sexual health in a digital world”)
- Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) #WSPD #WSPD2021 #BeTheLight #WorldSuicidePreventionDay
- Suicide Prevention Week (05 – 11 September) #BeThere #RealConvo
- Usher Syndrome (USH) Awareness Day (13 September) #UshDay
- World Sepsis Day (13 September)
- HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (18 September) #HIVandAging
- Sexual Health Week (13 – 19 September) #SHW21
- World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September)
- Global ITP Awareness Week (20 – 24 September)
- Sport Purple for Platelets Day (24 September)
- World Rabies Day (28 September)
*Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Let me know if I missed anything out and I’ll add it in!
What The September 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 September 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 September Writing Prompts!
Have you been gazing towards the past or future more frequently of late? What do you see, if so? Perhaps you are gazing at your immediate surroundings or out the window instead, whilst practising mindfulness or pain distraction techniques. You could also be gazing at someone or something with either clear or jumbled up emotions.
Has someone been shaming you, or have you been shaming yourself? Perhaps you’ve been shaming yourself into trying to do more despite chronic pain or a disability.
Or perhaps you feel ashamed that you can no longer do the things you were able to do once with ease. You could be seeking help and exploring shame and your inner self with a psychologist, or through journaling.
You could also be tired of all the shaming that goes on in films and social media, against the chronically ill or some other societal issue. Sometimes I am appalled at the shaming that goes on within the chronic illness community itself, even 🙁
Gosh, Sheryl. What’s with the depressing September writing prompts?! Hear me out… Have you been feeling down, broken or defeated of late? Know that you’re never alone, despite whatever it is you’re feeling.
Or perhaps you’ve been focussed on defeating an opponent, overcoming an obstacle or odd. You could be working on self-compassion due to a self-defeating attitude, or be feeling like you’re unable to cope, or don’t know how.
Is there an area in your life you’re concentrating more on in September? You could be concentrating hard on your studies, a book, a hobby, a topic or something else.
You could also have trouble concentrating due to brain fog, sensory overload, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and more.
Concentrating on the news these days can be depressing, so it’s important to redirect all that negative energy into a positive direction instead!
How are you empowering yourself or others this month? It could be to do with women’s rights, giving yourself permission to heal, self-acceptance, forgiveness, letting go or something else.
Doing an activity such as writing, cooking, gardening or exercising could also feel empowering, as it makes you feel more like you despite living with chronic illness.
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