Issue #149: When Others Minimise Pain as if it Were a Competition & How to Support Those with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 15 February 2019. Issue #149. In this issue: When others don’t empathise but minimise, as if pain were a competition. Naps do not kill chronic fatigue. You never know what someone is going through, and how to support those with chronic illnesses. With all the innovations in the world, why are cinemas lagging in […]

Issue #148: Your Suffering Should Never be Invalidated & Seeking Pockets of Joy Within Intense Pain | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 08 February 2019. Issue #148. In this issue: Respect your body’s limits and listen to it with an open and empathetic mind. Migraines are very misunderstood, and aren’t ‘just a bad headache’. Even though life often seems aimless or pointless, we need to cling on, and together we can do it. The need to […]

Issue #147: A Hundred Relatable Things if You Live with Chronic Illness & There You are Living, Despite it All | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 01 February 2019. Issue #147. In this issue: Living with invisible illness is torturous in many ways, but there you are living, despite it all. It’s heartbreaking when chronic pain becomes your new norm. The grief of knowing just how much potential you have, yet can never be realised because of chronic illness. Taking […]

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 […]

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, […]

How to Use the Tetris Effect to Invite Positivity Back into Your Life, Despite Chronic Illness | A Chronic Voice

What’s the Tetris Effect Got to do with Chronic Illness? Wait! Don’t stop reading – I’m definitely not about to start talk about gaming! While the Tetris effect may have started out with a phenomenon identified from heavy video game use, the Tetris effect is now used to describe instances when people devote so much […]

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, […]