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 […]

October 2018 Prompts: Budgeting, Speeding, Slowing, Evaluating & Escaping | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well! Budgeting You could budget your energy or your time. As a person with chronic illness, rationing everything in your life is probably the norm rather than the exception. But what I’d like to budget for October are […]

Book Recommendations for Spoonies: Part 2 | www.achronicvoice.com

Welcome to the second edition of book recommendations for spoonies! Like the first roundup, these are all books written by people with illnesses themselves, or revolve around related topics. They’re suitable even if you’re a healthy person with no medical issues, and provide many interesting cultural and humane insights from around the world. I hope […]

Finding Your Self Behind the Illness (Your Story Isn't Over Yet) | A Chronic Voice

*Note from A Chronic Voice: I’m excited to have Callie on the blog today, as she shares some thoughts about self-identity, both from the perspective of a patient and also as a psychologist. She talks about the emotions many of us experience when first diagnosed with an illness, such as confusion, anger and grief. Often […]

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Prisons or Paths to Freedom (Guest Post by Rose Roberts) | www.achronicvoice.com

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Rose does a beautiful job articulating the struggles with self-worth and self-trust that many of us with chronic illness experience. Society has many pre-conceived, rigid notions of how a person should and shouldn’t be, which can strip away the essence of our humanity. We form stories about ourselves. Read Rose’s […]

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, […]

Give Your Best Anyway, Even When You’re Feeling Depressed | www.achronicvoice.com

*This post was first published on chronicillnessbloggers.com, and is being republished here with permission from the editors. *Trigger Warning: Mentions of suicide, suicide ideation, and depression. This article is based on my personal experiences, and is not to be taken as medical advice. This is Just One of Many Methods I Use to Combat Depression […]