Issue #146: When Your Self-Identity is Tied to Your Career & Knowing When Self-Care Means Cancelling Plans or Getting Out | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 25 January 2019. Issue #146. In this issue: Chronic illness takes up lots of energy, so spend it wisely. When your self-identity is all tied up with your career, due to expectations from society. Know when self-care means cancelling plans, and when it means getting out. Whilst pacing won’t prevent all flares, the energy […]

Issue #145: What to Do if You End Up in a Pain Flare Despite Self-Care & Learning to Live in Pain, Even Though You Never Really Get Used to it | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 18 January 2019. Issue #145. In this issue: The finalé to the pain flare series – what to do when you end up in a flare despite self-care? The ability to keep clean is something healthy people take for granted, but requires a lot of energy with chronic fatigue. Learning to live with pain, […]

40 People Share Their Best Pain Management Tips (What to Do if an Unforeseen Flare Up Hits) | A Chronic Voice

The Third & Final Instalment to the Pain Flare Series In part one everyone shared what their biggest triggers are, and in part two their best tips for prevention, which is definitely better than cure. But what happens if you land right smack in the middle of that dreaded flare anyway? Those who live with […]

Issue #144: Your Small Efforts are Big Ones When You're in Pain & the Rarer the Disease is, the More Important it is to Talk About it | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 11 January 2019. Issue #144. In this issue: No matter how small your effort may seem, it is still a 100% contribution when you’re in pain. The vicious cycle of guilt when you keep trying to get stuff done on bad days. Beware of emotional support dog! The rarer the disease is, the more […]

Some Interesting Observations on the Top Posts of 2018 It was interesting to note that half of the articles on this list weren’t written by me, and comprise of guest posts or perspective roundups. I was also extremely surprised to discover that the #1 post of the year was a write up about Antiphospholipid Syndrome, […]

Issue #143: Facebook Support Groups that are Actually Positive & Don't Judge When a Sick Person is Out Having that Rare Day of Fun | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 04 Jan 2019. Issue #143. In this issue: Focusing on your pain and problems can be a waste of precious time and energy. Why are people so quick to judge the reality of your pain when you’re out having a good time? Letting go of old baggage in the new year. Travelling as means […]

January 2019 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

I can almost hear the collective sighs and exclamations all around the world; 2018 has ended, and 2019 has arrived. “It’s a brand new year”, we say to ourselves once more. If we put those numbers on the calendar and our watches aside, what do you think has really changed in our lives? Change is […]

Issue #142: Sleep is a Big Game Changer for Managing Chronic Pain & the Three Most Important Words You Can Say to the Chronically Ill | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 28 December 2018. Issue #142. In this issue: Sleep is a big game changer for managing chronic pain. Intolerance to most prescription pain medications, but cannabinoids have made a difference. I believe you – the three most powerful words you can say to the chronically ill. Breathe. What else in life could be more […]