When we suffer from a serious illness and are fortunate enough to experience a remarkable recovery, it is only natural to want to share your story of recovery with others in an effort to motivate and inspire them during their own personal struggle.
I truly believe that when you set a goal to help others you will actually be helping yourself too. The more you think about caring for others the less time you will spend worrying about your own problems. To be able to motivate and inspire others is a skill that is not too difficult to learn.
There are a number of ways that you can share your story. You can write a book, take place in radio interviews, speak at appropriate group functions, develop a video, use your social media to get your message out there and source others that you can help you. Often you can do the latter by contacting health organisations related to the health issues that you have recovered from. There are council supported organisations and specialist groups for various serious illnesses, such as the National Stroke Foundation of Australia and the Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA).
Whatever marketing and promotion method you decide to use, you would also benefit greatly by having a website and/or a blog to further promote what it is you are doing.
Also consider having a major launch for your book. There is no reason why you cannot have more than one launch and book signing. Place a video of the launch on You Tube and embed it onto your website. Have a photo gallery and direct all of those who appear in the photos to your website to view how you have included them in your promotion. They in turn will look (bringing traffic to your website) and possibly tell others as well.
Share your story of recovery and help others who may also be suffering from a major illness. They and their caregivers want to know how to cope with the demons they have to face and are looking for inspiration to motivated them. Your story may really help them.
Hints and Tips
Don’t be too self centered when you are recovering from an illness. Think about helping others who are also suffering a similar adversity. Share your story and make sure as many people as possible hear it and can be inspired by it. Those of us who recover from a serious illness should be ambassadors to others wanting help on their pathway to recovery.
Barbara Gabogrecan sharing her thoughts