"After discovering Dear Diagnosis, I proposed clients to write to their illnesses and they grant it with surprise and curiosity. People produced very creative writings. A woman wrote some post-its to a cancer which doesn't deserve many words; a young man wrote a chat conversation using two different devices (cell phones) for having a talk with diabetes; a woman wrote a long letter to a "grey endometriosis" using colours to be different from illness; a couple created a lovely message to infertility. The effects were awareness, new relationships with their illnesses, new points of view, empowering alternatives, and the evolution of more positive narratives regarding life with chronic conditions."
- Ms. Francesca Fontanella
"Thank you, Brianna, for making this more than I ever imagined it to be. You literally guided me through a very therapeutic process by asking questions after sending you my first draft. I didn't feel pressured to change anything, but your feedback helped me dig deeper. There aren't enough words to express my gratitude." - Named Contributor
“Ms. Schiavoni has given a voice to many people who battle various diagnoses. Through this therapeutic and empowering writing project, participants can finally share their story and reclaim their power over that diagnosis!” -Crystal, University of Arkansas
“I loved being able to write to my depression. Having Clinical Depression has taken a lot from me. It invaded the life of my family, caused me to lose my job, and took me to a treatment facility. Writing to depression helped me understand the ways it had changed my life and let me say all the things I felt about it. I’m so thankful for Dear Diagnosis!” -Anonymous Contributor
"I have been utilizing Dear Diagnosis within my teen population. My patients have found the information from the posts on the blog extremely refreshing & honest, as sometimes being an older teen on a pediatric unit can feel very “butterfly and rainbows”. The pieces my patients have written have been increasingly insightful to their experience as a patient in the hospital & where they are at in processing. We are hoping to do this type of program more regularly with our patients in the hospital & encourage them to utilize it as a coping mechanism outside of the hospital as well. Thank you to “Dear Diagnosis” for providing a platform for patients to be honest with their diagnosis & how it truly effects them on a deeper level." -Caelin