Issue #156: Invisible Disability Can Sadly Incite Doubts at Work & When it Feels Like the Last Straw, it May be That You're Too Tired to Deal for Now | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 12 April 2019. Issue #156. In this issue: The weight of nothingness, of depression, is a heavy one to bear. Migraines can be extremely debilitating, yet are also very misunderstood. When our caregivers are used to seeing us in pain flares, even signs of Dengue Fever can appear deceptive. Rapid forced tapering of opioids […]

"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, […]

Issue #155: What's It Like to be a Single Mother with Rheumatoid Arthritis & Medical Books to Read to Gain Some Perspective on Doctors | A Chronic Voiice

Friday, 05 April 2019. Issue #155. In this issue: You don’t need to prove your self-worth by pushing yourself harder, especially when you have so much to deal with already. Retreat and surround yourself with supportive resources, so you can regenerate better. When you find a super comfortable piece of clothing, buy in bulk! It’s […]

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 #154: The Worst Thing You Can Do to a Person with Chronic Illness is to Make Them Prove Their Pain & the Small Things That Help with Enjoying Life | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 29 March 2019. Issue #154. In this issue: Even optimists get tired when the fight never relents. When the damaging psychological side effects of steroids are brushed aside as unimportant, compared to the physical symptoms. When unbearable pain becomes your normal. When Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is poorly misunderstood, and even deemed as attention […]

Mega Issue #153: The Mercilessness of Chronic Fatigue Where Time Stops & Silencing the Inner Critic and Starting Slowly Anyway | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 22 March 2019. Issue #153. 15 – 21 March 2019 In this issue: Spreading activities out over a few days, and pacing your breaks to prevent pain flares. It’s your life and you can do what you like with it, whether you are chronically ill or otherwise. Silencing the inner critic and starting slowly […]

Issue #152: How to Balance Exercise with Chronic Pain & the Peace that Being Out in Nature Brings, Even for Just a While | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 08 March 2019. Issue #152. In this issue: Pain is a harsh teacher. Feeling peace and joy by being out in nature, even for a short while. How to balance exercise and chronic pain on a regular basis. How chronic illness tiredness is different from ‘regular tiredness’. Selma Blair at the Oscars – in […]