There is more to journaling than letting go of what’s bothering us. Expressing our innermost feelings in writing helps us process and understand those feelings. Putting our emotions into words allows us to step back, gain perspective, and find meaning. Writing expressively helps us release, understand and accept what is bothering us so we can move on.

If you’re facing a serious illness, there are times when you can be so upset or stressed out by what you’re going through that it’s hard to tell what your feelings are… until you write them down.  Journaling brings amazing clarity and can teach you how to express your feelings to people you trust: family, friends, a child life specialist, your medical team, and everyone who is there to support you.

Expressing these feelings creates opportunities for people to connect on a more honest and emotional level, which we desperately need when we are sick.

Sheri Sobrato
Sheri is a 30-year brain cancer survivor and founder of the nonprofit Digging Deep.