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April Writing Prompts for People with Chronic Illnesses & Disabilities

April Writing Prompts for People with Chronic Illnesses & Disabilities

It’s April, which means it’s time for the April writing prompts! April is also my birthday month, so naturally it’s one of my favourites! The party mood’s been dampened a bit this year because of my broken knees, but I’ll try to enjoy it a little.

Can you believe that a quarter of the year has passed already? I’m glad in a way, as it hasn’t been the best year at all so far. Maybe one of the worst because of this suddenly disability that threw a wrench in my life.

I am currently in a bad flare as well, but I hope to participate and share more about my chronic illness life with you in the April writing prompts. I hope that you will join me, and I look forward to reading your take on the April writing prompts, too!

April 2022 Awareness Dates

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

What The 2022 April 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!

2022 April 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 April Writing Prompts!

  1. Forgetting
    Have you been forgetting to do certain tasks or all-the-things because of brain fog or something else? Or perhaps you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be healthy, or what it’s like to go out without a mask on.

    You could also feel forgotten by your loved ones or the world, as chronic illness and the accompanying fatigue and pain seem neverending.

    Or perhaps they forgot an important date such as a birthday or anniversary, and it’s making you feel sad. You could also be trying to forget a traumatic experience, something someone said and more.

  2. Modifying
    Have you had to modify your diet, lifestyle, sleeping and waking habits, routine, environment, workspace or something else due to chronic illness or the pandemic?

    Or perhaps you’ve had to modify your blog, something on your social media, your resume, or some work.

    You could also be trying to modify your or someone else’s attitude and behaviour, or trying to shift a perspective.

  3. Maintaining
    Are you trying to maintain a healthy new habit, diet, routine, or something else this month? Or perhaps you’re simply trying to maintain the bare minimum of feeling decent.

    You could also be maintaining your house, garden, skills, vehicle. Or maybe trying to upkeep a certain lifestyle, appearance or persona.

  4. Vocalising
    Are you advocating for a cause, chronic illness, mental illness or disability for April in particular? How are you vocalising and raising awareness for that, if so?

    You could also be self-advocating and speaking up more, or vocalising a need or want, whether at an appointment, in a relationship, at your workplace, or anywhere else.

    Perhaps your infant is starting to make their first sounds, or you could even be participating in an actual choir or opera!

  5. Trusting
    Do you have trouble trusting someone or something this month? Perhaps a doctor, a family member, a friend, the news, or even certain ingredients on a label?

    Perhaps you feel like you can no longer trust your body. Or that others no longer trust you with responsibilities or activities.

    You could be simply letting go, and choosing to trust certain processes. Or maybe you’ve chosen to put your trust in a person or belief. You could also be working on some trust issues.

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12 comments

  • Avatar of Max

    Hey, Sheryl. Apologies, but I accidentally sent you my April Writing Prompt link in the comments. I misread. I thought when you said, “Insert ink on this post,” I thought you meant in the comments. However I found the, “Add Link,” option and fixed it. Im sorry.

  • Avatar of The Chronic Cure

    You’re experiencing bad flare ups and dealing with knee injuries? It seems you’ve been through hell, Sheryl. I also saw the chronic injuries you dealt with in the past. It sounds like you’ve had several difficult experiences in your past. With that being said, I am interested in prompt 4’s, “Vocalizing.” Personally, I feel that many of western society’s chronic issues, such as back pain, tinnitus, tendinitis, etc, is caused by unconscious rage and repressed emotions. Additionally, thousands of patients with a multitude of chronic ailments have been treated successfully with this diagnosis. I speak about this a lot on my website. I feel that it is important to vocalize this conclusion so that I can perhaps assist those who are suffering.

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Hi Simon, thanks for sharing! If you like, you can write a blog post on your site and share it with us in the April Linkup too 🙂

      • Avatar of Max

        I’d love to write a blog post and share it with you all at the April Linkup. Also, just so I make sure I understand the rules of this event, would you like us to write 3-5 separate blog post with the selected prompts, or are we meant to use the selected topics in a singular blog? Thank you.

  • Avatar of Anne Sweet

    Hi Sheryl, I’m having some trouble with an ad on the left hand side of my screen which is obscuring parts of your post and I can’t get rid of it.
    Im sorry you are still feeling rough, but I hope you manage to do something to make your birthday special. xx

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Thanks for letting me know Anne! I’ve asked them to remove it but it takes a few days apparently. Hopefully it gets removed soon so it doesn’t obscure your view anymore. Thank you so much.

  • Avatar of Sue Jackson

    Hey, Sheryl –

    Great prompts for this month! So sorry to hear you’ve been worse than usual. Me, too, since I got COVID in January 🙁 I wish you hadn’t reminded me the year is one-quarter gone all ready!!

    Hope things improve for you –

    Sue
    Live with ME/CFS

    P.S. Was having some trouble with your pop-up ads along the left side covering the text of your post.

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Haha thanks Sue… time flies, but I’m so looking forward to 2023 already with my knee and disability current living situation. And I’m sorry about the ads – Thanks for letting me know! I sent another email to remind them to remove it asap.

  • Avatar of Caz / InvisiblyMe

    Broken knees and a bad flare, which makes your dedication to the chronic illness community all the more impressive, Sheryl. Thank you for continuing to do this as I know it means a lot for many of us. I’m loving the prompts for this month, great choices as always. I’m looking forward to the posts from those participating!

    Sending gentle hugs, Sheryl. I really do hope there are brighter days around the corner for you but this year so far must be incredibly tough. Take good care of yourself lovely. We’re all rooting for you. 💜 xxxxx

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      Thanks Caz, you’re always so kind and lovely! Haha I do it in part because I enjoy writing and whatnot! 🙂 It does help to organise my thoughts and gives me something to focus on despite all the crappy stuff. Sending hugs to you too! Hope to read your entry in the linkup someday! 🙂

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