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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
After being inspired by “Yes Theory”, a movement that encourages people to say “yes” to doing things that take them out of their comfort zone in order to grow as individuals, I decided to book a solo international trip to Thailand. Sounds crazy, right? That’s what everybody in my family is thinking... well everyone except my mom. She already knows I’m crazy lol.
Dating is weird in general, the whole getting to know a stranger thing. Dating with a chronic illness... now that’s just a whole different ballgame. Dating never seemed easy; dating while having a chronic illness is especially challenging.
There are so many different factors that can make dating with a chronic illness difficult and sometimes even scary. When do I tell them? How do I tell them? How much do I tell? How will they respond? Will they “get it”? Will it change the way they see me?
What I have learned is:
I am going to be sharing five things you can buy on Amazon. These are all things I use daily that can really make your life with chronic illness easier.
1. Heated Blanket
This one is great for your...
1. Acknowledge and accept your limitations.
13 years of living with a chronic illness and I still struggle with this. Acceptance isn’t something you master and get over, it comes and goes. You can go an entire week being completely okay with your limitations and then BOOM; some thing or event sets you back. It’s important to remind yourself that limits are just that. It’s perfectly normal to get mad or be sad; you absolutely have the right to be, but you must not stay in that place. It’s not good for your mental health.
1. Get moving
Even though you may be in pain when you get started, you HAVE to move. Not only will you start to feel a little better, your joints will be less stiff, but you will get a boost of endorphins. During exercise, your body releases these chemicals which interact with the receptors in our brains that reduce the perception of pain.
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