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Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway: Gifts for Every Body in Pain This Lonely Pandemic Season!

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It's Time for the 2020 Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway!

It’s time for the 2020 Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway on A Chronic Voice! I held one last year too, and found it to be such an enjoyable experience for all parties involved. Who doesn’t love a good (pain relieving or comforting) gift? With the pandemic going on all year and beyond as well, I wanted to make this year’s Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway even grander and more exciting to lift all our spirits.

It’s with huge thanks to these 34 sponsors that this goal has been accomplished. I couldn’t be more grateful for their generosity and kindness, during this season of giving and receiving. They are a mix of professional brands and companies, and also individuals living with chronic illness or disability themselves.

They all want to give a little something back to the community, and to spread some kindness around. So here’s another a big thank you to each and every one of them for making this giveaway possible!

End Date for All Giveaways: 20 December 2020, 23:59 (Singapore Time)
The giveaway has ended. Please be patient. All winners will be announced within 48 hours!

If you have any problems entering any of the giveaways, email me at: [email protected]

Who This Christmas Giveaway is For

This giveaway is meant for people with chronic illnesses, mental disorders and/or disabilities. It will be based on trust, as I can’t verify each person’s state of being. That’s always subjective.
 
My biggest hope for this giveaway is that those who live with chronic pain will receive something to help them manage it a little better. And also to bring a smile to their faces!
 
You may join as many giveaways as you like, but can only win one prize so that everyone gets a bit of joy. Wishing all participants good luck, and a merry season!

Important Notes About the Giveaway Prizes

  1. Giveaway Items Are Not Intended to Treat, Cure, or Replace Your Doctors’ Advice and Ongoing Treatments.
    Please note that all giveaway items are for the users’ enjoyment only. They are not intended to treat, cure or in any way replace your doctor’s medical advice or ongoing treatment plan. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol. Have a happy holiday!

  2. Different Terms & Conditions (& LOCATIONS) for Each Sponsor.
    Please note that the terms and conditions (T&Cs) differ for each sponsor. Click on each Rafflecoptor widget for the full T&Cs. Please note the location of each giveaway as well, so you don’t enter one that doesn’t ship to your location!

  3. Country & State Laws, and Age Restrictions.
    Giveaway items must be legal in your location and for your age. Proof of identity may be required by the sponsor.

  4. Images Used.
    All images used have either been granted permission by each individual sponsor. Otherwise I have used images sent to me specifically to be used for this giveaway.

  5. Delivery Dates.
    Due to the timeline and pandemic, you may not receive your giveaway item in time for or before Christmas. We think receiving a gift at any time is still a happy occasion, however! Shipment may take up to 5 weeks depending on the location.

  6. Swapping of Giveaway Items.
    In the unforeseen circumstance that the giveaway item is unavailable for whatever reason, the sponsor has the right to swap it with another item.

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BetterYou: Pure Magnesium Bath Flakes

Sponsored By: betteryou.com

BetterYou sells a range of supplementary products such as vitamins, iron, folic acid and more. They go about this in an innovative way to ensure maximum absorption. This is especially helpful for people who suffer from conditions such as IBD, Crohn’s Disease or Coeliac Disease.

Sometimes pills are just not the best way to absorb nutrients or supplements. (I would know, as a patient who’s been on various forms of iron and calcium!) They specialise in intra-oral sprays and transdermal magnesium.

Many people with chronic pain have raved about how hot magnesium salt baths help to soothe those aches. Soak up and relax this winter season and beyond. BetterYou is giving away not just one, but five packs of their pure magnesium bath flakes this Christmas!

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Blisslets: Zita + Lucy Nausea Relief Bracelets (1 pair)

Sponsored By: blisslets.com

I stumbled across these beautiful nausea relief bracelets on one of my favourite blogs, ‘Through the Fibro Fog’ (also a sponsor in this post with her recipe book here!). I’ve had pregnant friends who wear motion sickness bands to help curb the nausea. But Blisslets actually made me want to wear one as an accessory in itself as well!

Blisslets was founded by Katie Aparicio. She was both frustrated with morning sickness, and the lack of beautiful nausea relief bands out there. They all stuck out like an ‘I’m pregnant’ siren.

Blisslets is offering one pair of their ‘Zita + Lucy Nausea Relief Bracelets’ in this giveaway. You need to wear one on each wrist for maximum effectiveness. The bracelets activate the P6 nei guan accupressure point on each wrist.

Whatever the cause of your nauseous suffering: morning sickness, migraine-induced, motion sickness… I’d enter this giveaway right away! And if you’d like to purchase a pair of their pretty bracelets regardless, drop by their online shop here! They also have a men’s collection that is inspired by the classic sailor’s life.

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dSavannah Rambles: Hand Crocheted Grey Scarf with Beads

Sponsored By: dsavannah.com

dSavannah is an active member in the chronic illness community. She is also ‘a wife, a friend, and a servant to her pet overlords’.

She makes pretty things too! Unfortunately, she’s had to close down her Etsy Shop. But she’s sponsoring one hand-crocheted grey scarf in this giveaway. It comes in an intricate pattern, and features glass beads on the end to add a little sparkle 🙂 (Click on the image about for a closer look!) We think it looks so well-made and cosy, too!

Here is more information about her lovely gift:

Size: 53” long (including fringe); 5.75” wide

Medium: Yarn (100% acrylic), glass beads

Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low. For best results, hand wash and lay flat to dry.

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Eden + Elie Gift Cards

Sponsored By: Anonymous

Thank you to this lovely anonymous sponsor. People like you make the world a better place with your kindness. And speaking from my own experiences with ‘anon’, they truly are one of the most supportive and caring people around!
 
 These handcrafted, artisanal and ethically sourced jewellery are stunning, to say the least. The designs are intricate, elegant, and suitable for everyday wear. Some of these pieces are also inspired by our local Singaporean Peranakan culture. From earrings, to necklaces, to bangles and more, I’d encourage you to visit their website. (And maybe browse for hours 😉 )
 
They are offering three Eden + Elie gift cards in this Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway. View more details in the links below:

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"How Not To Be Good, the A to Z of Anxiety" by Elli Johnson

Sponsored By: ellijohnson.com

I got lucky and happened upon Elli’s Instagram account, which led me to her book. It is a memoir that reveals her raw struggles with anxiety, and challenges the myths of ‘having it all’. It piqued my curiosity, because I find anxiety and panic attacks to be one of the the hardest symptoms to cope with, living with chronic pain. Often more than physical pain itself, even.

Here’s a review from her website:

“This book is for anyone who wants to grow and find solace from mental fight. How Not To Be Good is absorbing, fearless, personal and packed with insight. It has been forged in the fire of a daily struggle that will echo in the hearts of all who read it. So read this book and then give it your friends so they too can find that relief is possible.” – Mark Rowland (CEO Mental Health Foundation)

Elli is giving away five copies of her memoir, ‘How Not To Be Good The A-Z of Anxiety’ this Christmas. Enter to win a copy of this raw book on our humanity.

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Esme Salon: Work at Home Binder

Sponsored By: esmesalon.com

I’ve been in one of Esme’s Facebook groups, Share Care & Inspire, for a few years now. She’s always been such a supportive and caring person. She is also opening up a shop on her website, with many gorgeous products, resources and books. (You can tell she’s a passionate cook!)

Esme is offering one copy of her new ‘Work at Home Binder’ to help keep your life and business organised. Here’s what’s in it, and the many things you can do with it:

  • Over 300+ pages of business and home life solutions.
  • Organize your business with easy lists.
  • Keep track of business growth.
  • Set up your business brand.
  • Log all your blogging tasks.
  • Help manage your home and family.
  • Beautiful wall art and adult coloring pages.

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FKC You! Art

Sponsored By: fkcyou.com

Faith Kaminsky Cohen is an acrylic and plastic artist whose work can be found around the globe. She is also a certified Zentangle teacher. She began her career as an attorney in New York City, fighting for the rights of teachers and students for 17 years.

Whilst she is now mobility impaired and her legs are lopsided, she wanted to lend her hands this season. She is giving away two paintings that she has created, each costing up to $300. (You can choose from the gallery above.)

The colours of her paintings are bright and lively. I think that they’d look perfect displayed in your home, office or workspace!

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FootKaki

Sponsored By: footkaki.com

Owen of FootKaki is the only practicing pedorthist in Singapore. Clarence is his son, and is a shoe fitter. Don’t underestimate their abilities. This family-owned business has helped hundreds of people with chronic feet pain and problems! For general knowledge, here are the differences between a podiatrist and pedorthist.

It surprised me how much they could tell about my body, from the free foot assessment I did at their shop! I was even surprised that my actual shoe size wasn’t what I thought it was all along! A foot assessment consists of: foot arch types, gait analysis, foot conditions, advice and moreGet your feet analysed for free at FootKaki 🙂
 
Their shoes, sneakers, sandals and heels are beautiful to boot (pun unintended). Not your typical association with clunky, ugly orthotic footwear. FootKaki is offering five SGD100 vouchers in this giveaway.
 
On top of that, they are also offering all readers of A Chronic Voice 10% off. Vouchers and discounts must be used by 31 May 2021 and are not exchangeable for cash, so I’d check them out asap!

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Love Handle Phone Grips

Sponsored By: fullofgritandgrace.com
Jenna of ‘Full of Grit and Grace’ is an active advocate within the chronic illness community. She is also a business coach, and an ambassador for LoveHandle. Phone grips help make life a little more accessible for people who suffer from chronic pain.
 
This range by LoveHandles was designed to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each comes with cute letterings such as ‘spoonie strong’, ‘advocate’ and ‘warrior’. Which is great for raising a little bit of awareness. Or even as a gentle reminder to yourself!
 
Jenna is sponsoring three LoveHandle phone grips this Christmas, with three designs to choose from!

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Goldstone Reiki: Distance Healing Reiki Session

Sponsored By: goldstonereiki.co.uk

I’m going to start out by saying that I know zilch about Reiki, and am dubious about distance healing. Then I’m going to admit that I know very little about the universe, and might just be the foolish one 🙂 And I also accept that there are many modes of healing (that’s what this blog is about after all – articulation through various perspectives!). And yes, Catherine is okay with me saying the above statements. Research studies have also proven promising on the healing benefits of Reiki.
 
In any case, Reiki has been instrumental in Catherine’s own healing journey. So I do believe that this package would be great for some of you out there! She is offering two distance healing Reiki sessions that can be conducted over Zoom.
 
The package will consist of three short healing sessions of about 20 minutes each. It is similar to meditation, and you can read more about it in some articles she’s written:

Catherine has been studying the practice and history of Japanese Reiki therapy since 2016. She holds the following qualifications:

  • Shinpiden (Reiki Master 3rd Degree)
  • Okuden (Reiki 2nd Degree)
  • Shoden (Reiki 1st Degree)

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Huggaroo: Weighted Blanket/Throw, Neck and Shoulder Wrap & Hot/Cold Headache Wrap

Sponsored By: huggaroo.com
Huggaroo is popular within the chronic illness community. I’ve read many great reviews about their products for migraines and pain management.
 

They are offering three of their awesome products in this Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway:

 

  • Huggaroo Weighted Blanket/Throw (7lb)suitable for kids, or adults who need a portable weighted throw blanket. Made of ultra plush chenille fabric, it sounds like a dream for sleeping with. It’s entirely machine-washable, too!

  • Huggaroo Microwavable Neck & Shoulder WrapNot your regular heating pads, they deliver moist, comforting heat to your tired neck and shoulders for up to 15 minutes, and stay warm for another 15. Made of ultra plush 100% polyester Minky fabric, it feels luxurious against your skin. It can also act as cold relief; just pop the wrap in the freezer!

     

     

  • Huggaroo Hot/Cold Headache WrapI’ve heard many great reviews from people with migraine about this product. It delivers warm, moist heat to the facial sinuses, eyelids, scalp and wherever else you apply it for up to 15 minutes, and remains warm for another 15. It is easy to secure around your head with velcro, and feels soft with its Ultra plush, 100% polyester Minky fabric material. Oh, and all you have to do is pop it in the microwave to reheat!

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'Sunshine & Shadow' & 'Yarn' - Poetry Books by Hughie Carroll

Sponsored By: carrollonline.uk

I quote from Hugh Caroll’s preface of his poetry book, ‘Yarn:

Taking the ‘backward step’ in zazen I often find that the unconscious gets to work. Moments significant to me arrange themselves into a haiku/haibun/senryu sort of form, dubbed ‘hughku’ (thanks Brendan!). Making them public is taking the ‘forward step’ of full self-expression.”

And from his other poetry book, ‘Sunshine & Shadow’:

Poems on circus, zen, love, longing, loss and darkness. Most have sprung from the silence of meditation. I rarely write in a deliberate way but instead wait until something comes up demanding to be written.

Sounds like dreamy, reflective, relaxing reads for those introspective days to me. And he’s giving away two copies of each book this Christmas!

Don’t forget to check out Hugh’s GoodReads profile to see what’s on his reading list, too!

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Emu Tracks / I Love Natural: Pure Emu Oil

Sponsored By: ilovenatural.store

From the Emu Tracks Science & Research page:

“Emu Tracks initiated research exploring the benefits of emu oil for gastro-intestinal health and treating bowel diseases 10 years ago. We have been working with a leading South Australian University to further the research…Ongoing research has shown Emu Oil has considerable effect in the relief and reduction of pain associated with inflammation…”

Emus are the second largest birds in the world, and are endemic to Australia. Emu oil is derived from their fat. Australian Aborigines have bee using it for centuries to relieve skin problems, wounds and pain.

Emu oil is anti-inflammatory, and has great penetrative properties. It works well for problems to do with skin ailments, arthritis and joint aches, and digestive disorders.
 
I Love Natural was founded by parents themselves, who went through a traumatic health incident with their newborn son. Their goal is to promote effective traditional healing solutions from various cultures. Nature is a great healer and holds a lot of power, after all!
 
They are giving away three bottles of Emu Tracks’ pure emu oil in this giveaway. Check out the many positive testimonials on their website, from people of all ages and walks of life!

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"Chronic Health Bloggers: Take Your Blog (And Income!) to the Next Level" by Kate Mitchell

Sponsored By: katethealmostgreat.com
Are you someone with chronic illness who’s looking to starting a blog, and maybe earn some income from it along the way? If so, then you’ll want to win one copy of Kate’s e-book, “Chronic Health Bloggers: Take Your Blog (And Income!) to the Next Level”, this Christmas!
 
Kate Mitchell lives with Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthrtis, POTS, Endometriosis and Asthma, just to name a few! She has been blogging about chronic illnesses for 17 years. This book is chock full of resources to help you get started on your blogging journey and includes:

  • 29 blog post ideas
  • Tailwind tribes to join
  • SEO checklist for posts
  • 25 Instagram prompts
  • A checklist for your weekly blogging and social media tasks (you know the damn brain fog!)
  • A Canva media kit template
  • A guide on how to solidify your social media presence
  • Her money making resources
  • And more! 

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"Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang" by Megan A Schartner

Sponsored By: liveken.com
What started as a Kickstarter project is now reality for Megan A Schartner. Her book aims to raise awareness about invisible illness, as Foggy Frog and the pain gang pays random visits to the chronically ill. Even the simplest of tasks can become a drag when they drop by.
 
I also love the ‘True Stories’ section on her website, which features real people and how they react when Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang visits them.
 
Megan is giving away five copies of her book, ‘Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang’ this Christmas. These stories are ones that many of us can relate to and find solace in. Or to help others grasp the concept of invisible illness a little bit better!

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"Finding a New Normal: Living Your Best Life with Chronic Illness" by Suzan L. Jackson

Sponsored By: livewithcfs.blogspot.com
Suzan lives with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and so do her two sons. She is another passionate advocate within the chronic illness community. She works tirelessly to raise awareness about ME/CFS through her blog, her Facebook groups, and more. She is also a freelance writer and reviewer who specialises in travel, food, family and health.
 
This Christmas, Suzan is giving away three copies of her book, ‘Finding a New Normal: Living Your Best Life with Chronic Illness’. This guide provides inspiration, advice on emotional coping and wisdom from someone who’s been there for more than 20 years. It focuses not just on enduring your life, but immersing yourself fully in it.

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"Think Eat Cook Sustainably: 100 Recipes, plus Tips & Ideas for a Healthy World" by Rachel Khanna

Sponsored By: livingwellwithlyme.com

Christina Mathers and her beautiful family have been fighting Lyme Disease since 2014. she also writes about her experiences and tips on her blog, ‘Living Well with Lyme’.

Rachel Khanna is an accomplished chef and health counsellor. She encourages and inspires organic and healthy eating through her cookbooks, cooking classes, workshops and coaching sessions. I quote from her website:

Think Eat Cook Sustainably is both a cookbook and a guide to the foods that benefit one’s own health and the health of the world around us. In addition to 100 delicious and easy-to-make recipes, you will find formulas to help you experiment with your own favorite ingredients, and in-depth information about choosing nutritious and sustainable ingredients.”

Christina felt that this book was an excellent resource for Lyme Disease. She is giving away a copy of Rachel’s book, ‘Think Eat Cook Sustainably’ in this Chronic Illness Christmas giveaway. Take a peek inside the book here.

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Yoga for the Chronic Life Studio Package
(Image Source: melissavsfibromyalgia.com)

Melissa vs Fibromyalgia: 3 Month Membership, 'Yoga for the Chronic Life Virtual Yoga Studio'

Melissa is an active advocate in the chronic illness community online. She’s also a yoga teacher, a mum of four, and more (I really have no idea how she manages – must be the yoga! 😉 ).

For as long as I have known her, she has been a passionate about using yoga for pain management. This includes fibromyalgia – which she also lives with – chronic fatigue, insomnia and more. I like this sentence on her website, which just about sums it up, “I don’t pretzel, I modify the tools of yoga to what I need at the time – and offer the same to you.”

Melissa is offering two lucky winners a 3 month membership to her virtual yoga studio package, ‘Yoga for the Chronic Life’. Yes, you can yoga slowly, at your own pace, from home!

The 3 month membership includes full access to:

  • The Foundations of Yoga for Fibromyalgia (RRP $199)
  • 10 Days Beginners Journey to Yoga (RRP $49)
  • The Pelvis & Pregnancy Friendly Series (RRP $59)
  • The Bed Yoga Toolkit (RRP $39)
  • The Seated Yoga Series (RRP $39)
  • 10 Days Meditation Toolkit (RRP 20)
  • Melissa vs Fibromyalgia Exclusive Community access (RRP $20/month)

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Holistic Coaching Package: Win Some Happiness Back Into Your Life, Despite Chronic Illness

Sponsored By: mecfsselfhelpguru.com

Julie studied Psychology in university, and has an advanced diploma in person-centered counselling. She has had extensive experience as a counsellor, trainer, social worker and more. She also lives with chronic illnesses such as ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and more.

She offers holistic coaching, support and empowerment for people who live with such chronic illnesses. Her desire is to help them work towards better health, happiness and rediscovery of their dreams.

She is offering her ‘4 Session Fixed Starter Pack’ in this Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway. Here’s how it works:

  • 4 x weekly 45-minute Skype (or Zoom or Facebook Live) sessions, to take place once a week over 4 weeks.
  • All 4 sessions to be scheduled when the package is booked.
  • Additional between session email support. (Email support may be solicited once between each session).

If you’re someone who’s struggling to cope with your energy or pain levels, who is experience emotional or mental drain, who is at a loss of what to do with the limitations chronic illness has placed on you or more – this holistic life coaching package is for you. Sign up to win back some happiness, hope and direction in your life!

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Miga Swimwear: Anna Long Sleeves One Piece

Sponsored By: migaswimwear.com
Maria Luisa Mendiola founded Miga Swimwear in 2017. Her aim was and is to challenge the status quo and definition of what ‘beauty’ is. She wants to break stigma, and raise awareness on disfigurement, disability and chronic illness. Her swimwear collections are vibrant and a celebration of life. They are expressions of self-love, self acceptance, and beauty in non conventional forms.
 
In this Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway, Maria is offering three Anna Long Sleeves One Piece in emerald green. The swimsuit is named after Anna, an artist who lives with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, also known as Acne Inverse, a chronic skin disease. Anna’s wounds were painful, and interfered with her art creation. This swimsuit works for Anna, because its raglan sleeves guarantee no chafing in the armpits. The fabric is UPF 50, and comes with a zipper with pulley at the back for easier wear!

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Modibodi: AUD100 Gift Voucher

Sponsored By: modibodi.com

Modibodi is the maker of the original period and incontinence underwear. I have a few Modibodi undies myself, and love how they’re so comfy, easy to maintain, and long lasting!

Their underwear lining is made of modifier air technology to keep your private bits cool and breathable. They even have a modifier swim technology so you can go swimming as per usual, and another fit for mums who are breastfeeding. To top that off, their range spans a wide collection, and they all look good!

Modibodi is offering an AUD100 voucher (approx. USD75) in this giveaway. I wish I could enter my own giveaway; I keep browsing through their products and want to snap up just about everything 😉

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NuLeaf Naturals: Full Spectrum CBD Oil & CBD Softgel Capsules

Sponsored By: nuleafnaturals.com

NuLeaf Naturals has been producing high quality CBD products since 2014. They produce full-spectrum CBD Oil using organic hemp, with no junk added into it. They aim to create premium cannabinoid wellness products that their customers trust. And I’d say that they’ve been meeting their goals, with over 20,000 positive customer reviews!
 
They also have the batch reports up for their products. If you’re thinking of buying a CBD product, that’s one of the most important signs of quality to look out for.
 
NuLeaf Naturals is giving away these CBD products to two lucky winners in this giveaway:

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Plant Therapy: KidSafe Wellness Sampler 3-Set

Sponsored By: planttherapy.com

Plant Therapy creates high quality essential oils, CBD, and natural body products. All their products have traceable test reports, are animal cruelty free, and affordable.

Their KidSafe essential oil blends are meant for children ages 2-10. These oils were formulated by Robert Tisserand, who is the co-author of the book, ‘Essential Oil Safety’. He also has over 40 years of experience in essential oil blending and aromatherapy product development.

Plant Therapy is offering one ‘KidSafe Wellness Sampler Set’ in this giveaway, which consists of some favourites to help against seasonal threats such as the flu. For more information on each essential oil product in the sampler set:

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Reakiro: CBD Oils & Gel Capsules

Sponsored By: cbdreakiro.com

There are hundreds of shady CBD companies touting cures on social media and what not. I’m sure you’ve come across some in your DMs or emails.(Find out what to look out for in a high quality CBD product in my article on CBD oil facts.)

Reakiro is a leading European HACCP/GMP certified manufacturer and supplier of full-spectrum CBD oils, creams and capsules. No harsh chemicals or pesticides are used, they are non-GMO, full spectrum, EU certified seeds and more. Their lab results for all their CBD products are also stated upfront – which is of extreme importance.
 

Reakiro is offering four of their excellent CBD products in this Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway! Click on the links below for more information on each item:

 

If you’ve found CBD to be a big help with pain management, this is a great time to try Reakiro out. If you’ve never tried CBD for pain relief but wanted to, now might be a good time to do so, too! 

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Spectra Spray: Sleep Well, Be Well & Stay Well Vitamin Spray Kits

Sponsored By: spectraspray.com
Made with an advanced micro-emulsion technology, Spectra Spray’s oral sprays ensure maximum absorption. They are also made without binders, fillers, artificial colours, dyes or allergens. Which is great news for those with certain chronic illnesses who are sensitive to them!
 
Janet Ryan was searching for natural solutions for her son with ADHD, anxiety and in-attention. She consulted many types of doctors, both clinical and natural. Her journey led her to educate and certify herself. She then founded Spectra Spray, which also has a team of nutritional advisors onboard.
 
Spectra Spray is giving away three of their bestselling sprays this Christmas! Visit the links below for more information on each giveaway item:

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Symjo: A Symptom Journal by Megan Raine

Sponsored By: symjo.co.uk
Instagram recommended Megan to me, and I’m not surprised why! I immediately fell in love with her Symptom Journal, ‘Symjo’, which she just launched. Megan lives with endometriosis, which is a painful chronic condition. Symjo was born from her passion for design. And using that to help make the lives of others with chronic illnesses more organised and manageable.
 

The Symjo journal consists of four sections. Here’s a description from her Etsy page:

 

  • The ‘Daily Symptom Section’ to keep track of daily symptoms, pain scale, area of pain and medications taken;
  • The ‘Appointment Diary Section’ to write in all upcoming appointment details, with following note pages to take along to every appointment to keep your notes in one place.
  • The ‘Medical Journey’ – to keep track of all the medications you’ve tried and tested throughout your health journey, and track your symptoms and side-effects.
  • And finally; the ‘Useful Bits’ section containing space to write in important contacts, website resources, book recommendations, self-care routines and more.

The journal comes complete with divider tabs, bookmark, elastic closure and an extra wee treat inside! Enter the giveaway to win one Symjo from Megan!

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"Everyday Mindfulness: 108 Simple Practices to Empower Yourself and Transform Your Life" by Melissa Steginus

Sponsored By: tckpublishing.com
TCK Publishing started out as an small independent publishing in 2011. They have now expanded to an international market. They specialise in trade paperback books, and publish a wide range of genres. I love that their mission is to help authors earn a full-time income from royalties. They also treat their authors like partners.
 
One of the latest books on their shelves is Everyday Mindfulness’ by Melissa Steginus. I quote from their Amazon page:
 
“With step-by-step instruction and evidence-based exercises you can do in as little as 5 minutes a day, it’s never been easier to make positive changes stick in your life.”
 
The book consists of 108 simple practices to transform your life step by step. It touches on all important aspects of your wellbeing: physical, emotional, rational, spiritual, occupational and network.
 

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That's Handi: 'The Handi Book of Love, Lust & Disability' & Interview with the Founders

Sponsored By: thatshandi.co
Handi was founded by disability consultant and activist, Andrew Gurza, and innovation strategist, Heather Morrison. Did you know that over 50% of disabled people are unable to achieve sexual pleasure on their own? (And many times even with partners due to chronic pain, but that’s for a post in and of itself.)
 
This Christmas they’re giving away four copies of ‘The Handi Book of Love, Lust & Disability’. It opens up conversations and breaks the stigma surrounding sex, relationships and disability. The book is full of beautiful artwork, portraits, stories, poems and more from over 50 disabled and proud contributors.
 
You can still buy a copy of this gorgeous book even if you don’t win as well! All profits go towards funding the development of their first line of sex toys for people with hand limitations, ‘The Handi Joystick’.
 
The founders of Handi – Andrew and Heather – are also offering a 1 hour Zoom chat with them as a giveaway. Time is a precious commodity, so it’s great they’re doing this! Have some intimate and real conversations with them on these stigmatised topics. It would be insightful for any podcaster, blogger, disability or sexual health advocate!

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"Chronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness" by Lene Andersen

Sponsored By: theseatedview.com
Lene Andersen of ‘The Seated View’ was also a generous sponsor in last year’s Christmas Giveaway! She has a Masters Degree in Social Work, and is an award-winning writer, health and disability advocate and photographer. She lives in Toronto, but was born and raised in Denmark. She’s lived with junvenile arthritis since she was four.
 
Chronic Christmas” a book all about self-care, both for those with chronic illnesses and their loved ones. It’s filled with wonderful self-care suggestions in the form of an Advent calendar. But these tips can sure be handy year round!
 
Lene is offering three copies of her book, “Chronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness”, in this year’s giveaway. There is only one paperback version available if that is your choice, and it will be a signed copy!

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Thriving While Disabled / Alison Hayes: 'Thriving with FND' Course, 'Navigating the US Welfare System' Coaching Programme & 'Medical Care Problem Solving' Sessions

Alison Hayes is another passionate advocate within the chronic illness community. She lives with FND (Functional Neurological Disorder). It is a disorder that is difficult to even get a correct diagnosis for, and to treat. Her blog is full of insightful articles into the U.S. healthcare system, disability benefits and chronic illness.
 
If you’re someone who’s struggling to cope with FND, then her ‘Thriving with FND’ course is for you. The curriculum includes: FND diagnosis, medical support, treatment options, and other tools for self-advocacy and quality of life.
 
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the US social welfare system, Alison has a coaching program to help you with that. ‘Navigating the US Welfare System’ will let you share your biggest challenges and needs, and Alison will help you develop a plan to either apply for the support(s) you need, or to make the best use of the supports you have. Past clients of hers have hired her to help them build their own businesses after being on disability, and to help them apply for SSDI.
 
She is also offering single-meeting medical care problem-solving sessions to two winners. If you are struggling with or trying to improve your medical care experience, she will happily meet with you via Zoom to discuss your fears or concerns and help you create a plan to improve your situation. For example, if you feel your doctor isn’t listening to you, Alison will help you feel better prepared for your appointments, and help you decide if it’s time to seek a different doctor.

*Updated (02 Dec 2020): Alison has added two more gifts to this list!

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'Low Histamine Breakfast Recipes' Ebook by Claire G.

Sponsored By: throughthefibrofog.com
Claire has been a lovely friend online, and is one of the moderators for my Facebook Group, ‘Chronic Illness Social Pod’. She lives with Fibromyalgia, MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome), Raynaud’s Syndrome, Dysautonomia, hEDS and Interstitial Cystitis to name a ‘few’!
 
Her chronic conditions, in particular MCAS, means that she is highly sensitive to the world around her. That includes food, which forms a huge part of our lives. She has studied and experimented with various foods for her condition over the years. Her blog is a repository of resources for others with similar issues. What I love about her recipes i that they’re not in the least bit bland. In fact, they’re full of colour, flavour, nutrition and life!
 
Having purchased a copy of her book myself, I must say that it is both a feast for the mouth and eyes. Claire is giving away five copies of her e-book, “Low Histamine Breakfast Recipes”, in this giveaway!

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Thryve: Gut Health Test Kit

Sponsored By: thryveinside.com
Richard Lin co-founded Thryve, after a bout of antibiotics led to a major gut injection, and landed him in the hospital. That spurred his mission to find better answers to gut health. And how to optimise the bacterial communities within us.
 
Thryve has a team of scientific advisors on board. They also invest a lot into research and algorithms that aim to improve our microbiome. This includes recommended foods and supplements to optimise our health and wellbeing.
 
I did a review of their Gut Health Test Kit a few years ago, and thought it might be a good idea to reach out to Richard this year. I had genuinely enjoyed discovering more about my gut microbiome. Call it coincidence or science, but the bacteria side effects and recommended foods seemed to match up!
 
They are offering one Thryve Gut Health Test Kit this Christmas, and I’d try and win this if I were you! (Heck, I want to reassess my gut bacteria again after all this time 😉 ). Thryve also offers personalised probiotics, if you’ve been having problems with off-the-shelf ones.

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To Better Days: Trial Pack

Sponsored By: tobetterdays.co.uk
To Better DaysTM is an innovative, non-medicine alternative to help those experiencing sustained discomfort. The adhesive patches contain a patented combination of vitamin D and dextrose to offer a topical and targeted option that supports the health of joints, muscles and nerves. Simply apply the patch directly to the source of discomfort for relief within hours. Made in Britain, their exclusive health patches are the first of their kind to be available in the UK. For all those experiencing prolonged discomfort.
 
The patented combination of vitamin D and dextrose in To Better DaysTM active patches is inspired by the 30-year practice of specialist neuropathic doctor, Dr John Lyftogt and his wife, a physical education therapist, Maria Lyftogt. Their work explored using the two ingredients together to progress new, natural and non-addictive ways to treat patients for nerve, muscle and joint ailments in their New Zealand clinic.
 
They are giving away five boxes of their ‘To Better Days Joint Patches Trial Packs’ in this Christmas Giveaway! Each box contains three big and six small joint patches to see what suits you best.

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Winnie's Picks: Paint by Numbers for Adults

Sponsored By: winniespicks.com

Winnie’s Picks isn’t only a generous sponsor in this year’s Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway, but also last year’s! We love you, Winnie’s Picks 😉
 
I love browsing their painting catalogue; They’re full of interesting colours, subjects and environments. Merely looking at them is pleasing to the eye, so what more when you get to paint them?
 
If you enjoy colouring as a form of stress relief, then you might fall in love with paint by numbers. It also takes less effort to paint that it is to colour with pencils. So that makes it easier for your joints and fingers, if you suffer pain in those areas.
 
They have lots of useful tutorials you can check out. Art therapy is definitely one of the best tools in the pain management toolkit. And Winnie’s Picks is giving away two regular paint by numbers paintings from their catalogue in this Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway!

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Bexi PhD: Bexi's Bespoke Revitalisation Body Milk, Spritz & Balm

Sponsored By: bexiphd.com

Dr. Rebecca (Bexi) Lobo, PhD lives with Sjögren’s Syndrome, and suffered from dry, terrible skin as a child. She went to graduate school to investigate how diet and lifestyle can be integrated for disease prevention. Her PhD research involved the study of interconnections amongst metabolic pathways, and how nutrient structure affects the body as a whole in the long run.

She believes that your skin is dynamic, and so should your skin care be. Thus, Bexi’s Bespoke Revitalisation was born. She only includes ingredients that your skin need, and nothing else.

Bexi is giving away three products from her Bespoke Revitalisation range in this Christmas giveaway:

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Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway: GIfts for Every Body in Pain This Lonely Pandemic Season! I couldn’t be more grateful for these sponsors' generosity and kindness. They are a mix of professional brands and companies, and also individuals living with chronic illness or disability, who want to give a little something back to the community. #chronicillness #disability #christmasgiveaway
Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway: GIfts for Every Body in Pain This Lonely Pandemic Season! I couldn’t be more grateful for these sponsors' generosity and kindness. They are a mix of professional brands and companies, and also individuals living with chronic illness or disability, who want to give a little something back to the community. #chronicillness #disability #christmasgiveaway
Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway: GIfts for Every Body in Pain This Lonely Pandemic Season! I couldn’t be more grateful for these sponsors' generosity and kindness. They are a mix of professional brands and companies, and also individuals living with chronic illness or disability, who want to give a little something back to the community. #chronicillness #disability #christmasgiveaway
Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway: GIfts for Every Body in Pain This Lonely Pandemic Season! I couldn’t be more grateful for these sponsors' generosity and kindness. They are a mix of professional brands and companies, and also individuals living with chronic illness or disability, who want to give a little something back to the community. #chronicillness #disability #christmasgiveaway
Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway: GIfts for Every Body in Pain This Lonely Pandemic Season! I couldn’t be more grateful for these sponsors' generosity and kindness. They are a mix of professional brands and companies, and also individuals living with chronic illness or disability, who want to give a little something back to the community. #chronicillness #disability #christmasgiveaway
Chronic Illness Christmas Giveaway: GIfts for Every Body in Pain This Lonely Pandemic Season! I couldn’t be more grateful for these sponsors' generosity and kindness. They are a mix of professional brands and companies, and also individuals living with chronic illness or disability, who want to give a little something back to the community. #chronicillness #disability #christmasgiveaway

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34 comments

  • Avatar of susan ruth

    i would love to win either the Modibodi or bexi’s bespoke revitalisation as these are problem areas for me and these products most likely would be a positive addition to my self-care routines.

  • Avatar of Sara

    So excited to submit an entry for the Modibodi gift certificate. I’m curious to give period underwear a try, and this brand looks super fashionable and not at all like what you’d expect incontinence or period underwear to look like. There’s no reason you can’t be both functional and practical, and I appreciate a brand that gets that too.

  • Avatar of Sara

    The Spectra Spray: Sleep Well vitamin spray kit looks awesome! I have trouble both falling asleep and staying asleep due to neurological symptoms and well… the anxiety demons come out at night. Would be grateful to try this!

  • Avatar of Sara

    Excited to be entering for the Reakiro: CBD Oil giveaway! I’ve heard so many good things about CBD oil for pain relief and have always wanted to check it out for my joint pain. 🙂

  • Avatar of Sara

    I hope to win the Bexi’s Bespoke Revitalisation Spritz for my dry skin! I’ve had mixed connective tissue disease since the age of 13 and for whatever reason it’s always involved dry skin. I have literally never found anything that satisfies my dry skin on my face, so curious to try this out. I have to put lotion on multiple times a day just to be able to smile comfortably.. excited to try something new out! Thanks 🙂

  • Avatar of Sara

    Thank you so much for organizing this!

  • Avatar of Deidre

    How exciting! I need to eat low histamine and would love that ebook!

  • Avatar of SHELLEY

    Wow this is truly amazing, you have do a fabulous job of getting all these prizes together! These will definitely make a lot a people smile! xx

  • Avatar of Krista

    Thank you for hosting this! So fun and a great way to learn about resources to help us live with chronic illnesses

  • Avatar of Tammy

    Thank you for sharing this give away
    I’m really struggling with my fibromyalgia and mental health right …. in the mourning stage after giving up work
    This has given me hope and ideas if lots of things to help me along my way
    Thank you

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      I am really touched to hear this, because that was what this giveaway was supposed to be about. I wish you well…join in in as many as you like for your country, and I wish you all the best! 😀

  • Avatar of Caz / InvisiblyMe

    Such an incredible giveaway – you’ve done amazingly well putting all of this together, Sheryl, thank you for your effort. So many funky goodies, fab books and a few brands I’m curious about now that I’ve not come across before, like the Emu Tracks oil. It’s been an extra tough year for so many, so this is a wonderful way to bring people together and put smiles on some faces 🤗

    Good luck to everyone entering! 🎉🎄

    Caz xx

  • Avatar of Sonja

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Having just reached my 1-year “anniversary” of being unemployed, I appreciate these kinds of opportunities so much! What a lovely idea! I hope I might be lucky enough to win Elli Johnson’s book, the Chronic Health Bloggers Prize by Jate Mitchell, or the Esme Salon giveaway:) Have a peaceful December and holiday season!

    • Avatar of Sonja

      Just coming back to add that the reason why I would like to win Elli Johnson’s book is that I’ve struggled with anxiety for a long time, and I think that learning ways to manage that is a key missing piece in me being able to get healthier, as I believe my constant state of stress and anxiety is triggering lots of health problems in me. I really hope I get the chance to win the book!

      The reason why I would love to win Kate Mitchell’s e-book is that I’m just getting started as a freelancer and health blogger, and her e-book sounds like exactly what I would need to help me succeed on this new adventure!

      The reason why I would love to win the Esme Salon bundle is that as an aspiring freelancer and health blogger whose main struggle is to get organised enough to get stuff done (especially after having been unemployed for a year, and sometimes suffering with extreme pains due to my adenomyosis) , I think this would be incredibly helpful in getting me into a good routine and organised in all areas of my life, and break the chain of being overwhelmed and not getting stuff done due to being overwhelmed.

      Thank you so much to all these wonderful people for participating in this giveaway, it’s so generous of you!!

  • Avatar of Lisa Marie Alioto

    This is amazingly generous – and what a great way to perk up the holidays for the lucky winners!

  • Avatar of Carrie Kellenberger

    What a fantastic round-up of prizes and the wonderful people who donated. I’m heavily involved with Christmas fundraisers and giveaways here in Taiwan every year. Next year I will get myself together and get on this ahead of time. Sometimes I think I spread myself a bit too thin and I’ve managed to do that again this year. I can’t say no to children’s charities and animal fundraisers at this time of year. Anyways, I look forward to seeing how this turns out and good luck to all your participants. Season’s Greetings!

    • Avatar of Sheryl Chan

      You always do so much, Carrie! Thank you 🙂 And feel free to participate in the giveaways, too, as there’s plenty to go around! 😀 xxx

  • Avatar of Kathleen K

    So many great options, and so many new products to check out! Everything I entered for are things I think could help me as someone who is somewhat homebound with chronic illness/pain and food allergies. There are so many conscientious products/services here! Thank you!

  • Avatar of MAndy Farmer

    Some excellent gifts here! How exciting

  • Avatar of Heather Hancock

    I have entered to win the To Better Days Joint Pain Patches, the Symjo Symptom Journal, the ModiBodi Gift Voucher, and the Esme Work At Home Binder. What a great Christmas giveaway! Thank you to all those offering prizes, it’s appreciated. Now for a little luck!

  • Avatar of Rhonda Butler

    Thank you for the generous giveaway! I’m super excited about the possibility of winning something this year. Bless all the sponsors and best of luck to everyone. 🎄🤎🥰

    • Avatar of Rhonda Butler

      I’m really excited about the possibility of winning the neck and shoulder wrap from Huggaroo! The knee pillow is a pretty amazing product of theirs too. Wish me luck!

  • Avatar of dSavannah

    I LOVE art and collect it and my house is like a mini-gallery, so I would love to win one of the FKC You! Art pieces!

    • Avatar of dSavannah

      I would also REALLY love the Reiki session. I’ve had a few previously and they’ve been positively life-changing!

  • Avatar of Les

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. There are a number of amazing prizes, and I’d be honored and blessed to win any of them. Thanks and blessings to you, Sheryl, and all the participants.

  • Avatar of Lisa Ehrman

    Great giveaways! I could really use the Nausea bracelet, because I’m nauseated every day.

  • Avatar of Julie Holliday

    I’m also going for Kates ebook, as I could do better with my blog

  • Avatar of Catherine Green

    I would like to win a copy of Chronic Christmas – all my life I have powered through the holidays ignoring my chronic pain and pretending everything is fine when it isn’t. Maybe this could reassure me that I am allowed to stop once in a while?

  • Avatar of Catherine Green

    Thanks for including my giveaway for Goldstone Reiki, Sheryl! I’m going to browse through the other items, I quite fancy those books for Christmas… 😉

  • Avatar of Holly B

    This is so wonderful. I enter and followed some truly amazing people! Thank you for sharing and sponsoring such a great way to learn about new products and the people who are donating!

  • Avatar of Julie Holliday

    Today I’m going for the Reiki, because every little bit of healing helps!

  • Avatar of Chase Clark

    Thanks for putting this together! Very excited & hoping I’ll win something!!

  • Avatar of Julie Holliday

    I’m hoping to win the Rakiro CBD oil immune support capsules as it sounds like a wonderful product for a chronic illness that involves a moderately compromised immune system. I’ve also been dealing with more pain recently so I’m hoping it would help with that too!

    I’ve also gone for the winnies picks and the magnesium.

  • Avatar of Claire

    Amazing line up of prizes Sheryl!! I’ve entered a few and keeping my fingers crossed!!!

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