When Your Stress & Fatigue Thresholds Suck (Also on Cute Cockatiels, Education via Zoom & Art Films for Rent) | A Chronic Voice

Unlocking In July the lockdown laws were slightly eased in Singapore. We can now gather in groups of up to five, although social distancing and mask wearing are still enforced. What this meant was that I could finally work at cafés again, which is one thing that lifts my mood and increases my productivity. Although, […]

Chronic Pain: How to Approach a Loved One Without Pushing Them Away | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Dana Hall is a clinical psychologist who lives with an autoimmune disease herself, which made me excited to have her guest post on the blog! I always love reading professional tips written by a fellow chronic illness person. She specialises in trauma therapy, relationship dynamics, and chronic pain management. She […]

What I've Learned - Living with Chronic Illness for 20 Years (Interview on 'The Uninvisible Pod') | A Chronic Voice

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed over on The Uninvisible Pod, a podcast series hosted by Lauren Freedman. She herself lives with depression, anxiety, Hashimoto’s Disease and sleep disorders, since she was a teen. Her podcast features people who live with various chronic illnesses, their loved ones, caregivers, experts and more. It touches […]

Why Self-Acceptance is Important When You Have a Chronic Illness | A Chronic Voice

*Note: Self-acceptance is one of my favourite subjects to discuss and talk about, so when Kelsey offered to write a guest post about this topic, I was excited. As the tagline of this blog states, ‘articulating lifelong illnesses from various perspectives’, I am always eager to hear your point of view. There are thousands of […]

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 […]

Best & Worst Part About Being Stuck at Home (From 32 People with Chronic Illness & Disability) | A Chronic Voice

In the first part of this series, people with chronic illness and disability shared their best tips for coping with isolation whilst stuck at home, often from pain or fatigue. With the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown, many healthy people have found themselves in similar situations. Perhaps with less pain and fatigue, yet the mental […]

29 Best Tips on How to Cope with Isolation at Home (from People Who Have Done and Will Do This All Their Lives) | A Chronic Voice

People with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities are no strangers to being stuck at home in isolation. Many are unable to work full-time, or only have enough energy to go out for essentials tasks such as grocery shopping and doctor appointments. And even these activities require pacing and planning, to ensure that there is minimal post-exertion […]

12 Simple Lessons You Can Use to Manage Stress Today | A Chronic Voice

Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings on mindfulness and peace are popular worldwide due to their simplicity. ‘How to Relax’ is one of the many books in his ‘Mindfulness Essentials’ series. There is also ‘How to Sit’, ‘How to Eat’, ‘How to Love’ and more. Today’s review features the best tips for stress management that I found […]

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 Have a Healthy Relationship with Your Body, Even with Chronic Illness | A Chronic Voicee

I’m sure you’ve noticed the commodities of love mushrooming around us at an alarming speed. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming right up 😉 Amidst all the expressions of romantic love, I’d like to take some time to honour the bond I have with my body. It’s after all, the most intimate relationship I’ll ever have. […]

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 […]

7 Ways to Be a Better Friend to Someone with a Chronic Illness (and 3 Things You Should Never Do) | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Erica shares some simple tips on how you can be a good friend to someone with chronic illness. It’s difficult to put yourself in their shoes, and I wouldn’t expect that of anyone. But showing some empathy is possible, and providing a listening ear is always appreciated. Most importantly of […]

Call Me Sick Girl (Or How to Make Your Weakness Your Strength) | www.achronicvoice.com

Why Many People with Chronic Illness Hate to be Known as ‘Sick’ From reading articles online, I’m aware that many of us with chronic illnesses don’t like to be known as sick or weak. No human being does, really. There are many reasons why one might dislike the association with their illness, such as: We […]

Best Tips for Preventing a Pain Flare (from 40 People with Chronic Illness) | www.achronicvoice.com

Part Two of Three: Preventing a Pain Flare Before It Hits This is a three-part series all about pain flares caused by chronic illness. (You can find links for the other two at the end of this post.) In this second part of the series, we share our best strategies to stop a pain flare […]

YuYu Hot Water Bottle Review: ‘Surround Warmth’ for Pain Relief | www.achronicvoice.com

*Note: Whilst this post is sponsored by YuYu Bottle, all opinions expressed in this review are my own. This page contains affiliate links. It will cost you nothing to click on them. I will get a small referral fee from purchases you make, which helps with the maintenance of this blog (approx. $100/month). Thank you! […]

What's it Like to be the Mother of a Sick Child? (Precious Insights from My Own Mum)

Life’s Ultimate Superheroes There’s no need to state the obvious I suppose, but many mothers are the ultimate superheroes in everyday life. They’re the ones who show up when things get rough, and showing up once is the easiest part! Unlike the movies where superheroes calm calamities in an instant, real life problems require steadfast […]

Life with Chronic Illness: Happiness & Pain Can Co-exist | www.achronicvoice.com

*This post was first published on februarystars.co.uk A Day in the Life of Chronic Pain My partner massaged shampoo into my hair as I hunched over in the bathtub, shivering with pain. His finger movements were awkward but gentle, which made it all the more endearing. The pain was unbearable, yet I had insisted on […]

Issue #225: Medical Gaslighting Which Leads You to Question Your Chronic Pain & The Difficulties of a Wheelchair User with Social Distancing | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 07 August 2020. Issue #225. In this issue: There will be many pleasant surprises as you get to know yourself better (inspirational video). When medical gaslighting causes a patient to question their chronic pain and its reality. With over 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, we likely know someone who lives with an […]

Issue #224: Disability Comes in All Shapes and Sizes (Not Just a Wheelchair) & Stress is Often an Undermined Factor to Good Health

Friday, 01 August 2020. Issue #224. In this issue: Disability comes in all shapes and sizes, contrary to the beliefs in modern society that disability comes with a wheelchair. Taking ‘today is a bad’ day and looking at it as ‘today is a good day to…..’. ‘Today is a bad day’ is often a thought […]

Issue #223: How to Find a Supportive Chronic Illness Community Online & Mobility Aids Can Help Save You Time, Energy and Pain | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 24 July 2020. Issue #223. In this issue: Sometimes nourishing yourself means subtracting, and not adding more into your life. How to find a supportive chronic illness community online using social media and more. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be ‘productive’ all day; pay attention to what your mind and body need, too. […]

Issue #222: A Good Psychologist Should be on Your Healthcare Team Right from the Get-Go & Resources for Coping with the Summer Heat | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 17 July 2020. Issue #222. In this issue: Start with one simple, achievable task and momentum usually builds from there – and other tips for motivation when you’re unmotivated. I advocate for a good psychologist to be part of your healthcare team right from the get-go, and even for caregivers and family members. Life […]

July’s Supply & Demand: Learning to Maximise Wellbeing in the Midst of Stress | A Chronic Voice

Bothering As the COVID-19 pandemic draws on, I must say that I’ve become less bothered with my appearances. This includes how I smell, and how presentable I look. I mean, not that I stink, I still shower daily – a necessity in a humid climate like Singapore. But previously, I’d feel a little naked if […]

Issue #221: The Many Maybes When You Live with Chronic Illness & Find Out What Ableism is All About | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 10 July 2020. Issue #221. In this issue: The many maybes and unpredictability of living with chronic illnesses. Endorse and support deserving chronic illness and disability advocates in the WeGo Health Awards. Every tissue in your body renews and heals at a faster rate whilst you sleep. Seeing the opportunity in uncomfortable encounters as […]