Three Reasons I’m Struggling to Write

My intention for writing this blog is primarily to share what I’m learning and doing to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  Health and wellness, both inside and out, is something I’m passionate about and could talk about all day long — which is why it’s disheartening that I’m struggling to write about it.

After a lot of reflection, I’ve come up with three main reasons I’m struggling to write:

First, I have so much to learn, how could I possibly pass along information that is new to me, that I am still trying to understand myself?  I’m reading science articles that are quite often over my head, so I’m skimming over why drinking coffee is good for you, for example, and jumping to just drink the darn coffee!  What I’m saying is, I am no authority. I know as much as you do, except I’m trying to write about it.

Second, this might sound strange, but I really don’t want this blog to be about me.  I’m reluctant to write a post about what I’m doing to stay healthy and out in front of Alzheimer’s because I don’t want it to come across as “Look at me! Look at what I’m doing!”  This couldn’t be further from my intention.  I don’t like the spotlight on me.  I just want to share my experience because I know I’m not the only person who is trying to prevent Alzheimer’s.  And I’m certainly not alone in experiencing a loved one going through this.

Finally,why would you care to read what I write?  If you’re like me, you’re being bombarded with social media from all angles.  I’m guessing you barely have time to read your own email, let alone someones elses blog.   I hate to add to your burden.

There you have it, a few of the biggies that have been rumbling around in my head.  I feel better already, but what am I going to do about it?

  1. It’s okay that I’m not an authority on Alzheimer’s disease, or health, nutrition or fitness — as long as you know I’m not an expert, then we’re okay.   Okay?
  2. There’s no way I can get around it — this blog is mostly about me.  I just need to get used to it.  I’ve tried writing in the 2nd and 3rd person and it just doesn’t work.  This is a personal blog.  While it’s about me and my experiences — it’s not all about me — it’s about you too. It’s about all of us because we’re in this together.  That’s how I see it.
  3. I will stop assuming you don’t have time to read this. I’ll write because I want to write.  And if you want to take the time to read what I write — then I thank you.  If not, that’s okay too.  Really.

Okay.  To recap, my writing will be more what than why, it will be about me and you and all of us, and you’ll read it if you want to.  Or not.  Deal?  Deal.

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  1. Shelly Haagenson says:

    Joanne, you’ve gotten it exactly right. That is why I look forward to your blog posts. I can get updates on what’s new in Alzheimer research from Google alerts, but only you can describe how that news is received by someone it impacts. Plus, you’re a very good writer. And I’m sorry I missed you when you were visiting this past weekend. I was doing that which is #1 on your bucket list – “playing with my grandchildren”. 🙂 Paul, Ginny, and Lydia moved into Base housing at Camp Lejeune, and I went to help. But I was very disappointed when I heard that you and Marilyn would only be here for the days while I was gone. I hope it was a good trip for both of you.

    • Joanne Leonardis says:

      Shelly ~ I’m sorry we missed you too, but we knew you were enjoying your family. We had a nice visit. Mom still talks about Cassie and asked to go see her while we were there — it’s one of the few names she’s been able to hang to. If it’s okay with you, I’d like to photograph Cassie next time I’m there and frame it for mom. Thank you for your support Shelly, I appreciate it. I hope to see you next time!

  2. Susan Duff says:

    Deal!

  3. Joanne Leonardis says:

    You make me laugh Susan. : )

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