An article in the American Psychological Association entitled, "Writing to Heal," says new research indicates writing may offer physical benefits to people who have terminal or life-threatening diseases. In addition, writing about emotions and stress can boost immune functioning in people with illnesses such as AIDS/HIV, arthritis, and asthma.
Why is that? For one, while you are documenting your journey through sickness or writing about how you overcame your illness, you are releasing your stress and emotions over the issue. While you may receive a personal benefit from it, you may be helping others who are going through the same traumatic events.
After making this discovery, Dr. Omalu took on the National Football League about the brain disease. Former players were grateful to know that they could finally put a name to an unknown illness that was wrecking havoc on their lives. A movie based on the GQ article about Dr. Omalu's discovery was recently released. Concussion, starring Will Smith as Dr. Omalu, is furthering the discussion about brain injuries and football players.