Fear and Hope: The Hidden Realities of Being Chronically Ill In the Time of Coronavirus

Right now is especially hard on those of us who are sick already. The safety nets that each person has – medical care, social support, financial security, and access to…

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Distract Your Pain Away: How to Make the Most of Your Time at Home with Chronic Illness

Living with daily pain can feel very limiting. The list of activities I can no longer do without increasing my pain levels or triggering flare-ups, which includes working, typing, holding…

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Coping With Uncertainty: Going Where the Flow of Your Chronic Illness Takes You

Spring lends itself to new beginnings, from planning spring cleaning to starting up projects, to contemplating healthier choices. When you live with chronic pain, it’s easy to decide on a…

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The Pet Prescription: How a Stray Cat Named Sara Helped Me Learn To Be Braver & To Live More Fully Each Day, Despite Chronic Illness

Hello, I’m Sara, and I’m an affectionate, but shy, 3-year-old grey tabby. I like pillow forts, spying out the window and perching on your shoulder when you sleep. Just over…

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Dead End: Finding the Next, Best Option Right Now When You’ve Run Out of Treatments to Try

What do you do to manage your illness symptoms when you’ve tried the usual treatments but they aren’t working? That’s a question I’ve had to consider recently. In the last…

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A Compassionate Chronic Christmas: How to Extend the Holiday Spirit Towards Yourself This Year

When I think of the holiday season, two competing feelings immediately come up – nostalgic happiness at the thought of celebrating with loved ones (as well as the Christmas cookies),…

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Why Hard Work Doesn’t Pay Off in Chronic Illness: How to Stop Pushing Through Your Fatigue and Give Yourself Permission to Rest

I’ve never been a big fan of napping. I was that overexcited kid, running around, yelling “No! I am not tired!” Moving on to the next thing I want to…

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Becoming the Author of Your Own Story: How Sharing Your Health Journey Can Improve Your Emotional Wellbeing & Increase Resilience

The onset of my fibromyalgia came on gradually, as my symptoms snowballed over an 18 month period. I tried everything to accommodate my pain and fatigue so that I could…

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