Acknowledging the Monster of Arthritis and Pain

Learn how to accept chronic pain in your life with humor and gratitude. My world has changed considerably since chronic illness. But even though I have had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia for nearly eight years, there are still times where I view my body as my enemy and I don’t know if I can…

Toxic Relationships and Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness means minimizing the things in your life that make your symptoms worse.  Sometimes, it might mean eliminating people, especially if they stand in the way your happiness.  Other times, it means recognizing the ways in which you can minimize the effect of toxic people on your health and your life. Generally…

Maintaining Relationships with Chronic Illness

Friendships and other relationships drastically change once you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness.  You probably are no longer physically able to spend as much time with friends as you used to, especially when most of the activities you participated in before were tiring. As a results, friends that never made a huge effort…

Your Medical Health Team with Chronic Illness

If you have a chronic health condition, you will need to work with your doctor to put together a team of support. It can be confusing and overwhelming to figure out what it takes to manage your chronic illness so teamwork is important if your disease or your symptoms worsen and to keep your disease…

I Am Not Superwoman

Nope. I am not.  I have no superpowers.  No super speed or strength and I sure I can’t fly.  Therefore, I am not superhuman. I am not Superwoman but yet, it seems like I am determined to be her. I need to remember that I am only human and I am not capable of doing…

The Ups and Downs of Chronic Illness

When you live with chronic illness, some days are just harder to get through than others.  The ups and downs are like a never ending rollercoaster of pain and emotions.  These make living with chronic illness difficult and the lack of understanding amongst family, friends, co-workers and even strangers is a bitter pill to swallow….

7 Ways to Overcome Your Fears About Your Chronic Illness

Learn how to tame your worries about your health with these coping techniques. Most of us worry about our health because we have loved ones to care for, we don’t want to be dependent on anyone, and we don’t want to give up the things we love. But when you have a chronic illness, you…

Nine Things Chronically Ill People Want Loved Ones to Know

There are many things a chronically ill person wants their loved ones to know but are hesitant to share.  Chronic illnesses are debilitating and strike people of all ages and sexes. Loved ones are confused on how to offer help and support while chronically ill patients struggle with sharing feelings. There are many things a…

Hypnosis, Relaxation, and Meditation for Chronic Pain Management

Hypnosis, relaxation, and meditation are often considered complementary therapies for disease and pain management. There have been numerous studies, in both adults and children, which have found that mind and body therapies provide many benefits, including decreased pain and stress, improved coping, and increased sense of well-being and relaxation. Hypnosis Hypnosis is a therapy that…

9 Ways to Laugh and Be Joyful Despite Chronic Illness

Do you know that the best medicine for chronic illness is laughter? A giggle a day can help you to cope and even reduce your pain because it promotes relaxation. Further, laughter releases feel-good endorphins that people living with pain really need. Recent research has found that laughter holds great benefits for people who live…

9 Valuable Lessons Gained From Chronic Illness

Nine valuable lessons that have shaped my life Going into my sixth year living with a chronic illness, I consider myself experienced in meeting the challenges imposed by chronic illness. The term “chronic illness” doesn’t bother me and I no longer see my illnesses as a burden. Rather, I view them as a determinant of…