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 […]

Issue #182: Pain is Personal and not for Anyone Else to Judge & We are Responsible for Taking Care of Ourselves by Speaking Up | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 11 October 2019. Issue #182. In this issue: Our pain and how we handle it is personal, and not for anyone else to judge. I cannot imagine how I’d look like if all my invisible illnesses were manifested upon my physical form. We are responsible for taking care of ourselves, and that comes in […]

Issue #181: Why Giving Unsolicited Health Advice is Not Okay & Scheduling in Rest Time Before Your Body Schedules It for You | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 04 October 2019. Issue #181. In this issue: Why giving unsolicited health advice is not okay. It can become dangerous to not treat pain when it’s chronic and unyielding. The sadness that naturally comes with giving up passions due to chronic illness, and how to manage it. If a wheelchair helps you to regain […]

Why Painkillers are One of My Biggest Allies for a Decent Quality of Life | A Chronic Voice

The Many Negative Associations with Painkillers Painkillers – hero, villain, friend and foe in one. What’s your opinion about them? Have you been told: Don’t take them, they’re bad for your liver and body. You’ll become reliant, dependent, or addicted to them. A good-for-nothing, pathetic junky. You’ll need more and more of them to kill […]

Sometimes, Physical Pain Isn’t the Worst Part About Chronic Illness. 40 Insightful Thoughts from People Who Live with Chronic Pain. | A Chronic Voice

When Pain is Chronic and Unseen Physical pain is no laughing matter, that’s for sure. When we mention the word ‘pain’, the type of pain that often comes to mind first is that of a physical nature. In fact, unbearable physical pain that becomes chronic is a major contributing factor to suicide risk. For people […]

Asking for Help (and Why Everyone Needs to Learn this Important Life Skill) | A Chronic Voice | Featured Image

Ancient Communities vs Modern Independence Independence is a much revered trait in the modern human being. But total independence is a bunch of bullshit. To be completely independent is to live in a bubble in which you’d die within minutes. To be alive is to be dependent; every living being breathes, and that requires synthesis. […]

Issue #165: The Dread of Summer When You Can't Regulate Your Body Temperature & Craving That Elusive Thing Called Sleep | Featured Image

Friday, 14 June 2019. Issue #165. In this issue: The dread of summer when you can’t regulate your body temperature. When your supportive community turns hostile, because you’re in remission. The constant reminder from others about how prednisone makes you fat, when you’re just trying to stay alive. It would be nice to take a […]

Issue #164: Schedule Time to Rest or Your Body Will Do So for You & the World is Still a Wondrous Place Despite all the Suffering that Exists | A Chronic Voice | Featured Image

Friday, 07 Jun 2019. Issue #164. In this issue: Updated About page on A Chronic Voice with more information and resources. Schedule time for rest or your body will do so for you, and it won’t be pleasant. Your illness can’t be that bad because you’re still alive, right? Whilst yoga does not cure chronic […]

"But That's Normal for Me" (Why I Mistook Dengue Fever for a Lupus Flare) | A Chronic Voice

The Sudden Beginnings of Unwellness I rarely take pain meds for something as ‘trivial’ as joint aches. But I popped one that day as I had work to do the next day, and I needed all the energy a good night of sleep could provide. Don’t get me wrong, these aches aren’t trivial at all, […]

Issue #155: What's It Like to be a Single Mother with Rheumatoid Arthritis & Medical Books to Read to Gain Some Perspective on Doctors | A Chronic Voiice

Friday, 05 April 2019. Issue #155. In this issue: You don’t need to prove your self-worth by pushing yourself harder, especially when you have so much to deal with already. Retreat and surround yourself with supportive resources, so you can regenerate better. When you find a super comfortable piece of clothing, buy in bulk! It’s […]