Issue 65: Wearable Pain Relief & Self-worth Beyond Mere Productivity - Click to read or pin to save for later - www.achronicvoice.com

Saturday, 08 Jul 2017. Issue #65. In this edition: Passing on the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’. Nurture your soul through art. 10 most painful conditions. Share your tips in ‘Project Chronic Wisdom’. Seven things people with fibromyalgia are tired of hearing. Adapting to life’s curveballs. A review on Quell, wearable relief that’s great for nerve pain. […]

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 […]

We take a glimpse into life with chronic illness as a young person in three short stories this week. Candid, insightful & humourous, we hope you enjoy them! | A Chronic Voice

There are three new stories in this week’s roundup for you! A candid glimpse into living with chronic illness as a young person, and learning to accept your body. If you really stop to think about it, it’s a wondrous creation despite all the flaws. I hope these stories bring a chuckle or add some […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 on a Regular Basis: Click to read or pin to save for later | www.achronicvoice.com

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 […]

Is Seeking Help for Mental Health Worth the Fuss? | www.achronicvoice.com

Has the thought of seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist ever crossed your mind? You might have mused but hesitated over the idea. Either because you didn’t think that there were real benefits, or wondered what society would label you as. If so, then I wrote this article especially with you in mind. Societal Perceptions of […]

The Havoc of Steroid Induced Thoughts

A Common Question A common question people have when put on a substantial amount of steroids for the first time is, “how do you deal with the mental side effects, especially for an indefinite period of time?” I was a teenager when I had my first taste of steroids. Everyone around me was so focussed […]

What "Living with a Chronic Illness" Really Means

What does the term ‘chronic illness’ really mean? What is the difference between a chronic and terminal illness? I often feel that the term in itself is not quite understood. Simply put, it is a permanent illness that might not kill you in the foreseeable future, but is something you will have to live with […]