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 #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 #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 […]

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Let Chronic Illness Prevent Me from Living a Normal Life | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: It’s our pleasure to have Trevor with us today. I am always on the lookout for male voices within the chronic illness community as they are rarer, yet equally as important. The male to female ratio for many chronic illnesses lean toward women. For example, nine out ten people with […]

Call Me Sick Girl (Or How to Make Your Weakness Your Strength) | www.achronicvoice.com

Why Many People with Chronic Illness Hate to be Known as ‘Sick’ From reading articles online, I’m aware that many of us with chronic illnesses don’t like to be known as sick or weak. No human being does, really. There are many reasons why one might dislike the association with their illness, such as: We […]

Hey You...It's Me (M.E. Struggles & a Tribute to the Human Spirit) | www.achronicvoice.com

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Lisa does have a way with words, as she pours her heart out into this powerful piece about M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and her struggles with it. She is a regular contribution on this blog, and I always look forward to what she has to say. The coping strategies and knowledge […]

A Curated Playlist for Spoonies (that's as Unpredictable as Chronic Illness!) | www.achronicvoice.com

The Magic of Music I’m pretty sure you’ve figured it out by now, but music can have a huge influence on our moods. Sometimes it even perks me up and inspires me within seconds! Music also has the power to unlock memories and other cognitive capacities in Alzheimer’s disease. That’s pretty fascinating, if you ask […]

Flowers are the Most Beautiful When They're Just About to Die (and What That's Got to Do with Being a Spoonie) | www.achronicvoice.com

A Surprising Thought During a Floral Workshop Recently, I attended a floral workshop as part of a good friend’s hen’s party. Such classes aren’t that cheap, so in a way I was glad to finally have an ‘excuse’ to go for one without feeling guilty 😉 (P.s. I understand why they’re charged at those rates, […]

In this issue: Acceptance doesn't mean giving up, but focussing on what you can rather than what you can't do. How many spoonies would like for society to treat them - with less judgement and more understanding. The biggest struggle of people with invisible illnesses is the lack of belief in their pains. Click to read or pin to save for later. | www.achronicvoice.com | #achronicvoice #tophealthtweets #healthnews #spoonies #chronicillness #healthcare

Saturday, 19 May 2018. Issue #110. In this issue: Life encompasses all ways of living; you don’t have to tie yourself down to a narrow frame of ‘strength’. Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up, but focussing on what you can rather than what you can’t do. How many spoonies would like for society to treat them […]

You Don't Have to be Strong, You Just Have to be a Little Stronger Than Before | www.achronicvoice.com

*Note: This post was first published on prohealth.com, and is republished here with permission from the editors. When Inspiration Becomes the Standard We often tell ourselves or others to ‘be strong’ or to ‘be brave’. Instead of instilling inspiration, these statements can sometimes provoke the opposite effect. It becomes another standard we have to meet, […]