Mindy Bartleson is sharing this guest blog today. Mindy is 24 years old and has had type 1 diabetes since she was seven. She lives in Boston, works and volunteers in diabetes and is an avid diabetes camper! Mindy started a crowd funder, yesterday, to get her book on coming of age with chronic illness and mental health published. Read on!
They say the scariest thing is right before you start. Well, I’d hate to disagree with the statement, but for me… the scariest thing has always been asking for help and now I’m adding it’s also scary to admit something (sometimes big) out loud.
That’s what I’m doing.
You see, two years ago I started the journey of writing a book. I’m pursuing self-publishing. It’s about coming of age with chronic illness and mental health. My goal was to finish all of the content before I turned 24 so rose-colored glasses wouldn’t impact all of my experiences, and I was able to meet this goal last year. I’ve focused on the fact that yes these things can suck, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. I want to balance the positive with the negative of life experiences with honesty.
I’ve always wanted to be an author, but to be perfectly honest, I never saw myself writing this type of book. I never thought I’d write about growing up with type 1 diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, loss, and a few other things I’ve experienced in 24 years, but I have!
Mindy is self-publishing an honest book about growing up with chronic illness and mental health. She wrote the content before rose colored glasses impacted her experiences too much. To help get this book published, you can visit the crowdfunding page to learn more, back her project, and help spread the word. You can also follow Mindy on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her blog “There’s More to the Story”.