The Link Between Lucid Dreaming and Chronic Illness

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Are you aware of the concept of lucid dreaming? Maybe you’ve heard about the nightmarish fugue states where people are unable to move as a ghostly/demon being looks at them. That’s lucid dreaming in a nutshell, but it goes so much deeper than that. Continue reading

Why Advocacy Matters: A Collaboration

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Advocating. What does that exactly mean? Merriam-Webster describes advocacy as one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group. An advocate’s goal is to create change where it is needed. Whether this is to promote a change in legislation, public opinion, or to create an environment of support, an advocate fights for their cause. There is not just one type of advocate either. Continue reading

The CDC “Highlights” Opiate guidelines

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The Opiate Crisis. What a toll it has taken on not only my health and well being, but the health and even lives of countless individuals across the United States. The CDC just issued a warning and apology against the misuse of the guidelines that so many doctors and pharmacists have been treating like the law. The thing is, it is not a guideline if people from the CDC are actually coming to the doctors offices and checking in on them. Continue reading

Chronic Illness Linkup: May Edition

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May’s Chronic Illness Linkup by A Chronic Voice has started! I enjoyed participating in last month’s linkup so much that I decided to make this a monthly thing. It seemed like you all appreciated it as well, so why not? The topics for this month are regrouping, investigating, boosting, setting, and reviving. In case this is your first time here, let me quickly explain what a linkup is. On Twitter, @AChVoice hosts a blog link submission page, in which a chronic illness blogger writes about at least three of the topics for that month. The goal is to meet other chronically ill people and look at each other’s blog. Continue reading

Learning Disabilities: An Interview

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I have not touched on learning disabilities on this blog yet. Many of you would be to surprised to know that I actually have a diagnosed learning disability as well. My anxiety causes a learning disability in which I forget any and all information when I am put on the spot such as taking a test. It is classified as an emotional disability where my emotionality interferes with my learning ability. Continue reading

Jaquie: Remembering the Girl Who Inspired Thousands

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Today we are talking about something a little more personal for me. On April 29th, I found out that Jaquie from Chronically Jaquie on YouTube died. For those of you who do not know about her, Jaquie was a true chronic illness warrior. She dealt with Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Narcolepsy, POTS, EDS, Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), Gastroparesis, having multiple feeding tubes, and a Mitochondrial disease, to name a few. Continue reading

Disability Blogger Award

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I have graciously been nominated for the Disability Blogger Award by Rhiann from www.brainlesionandme.com. I was notified by her on one of my recent posts, ‘Amusement Park Rides Banning Disabled People‘ and was very shocked. Thank you so much Rhiann, this means the world to me! This is an award of recognition to those blogging in the chronic illness, mental health, disability, and special needs communities. Continue reading

Hereditary Lymphedema: A Mystery Years in the Making

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A poster of the Lymphatic system that is in my therapist’s office.

I’ve decided to do a post about my most recent diagnosis, Hereditary Lymphedema. Lymphedema around the world is most commonly caused by the disease, Filariasis a parasitic infection. However, my Lymphedema is not caused by Filariasis, but instead, it is caused by faulty genes. There are two types of Lymphedema: Primary (Hereditary) Lymphedema and Secondary Lymphedema. Continue reading

Amusement Park Rides Banning Disabled People

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My favorite thing to do on a hot sunny day was to go to an amusment park. I’m pretty sure most everyone enjoys these types of parks because of all the variety of fun they bring. The food, live shows, games, and shops are all exciting to go to. However, the best part for me was the rides. Any type of ride I loved, yet I lost a big amount of love for these parks today. While I cannot go to these amusement parks anymore due to my disabilities, many other people with disabilities can go. Yet more and more of these people are being turned away and banned from going on these rides just because they are disabled. Continue reading

April’s Chronic Illness Linkup

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I found a cool gathering or linkup that happens every month on Twitter for Chronic Illness. It is hosted by ‘A Chronic Voice’ as far as I can tell, and connects chronic illness bloggers to have them write on five different topics for that month. You write about the different topics on your blog and then link the post to the running list. This could also be a great way for you all to get to know more about me. The linkup starts at the beginning of each month and ends at midnight Sidney time on the last day of the month. I thought it would be an interesting thing to try out! So here is April’s Linkup. Continue reading