At the age of 12, my daughter Zoe was diagnosed with CRMO/CNO, a rare disease that strikes only one in one million people. Currently, the majority of people battling this illness are children between the ages of 4 and 14. Symptoms of CRMO/CNO include bone lesions, fevers, and painful inflammation. There is no known cause or cure for this condition.
My family experienced all of this, and the way that Zoe dealt with her emotions was through writing. Zoe journaled her thoughts and feelings about her illness. I began to notice that the more she wrote, the more empowered she became. She also started opening up more about the struggles she faced in trying to help her teachers and friends better understand why some days she just did not feel well. Writing provided an outlet for her emotions and gave her a way to cope with what she was going through. Quite simply, it helped her to feel normal again. The actions of my amazing daughter provided the mission and vision for Zoe’s Story and the foundation of our Writing Warriors group.