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Welcome to Krissy's Thoughts & More

  • Dear Healthy Family & Friends

    Dear Healthy Friends,

    Here's what you can do for me:

    -be thankful you don't have a chronic illness.

    -be thankful you don't have to deal with pain every second of your life.

    -be thankful you don't have to choose between making breakfast and taking a shower before you leave the house..

    -be thankful you don’t have to plan your life around your physical limitations.

  • Sorry I Don’t Look Disabled Enough For You!

    ...going as far as leaving notes on cars parked in handicapped spots trying to shame them for parking there, assuming they weren’t disabled based on the way they looked. 

     

  • Guest Blog: Chronic Illness Life Tips

    SO IMPORTANT: Find a healthcare provider that cares and is experienced with chronic pain. Easier said than done, I know, but don't settle for a provider that doesn't care to take you seriously or care about your wellbeing. If you leave your office visit feeling like they are implying it is all in your head, never darken their door again. Advocate for yourself and find a provider that will be in your corner.
  • CBD vs THC: Which One is Right For Me?

         If you’re looking to get into the natural pain relief game, I’m here to help. I will break it all down so you can decide which choice would be a good fit for you.

         Many people are taking the natural route when it comes to healthcare; Cannabis is one of the more popular options for natural pain relief.

         Cannabis, also known as marijuana can be a great alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications. Figuring out which marijuana strain, Cannabidiol (CBD) or tetracannabinol (THC) product is the one for you can be “a bit much”, so let’s see if I can help.

  • Surviving & Thriving a Chronic Illness

         Living with a chronic illness is no walk in the park. When you’re sick with a cold or the flu, you know that eventually, you’re going to get better and life goes back to normal. A chronic illness is very different. It’s 24/7 and most likely may never go away. You have to reframe and redirect your life and thoughts to support a different narrative. Here are some tips to not only help you live a better life with your chronic illness, but help you thrive.

     

  • Laugh to Keep from Crying: Meme Edition

         I survive being chronically ill by making jokes constantly. Living life with a chronic illness has turned my sense of humor pretty dark. I'm pretty much able to laugh at any and everything. If I don't laugh at some of the ridiculous things Fibromyalgia has done or made me do, I'd be curled up in a corner somewhere, rocking back and forth mumbling "Jesus saves." I hope you all have reached a point where you can laugh at yourself and all of the mishaps that life brings. Here is a list of memes to help you laugh to keep from crying.
  • 15 Easy Ways to Practice Self Care During the Holidays

    For a lot of people, the Holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but everyone doesn’t feel that way. For some, this time of year can be stressful as some may be experiencing SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), financial issues, or experienced a loss.

         Self care should always be a priority, but practicing self care around the Holidays is a MUST. You can do more for others once you’ve done right by yourself. Remember, you can’t drive other people around if you don’t have any gas.

    1. Remember to Laugh

         Living in chronic pain has made my sense of humor pretty dark to say the least. I can laugh at pretty much anything. Remember this when things aren’t going your way. Sometimes you have to literally laugh to keep from crying.

    2. Create a...

  • How to Be a Better Friend to someone with a Chronic Illness

    I KNOW that getting multiple declined invites may have you thinking we aren’t interested, but nothing is further from the truth. We are sick about having to miss yet another gathering and are most likely having a pity party of our own. We don’t want to let you down and most of all, we do enjoy hanging out and having fun every now and then, it’s just that it it’s very painful to do so. Please don’t be upset if I have to cancel AGAIN. 

  • My Solo Trip to Thailand

    Well Warriors.... I did it. I went to a different country... a whole other continent by myself. I still can’t even believe the “solo-cation” actually happened.

         Weeks before departure time, my entire family was nervous for me; I wasn’t the least bit bothered until the day it was time for me to board. I had tears in my eyes as I was leaving my mom and headed through airport security.

         When I arrived in Bangkok and checked into my hotel, I found...

  • Guest Blog: Navigating Marriage with a Chronic Illness

    Rock climbing, walking around downtown Pasadena, and exploring the Santa Monica pier…that is how my now-husband and I spent our very first date. At the time, I wouldn’t have imagined that my life would look much differently only a couple years later.

    When I met the man I would eventually marry...

  • 16 Gift Ideas For Your Friend with a Chronic Illness

    As the Holidays are slowly approaching, you may have wondered what to get for that special person in your life who has been dealing with a lot or maybe you want to send this list to your friends and family and give them a little hint before the Holidays arrive. Here are 16 things you can get for your friend with a chronic illness.
  • The Spoon Theory

         At that moment, the spoon theory was born. Christine quickly grabbed every spoon on the table; hell she grabbed spoons off of the other tables. She looked at her friend in the eyes and said “Here you go, you have Fibro (or Lupus or      any other chronic pain condition)”. Christine explained that the difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn’t have to. The healthy have the luxury of a life without choices, a gift most people take for granted.