Issue #52: The Hope that Caring Doctors Give & Intimate Portraits of Pain | A Chronic Voice

Saturday, 08 Apr 2017. Issue #52. In this edition: The hope that rises when you get a doctor who cares. 16 important life lessons from Frankl’s bestseller. Quality time with your children while stuck in bed. What chronic pain patients can do for exercise. An intimate portrait of endometriosis pain. A vulnerable plea for a […]

The Big Difference between Empathy and Sympathy | A Chronic Voice

This animation is short, but brilliant 🙂 People who are suffering do not need sympathy; despise it even. The line between the two different worlds of empathy and sympathy is thin. So what makes all the difference? Connection. Not just with other people. We have to reconnect with ourselves as human beings first, before we’re […]

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: 16 Applications in Chronic Illness: Part II | A Chronic Voice

This is part two of a three part book review, “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. This book is full of great takeaways for those struggling to cope with chronic illness. I am sure many of us can also relate to the concepts within, as to be sick is to be a prisoner in […]

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 […]

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: 16 Applications in Chronic Illness: Part 1 | A Chronic Voice

With 10 million copies sold, Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” is one of the most popular books of our times. He wrote it in only nine days, but it is full of thought provoking questions and wisdom. His thoughts on this timeless question – ‘what is the meaning of life?’ – are easy to […]

#100WritingDays Week 1 Roundup: A project to increase my writing output without sacrificing on quality, and also to explore Medium. Topics revolve around chronic illness, health and life. | A Chronic Voice

If you missed it, I started a ‘100 Writing Days’ project. The aim is to increase my writing output without sacrificing on quality, and also to explore the Medium platform. This is the first week, and I have five pieces for your perusal! Topics still revolve around chronic illness, but are also more flexible as […]

A Chronic Voice: 4 Everyday Scenarios We’re Not Sure How to be Polite About and Why

There are many things that healthy people do because, well, it’s pretty normal to do so. Yet such actions might be detrimental to a person with a compromised or weak immune system. This includes people with chronic or terminal illnesses, the young, pregnant and old. Not all the following scenarios are wrong per se, and […]