Despite having Chronic Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Hypogammaglobulinemia, and Dementia, I’ve been relatively healthy for the past six months. I count my blessings and chalk it up to some big lifestyle changes. I believe self-care is the things we do every day to stay healthy, not just the special moments we spend taking care of ourselves. […]Every Day Health Hacks —
WaveLife is now Vital Field with a new mission and innovative new products. I had the opportunity to test and review the No Pain Energy Cell earlier in the year with great success. I have heard from many of you that you purchased the No Pain Cell and also found pain relief. You will be […]Vital Field Former WaveLife *New Mission New Products —
WAVELIFE Dear Friend, The secret to successful and permanent chronic pain management comes from understanding and dealing with the human condition both from a physiological and emotional perspective. Therapists in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany who have used professional Vital Field techniques for chronic conditions for decades stress the importance of combining sound lifestyle adjustments with […]The 360º Journey To Health & Painlessness —
I’m excited to let you know next month starts Pain Awareness Month. Over the past couple of years, you have seen posts from me for the U.S. Pain Foundation. I’m a Texas Ambassador and do advocacy work for them. While I haven’t been able to physically support my advocacy efforts, I do share important […]September Is Pain Awareness Month —
I’ve been using the Redeem Therapeutics Spray 750mg Hemp Extract in the mint flavor for close to a year now. I love the flavor and consistency of the spray. I’ve tried oils and dislike the residue left behind. The spray does not leave any oily residue and has a light mint flavor. The original flavor […]Review of Redeem Therapeutics Full-Spectrum Organic Hemp CBD Products —
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Pain Week is a publication specifically for Pain Doctors, one I haven’t heard of before. This mini article and Podcast shine a light on a topic those who suffer from chronic pain already know. Pain medication is not being prescribed when needed and specialized pain care is dwelling. This Podcast is very interesting, we now […]I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One in DC —
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Vacuumed kitchen and dining room. Mopped kitchen. Applied cuticle cream twice. Vacuumed part of the living room, still need to clean the floor. Potted two house plants. Enjoyed a candle for a few minutes. Emptied dishwasher. Woke up 4:00 A.M. with the puppy. Haven’t taken a nap. I cleaned up but no shower, those […]Fibromyalgia Thoughts #4 Living Without A Flair —
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A chronic illness will drag you down. At times, you feel like a walking zombie. You have to force yourself to get out of bed and accomplish a task. It can be extremely difficult to run on no energy. Pushing through when you have no energy left is the only choice you have.
- Getting through a day when you have no energy
When you have zero energy your body can feel like it’s completely holding you back. It’s almost impossible to get anything accomplished. What I like to do is the spoon theory. The spoon theory is a way to save energy. Each spoon represents a unit of energy and you can only use those amount of spoons for each day. If you run out, you can borrow one from another day. This really helps when it comes saving your energy and not over working yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to take breaks
Don’t forget to take little breaks throughout the day. This will help you from not over doing it. I was afraid to take breaks in front of people for the longest time, because I tried to keep up with them. I’ve learned I cant keep up with everyone, and that’s okay. They don’t have a constant war going on in their body, you do. There’s nothing wrong with pacing yourself and taking care of your body. When you need to take a break, take a break.
- Find motivation or inspiration to get you through the day.
When you are exhausted and hurting and you feel like you just need to give up, find motivation to keep you going. Find something or someone to inspire you. It could be your mom, a friend, a Quote, or a video; whatever you find that inspires you, let that motivation drive you. Don’t give up, and keep pushing forward. You’ve got this. ♡
I’ve been told I’m a chronic pain in the ass after all, it’s easy to destroy a child in an adult’s body with past-tense words and now in the time I’m meant to be at my strongest chronic has visited me and stayed a long while on a good day I think; This will not […]
I’m sorry I’ve MIA lately when it comes to writing. I’ve been really busy and took some time to take care of my health, and undergo new treatments. I do have some incredible news; after being sick for 3 years and dating my boyfriend for a year and a half, my amazing boyfriend and I mustered up the courage to buy a home.
It was a long and stressful process, and with being ill, I had to constantly pace myself. I couldn’t have done this process without my family, my boyfriend, and his family; and its truly a dream come true to be able to live in our dream house.
We are extremely happy, and excited to see where this journey takes us. Heres to the start of a new chapter, together.💕💕
Life certainly hasn’t turned out the way I intended, to say the least. And in the beginning, when I was sickest, I was angry and full of pain and disappointment over getting sick. I had a difficult time seeing through the haze of loss and resentment to realize that I still had choices left in […]
A chronic illness will change the way you live life,
It can make you feel like you’ve been stabbed in every joint by a knife.
It can change how you view things, even your mindset,
You tend to feel like you’re forever trapped in a drowning net.
Your relationships will start to change,
Your life just feels like it has been rearranged.
A chronic illness can change a lot,
But don’t ever allow it to define who you are, no matter what baggage this illness has brought.
You are still you, just stronger,
This illness will not have a hold on you, not any longer. ♡
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I decided to get into the holiday fun with this adorable wreath! Having several chronic illnesses and POTS, I always have extreme fatigue and my hands become numb after a while. There are a lot of things I am not able to complete but I decided to get involved in the Halloween spirit and make a craft! Remember even though life can be hard, and you’re hurting it’s important to still have fun, and do things to get your mind off of things. I loved this craft and it makes you feel good to accomplish it! Anyone can do it however, for those with a chronic illness and get tired easily this is perfect for you! It was inexpensive, I did it on my couch, and it only took an hour! It didn’t overly tire me out and didn’t make my hands go very numb. I did take several breaks, so the break option is completely up to you! It is an easy project to have a lot of stopping points, therefore, it allows you to take breaks whenever. I bought all of the products at Hobby Lobby, they have a large and fun supply of Halloween options! Lets get started!
12 Inch round Styrofoam Wreath
Black 6″ Glitter Tulle
Orange 6″ Glitter Tulle
A Little Halloween Sign to go on your Wreath (optional)
Hot Glue Gun * Only if you decide to put a sign on it (Optional)
- I find it easier to cut a lot of strips first, cut an arm length strip. Fold the strip in half and put the folded tulle under the wreath.
- Grab both ends, so the tulle is wrapped around the Styrofoam. Grabbed the two ends and pull through the loop, and pull tightly.
- Make sure the knot is on the outside portion of wreath. The loose end of the tulle needs to stick straight out to provide the tutu wreath look. Where the knot is, make sure you fan out some of the tulle to cover up the white wreath.
- Repeat steps 1. and 2 until you fully cover the wreath. Fluff out tulle. * NOTE* If there are some tulle that is longer than others you can always trim the longer piece.
- Optional* If you want to put a sign on it, hot glue were you want the sign and stick it on there. Make sure it is very secure on there.
That’s it! Super simple and also very cute! It’s not super tiring and it gives you something to be proud of! Leave me a comment if you’ve done any Halloween crafts or tell me what your favorite Halloween activity is! I can’t wait to hear from you! Good luck and Enjoy!
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Having POTS has really changed my life. I haven’t been able to walk without assistance for over a year, due to being extremely dizzy and uncontrollable chronic migraines. I also pass out a lot. My family and I made the executive decision to get a puppy and get him trained to be my service dog! The service dog will be able to assist me in public, and also be trained for when I’m home alone to be able to help me when I pass out; or incase of an emergency.
To be honest, I was nervous to even think about getting a service dog. I was afraid when I take him out in public people would judge me or stare. I realized that if a service dog will give me some independence, and be there to help me when needed- then I don’t care what people will think. I decided I need to do what’s best for me. I am home alone a lot, because I work from home. Due to passing out a lot and being dizzy, my family worry about me a lot when I’m alone and also try not to leave me alone for very long. A service dog will be able to help me in case of an emergency and also will be there when I need stability when I walk. I learned instead of caring what others think, I need to get out and live my life and not base my life on others opinions.
After searching for weeks for the perfect dog for me, I found one- a golden retriever. His name is Chance, and my boyfriend and I fell in love with him instantly!
He is super sweet, and we developed a bond right then and there.
When we first brought him home, we felt like we were bringing home a newborn home from the hospital. We
were all nervous on how it would go, and how he would fit in with our other dog and cat. It actually went better than I ever could have imagined.
Chance and my cat- Joey are now forever friends, and Max leads Chance like a big brother around the house.
He is a very playful puppy, and he loves to cuddle.
We put him in puppy class, so he can associate with other puppies and learn basic commands. He is a super quick learner, but he gets distracted easily. He has graduated puppy class and just started the intermediate class.
Chance is teething and definitely loves to chew up shoes! Fingers crossed that habit breaks soon! He tends be become a little crazy, but we can all use a little crazy in our lives. It has really been fun watching him grow up, and develop a personality. I can’t wait for our bond to become even closer as he grows.
This has been an unforgettable journey so far and I look forward to him being able to help me; so I can become more independent, and can go even just to the grocery store by myself. Chance has been the missing piece in my heart I never knew I was missing. My boyfriend and I have truly become a little family with our puppy and its been heart warming. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.
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A chronic illness can change your life. It can bring a lot of baggage into your life. In order to survive a long busy day, you may need medication, or an ice bag for your joints. Traveling with a chronic illness can be extremely arduous; because you don’t want to forget anything you may be in dire need of. Here are ideas of what to pack in your bag when you travel with a chronic illness.
- All of your medication.
- A pillow and blanket.
- Drinks in a cooler. *Lots of water.*
- If available/needed compression socks/stockings.
- Ginger ale (in case you get car sick/ nauseous).
- List of medications (in case you don’t memorize the order/times of your medications).
- Phone and charger.
- Essential oils. (I bring my essential oil bracelet with me when I travel.)
- A book/kindle/word search/ magazine.
- If available/needed weighted blanket.
- Ice bag/ heating pad if needed. ( I use ice for my joint pain & both for my migraines.)
- A positive attitude, and a never give up mindset. ♡
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You receive a diagnosis, which is a great thing. I know, sounds absurd that it could be considered a relieving thing to hear. For those with a chronic illness, you’ve been suffering for possibly months maybe even years. At this point you want the diagnosis. So you can work on your health to get into remission, however, receiving it can also make you feel overwhelmed. A thousand thoughts will go through your head all at once. You try to think about what the next step is for you. All you want is to get better, but sometimes you just don’t know what you need to do. Here is a list of what to do next after you get diagnosed.
- Take a deep breath.
Now I know this seems a little obvious, however, after years of suffering, countless appointments, endless testing, and hospital stays the search is over. You can now put to rest all of the doubts people had that you were “faking” it. You now have a reason why your joints make you feel like you’re 70, when you’re actually 21. You can now put your mind at rest of feeling miserable, but the reason was unknown. You now have a name to blame the pain on. Take a deep breath, the detective work to figure out what you have is finally over.
- Study, study, study.
I’ve learned when you are diagnosed, your mind can be all over the place. You have a lot to think about. The best thing you can do is study everything there is to know about what you’re going through. There is no such thing as knowing “too much” about your illness. The truth is, with most chronic illnesses there will be limitations, diet preferences, and learning to adjust to your new life with your diagnosis. When they give you a prescription, it is in your best interest to study your medication. Learn the side effects, the benefits, and what to watch for incase of a reaction.
- Find support groups or a therapist.
I know some people aren’t keen on the idea of seeing a therapist. I wasn’t, but when you have gone through agony, pain 24/7, and your life changed in an instant, it is good to talk to someone. You’re under enormous amounts of stress, and the more you keep it in, the more it will build up. It truly is okay to ask for help. They really are there to listen to you, like a friend. I have learned techniques by going to therapy, and just by talking to someone, it honestly has helped me cope with being ill. I also recently joined a POTS support group recommended by my doctor, and it was the best decision I have made during my illness journey. It is always nice to talk to a friend or love ones, but you will always have the feeling that they don’t fully understand. Support groups are amazing in the fact that, there are people going through just about the same thing you are going through. Check online to see if there is a support group for your illness locally. They understand you’re hurting and they are there for you to help each other.
- Inform your love ones what you are going through.
I know this may seem strange, because you tell your love ones most things. I have learned that with a chronic illness you tend to hide some aspects of your life, due to not wanting them to see you struggle, bother them, or always tell them bad news. To be honest, it’s important to tell them what is going on to keep them in the loop. For example, I hid a situation where I was constantly throwing up for a while, and having migraines from my love ones because I didn’t want to bother them about my struggles. So they thought I was doing okay and would always ask to hangout, but I had to cancel and it made them think I was blowing them off. It wasn’t the case at all. When I explained what I had been going through, they absolutely understood. Its important to keep your friends and family updated, the more included they are, the more support you will have. They are there for you, and just want the best for you.
- Don’t give up.
They are finally starting to understand what you are going through and finding some answers. I know this life we have been given is tough but you are tougher. Hang in there and show not just others, but yourself how strong you are. You will get through this, don’t stop fighting.
For those with a chronic illness, you’ve been suffering for possibly months maybe even years. Remember, I know this life we have been given is tough but you are tougher. You deserve as quality of a life as the next person. Stay strong, stay positive, and never give up.❤
*I’m not here to treat, diagnose, or go against Dr. Orders. Just here to provide support comfort and help. *
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