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 […]

Would You Rather: Have an Invisible Illness or a Physical Disability? | www.achronicvoice.com

To clarify before I begin – I have a variety of chronic illnesses that affect the blood, brain, heart and virtually any body part, but I know nothing about physical disability and have only been confined to a wheelchair once. So if I made a mistake in this article, feel free to correct me. Having […]

Issue #129: The Struggle is Real with Pacing & Celebrating an Entire Year of Daily Gratitude | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 28 September 2018. Issue #129. In this issue: The struggle is real, when it comes to pacing and rationing your daily energy supply. Travelling with chronic illnesses can be tricky and worrisome, and tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. September likes, including the most delicious ‘healthy’ ice cream. The importance of advocating […]

Invisible in Singapore: What's It Like to Live Here with Chronic Illnesses | A Chronic Voice

CLICK HERE to submit your own entry, and to read about other places, too! *Updated (18 Sep 2018): Kale. Also, images are all from Unsplash. What’s it Like in My City, Living with Chronic Illnesses Best thing about your city for living with chronic illness? Singapore is a tiny city-state that’s only 50 km (31 […]

Invisible Cities Linkup: Pros & Cons of Living with Chronic Illness in Your City | A Chronic Voice

A Resource on Disability, Travel & Culture I’ve always been interested in cultures, specifically the differences, and what’s considered ‘normal’ to each. Since I’m already paying for the inLinkz tool (affiliate link), I figured I’d create more linkups just for fun, on top of the monthly ones I run for those with chronic illnesses. If […]

Issue #127: Beautiful Portraits of Women with Ostomy Bags & How to Help a Friend Who May be Contemplating Suicide | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 14 September 2018. Issue #127. In this issue: Accept and surround yourself with supportive resources to heal from the bad days. The many thought responses to the comment, “but you don’t look sick”. Joy can also be found in small achievements, and not just during fun times. Beautiful portraits of women with invisible illnesses […]

Issue #126: The Hard Choices Beneath the Cheerful Demeanour & Your Mental Health is Also Affected When You're Physically Unwell | A Chronic Voice

Friday, 07 September 2018. Issue #126. In this issue: The hard choices beneath the cheerful demeanour, when you live with chronic pain. It’s okay to collapse on the bad days, and to deal with the despair bit by bit. Why would anyone bother to share their vulnerabilities on social media, when there’s so much negativity? […]