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Issue #269: The Need to Prioritise Ruthlessly as a Chronically Ill Caregiver & The Life of Frida Kahlo in the Disabled Women in History Series

Issue 269: The Need to Prioritise Ruthlessly as a Chronically Ill Caregiver & The Life of Frida Kahlo in the Disabled Women in History Series

Friday, 11 June 2021. Issue #269.

In This Issue:

  1. The need for ruthless prioritisation when you’re chronically ill but need to be a caregiver, too. Draw up a list of what needs to be done, do whats to be done first, and accept that it will not be perfect but okay.
  2. When Frida Kahlo was six she was struck with Polio and relied on her imagination and daydreams for pain distraction; read more about her fascinating life as a person with disability.
  3. Many aspects of chronic illness can be invisible because we’re only able to meet people on our best days; not even on our average days, and much less on our worst days.
  4. 40 tips for managing chronic pain, one of which is to pace yourself and ask for help before you get to the desperate stage.
  5. There are no limits to some things you can give in life, such as gratitude and kindness.
  6. Problems all flock together; being involved in a minor car accident in between searching for a missing, beloved pet.
  7. Many people in the chronic illness community do not want things to return to ‘normal’ post pandemic, as the world became more accessible literally overnight when COVID19 struck.
  8. Walking can be very grounding and can help clear your head from the ongoing chronic illness narratives in the head.
  9. Stress impacts the way we communicate with others, as the worry and anxiety seeps into our ability to be present and engage positively.
  10. Asking for help when you have an eating disorder isn’t attention seeking, but an act of courage as you seek for the help you need to get better.

*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes, and is based on each person’s individual experiences and circumstances. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding new treatment protocols.

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