My Crazy Self-Love Challenge

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How often do we put an important focus to our well being? In this day and age where productivity means more than taking care of yourself, self love often falls to the wayside. Especially with one who has chronic illnesses, mental illnesses, and disabilities; taking the time out of the day to participate in self care seems frivolous. However, we often fail to realize that self care is vital in being able to continue progressing through each day. Continue reading

July’s Chronic Illness Linkup 2019

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That time of the month is here again! Wow, I feel like I just participated in June’s Chronic Illness Linkup. This year is going by fast! Just to review, Sheryl Chan from ‘A Chronic Voice’ hosts these monthly linkup parties. She comes up with different topics each month to write about and we interpret them however we please. This month’s topics are justifying, starting, analyzing, concluding, and planning. The rules are down below for anyone interested in joining. Let’s get started! Continue reading

The Liebster Award

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I have been nominated for the Liebster Award recently. This is an award that is given to bloggers by bloggers. As in my ‘Disability Award’ post, I think that this is the best type of award. Who better to pass on the honor, than one who is doing the same as you are?Especially when it is a good friend that nominates you! Thank you so much @BabyGirlBowen for nominating me. It is really such a privilege that you would consider me for this! I also echo your sentiment, it is awesome to be nominated after only having been blogging since the end of February. Continue reading

Listening to my Body: An Update

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You have probably noticed that my blogging schedule has been quite a bit off recently. I wanted to address that in this post. The summer season is the worst season out of the year for me. So as we are reaching the 80’s (Fahrenheit) where I live, my heart is having a very difficult time. You may know that I have several conditions that prevent my body from regulating it’s own temperature. Continue reading

Finding Our Beauty Within the Standards

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I’ve just realized that I do not know how the word beauty is officially defined.  Merriam Webster’s describes it as the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. This is the first result that displays under the word beauty on their page. So beauty obviously is the qualities that “gives pleasure” to someone else. What I find interesting however, is the attention that this description gives to the mental and spiritual aspect of beauty. Continue reading

Shattering the Self Pity Cycle

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How can you break the cycle of self pity? Based on one of my recent articles, “The Black Hole Called Self Pity”, I have received feedback from viewers wanting help in knowing how to stop this vicious cycle. It is a difficult thing to realize that you have gotten caught up in focusing on your troubles. Continue reading

The Black Hole Called Self Pity

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There are not many things that are stronger than the bond that we in the chronic illness community have. Everyone deals with different conditions in different situations, but there are so many resources available to help every person. The thing is, you have to want to help yourself. Self pity is the Achilles Heel of chronic illness. It will never help you to accomplish anything. Continue reading

The Dilemma in Leaving the House: Poll Results

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What hinders you the most in being able to leave the house? The answer I received on this poll was pain and anxiety. As we explored in my “The Missing Link?” blog post, anxiety has a huge affect on chronic illness and pain. It is difficult to leave the house in pain and it is hard to go out when you are anxious. When they are both combined, now that is a doozy of a problem to deal with. Continue reading