Suffering with a Rare Disease, Isaac Syndrome, as Told from a Male Perspective | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: It always warms my heart when I hear a male voice speak up within the rare disease community, Isaac Syndrome in this case. Some facts from the Canadian Women’s Health Network: “Approximately 79% of the 8.5 million individuals worldwide diagnosed with an autoimmune disease are women.” And from NCBI: “The […]

The Savagery of Panic Attacks & The Saving Grace of Internet Friends | A Chronic Voice

I’m writing this whilst in a mentally unsound state of being, for a bit of cathartic release at 1am. Anxiety and panic attacks have been plaguing me for months. I had a full blown panic attack yesterday, the sort where I collapse onto the floor and heave, and wail, and scream my lungs out, not […]

October 2020 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

Hello and Welcome to the October Linkup! October is a lovely season, don’t you think? Although it’s summer year round here in Singapore, I like to imagine the beautiful seasonal changes in other places. It’s pumpkin season (secret: I don’t really like pumpkins except for creamy pumpkin soups – is that blasphemous? Sorry 🙁 ), […]

A Car Accident & A Song Gone Silent (How Life Lessons from Chronic Illness Tide Me Through) | A Chronic Voice

Silence. Who knew silence could be so overwhelming? More suffocating than the humid tropic air, and not in the least bit golden. The rest of the flock is older and more placid, having laid their eggs, and had their mates. They even seem a tad jaded, or it might have been that Horace had stolen […]

We all know the truth of the saying, ‘health is wealth’. But apart from the metaphorical aspect of this idiom, it’s actually pretty literal as well. It’s expensive just to stay alive if you have a chronic illness or disability, especially if you live in a country where healthcare is not subsidised. There are extra […]

How to Maximise Accessibility & Improve Your Quality of Life at Home | A Chronic Voice

The Need for Accessibility When You Live with Chronic Pain or Disability Adaptations and modifications of spaces are often required when you live with chronic pain or a disability. Many of us spend a lot of time at home, so it only makes sense that we transform it to suit our needs for a better […]

Why Painkillers are One of My Biggest Allies for a Decent Quality of Life | A Chronic Voice

The Many Negative Associations with Painkillers Painkillers – hero, villain, friend and foe in one. What’s your opinion about them? Have you been told: Don’t take them, they’re bad for your liver and body. You’ll become reliant, dependent, or addicted to them. A good-for-nothing, pathetic junky. You’ll need more and more of them to kill […]

Issue #236: The Need to be in This All Together if We are to Beat COVID-19 & Never Imagining You’d Need a Cane to Walk at Age 34 | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 23 October 2020. Issue #236. In this issue: When you battle chronic pain, the emotional pain and rejection can feel much worse. The realisation of how tough medical appointments are when you need to keep going for them. The full blown effects of a panic attack, where you collapse on the floor and just […]

Issue #235: The Worsening of Symptoms with the October Slide & The Health Benefits of Expressive Writing from Over 300 Research Studies

Friday, 16 October 2020. Issue #235. In this issue: World Arthritis Day ‘COVID-19 Time Capsule’ with A Chronic Voice from Singapore, a project presented by Creaky Joints and the Canadian Arthritis Patience Alliance. Accepting chronic pain and working with our bodies as a person with chronic illness, so as to become more attuned to it […]

Issue #234: Don't Avoid Using Assistive Devices to Help Your Balance & Self Reminders During Pain Flares | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 09 October 2020. Issue #234. In this issue: Don’t avoid using assistive devices and mobility aids to help support your balance. Start with one simple task, and let momentum build up from there to drive motivation levels up. Gaslighting is an extremely effective form of emotional abuse that gives the abuser a lot of […]