A wide variety of blogs populate the cyberworld! I follow several in various genres – education, medical research, business practices, blogs about blogging — but one of my favorite topics is and will probably always be by and about people coping with adversity with grace, humor, and fortitude.
Several blogs that I admire amaze me because invariably they share personal experiences in open, informative, educational, yet entertaining ways. It is a gift to be able to communicate in this way! I’ve spent decades as a caregiver, but I am reticent to share the story of the many challenges my husband and I have faced and overcome through the years. I treasure laughter and a positive outlook. Melancholy does not become me. Finding a balance is a work in progress.
Over the past months I have been particularly inspired by several bloggers who openly share their very personal journeys. Each has found a unique and captivating “blog voice.” Today I want to take time to convey my appreciation of their work. Here are the top five on my heroes list. There is no way I can choose a #1 favorite, so they’re loosely grouped by general topic area.
Beth Britton: D4Dementia. Beth offers insight and reminisces about her father’s journey and the lessons she learned during his years with vascular dementia. One of her posts has been nominated and is short-listed to receive a Roses 2012 Media Award. She is attending the event as I write this!
Charlie Korving: Hope Goes Up and Down. Charlie chronicles the roller coaster ride she and her husband face as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury. I always enjoy reading Charlie’s poignant, funny, inspiring posts about the personal journey she and Jake are traveling on their way back to a new normal.
Bev Ribaudo: Parkinson’s Humor. Bev is the self-described Happy Parkie! Her optimism is contagious, and she is a much beloved member of the extended family of people with Parkinson’s Disease both on and offline. She describes her daily struggles in her blog entries, but she always balances the downside with a healthy dose of humor and education.
Robyn Michele Levy. Robyn Levy Gallery. Robyn is an extremely talented artist and author. She blogs about her life with multiple medical diagnoses — including Parkinson’s Disease and cancer – and her posts are always succinct yet 100% spot on! This wordy speechie can learn much from her about the power of less is more!
Jonathan Stevens: Dialogue with Disability. Dr. Stevens is the newest addition to my list of favorite bloggers. Like Robyn, he has a beautiful, succinct style of writing. His blog is divided into several different topic areas. I have not yet had a chance to read all of his work, but I find his sections on stuttering and Parkinson’s Disease touching and thought provoking! He uses exactly the right number of words needed to convey his powerful message. No more; no less. His eloquence is beautiful in its simplicity.
I highly recommend that you check out the work of these talented, generous-spirited bloggers! To Beth, Bev, Charlie, Robyn, and Jonathan, I want to once again say thank you so much for sharing your talent so openly with us. Kudos!
Cynthia Williams Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP owns Bowen Speech-Language Therapy, LLC in Clearwater, FL. Cyndee provides quality, creative, collaborative treatment to adults and adolescents with communication, swallowing, Parkinson’s, and related disorders.