Writing Out Your RA Life

Leslie Rott Health Guide
  • This summer, I had the opportunity and honor to be a part of the CreakyJoints Writing Group, Writing Your Life: Writing to Heal, lead by Lynn Lauber.


    I had been looking for an in-person writing group for a long time and didn’t find one, especially one that dealt with writing specifically about illness.


    When I heard about the CreakyJoints group, I immediately applied, and when I was accepted, jumped at the chance to be a part of it.


    Lynn is a great teacher, and the other members of the group were fantastic.  Relationships were built through our writing, even though we didn’t know and had never met each other.  Our writing brought us together and gave us an intimate insight into each others lives.

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    I will be forever grateful for the willingness to share and compassion and empathy that flowed through the group even though we started out as strangers.    


    For me, writing has been a huge part of my life, always, but especially in dealing with being diagnosed and living life with lupus and RA.  I have always believed in the power of sharing our stories with others.  But this writing group confirmed and brought out the importance of writing in my life, and how our writing can help and inspire others. 


    I also aspire to write and publish a memoir about my illness experience, so that was my main reason for why I wanted to be a part of the group, to start to solidify my story.


    It’s hard to describe the feeling that comes from sharing your work with others and hearing how they view and interpret what you write.  It is very unique experience, and it can help you find your voice.  


    It certainly helped me find mine.


    It truly was a transformative and healing experience.  It enabled me to define my story and share parts of myself with others. 


    Again, I am so grateful to Lynn and the other members of the writing group.  They helped and encouraged me so, so much. 


    I wish the experience would have lasted longer, but there are so many lessons that I will carry with me into the future, and my future writing. 


    The workshop lasts for 10 weeks and is completely free.


    If you are interested in being part of a future session of the writing group, you can register here


    Registration is easy and basically just requires a short essay on why you want to be a part of the writing group.    

Published On: November 25, 2013