Blog Of the Week: Keeping things inside is bad for my health
Marissa Troy of the Keeping things inside is bad for my health ulcerative colitis (UC)/inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)/ostomy blog reminds me of two very different but very cool women. Her last name and face remind me of USS Enterprise-D’s counselor Commander Deanna Troi (nerd alert); a wise, empathic, even ethereal being who always has the best advice for the worst situation, or the perfect word of encouragement or support. On the other hand, she strikes me as resembling another girl who also kept a journal that was part everyday life and part dealing with and making the best out of a seemingly impossible situation.
If you guess that other girl is Anne Frank, then you guessed right. Now, I am perfectly aware that there is a huge difference between the Holocaust and UC/IBD (Actually, I haven’t the foggiest because I have never experienced neither.) But I read Anne Frank’s diary and checked KTIIBFMH out and can’t help but notice similarities: both are about young girls who feel trapped by their circumstances and who have to endure awkward occurrences whether by themselves or in plain view of family, friends and strangers. A great example that I found in the blog involves showering in the locker room at a gym. Most people will have reservations about showering in public – unless they are exhibitionists or in jail – whether they have an ostomy or not. After all, Carrie showed us what showering after gym class can do to a girl’s psyche. You may think I’m trivializing the darkest episode in human history, but as you may recall, privacy – especially concerning personal hygiene and ‘girl stuff’– was a major issue for Anne Frank during her time in hiding.
I’m thrilled to say that KTIIBFMH meets all the requirements for an entertaining, moving, useful, helpful, and in a word, necessary blog. Moreover, its appeal is based on the fact that it has something for everybody, as opposed to being exclusive to the UC/IBD community, even while most of us know someone who may suffer from this condition. Truth be told, this blog is not just for people who wear ostomy bags, nor it is just for people who suffer from migraines or who have chronic conditions in general. I think it really does a good job of reaching to everyone who has a modicum of humanity in them.
I believe part of the author’s success at attracting both a niche audience as well as the casual reader has to do with allusions to very specific things that at the same time hold interest to the average person. For instance, I didn’t know what a “phantom rectum” was before I read KTIIBFMH. Now that I do know, I can’t even begin to pretend that I could imagine what it feels like, but I know I would never ever want to experience anything like it. Ergo, I have put myself in the place of the writer and identified with her plight, meaning that she’s relatable, and really what more could you ask for when you write or read a blog?
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