Important Holiday Checklists for Those with Chronic Illness & Their Supporters | A Chronic Voice

There are Contrasts in Every Season Holiday seasons are a time for fun and bonding, yet they can also be stressful periods, more so for some than others. Whilst many are out shopping for gifts, there are single mothers struggling to provide a simple meal for their children. Whilst many are drinking in celebration, there […]

Issue #140: Things We Wished Our Colleagues Knew & the Unwanted Life Lesson of Asking for Help | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 14 December 2018. Issue #140. In this issue: Tips from real people, for coping with cold and winter. Showing some empathy, providing a listening ear, and other tips for being a better friend. Insight for colleagues on the fluctuation of good and bad days. The wish to try medical marijuana for pain relief, apart […]

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 […]

What Your Wish List Looks Like When You Have Chronic Illnesses | www.achronicvoice.com

What Do Wish Lists Reflect? What’s on your wish list, and why do you want these things? They tend to contain practical items that make everyday living easier, or luxurious treats that warm the heart. I’m not going to complain if I receive a fancy handbag, expensive perfume or surprise holiday, so go ahead 😉 […]

Issue #139: Chronic Illness Doesn’t Take a Break Just Because it’s the Holidays & Don’t Forget Those Who are Lonely This Festive Season | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 07 December 2018. Issue #139. In this issue: Savouring in the bright, happy vibes of December. Lupus doesn’t care that it’s the holiday season, and the need to deal with it because there’s no other way. When society sets cancer as the benchmark illness, and downplays other forms of pain compared to it. A […]

Mainstream: Can You Talk to Us About ME? (There's Enough 'Normal' Health Tips to Go Around Already) | A Chronic Voice

Constantly I am inundated with article titles, statements, and ‘tips’ that tell me that the key to being healthy is a good night’s sleep. Or that exercise is essential to healthy living. Yes, these things are great for most people. But they do not work for me or ME. What is ME? Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) […]

December 2018 Prompts: De-Stressing, Savouring, Simplifying, Resting & Finalising | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well! De-Stressing As most people’s social calendars ramp up in intensity this month, mine is ironically slowing down. My partner’s dad was with us for most of November, so I’ve had my fill of quality ‘family time’. As […]

December 2018 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

It’s the holiday season, and that could mean different things to different people. While it’s a time to celebrate, bond over good food and wine, give and receive, it might also be a trigger for others. Perhaps they lost a loved one around this time, or the gatherings trigger their social anxiety. You may feel […]

Issue #138: The Huge Impact of Work Stress on Chronic Illness & How to Open New Doors to Happiness | www.achronicvoice.com

Friday, 30 November 2018. Issue #138. In this issue: Some perspective on ‘strength’ when you live with chronic illness. How quitting my job led to my first real improvement in health. You are still a living miracle, even on the days when the voices in your head will not agree. Acknowledgement that you’re not perfect […]

All I Want for Christmas is Some Pain Relief! (Real Wish List Ideas from 13 People with Chronic Illness) | www.achronicvoice.com

*Note from A Chronic Voice: At first, I thought that this post would make a good gift list resource. Ideas from real people with chronic illnesses, for others who are also in pain. Turns out that many of us want to try the same thing, no matter where we are in the world! Unfortunately, what […]

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 […]