Issue #62: Handmade Goods by Spoonies & a Sensible Voice on Pain Medications - Click to read or pin to save for later - A Chronic Voice

Saturday, 17 Jun 2017. Issue #62. In this edition: Dealing with the chronic illness cards we’ve been dealt with in life. Choosing to deal with and fight the pain of mental abuse after 22 years. Impossibility is merely a riddle. The frustration of proving her CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome) is real. Our current mental […]

#100WritingDays Roundup 7: Click to read short stories on life and chronic illness, or pin to save them for later - A Chronic Voice

This week’s short stories: Stepping back to re-examine our lifestyles, as there are many methods to the art of living. An exploration on the ‘before’ and ‘after’ of one’s identity, after a life-changing crisis. A new life goal on disciplining the judgmental mind, to allow for more space, opportunity and peace to flourish within. 22: […]

#100WritingDays Roundup 6: Eternal Sunshine of a Pain-Free Life | Click to read or pin to save for later | www.achronicvoice.com

The act of house moving isn’t just a physical activity, but also a mental one. Examining the reasons for posting feel-good quotes on Instagram, when situations aren’t always positive. The big lessons on instinct a little bird can teach. Thoughts on the eternal search for happiness, despite thoughts of doom. 18: House moving: mental test […]

10 Visible Evidence of a Body Gone Rogue | A Chronic Voice

*Notice Before Proceeding: Images of blood, needles and flesh. Don’t worry, not that gruesome 😉 Chronic illnesses are frustrating because they’re invisible. We look healthy yet the pain under our skin can be excruciating. But is pain ever fully invisible? Painkillers can help mask the evidence, but for those with chronic pain, they provide minimal […]

What are some things that you find beautiful in your everyday life, despite all the pain and suffering? Share your thoughts with us here! | www.achronicvoice.com | #projChronicWisdom

Theme: Things I Find Beautiful in My Everyday Life Despite the Pain Question: Living in pain can be difficult, and it’s easy to fall into despair. We start to think that the world is a dark and ugly place, yet it can be so beautiful at the same time. What are some things that you […]

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: 16 Applications in Chronic Illness (Full Post) | A Chronic Voice

*If you’ve already read part 1 and part 2, you can skip right to part 3! *Note: This post contains affiliate links. It will not cost you anything to click on them, but I will get a small referral fee from any purchase, which will be used to maintain this blog. Thank you. With 10 […]

Not a Big Deal, Until You Experience it for Real | A Chronic Voice

Many chronic conditions are often overlooked because they don’t sound that painful or difficult to deal with. The person may even look well! Are they just craving attention, being lazy or faking it? Before experiencing these symptoms for myself, I too, have been guilty of ignorant and unkind thoughts within the privacy of my mind. […]

A Chronic Voice: 4 Everyday Scenarios We’re Not Sure How to be Polite About and Why

There are many things that healthy people do because, well, it’s pretty normal to do so. Yet such actions might be detrimental to a person with a compromised or weak immune system. This includes people with chronic or terminal illnesses, the young, pregnant and old. Not all the following scenarios are wrong per se, and […]

A Chronic Voice: #besideChronicBedside: What's by Your Bedside?

Join Me in Populating the Hashtag: #besideChronicBedside I started a little hashtag, which I hope sounds somewhat catchy! #besideChronicBedside (currently blank; I need your help to get it going!) captures the everyday lives of those with chronic illness, with a quick shot of their bedside tables. We all keep little objects beside us, things that […]

V2: What's the Real Financial Burden of Being Chronically Ill?

It is no surprise that seeing 10 different doctors on a regular basis is an expensive affair. My medical bills add up to a thousand dollars per month on average, which excludes the occasional surgery or experimental treatment. Let’s do a quick breakdown, before going on to the most important point. Doctor Consultation Fees This […]

Metaphors for Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

A thought-provoking excerpt from a book I was reading, which I find very applicable here: “Metaphor is the currency of knowledge. I have spent my life learning incredible amounts of disparate, disconnected, obscure, useless pieces of knowledge, and they have turned out to be, almost all of them, extremely useful. Why. Because there is no […]

Kick Ass With Kindness and a Sweet Cherry on Top

A Mundane Activity Embedded in My Memory There was this game we played in secondary school post-exams during some motivational course. Blank papers were stuck onto our backs, and we had to go around writing down a person’s best quality. I noticed that those who lacked immediate personality had the default words ‘sweet’ attributed to […]

A Day in the Life: Why Social Functions Are So Exhausting For Us

So your friend with a chronic illness has rejected your party invitation…again. Or they’ve included a list of T&Cs just in case they have to bail last minute. What’s up with that? Do they hate you or something? I booked a champagne brunch the other day for the boy’s birthday and thought, why not use […]

Why I Need to See 10 Different Doctors

Autoimmune disorders are a complex beast; no two patients are the same, despite having a shared illness. There is no standard medication, like antibiotics to treat a common flu. Every patient’s custom combination of drugs comes from trial and error. As a result, following up with only one doctor is usually insufficient. Various departments contribute […]

Don’t Compare, Your Life Destination is Your Own Special Mission

“Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.” – African Proverb What is the Problem With Comparison? Ah, comparison, one of the greatest sources of self-inflicted, needless suffering. So why don’t we all just stop? Easier said than done. “Am I smarter? Am I better looking? Is my cock bigger?” These are common questions that most […]