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 […]

Drink Pure Wine Review (A Product I was So Excited to Test as a Chronic Illness Person) | A Chronic Voice

*Note: Whilst this post is sponsored by Drink Pure Wine, all opinions expressed in this review are my own. A parcel landed on my doorstep, and I glanced at the address. Could this be the parcel from Drink Pure Wine? Yes it was, and I couldn’t be more delighted to receive not just one, but […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 #215: How Painkillers Help Patients to Live a ‘Normal’ Life & Study Hacks for Students with Chronic Illness and Brain Fog | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 29 May 2020. Issue #215. In this issue: How painkillers help to improve my quality of life, by allowing me to do ‘normal’ things, which in turn benefit my physical and mental health. We are actually already practising neuroplasticity in our everyday lives. When you’re used to things going badly on repeat with chronic […]

Issue #214: The Importance of Pacing to Prevent Pain Flares & How Blogging Opens Up Doorways for Conversations and Awareness

Friday, 22 May 2020. Issue #214. In this issue: Pacing and planning regular rest breaks are essential for preventing a pain flare. It gnaws away at your physical and mental wellbeing when you’re in isolation for long periods. Don’t let someone else’s bad behaviour (ghosting) rob you of the possibilities of another beautiful relationship. How […]

Connecting With Your Loved Ones with Chronic Illness: Tips for Improving Their Day | A Chronic Voice

Chronic illness is perhaps one of the hardest things that a person will have to deal with in his or her life. Whether a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, or a significant other/loved one is, chronic illness will take a toll on a person. Chronic illness is an issue that isn’t talked about […]

Issue #213: The Link Between Migraines and Fibromyalgia & How to Communicate Your Pain Clearly to Your Doctors

Friday, 15 May 2020. Issue #213. In this issue: To live with chronic illness is to live with unpredictability, and is a life lesson many of us have had to learn early the hard way. The damaging mental effects of steroids that are often ignored, with physical symptoms taken more seriously. Linkup resources you can […]

Issue 212: Using Writing as a Way to Rebuild Your Life Story & Caring for Our Caregivers by Genuinely Listening to Them Every Day | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 08 May 2020. Issue #212. In this issue: Jo’s review of her website which we revamped! Acceptance and allowance of emotions, without attaching meaning to what it means for our future. May has a lot of awareness dates, which I’ve listed for the writing prompts this month. Our bodies are not passive whilst sleeping, […]

Issue #211: Negligence of Self Care Leads to Deterioration of Mental Health & Accessibility Needs are Different Even With the Same Disability | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 01 May 2020. Issue #211. In this issue: Baskets are great simple tools to help maximise accessibility at home. People with chronic illnesses learn to pay close attention to their bodies; unlike healthy people who are able to handle a bigger blow of stress with less down time. It’s difficult to navigate a world […]