Issue #200: All You Need to Know About COVID-19 in One Place & Chronic Illness is a Daily Loss and Grieving, Rather Than a One Time Thing | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 14 Feb 2020. Issue #200. Happy Valentines’ Day to all! In this issue: The happiness of breathing in fresh, cold air after being cooped up at home for days from pain. Healthcare costs add up quickly, and usually patients only manage to achieve a quality of life that’s manageable rather than good. My wine […]

Issue #199: If Chronic Illness Patients Complain, Please Know That the Pain is Truly Severe & It is Not Okay to Give Unsolicited Advice - Full Stop | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 07 February 2020. Issue #199. In this issue: If chronic illness patients complain, please know that the pain is truly severe. The acute crises that come with chronic illness can be scary, but often it is the day to day living that wears a person down. Dear problem patients, I believe you no matter […]

All You Need to Know About the Coronavirus From the Beginning to Right Now (with a List of Live Updates from Verified News Sources) | A Chronic Voice

The world has been thrown into somewhat of a panic again with the new coronavirus – COVID-19 – going around. I have been receiving endless text messages from concerned family members and updates on social media, but not all of the information has been accurate. Doctors also have enough work to do, as they work […]

Issue #198: The Compatibility of Psychology and Psychiatry Help & The Importance of Slowing Down Daily Especially with Chronic Illness | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 31 January 2019. Issue #198. In this issue: Nipping pain in the bud with painkillers, in order to prevent a bigger pain flare that will require harsher medications to suppress. Neither psychology nor psychiatry sessions are ‘better’; they are compatible with the same goals in mind. Enduring stress and pain flares to go to […]

Issue #197: You’re Allowed to Feel Your Emotions When You’re in Pain & The Amount of Time it Takes for the Chronically Ill to Look ‘Normal’ | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 24 January 2019. Issue #197. In this issue: Surrounding yourself with comforting and supportive resources when you’re recovering from a pain flare. A book that encapsulates all that goes on when you’re both chronically ill, and also a caregiver to children with special needs and chronic illnesses. The bane of invisible illness is that […]

Issue #196: The Difficulties of Understanding Chronic Fatigue Over Pain & Doing What’s Best for Your Body Right Now is an Achievement | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 17 January 2019. Issue #196. In this issue: The difficulties of understanding chronic fatigue over pain. An occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience shares her best tips on how to regain your quality of life. Avoid dwelling on your problems and seek help if you live with chronic illness. Accept that not […]

Friday, 10 January 2019. Issue #195. In this issue: Straws account for less than 0.03% of marine plastic pollution, yet disabled people who rely on them are being singled out. Managing pain by resting and quickly returning to a strict routine. CBG and its aid with sleep. Travelling can be exhausting even for a healthy […]

Issue #194: The Indescribable Debilitation of Chronic Fatigue & The Difference Between Active & Passive Suicidal Thoughts | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 03 January 2019. Issue #194. In this issue: Chronic fatigue – compared to pain – can be unfathomable as most people have never experienced it to such a debilitating extent. The link between chronic pain and psychological issues, which is obvious yet some research find ‘weird’. Writing to encourage empathy and to reduce ignorance. […]

Issue #193: The Middle Ground of Invisible Illness Where the Fight Isn't Seen & More Patient Perspective are Needed as Google Searches are Bland | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 27 December 2019. Issue #193. In this issue: Searching on Google about invisible illness: Bland, repetitive and overly general; more patient perspectives are needed. The fatigue that comes with needing to prove your self-care in order to be ‘worthy’ of compassion. If migraines just needed Tylenol for pain relief, there would be no need […]

Issue #185: Not All Disabilities are Visible (They're Not 'Taking Advantage' of That Seat or Toilet) & What to Record in a Pain Journal | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 01 November 2019. Issue #185. In this issue: Next time you see someone ‘taking advantage’ of a space for disabled people, remember that not all disabilities are visible. Even people living with the same chronic illnesses can present different symptoms, and suggestions on what to record in a pain journal. Fear saps our bodies […]

Issue #183: Documentary-Style Films Made by the Chronic Illness Community & 5 Top Things That Can be Worse Than Chronic Pain | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 18 October 2019. Issue #183. In this issue: Recurring themes on what can actually be worse than chronic pain itself: 1) Loss of friendships 2) Ignorance or lack of understanding from friends, family and society. 3) Isolation and loss of a social life. 4) Loss of independence and career. 5) Unpredictability. Being trapped within […]