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 […]

April 2019 Prompts: Tiring, Educating, Receiving, Giving & Quieting | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well! Tiring It’s been a tough year for me so far, especially in March. None of my monthly goals have been met, ironically due to ‘normal people’ sicknesses, i.e. bronchitis and dengue fever. I’ve mostly been bed bound, […]

Issue #150: Dealing with Chronic Pain Isn't as Straightforward as Popping Painkillers & What Can You Do To Make Your Day a Little Better? | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 22 February 2019. Issue #150. In this issue: Understanding ourselves better, so that we can apply better resilience strategies. Self-reflection and asking yourself, how can you make your day a little better? Dealing with chronic pain isn’t as straightforward as just popping painkillers, what do you do when nothing works? Lupus isn’t a competition, […]

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 […]

40 People Share Their Best Pain Management Tips (What to Do if an Unforeseen Flare Up Hits) | A Chronic Voice

The Third & Final Instalment to the Pain Flare Series In part one everyone shared what their biggest triggers are, and in part two their best tips for prevention, which is definitely better than cure. But what happens if you land right smack in the middle of that dreaded flare anyway? Those who live with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best Tips for Preventing a Pain Flare (from 40 People with Chronic Illness) | www.achronicvoice.com

Part Two of Three: Preventing Pain Flares Before They Hit This is a three-part series all about pain flares caused by chronic illness. (You can find links for the other two at the end of this post.) In this second part of the series, we share our best coping strategies to prevent these flares from […]