7 Lessons in 7 Years of Being Sick

Choose to find value in your struggle and never surrender to your fibromyalgia. A week after my youngest son was born, I awoke to all-over body pain and the inability to walk or use my hands. That was nearly seven years ago and I have learned a lot about being sick, especially as I face…

7 Rules for Living Well With Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness doesn’t have to be hard A diagnosis of a chronic illness means you are sick and your illness is never going away. It is natural to feel a sense of injustice over the loss of something you thought you had control over. But living with chronic illness doesn’t have to…

Nine Ways to Cope with Fibromyalgia Brain Fog

Do you have fibro fog? Are you forgetful? Do have trouble concentrating or speaking correctly? Do you often feel confused, fuzzy or detached? If so, you are likely experiencing a cognitive dysfunction that affects many with fibromyalgia. Referred to as fibro fog, cognitive issues can be frustrating to you and those around you. They affect…

Chronic Illness Tip: Change Expectations but Continue to Have Dreams

Self-esteem emerges from the very standards that you set for yourself. However, with a diagnosis of chronic illness, your standards have to change because if they don’t, you will be destined to fail. Often times, setting new standards for yourself can be quite tough especially if you were the kind of person who often took…

How to Move Toward Acceptance of Chronic Illness

Accepting your circumstances doesn’t mean giving up When we accept something, we agree to experience a situation or follow through with a process — even if it’s negative or uncomfortable — without trying to alter it or walk away from it. Acceptance is one of the toughest things a person must do, but oftentimes it…

How to Manage Chronic Illness in the Workplace

Communication with your boss and coworkers is vital The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are more than 133 million Americans living with at least one chronic illness. The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines a chronic illness is a condition that is long term, limits your activity and may require ongoing…

Arthritis Tip: Keep a journal to help with pain management

Living with arthritis means you live with pain and it is often daily. Arthritis is degenerative which means it will get worse over time. Because it will get worse, learning to manage the pain and learning to cope are essential to your management of the disease. Further, it is important to take control and to…

Chronic Illness Tip: Plan Accordingly

Fatigue is perhaps one of the most debilitating symptoms for chronic illness sufferers. Your levels of fatigue can range from mild to severe. Some days, you will be able to resume your daily activities and other days, you will have a difficult time getting out of bed. Also, you will have days where you are…

Chronic Illness Tip: Pick your support system carefully

One of the things I find that applies to the majority of those of us living with chronic illness is that we have a tendency to feel alone in a world of healthy people. Our friends and our coworkers, and even our families, don’t necessarily understand what it is we are going through. It is…

How Relaxation Can Help Fibro Symptoms

As a fibromyalgia sufferer, you know how stressful of a condition it is. Pain and discomfort interfere with your daily activities and has a major effect on your quality of life. You’re forced to adjust your life to accommodate your symptoms and you are tired all the time. All these things can negatively impact your…

Fibromyalgia Tip: Get the Sleep You Need Despite Fibromyalgia Pain

Because you live with fibromyalgia, you know that deep, restorative sleep is nearly impossible. And because you don’t get the restorative sleep you need, you often wake up more tired than you were before you went to bed. Fibromyalgia pain patients generally do not get to stage 4 (deep sleep) of the sleep cycle, and…

RA Tip: Spring Cleaning and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Your calendar is a reminder that spring is here in addition to the warmer weather. With spring in the air and wintertime behind us, many of us want to spring into action. By that I mean, spring cleaning but rheumatoid arthritis flares may prevent you from completing everything you would like done. That is the…