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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Issue #149: When Others Minimise Pain as if it Were a Competition & How to Support Those with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 15 February 2019. Issue #149. In this issue: When others don’t empathise but minimise, as if pain were a competition. Naps do not kill chronic fatigue. You never know what someone is going through, and how to support those with chronic illnesses. With all the innovations in the world, why are cinemas lagging in […]

Issue #142: Sleep is a Big Game Changer for Managing Chronic Pain & the Three Most Important Words You Can Say to the Chronically Ill | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 28 December 2018. Issue #142. In this issue: Sleep is a big game changer for managing chronic pain. Intolerance to most prescription pain medications, but cannabinoids have made a difference. I believe you – the three most powerful words you can say to the chronically ill. Breathe. What else in life could be more […]

Issue #140: Things We Wished Our Colleagues Knew & the Unwanted Life Lesson of Asking for Help | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 14 December 2018. Issue #140. In this issue: Tips from real people, for coping with cold and winter. Showing some empathy, providing a listening ear, and other tips for being a better friend. Insight for colleagues on the fluctuation of good and bad days. The wish to try medical marijuana for pain relief, apart […]

Friday, 09 November 2018. Issue #135. In this issue: Taking care of yourself before the pain hits in full force. Learning your limits is a constant life lesson. When you’re in too much pain to even go to the doctor’s. Breaking away from the negative notion that resting is laziness. A common theme runs through […]

Issue #134: Useful Resources for Working from Home with Chronic Illness & Validating the Existence of Pain Can be a Huge Support | www.achronicvoice.com

Friday, 02 November 2018. Issue #134. In this issue: Chronic pain is impossible to comprehend; validating its existence is a big help. Useful resources for working from home, as a person with chronic illness. The resiliency you develop from battling illness daily. BackPack Health, a useful app for storing and sharing your health data, is […]

The Value in Seeking Out Moments of Gratitude (and How to do it) | www.achronicvoice.com

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Lisa is writing a series of guest posts on the blog on effective methods to cope with chronic illness, principles which she has applied to her own life with success. In this article, she shares how her initial skepticism (and even derision!) about using a gratitude journal turned into an […]