It's that time of the year again to send holiday wishes to your loved ones. In these days of electronic everything, we barely send cards or letters anymore. But in the chronic illness community, traditional mail has enlarged its popularity. Why?
When you are forced to spend a lot of time in bed due to your chronic illnesses it is very cheering and uplifting to receive snail mail. You can touch the paper of the letter and see the handwriting of the author that can give clues about their personality. Especially during the holidays a lot of spoonies feel even more isolated because they can't participate in the festivities due to chronic pain.
Sending a card is a simple gesture to do something for a fellow spoonie. Being able to brighten someone's day always makes you feel good. Imagine the joy of someone opening your mail with feelings of impatience, expectation and curiousness.
Another thing people like about snail mail is that there is no pressure or rush in replying. Most people these days expect an immediate reply and it can be very overwhelming to keep up with social media when you're feeling unwell.
Also, writing a letter with pen and paper is just a relaxing activity for everyone. It's even more fun to go all out and buy yourself a stationary set and glittery stickers.
How to get involved?
1) Denise Archilla from Chronic Connection organizes every two months a Spoonie Card Swap. The Spoonie Card Swap matches people with chronic illness together so they can send each other cards. Once you signed up, you will receive the name and address of your correspondent. But no two people are connected with each other. You will receive a card from a different address than the one you send one to.
Sending a card doesn't have to cost that much. You can get crafty and make your own card which gives it a more personal touch. Besides, you can choose to send a card to a match in your country or to go international.
Matches for the December Card Swap have been sent yet but you can already sign up for the February swap!
Do you have questions? Don't hesitate to contact Denise Archilla.
2) Nadèche Hanique created a project called Happy Mail For Fighters. She sends decorated letters to chronic illness and mental health fighters from all over the world, regardless their age. She's only 21 years old but already sent over 121 cards within four months! You can request a card for yourself or for a friend who's struggling with a health problem.
Requests are closed at the moment but will open soon!
Request a card here: https://nl-nl.facebook.com/happymailforfighters/
Financial gifts will enable Nadèche to keep proceeding her project of making people happy. Any donation is more than welcome. No matter how small or how big your contribution might be.