A Day in the Life of a 'POTSie' (A What??) | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Keira is a young lady who lives with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), on top of five other major chronic and mental illnesses. She also likes photography, animal behaviour and travelling, and seizes those rare good moments to enjoy these lovely hobbies. In this blog post, she will be focussing on […]

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 […]

The Chronic Pain Cycle & How to Break It (Top Tips From an Occupational Therapist) | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Cynthia Hill is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience. She aims to help her clients – many of whom live with chronic pain or disability – regain their quality of life as best as they possibly can. She has always had a special interest in hand injuries, […]

The Rise of Online Counseling & The Nuances of Online Communication

*Note: Whilst this post is sponsored by BetterHelp, all opinions expressed in this review are my own. Digital communication is on the rise, and isn’t limited to simply texting or calling friends and family. Many services are now available online or via an app; from food and grocery delivery, to instantaneous cashless payments, and even […]

Gifts I Love (but are Dangerous for Others & What to Give Instead) | A Chronic Voice

I’m a big fan of samples, which makes Christmas gifts or other exchanges a pleasure. I love trying out new textures, sniffing new scents, and figuring out if the latest product on the block is a fad or of true value. Yet, samples might be some people’s worst nightmare, and I’m not speaking solely from […]

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 […]

‘Stress Less’ Now: a Complete Course by a Psychologist Who Lives with Chronic Illness | A Chronic Voice | Featured Image

*Note: This post contains affiliate links. It will not cost you anything to click on them, but I will get a small referral fee from any purchase, which will be used to maintain this blog. Thank you! Stress is Part of Life, and More so with Chronic Illness I have a friend, Julie, whom I […]

How to Rewire Your Brain to Manage Chronic Pain (and Resources to Help) | A Chronic Voice | Featured Image

In order to know ‘how’ to rewire our brains to manage chronic pain, first we need to understand ‘what’ pain and neuroplasticity even are. Let’s take a closer look at their definitions and causations to begin with. *Note: Whilst this post is sponsored by Pathways, all opinions expressed are my own. I am also not […]

Useful Home Resources I Never Knew Existed (and Learned About from Other Chronic Illness Blogs) | A Chronic Voice

*Note: Whilst this post is kindly sponsored by Handicare Stairlifts, all opinions expressed in it are my own. As we know by now, living with a visible or invisible disability imposes many challenges on your daily life. Simple movements are not that simple and add up quickly. Many of us keep an ‘energy cheque book’, […]

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 […]

Would You Rather: Have an Invisible Illness or a Physical Disability? | www.achronicvoice.com

To clarify before I begin – I have a variety of chronic illnesses that affect the blood, brain, heart and virtually any body part, but I know nothing about physical disability and have only been confined to a wheelchair once. So if I made a mistake in this article, feel free to correct me. Having […]

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 #197: You’re Allowed to Feel Your Emotions When You’re in Pain & The Amount of Time it Takes for the Chronically Ill to Look ‘Normal’ | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 24 January 2019. Issue #197. In this issue: Surrounding yourself with comforting and supportive resources when you’re recovering from a pain flare. A book that encapsulates all that goes on when you’re both chronically ill, and also a caregiver to children with special needs and chronic illnesses. The bane of invisible illness is that […]

Issue #196: The Difficulties of Understanding Chronic Fatigue Over Pain & Doing What’s Best for Your Body Right Now is an Achievement | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 17 January 2019. Issue #196. In this issue: The difficulties of understanding chronic fatigue over pain. An occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience shares her best tips on how to regain your quality of life. Avoid dwelling on your problems and seek help if you live with chronic illness. Accept that not […]

How to Pay for Medical Expenses When Chronically Ill | A Chronic Voice

*Note: This is a sponsored post. When you are chronically ill, it can feel like the world is crashing down. You have to face the possibility of saying goodbye to your loved ones, extensive hospital appointments and treatments, and the stress that the cost of necessary treatment will place upon you. Medical expenses in the […]

Friday, 10 January 2019. Issue #195. In this issue: Straws account for less than 0.03% of marine plastic pollution, yet disabled people who rely on them are being singled out. Managing pain by resting and quickly returning to a strict routine. CBG and its aid with sleep. Travelling can be exhausting even for a healthy […]