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Building a Bright Future for Diabetes Care and Management by Writing Where It Hurts

Alexandra C.H. Nowakowski, PhD, MPH, J. E. Sumerau, PhD, Lain A.B. Mathers, BS, MA


Getting insight into the illness experiences of people with highly prevalent chronic conditions like diabetes is positively critical for all of us in the health world, whether were more on the clinical care side or more on the research side or experiencing things from the patient or family perspective. To illuminate these complex interplays between clinical and community elements of living well with diabetes and other chronic conditions, we need narratives and critical analysis of all aspects of illness experience.

To promote sharing of these narrativesboth from people with diabetes and from a diverse array of others living with chronic physical and mental health conditions as well as experiences within and between marginalized communitieswe started the Write Where It Hurts project. WWIH is a narrative-based blog and social media outreach hub focused on disclosure and critical analysis of experiences in health and the social world that are challenging and/or traumatic in nature.

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