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It's Time for the Chronically Ill & Disabled to Party (Online)!
I can’t believe it’s already time for the third virtual holiday party on A Chronic Voice. I still have warm, fuzzy feelings from last year’s Christmas Giveaway! It’s an annual event that I believe brings the health and wellness community closer together across the board. And also a fantastic opportunity to learn about and try some pain management products!
It always brings a smile to my face when a sponsor steps up with a big heart and wants to get involved. It definitely makes all the effort and pain flares worth it! (I worked on last year’s giveaway for 40 hours/week which obviously wasn’t the best idea, but as you know, it’s a seasonal thing.)
Once again, a BIG THANK YOU to all our generous sponsors in the 2021 Virtual Holiday Party on A Chronic Voice! I’m sure that your product or service will put a huge smile on a chronically ill or disabled person’s face.
Who This Virtual Holiday Party & Giveaway is For
The giveaway items in this post are specifically for those who live with a chronic illness, mental illness or disability. All sponsors are welcome to enter the giveaways that aren’t theirs as well!
I won’t be asking you to ‘verify’ that you truly are chronically ill or disabled. Because lord knows how much society and doctors don’t believe in our pain already! We’ll be partying hard based on trust and goodwill.
I am a staunch believer in #StrongerTogether. So thank you to everyone who has helped and is helping to make this event a success. Whether as a contributor, participant, and also helping to spread the word and cheer around!
Important Notes About the Giveaway & Prizes
Please read carefully before participating.
- 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.
- Different Terms & Conditions (and 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 stated before each entry. Please note the location of each giveaway as well, so you don’t enter one that doesn’t ship to your address!
- Country & State Laws, and Age Restrictions.
You need to be 18 and above to participate. Giveaway items must be legal in your location and for your age. Proof of identity may be required by the host or sponsor.
- Images Used.
All images used have been granted permission by each individual sponsor. Otherwise I have used images sent to me specifically to be used for this giveaway.
- Delivery Dates.
Due to the timeline and pandemic, you may not receive your prize in time for Christmas Day itself. 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. If the sponsor can only send the item out at a later date, this will be stated in their section.
Shipping will be covered by each individual sponsor, if any.
- Swapping or Cancellation 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, or to not send the item. We’ll try our best to not let that happen though!
- How Many Giveaways Can I Join?
There is no limit. Join all of them if you like! But you can only win one prize. (Let’s share the joy, hey? 😉 )
How to Play & Best Tips for Winning!
Sponsors are listed in alphabetical order. Within each of their sections is a button to enter the draw, which leads to a widget. Click on the dropdown options and complete as many actions as you can within the widget.
Each action earns you a point or three, which increases your chances of winning in the random draw at the end. Some actions, such as re-shares on social media, can be done once a day. So don’t forget to come back to earn even more points!
Presenting the Generous Sponsors for This Virtual Holiday Giveaway!
- Bexi’s Bespoke Revitalisation
- Bump’n (Formerly Handi)
- Elaine Merryfield
- Grace & Able
- Headache Hat
- Heather Nickolett (Seint Beauty)
- Leslie L. McKee
- Live with ME/CFS – Sue Jackson
- JumbledBrain Ltd
- Low Histamine Kitchen
- Manta Sleep
- ME/CFS Self-Help Guru
- Melissa vs Fibromyalgia
- MIGA Swimwear
- NuLeaf Naturals
- Positivity In Pain
- Rheum2Cre8Art (Marla Nolan)
- Sarah Malm Designs
- SpectraSpray Global
- To Better Days
- YuYu Bottle
- 358 Walking Sticks
- Earn Bonus Points!
Quick Overview of Location Specific Prizes:
- USA Only: Aromalief, Bexi’s Bespoke Revitalisation, Elaine Merryfield, Grace & Able, Headache Hat, MIGA Swimwear, Positivity in Pain, Sarah Malm Designs & SpectraSpray.
- USA & Canada Only: Heather Nickolett / Seint.
- UK and/or EU Only: Tabuu, YuYu Bottle & 358 Walking Sticks.
- Worldwide: Bump’n, Leslie L. McKee, Live with ME/CFS, Jumbled Brain, Low Histamine Kitchen, Manta Sleep, ME/CFS Self-Help Guru, Melissa vs Fibromyalgia, NuLeaf Naturals, Rheum2Cre8Art & To Better Days.
Pain relief, moisturiser and aromatherapy in one? We’re in! Aromalief is generously sponsoring 10 of their Orange Ginger and Lavender – Day and Night Gift Sets in this Holiday Giveaway!
Aromalief was started by Annabel Mendez to help millions of women suffering from chronic pain after noticing that most pain relief creams were designed by men for sports.
She wanted to create a cream that would work fast, but that wouldn’t dry out a woman’s skin. It was also important that it had a great scent, because women were alienated for smelling like “medicine”. The creams are vegan and cruelty-free and proudly made in the USA.
If you’re looking for a natural alternative pain relief solution, Aromalief may be able to help, especially if you live with inflammatory or neuropathic pain.
P.s. If you’re looking to purchase their products, they also sell it in spearmint for that soothing, cooling feeling! And don’t forget to check out their Neuropathy sets as well 🙂
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Everything that Dr. Rebecca (Bexi) Lobo, PhD makes and sells is designed to relieve some of the allostatic load on your body so you have more of the resources you need to heal and recover. Her skincare products are made with whole foods and essential oils to provide your skin with the components it needs to revitalise itself.
Bexi lives with Sjögren’s and dysautonomia and suffered from terribly dry, sensitive skin as a child and adult until she used her doctoral research on nutrition in breast cancer and her skills as a biochemist to make skincare products that revitalised her skin. Her family and friends were so impressed with her success that they asked her to make products for them and soon after she founded Bexi’s to share her products with everyone.
Bexi’s ‘Ludi by Bexi’ is an all-in-one product formulated to soothe, moisturise and support the healing of bug bites, pimples, flare ups and scars, and comes in a convenient rollerball bottle. The best part about it is its versatility. It can be substituted for Bexi’s Balm, Serum, Purifying Moisturiser and Spritz. It’s also gentle enough to use on the face, body or scalp!
I am also excited that she’s sponsoring her just released ‘West Davis Honey Revitalising Mask’ in this Holiday Giveaway! The raw honey is sourced locally from a beekeeper who makes it her mission to help save indigenous California bees, honey bees and Mother Earth. The Revitalising Mask can be applied to the face, neck, hands, arms, legs and/or feet. It gently exfoliates, hydrates, moisturises and revitalises all at once in 10 minutes!
P.s. Check out Bexi’s shop for her full-range of truly natural face and skincare products. She also makes bespoke formulations if you need something more customised!
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I’m quoting from Bumpn’s About page as they say it best themselves:
“Bump’n was founded by disability consultant and activist Andrew Gurza and innovation strategist Heather Morrison from a simple and shocking fact: hundreds of millions of people around the world can’t masturbate due to hand limitations (pain, immobility, lack of dexterity, weakness etc).”
The ‘Bump’n Book of Love, Lust and Disability’ is a beautiful coffee table book full of powerful stories, poetry and artwork from 50 disabled contributors. Yes, help break the stigma by putting it on your coffee table for guests to browse and marvel 😉
Bump’n is kindly sponsoring five copies of their gorgeous book this year. If you’re a lover of beautiful books – this is something you’d want to grab! They are also offering 10 copies in audiobook or e-book format, for those of us who aren’t able to lift or carry heavy, physical books. Thank you for remembering us, Bump’n!
By the way, Bump’n was formerly known as Handi, but had to change their name due to trademark issues. You can read about their story here.
P.s. Bump’n also sells disability love e-cards, and we love the tongue-in-cheek humour! Their ‘lost chapter’ e-book about role play is also free for download, and they run a mean, stigma smashing podcast.
ALSO, don’t forget to register your interest in their upcoming Bump’n Joystick, which is a flexible sex toy meant for different disabilities and positions. Pre-sales open soon, and are on a first come first serve basis 😉
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Elaine is an author, health educator and former registered nurse, who was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1989. She has been supporting others in their journeys to reclaiming health since 2000.
She shares from her healthcare background, and also from her own personal journey. She aims to raise awareness around the role of the mind-body-spirit connection, to help others move forward.
She has also created this lovely set of Healing Message Cards, and is sponsoring six sets for this Holiday Giveaway! Each set contains 36 postcards, with soothing photographs and gentle words from her own collection.
If you love words of affirmation and empowerment, her cards will be sure to make your day! If you’re into visualisation and vision boards, they are also a powerful tool to guide and inspire.
P.s. Elaine also provides other healing support and services. If you were searching for more Fibromyalgia support and resources, check these out:
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I first learned about compression gloves from… my mum. No kidding! Whilst she doesn’t have chronic pain in her hands, she’s really, really into the ukulele 😉
Since then, I’ve come across several chronic illness blogs that recommend them for pain management, too. (Here are more useful home resources I never knew existed, and learned about from other chronic illness blogs as well!)
Grace & Able was founded by Sarah, who lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis herself. It all began when she had to wear an ugly wrist brace to her own wedding, but a friend customised it to match her gown. She then discovered that many others with chronic pain were also looking for better solutions.
These compression gloves are all Hand Therapist designed, and tested on actual patients with arthritis. They come in an assortment of bold colours that you’ll love to wear, whether indoors or out. Grace & Able is sponsoring 10 pairs of these gorgeous compression gloves in this Holiday Giveaway!
If you have chronic pain or arthritis in the hands or finger joints, these will help relieve some pressure. Especially if you write or type a lot, or want to engage in hobbies or tasks that involve your hands quite a bit!
P.s. They also sell wrist braces and brace covers in their signature modern style and colours, just in case you were hunting for something like these!
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I learned about the Headache Hat through reading the blogs of those who live with migraine. If you live with chronic head pain, some form of cold therapy is likely in your pain management toolkit.
The Headache Hat is a unique, wearable ice pack that contains rows of ice cubes that can be removed, added or moved around for targetted pain relief. Each cube is coated in a thin layer of plastic, so you don’t get water dripping off your hair and face. It’s also reversible so you can get another 30 – 60 minutes of cold therapy, after one side becomes too warm.
In fact, the idea for Headache Hat came to the founder, Sherri, whilst she was in the middle of a migraine attack. She was using ice cubes in a Ziploc bag, which as you can imagine, isn’t a very pleasant experience even without any pain.
The wrap design of the Headache Hat allows it to be worn in a few different ways. You can wear it on your head like a hat or to the side; around your back, neck, lie down on it or even drape it on another body part that needs some pain relief!
The Headache Halo is the two-row version of the Headache Hat that comes with ice cubes pre-loaded so it’s ready to go.
I’m extremely excited to say that Sherri is sponsoring two Headache Hats and two Headache Halos in this Holiday Giveaway. If you’re looking for some headache and migraine relief – this might come in handy!
P.s. Need heat therapy instead of cold? Headache Hat has a hot version, too! Visit their online shop to find out more, and don’t forget to check out their other products and accessories!
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Seint is all about redefining, simplifying and streamlining the beauty routine. To recognise your inherent beauty, and to radiate that with confidence and positivity. Their mission is simple and resonates within your soul:
“Helping others look beautiful is nice, but helping them believe they are beautiful is life changing.”
Heather is an independent makeup artist who’s lived with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and RA for nearly her entire life. Little activities and actions that others take for granted can feel like a colossal task to her.
She was actually in remission, when she got hit head on by another vehicle. This triggered her RA again, and caused the worst pain flare of her life. Needless to say, this led her down a road of depression, being unable to work due to the severe pain.
She couldn’t apply makeup because the routine hurt not only her hands and fingers, but also wrist, elbows and shoulders. However with Seint, all the makeup products are in one compact, and the brushes are double ended. She didn’t have to worry about reaching all over her vanity for the next product, and didn’t get as fatigued from spending too much time doing her makeup.
Heather still uses Seint Beauty to this day not only because it’s easier. But also because it makes her look good and feel the most confident she has in her life. Check out her gorgeous makeup art and work in the gallery section to see what I mean!
She is sponsoring one of Seint’s “5 Minute Makeup Starter Kit IIID Palette 8 + 4 Tins”, which consists of four makeup tins, the compact and a brush. She will get in touch with the winner to recommend certain combinations or to advice them. This is one product you’ll want to add to your makeup kit and beauty routine!
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Leslie is an avid reader and author, and has also worked as a reviewer and editor. She writes Christian devotionals and flash fiction, and has been living with chronic illness for over 20 years. Her goal is to provide those who live with chronic pain – like her – words of encouragement, comfort and hope.
I’m sure anyone who’s been diagnosed with a chronic illness asks, “Why me?”. That you’re not a bad person, that life’s unfair, that you don’t deserve this.
If you’re Christian or religious, you may also wonder, “Is God punishing me? Is my faith not strong enough for God to heal me? How can I achieve my dreams? What’s my purpose?”
Leslie’s book, “Hope Amid the Pain: Hanging On To Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Pain and Illness”, is a 60-day devotional journal. It will guide you through a place of self-awareness, reflection and perhaps guide you to a sanctuary of peace.
Journaling has countless benefits that are connected to our mental, emotional, spiritual and even physical well-being. (You can learn more about the 7 Dimensions of Wellness in my post here.)
Leslie is giving away one paperback and two digital copies of ‘Hope Amid the Pain’ in this Holiday Giveaway. If you’re a Christian who needs some inspiration, motivation and hope, this devotional may be the perfect gift for you, or a loved one with chronic illness!
P.s. If you’d like to support Leslie you can also buy the book from a number of sources here! She also offers professional editing services.
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Sue is an advocate in the chronic illness community whom I ‘bump into’ quite a bit with online. She lives with ME/CFS, and so do her two sons. She also has Lyme Disease.
In this Holiday Giveaway, Sue is offering three copies of her book, “Finding a New Normal: Living Your Best Life with Chronic Illness”.
I do read her blog posts on a regular basis, and can tell that she is a positive yet practical person. Her tips come from living with chronic illnesses for over 20 years, so there’s bound to be words of wisdom in her book.
If you or someone you love lives with any kind of chronic illness, this might be the perfect read for you in the year(s) to come. I hope it inspires you to thrive and reach your full potential as a human being, despite the hurdles thrown your way!
P.s. If you don’t win a copy, you can still purchase it on a variety of publishing channels here.
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Michelle of Jumbled Brain is another advocate whom I ‘bump into’ on social media every week, as we read and promote each other’s posts to raise awareness of various chronic conditions.
She is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor and caregiver, and is now a TBI life coach. Most of what I’ve learned about TBI is from Michelle’s writings.
Her 6 week self-study course for brain injury survivors is an excellent resource not just for TBI, but also stroke, aneurysm and tumour survivors.
If you’re struggling with a ‘jumbled brain’, brain fog or other cognitive issues, this might be the perfect course for you. Or even to help a loved one who suffers from such a traumatising condition.
P.s. Michelle also offers coaching services for invisible disabilities via video or phone. You can book a free 20 minute consultation with her first, with no obligations to buy anything!
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Claire and I met within the online chronic illness community, and became good friends over the years! Although our chronic conditions and timezones differ, we still manage to support each other almost every day. (I guess my warped sleeping hours help…) She also helps to moderate my FB Group, ‘Chronic Illness Social Pod’.
I can’t stop browsing her website for recipes. You’d imagine that having MCAS and being allergic to so many things in the world would mean a boring diet, but no! She has so many flavourful recipes that look more delicious than what I throw together for most of my dinners 😉 Here are two pages from her blog so you get what I mean:
- A roundup of her best low histamine recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & treats!
- Adding flavour to your low histamine recipes
If you have a sweet tooth like me, then you’ll want to enter to win one of three copies of her Holiday Giveaway e-book, ‘Low histamine sweet treats: 15 fun recipes to make at home’. Make yourself or a loved one a treat or 15 today!
P.s. She’s quite the author, and has written three books which are available for purchase:
- Living well with Fibromyalgia: a simple guide of health and lifestyle measures for those with chronic illness
- Low Histamine Kitchen breakfast recipes ebook (which she sponsored in last year’s Christmas Giveaway)
- Low histamine sweet treats recipe ebook (in case you’d like to buy it, but didn’t win it in this giveaway!)
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I’m a night owl who really needs to brush up on her sleep hygiene. My dream is to be one of those people who wakes up at 5am because that actually is my productive, creative hour. (One can dream, right?) And as every chronically ill person knows, quality sleep is crucial to managing chronic pain and fatigue.
So when I found Manta Sleep online, I was thrilled. Their sleep masks are guaranteed 100% blackout, which can be helpful for those with light sensitivities and migraine. They’re zero pressure on the eyelids and eyelashes, made of soft, durable materials, and can be adjusted many ways for a more comfortable fit as well. Whether you sleep on your side, back or belly doesn’t matter, as their masks can adapt to your needs with ease!
I also love their company culture and mission. They’re pro-nap (anytime, anywhere!), and anti-hustle culture. Their focus is not on sleep itself, but the energy it gives you to create your best life. As they say (or I say), no sleep, no gain!
They’re sponsoring one Manta Sleep Mask in this Holiday Giveaway! I’m already envious of the winner as I’d like to win one too 😉
P.s. Manta Sleep has other variations of their sleep mask as well if you’re looking to maximise your sleep even further. They come in Slim, Max and Pro. And they also have one made in silk, which is the only anti-aging mask optimised for deep sleep! They also sell other accessories and sleep aids, such as the cool eye cups and warm eye cups. I can almost imagine how comforting those would feel against my eye area. Visit their online store for more details, and the full range of products they have to offer!
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Julie Holliday is a diverse holistic coach who lives with ME/CFS. She studied Psychology at university, has an Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, and is also trained in Life Skills Coaching, Advanced Level 4.
On top of that, she’s worked as a Residential Social Worker, a Children’s Worker in a women’s refuge, and as a Manager of children’s homes! She’s not only professionally trained, but has hands-on experience both career-wise and on a personal level.
Having suffered at the hands of chronic illness and chronic fatigue, she’s learned to thrive and live a quality life despite. She now sees it as her calling to help others do the same.
Julie recognises the importance of the mind, body and spirit connection. Of treating the person as a whole, rather than separate body parts, as is often the case these days. I love that her philosophy embraces all 7 dimensions of wellness that are essential to a person’s wellbeing.
In this Virtual Holiday Party, she is offering two giveaway items:
Prize 1: A 45 minute online one-to-one coaching session, which is a premium service. If you’re looking for more calm, joy, a greater sense of control, pacing methods, with a focus on self-love and self-compassion, this is perfect for you!
She’s also thrown in her three month ‘Embrace, Replenish, Thrive!’ membership in good spirit. You will receive weekly coaching sessions, and also get to connect with others like you with this support network.
Prize 2: ‘Achieving More Restorative Sleep: 5-week Mini-Course’, which includes five self-study lessons. If you live with ME/CFS or a chronic illness, you know how important a good night of sleep is. The consequences of a pain flare or PEM are vicious.
I love that Julie’s prizes have such a warm, professional and personal touch to them. Enter to win one of them today!
P.s Julie also offers more group and individual coaching packages which you can sign up for separately should you be interested. These include workbooks, membership programmes, additional email support and more resources!
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Have you ever wanted to try yoga as one of your pain management options, but find the lack of accessible options frustrating?
This is the perfect resource for that, as Melissa shares her knowledge for yoga you can do right from your bed! Which is where most of us spend our time when our chronic pain symptoms are flaring…
Melissa is a yoga teacher and mum to four amazing boys. She has also written two books, a workbook, runs several yoga courses and made over 100 YouTube videos. I’m really not sure how she manages it all – probably the yoga 😉
Get to know her better by reading a guest post she wrote for this blog, “Is Yoga Accessible for People with Chronic Illness?”
She is sponsoring three of her course, “The Bed Yoga Toolkit – Bed yoga for the chronic life”, in this Holiday Giveaway. If you were thinking about adding some gentle yoga to your coping tools, this might be the perfect chance to try it out!
P.s. Melissa also runs many other accessible yoga courses, which you can find on her website. They’re all adapted to and place an emphasis on using yoga to cope with chronic pain. Whether you’re a beginner, want to learn some breathing techniques or gain access to all her resources, she has something for you!
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*Note: Items for this giveaway will only ship mid-January 2022 onwards.
Comfortable, adaptive clothing is hard enough to find. Swimwear is next to impossible. This is why we’re huge fans of MIGA swimwear’s inclusive designs.
MIGA’s swimwear comes with SPF 50 built into the fabric, and their designs are adaptable for many chronic conditions. You no longer need to squeeze yourself into a tiny bikini, and can feel confident again when out for a swim or tan!
MIGA was founded by Maria Luisa Mendiola in 2017, who wanted to challenge the pre-conceived definition of ‘beauty’. She aims to break the stigma and raise awareness on disfigurement, disability and chronic illness. There are also many invisible illnesses that cannot be seen on the surface, and leave the skin unmarred.
Her swimwear collections aren’t only gorgeous to look at, but go a step beyond. They are expressions of self-love, self-acceptance and beauty in non-conventional forms.
I’m excited to say that MIGA is sponsoring five pieces of their Mio One-Piece Halter Swimsuit in this Holiday Giveaway! Designed in a bold colour block and trendy faux bottom detail, the halter top comes with extra long straps that can be worn four different ways.
P.s. They sponsored the Anna Long Sleeves One Piece in last year’s giveaway, which was inspired by Anna who has Hidradenitis Suppurativa (Acne Inverse). We love that their swimwear are inspired by the chronic illness and disabled community. Visit MIGA’s online store for more amazing, accessible swimwear collections!
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There are so many wellness companies selling CBD products these days. How do you know that what you’re buying is quality stuff?
At the top of the list of things to watch out for is their lab reports – these should be easy to find and access. Other important qualities you’ll want in your CBD product are: full-spectrum extract, where the plant was grown, certifications and extraction methods. (Learn more in my post, “Will Taking CBD Oil Turn Me into an Addict? (Get Your CBD Oil Facts Right)”.)
So it’s good news that NuLeaf Naturals’ CBD products have all these qualities and more! They have been around since 2014, and are one of America’s top pioneering cannabinoid wellness companies.
They are sponsoring one of their 900mg full spectrum CBD oil, and one of their 900mg full-spectrum CBD capsules. Don’t miss out on this incredible offer… I wish I could win one bottle for myself!
P.s. Apart from quality CBD oil and capsules, they also sell topical CBD and CBD for pets. And not only CBD, but CBC, CBG and CBN as well, which are all extracts from the hemp plant, but with different properties. Browse their online store here to see everything they have to offer!
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Jennifer is a 30 something stay at home mum, who also blogs about motherhood, lifestyle and mental illness. She also makes pretty jewellery as a passion project!
She aims to smash the stigma of maternal mental illness. Her blog covers important topics that are often brushed under society’s carpet.
She is giving away two signed copies of her book, “Positivity in Pain: Finding Joy & Happiness Despite Chronic Pain”, in this Holiday Giveaway.
It is a pocket reference guide to living a positive, healthy and happy life, despite the limitations set upon you by chronic illness. If you’re looking for inspiration to thrive, this might be the perfect book for you to read in the New Year to come!
P.s. Did I mention Jennifer makes and sells pretty jewellery on her Etsy store as “CorterMoonDesigns”?! She also has another book, “The Chronic Illness Companion”, which is filled with journaling prompts, motivational quotes and messages. You can put a positive smile on her face by purchasing a little something for yourself or a loved one from her 🙂
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I am always so envious of people who can paint (yes Marla, I’m looking at you 👀 ). And to paint when Rheumatoid Arthritis affects your joints – that takes some serious passion!
Marla is a disabled artist whose goal is to advocate for Rheumatoid Disease, which she has had for over 30 years. Painting takes her mind away from her own chronic pain, fatigue and depression. She does them in small cracks of time, energy permitting.
She hopes that when others view her paintings they can imagine a mini vacation, or simply feel some joy, like she does whilst creating. In future, she would love to find ways for others to try painting as a form of non-medicated therapy.
Marla is sponsoring two 5″ x 7″ hand painted, landscape watercolour paintings in this Holiday Giveaway. They come framed and ready to hang, so you just need to find your favourite spot to display it! 😉
P.s. As you may know, many people with chronic illnesses aren’t able to work full-time, or even part-time. If you’d like to support Marla’s work, she goes by the name ‘Rheum2Cre8Art’ on Etsy, and sells more paintings in different sizes as well!
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The isolation and loneliness stemming from the pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health, that’s for sure. (Here are some tips on how to cope, from the chronic illness and disabled community who’s been stuck at home forever.)
Sarah Malm Designs was born out of a mission to “Send the Love”. Art, whether engaging in or admiring, can be therapeutic. Whilst we may not be able to see our loved ones or even acquaintances, there are other ways to reach out and show that we care. One of them is to send a beautiful card or gift – which Sarah strives to do!
She lives with Hashimoto’s Disease and Fibromyalgia, although she’s still trying to get to the root cause of her chronic pain. You can read more about Sarah, her artwork, business and chronic illness life in this interview on my friend Katie’s blog, ‘Painfully Living’.
She is sponsoring an 8” x 10” hand painted ‘Northern Lights Poster’ in this Holiday Giveaway. It is made on thick, durable matte paper, and of giclée printing quality. Hang it in your bedroom, living room or workspace to add a touch of beauty and calm!
P.s. Sarah sells more greeting cards, artwork and gifts on her Etsy store. She’s also on Society 6. If you like, purchase something to ‘Send the Love’, whilst supporting an artist at the same time!
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I’m grateful for people like Janet, the founder of SpectraSpray. She is a staunch supporter of the chronic illness community, and is always up for collaborations. Fueled by having a mum who suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s and a son with ADHD and anxiety, her passion supports optimal health and wellbeing to help others live better every day.
If you don’t already know with all my constant raving about SpectraSpray, I’m a big fan of their sleep spray. It really works! At least for me, and another friend who has insomnia that I bought it for.
So I’m really excited that the sleep spray is included in their Immune Essentials Oral Spray Vitamin Kit for this year’s Virtual Holiday Party! Not only that, but the pack comes with an immune spray and stress spray, too. Talk about having all bases covered.
Oral sprays are emulsified and thus absorbed into the system much faster than traditional pills and capsules. They can be a great replacement if you hate swallowing pills, or suffer from dysphagia. (But please check with your doctor first as always!)
They’re also diabetic and bariatric patient friendly, TSA compliant, non-GMO, sugar/gluten/dairy free, and contain no binders, fillers or allergens.
P.s. These aren’t the only oral sprays they have by the way! They also sell other supplements and oral vitamin sprays such as Iron (Ferrazone), D3+K2, Folate Plus, B12 Energy spray and more. Visit SpectraSpray’s online shop to get the details on all of them!
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We love Tabuu’s play of words with ‘taboo’. Lucy, the founder of Tabuu, had a Whipple surgery to remove a pancreatic cancer when she was only 25. She was told that she had to take up to 20 pills a day for the rest of the life – something that many people with chronic illness can relate to.
The stigma that you’re ‘too young to be that sick’ is still rampant in society. So taking your pills in public, especially in a fun social setting, can be extra awkward. Lucy aims to break this stigma, and created Tabuu pill cases.
These pill cases are waterproof and made of durable food-grade stainless steel, and come in fun, stylish colours. They’re easy to put in your pocket, or slip in and out of your bag. They’re also convenient to take on trips, and can be kept together with your keys.
If you’re tired of carrying ugly, lumpy pill cases around, then enter to win one of three Tabuu pill cases in your favourite colour in this Virtual Holiday Party!
P.s. If you’d like to buy an extra Tabuu pill case, they do ship worldwide, and donate a portion of their profits to cancer charities! If you live on mainland U.K., shipping is free for orders above £30.
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To Better Days was inspired by the 30-year practice of specialist neuropathic doctor, Dr. John Lyftgoft, and his wife, a physical education therapist, Maria Lyftgoft. Their pain relief products are made in Britain, and a first of their kind to be available in the UK. You can read more about the science behind their products here.
Do you suffer from joint, muscle or nerve pain? To Better Days’ may be another good alternative pain relief tool to add to your toolkit if so. Their active patches contain a patented mix of Vitamin D and dextrose. Simply paste them on, and they can take as quick as 30 minutes to work!
Their new migraine patches combine Vitamin D, chamomile, lavender and ginger. If you live with migraine disorder or chronic headaches, you probably already use a few of these to help cope with the pain. It’s scary to run out of abortive medications, so every alternative treatment that works is a plus.
To Better Days is sponsoring three Active Patches Trial Packs, and three Migraine Patches in this Virtual Holiday Party. Enter to win and add another pain relief tool to your repertoire!
P.s. If you can’t get enough of their trial pack, you can also purchase their ‘Big Joint Pack’ and ‘Small Joint Pack’ for more targeted pain relief! Visit To Better Days’ online store to view all their products.
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Heat therapy is one of my favourite forms of pain relief, especially for joint aches and menstrual cramps. Sometimes it works even better than painkillers!
What’s so special about the YuYu Bottle is that it’s loooong, and comes with adjustable straps. The bottles are also made of top quality, fair-trade rubber from Sri Lanka, and the surface is bumpy on purpose. The clever design traps air under the fabric, so that it stays warm for longer. You only need one kettle to fill it up.
All that to say, you get targeted pain relief with a wider area of coverage. The YuYu Bottle can be fastened around your waist, draped across your neck and shoulders, or slung across an achy joint. I even hug mine to sleep at night sometimes for some anxiety relief. (You can read my personal review on the YuYu Bottle here.)
They are sponsoring one Body Bottle in ‘Black Panther’ in this Holiday Giveaway! It comes with a handy side pocket, and measures 15cm x 75cm with the cover on. It comes from their new White Label collection, which is great for people with chronic illnesses who need wider bottles.
YuYu Bottle is also big on community and sustainability, and collaborates with many worthy causes, charities and chronic illness organisations. Some of which include: Macmillan, Kidney Research UK, Arthr and Crohn’s & Colitis UK.
P.s. YuYu Bottle has a wide range of collections, so don’t forget to browse their online shop. Want ultimate luxury and comfort? Try their Cashmere collection! Looking for the softest fleece or cotton? Check out their Luxury Fleece and Pure Japanese Cotton collections! They even have a Liberty Fabrics collection with pretty prints that would look good around your home. These bottles would make a great gift for anyone who wants a bit of warmth and comfort in their life.
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I am elated that 358 Walking Sticks is with us for this year’s Virtual Holiday Party! Their handmade walking sticks are absolutely stunning, with a sleek high gloss oil finish. You can tell that a lot of love and effort went into crafting them. Just take a look at the many beaming reviews on their Etsy store.
Tom lives with poor mental health and Naomi with chronic migraine. They use their own walking sticks for support when dizzy, in pain, and even to fend off the occasional stray dog whilst hiking!
If you walk or hike a lot, or need support to maintain some physical independence, then enter to win a 358 Walking Stick! They are happy to sponsor a walking stick of up to £120 in value. (Do note that these walking sticks are not meant to substitute actual medical devices or mobility aids.)
Tom and Naomi will also get in touch with the winner to discuss what’s best for you, rather than fixating on one design. The right height and grip matter a great deal. And the walking stick should also be accessible for your particular disability or needs.
P.s. Visit 358 Walking Sticks’ Etsy store for more designs. Should you wish to purchase any of their products, know that 100% of their profits go to charity. In this case, MIND Foundation, which does psychedelic research, therapy and self-development.
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