9 Valuable Lessons Gained From Chronic Illness

(From August 20, 2014 ) 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 who I can…

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…

Write About Your Experience to Help You Heal

Writing about difficult experiences, such as chronic illness and trauma, can be an effective way to ease emotional pain, stress, and worry. Moreover, the latest research shows that expressing your feelings in words can also speed up healing and ease physical pain. The research A 2013 study out of the University of Auckland, New Zealand,…

Moving Past the “Why Me?” Question

When you live with a chronic illness and all its related discomforts, “Why me?” is a question you ask often. Being sick is a personal thing, especially when it feels like you are being punished. If we feel pain and we feel as if we are suffering, then we ask this question. But we don’t…

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…

When It Feels Like You Have Done It All

Learning to stay hopeful as you experience frustration and exhaustion from living with arthritis. Living with a chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis or lupus, can be very frustrating. There is no one size fits all solution. Even when patients are following doctor’s orders, they can still struggle to manage their disease symptoms. And when…

Five Facts You Need to Help Loved Ones with Chronic Pain Conditions

Living with a chronic illness is difficult, learn what you can do to help The challenges posed by illness and pain are obvious to fellow chronic illness suffers but healthy people don’t know what these are. In fact, most are often misinformed about the daily battle faced by people with chronic pain diseases. By understanding…

Spirituality Helps People with Chronic Illness

How can spirituality help you? Individuals practicing spirituality or religion are reporting better physical and mental health than those not practicing. Further, studies show that spirituality improves health outcomes for people living with chronic illness. In fact, one study out of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center showed that those who attended religious services weekly live longer…

5 Tips to Manage Chronic-Illness Grief

Managing grief successfully can help you cope with health difficulties. Living with chronic illness is a continual grieving process. I generally try to be positive and I don’t always allow myself to feel grief that comes naturally with illness. While I desire to be happy, I cannot always just will away negative feelings. I need…

5 Ways to Accept Chronic Illness in Your Life

Tips to Manage Arthritis Chronic illness is an unwelcome and permanent guest. How you cope depends entirely on your willingness to make room for chronic illness in your life. This might sound unusual or seem impossible, but it is critical to coping and having a fulfilling life alongside your chronic condition. Here are five ways…