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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Issue #141: Grieving Working Life & Chronic Illness/Disability Bloggers to Follow for Encouragement | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 21 December 2018. Issue #141. In this issue: Spend your limited energy this season creating good memories, instead of becoming angered by ignorant remarks. Problems with regulating body temperature and resources to help. Grieving working life, when you can no longer work. Pegged as mental issues, before death by suicide from chronic pain. The […]

Issue #140: Things We Wished Our Colleagues Knew & the Unwanted Life Lesson of Asking for Help | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 14 December 2018. Issue #140. In this issue: Tips from real people, for coping with cold and winter. Showing some empathy, providing a listening ear, and other tips for being a better friend. Insight for colleagues on the fluctuation of good and bad days. The wish to try medical marijuana for pain relief, apart […]

7 Ways to Be a Better Friend to Someone with a Chronic Illness (and 3 Things You Should Never Do) | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Erica shares some simple tips on how you can be a good friend to someone with chronic illness. It’s difficult to put yourself in their shoes, and I wouldn’t expect that of anyone. But showing some empathy is possible, and providing a listening ear is always appreciated. Most importantly of […]