What’s it Like to be the Father of a Sick Child? (Precious Insights from My Own Dad!) | www.achronicvoice.com

If there’s one passion that my father passed on to me, it would be travelling. More of the rugged, far out type of places, rather than posh retreats. As you will see in this interview, his best memories are all travel-related as a family. And if you’ve read the interview with my mum for Mother’s […]

Flowers are the Most Beautiful When They're Just About to Die (and What That's Got to Do with Being a Spoonie) | www.achronicvoice.com

A Surprising Thought During a Floral Workshop Recently, I attended a floral workshop as part of a good friend’s hen’s party. Such classes aren’t that cheap, so in a way I was glad to finally have an ‘excuse’ to go for one without feeling guilty 😉 (P.s. I understand why they’re charged at those rates, […]

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, […]

Issue #109: The Problem with the Word 'Tired' & the Importance of Being Your Own Health Advocate. Click to read or pin to save for later. | www.achronicvoice.com | #achronicvoice #spoonies #healthnews #tophealthtweets #chronicillness #healthcare #healthandwellness

Saturday, 12 May 2018. Issue #109. In this issue: Many spoonies manage to hide their pains really well, to the point where we can’t even identify each other! The importance of being your own biggest health advocate, and holding onto hope. Showing gratitude to our mothers, who never fail to show up despite feelings or […]

What I Thought About the Award-Winning Film, “Unrest” (vs My Healthy Movie Night Companions!) | www.achronicvoice.com

Who is Jennifer Brea, and What is “Unrest” About? Jennifer Brea was a Ph.D. student at Harvard, when she was struck down by a mysterious illness. This is a documentary of both her and her husband’s journey, living with this nightmare of a disease called ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). She approached me […]

In this issue: Chronic Illness Bloggers is expanding once again! When disabled people judge someone with invisible illness too, what more about healthy folks? 20 of the healthiest foods on earth, yet can still be harmful to those with blood clotting disorders. | www.achronicvoice.com | #tophealthnews #chronicillness #autoimmunedisorders #spoonielife #healthtips #chronicpain

Fri, 16 Feb 2018. Issue #97. In this issue: The natural initial response of fighting against a harsh chronic illness diagnosis. Why it isn’t fun or exciting being home all day due to illness. Chronic Illness Bloggers is expanding once again! An Instant pot soup recipe that’s good for your gut and soul. When disabled […]

Get to Know Me Better Through These 20 Fun Questions from WheelEscapades! | www.achronicvoice.com

Most Fun Interview Questions So Far! Gemma of WheelEscapades has this fun section on her blog called “Twenty Questions”. It’s a small diversion from the usual disability topics, yet I gained a lot of insight from the answers as well! It’s interesting to enter the mind of someone else, to learn of their desires and […]

The Subtle Difference Between Saying “Think Positive” and “Stay Positive” to Someone with Chronic Pain | www.achronicvoice.com

I don’t know about you but for me, there is a difference when someone tells me to ‘think positive’ as opposed to ‘stay positive’. The former implies an undermining of suffering, while the latter tells me that you’re on my team. Perhaps I have a case of word oversensitivity, but I’ll go ahead and tell […]

How to be a Positive Thinker: Without the Unicorns & Rainbows | www.achronicvoice.com

Wait…What? I woke up feeling like crap. One of those depressive days that arrive unannounced, bringing joint aches and other friends along with it. “Today is a bad day” was the very first thought that surfaced in my mind. And then, I paused to think about what I had just thought about without even thinking […]

“It’s in My Blood” Series #1: Sarah Poitras | www.achronicvoice.com

Featuring Sarah Poitras in Our First Edition! What do people with chronic illnesses do every day? Do they even get any enjoyment out of life?! I think there’s no better way to kick off this brand new series than to feature Sarah Poitras of Travel Breathe Repeat! Despite having a progressive lung disease, she travelled […]