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

*Note: I wrote this post two years ago and to be honest, I don’t really face any of these issues anymore, but only because I’ve been speaking up for myself with more ease as time goes by. People around me are also more aware since well…I bombard their feeds with such topics every day 😉 […]

Issue #156: Invisible Disability Can Sadly Incite Doubts at Work & When it Feels Like the Last Straw, it May be That You're Too Tired to Deal for Now | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 12 April 2019. Issue #156. In this issue: The weight of nothingness, of depression, is a heavy one to bear. Migraines can be extremely debilitating, yet are also very misunderstood. When our caregivers are used to seeing us in pain flares, even signs of Dengue Fever can appear deceptive. Rapid forced tapering of opioids […]

Issue #152: How to Balance Exercise with Chronic Pain & the Peace that Being Out in Nature Brings, Even for Just a While | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 08 March 2019. Issue #152. In this issue: Pain is a harsh teacher. Feeling peace and joy by being out in nature, even for a short while. How to balance exercise and chronic pain on a regular basis. How chronic illness tiredness is different from ‘regular tiredness’. Selma Blair at the Oscars – in […]

Issue #149: When Others Minimise Pain as if it Were a Competition & How to Support Those with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 15 February 2019. Issue #149. In this issue: When others don’t empathise but minimise, as if pain were a competition. Naps do not kill chronic fatigue. You never know what someone is going through, and how to support those with chronic illnesses. With all the innovations in the world, why are cinemas lagging in […]

Issue #148: Your Suffering Should Never be Invalidated & Seeking Pockets of Joy Within Intense Pain | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 08 February 2019. Issue #148. In this issue: Respect your body’s limits and listen to it with an open and empathetic mind. Migraines are very misunderstood, and aren’t ‘just a bad headache’. Even though life often seems aimless or pointless, we need to cling on, and together we can do it. The need to […]

Issue #143: Facebook Support Groups that are Actually Positive & Don't Judge When a Sick Person is Out Having that Rare Day of Fun | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 04 Jan 2019. Issue #143. In this issue: Focusing on your pain and problems can be a waste of precious time and energy. Why are people so quick to judge the reality of your pain when you’re out having a good time? Letting go of old baggage in the new year. Travelling as means […]

Mainstream: Can You Talk to Us About ME? (There's Enough 'Normal' Health Tips to Go Around Already) | A Chronic Voice

Constantly I am inundated with article titles, statements, and ‘tips’ that tell me that the key to being healthy is a good night’s sleep. Or that exercise is essential to healthy living. Yes, these things are great for most people. But they do not work for me or ME. What is ME? Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) […]

Call Me Sick Girl (Or How to Make Your Weakness Your Strength) | www.achronicvoice.com

Why Many People with Chronic Illness Hate to be Known as ‘Sick’ From reading articles online, I’m aware that many of us with chronic illnesses don’t like to be known as sick or weak. No human being does, really. There are many reasons why one might dislike the association with their illness, such as: We […]

Top Tweets #137: When You Miss the Warning Signs of Your Own Invisible Illness & Making Room for Better Things by Letting Go | www.achronicvoice.com

Friday, 23 November 2018. Issue #137. In this issue: Taking epsom salt baths to help with fibromyalgia, migraines and vertigo. When you miss the warning signs of your own invisible illness. Gift ideas for those with skin or scent sensitivities. Thoughts on why we’re not ‘warriors’, but simply living our lives and trying to be […]

Invisible in Florence: Life with Chronic Illness in Italy | www.achronicvoice.com

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Sara graciously agreed to share her life experiences for the Invisible Cities linkup, when I learned that she resides in the beautiful countryside of Italy! Living in Europe (at least for a while) is a dream of mine, so this was a particularly inspiring read for me. The insight into […]

Issue #131: Making the Active Choice to be Happy Despite Chronic Illness & What's Your Biggest Trigger for a Flare Up? | www.achronicvoice.com

Friday, 12 October 2018. Issue #131. In this issue: The frantic hope for a change in heart rate when you live with a heart rhythm disorder. What’s your biggest trigger for a flareup? – come share your experiences and knowledge. There’s nothing worse than being unable to sleep from painsomnia, and tips that might ease […]