Issue #157: The Mimicry of Autoimmune Disorders & Gratitude May be a Simple Activity, but It Trains Your Brain to Seek Positivity | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 19 April 2019. Issue #157. In this issue: Autoimmune disorders mimic so many symptoms that even doctors have difficulty telling them apart at times. Living with chronic illness is a constant education on coping mentally and physically. Gratitude may be a simple activity, but it trains your brain to seek positivity. Emilia Clarke’s commitment […]

"But That's Normal for Me" (Why I Mistook Dengue Fever for a Lupus Flare) | A Chronic Voice

The Sudden Beginnings of Unwellness I rarely take pain meds for something as ‘trivial’ as joint aches. But I popped one that day as I had work to do the next day, and I needed all the energy a good night of sleep could provide. Don’t get me wrong, these aches aren’t trivial at all, […]

April 2019 Prompts: Tiring, Educating, Receiving, Giving & Quieting | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well! Tiring It’s been a tough year for me so far, especially in March. None of my monthly goals have been met, ironically due to ‘normal people’ sicknesses, i.e. bronchitis and dengue fever. I’ve mostly been bed bound, […]

Issue #151: Befriending Strangers with Chronic Illness Online Can be a Lifeline & Your Scars are Wisdom Made Flesh | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 01 March 2019. Issue #151. In this issue: Years of isolation can have a negative effect on your mental health, no matter how much you enjoy being alone. Basic manners we were taught growing up are missing on social media. When you have such a rare disease, speaking up about it matters that much […]

March 2019 Prompts: Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding & Thriving | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well! Failing So, my plan for ‘honouring and reviving my youth’ in February was an epic fail :p Note to self: pushing past my regular boundaries do trigger fairly long setbacks, just in case I forget – which […]

February 2019 Prompts: Adjusting, Hoping, Surviving, Befriending & Awakening | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well! Adjusting January has been a pretty tough month for me, in terms of life changes of the ‘normal’ kind. At least no new health issues to add to the list for now, hey? 😉 I’ve had to […]

January 2019 Prompts: Dedicating, Establishing, Breaking, Strengthening & Allowing | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well! Dedicating I feel like I’ve been drifting upon a wide, open ocean for the past few years. I’ve neither been swept away by furious storms nor drowned yet, but I don’t seem headed anywhere either. I don’t […]

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 […]

A String of Bad Days (and What Happened When That Good Day Finally Came Along) | A Chronic Voice

A Mixed Psychological State I’ve been in states of depression again of late. I’ve been through this cycle enough times to know that my brain chemistry is messed up again, although I have cause to believe that my epilepsy has a hand in them as well. I feel somewhat hypomanic at the same time, but […]