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We All Operate Better With A Relaxed Mind – How To Achieve That Peace

Disclosure – This is collaboration post Your brain is the most important part of your body. Everything you do in life starts with your thinking box upstairs – without it functioning to a good level, you’d be all over the place in all aspects. Because of its importance to everything in life, you need to make sure you don’t damage it in any way. Physically and emotionally, this amazing thing that holds all of your data should be kept safe and happy. It’s hard to do, though, right? Life isn’t a walk in the park all the time. We have …

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Parenting Through A Flare (Tips I Use When Flaring)

Parenting is hard, don’t let anyone tell you any different. As parents, we want to do our absolute best for our kids. We are plagued with doubt as to whether we are doing the right thing! It can feel like an uphill battle that you are never thanked for, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Bearing in mind how tough parenting is for someone who doesn’t have a chronic illness, imagine how hard and challenging it is for someone who does. Flares happen anytime, anywhere occasionally without warning, which are physically and mentally draining. For me when a …

Chronic illness Shining The Spotlight

Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A with Iris

Hello and welcome back to Shining The Spotlight series. A series where I’ve been showcasing posts from others who have chronic illness and disabilities to attempt in raising awareness of our varying illnesses and disabilities. Today’s post features Iris from The Dreaming Panda. Before I had you over to Iris. I want to take some time to thank each and every participant who has taken part in Shining The Spotlight, and to everyone who has read, shared and commented on the posts so far. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?   My name is Iris, but most people …

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Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Sheryl

Hello and welcome back to another Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability post. I am so thankful for each and every one of the participants who have shared their chronic illness and disability journey with me and my readers. Today’s post features Sheryl of A Chronic Voice. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? Hello, my name is Sheryl and I come from Singapore. I blog over at achronicvoice.com, covering topics on chronic illness, mental health, and general wellness. My aim is to share about life from different perspectives, in order to instill empathy across all …

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Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Pamela

Hello and welcome back to Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disabilities. Today’s post features Pamela. A fellow spoonie who has previously featured on Parenting In Pain. Introduce Yourself And Tell Us A bit About You? I live in Langford, BC, just outside of Victoria. I’m happily married to my amazing husband Ray and we are proud parents of 2 grown kids and three wonderful grandsons. I’m a blogger who writes about Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Invisible Illness at pamelajessen.com  I also write for The Mighty, The UnChargeables, PainResource.com and various independent publications.  In addition to blogging, I’m …

Chronic illness Shining The Spotlight

Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Barbara

Hello and welcome back to my Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities series. Today’s interview is with Barbara Moore of Catch Your Breath 60. Introduce Yourself And Tell Us A bit About You?  My name is Barbara Moore. I am a former Business Instructor at a career college. My background is in business and manufacturing finances Chronic illness(es)/disabilities I have? I was diagnosed with COPD in 2015. I have had 2 Sudden Cardiac Arrests at the onset of my COPD diagnosis. I have heart issues that remain undiagnosed at this time My symptoms/condition began? About 10 years before …

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Life Update – April 2019

Every now and then it’s nice to get to know or have a catch up with the person behind the blog. There’s been some changes in my life and I wanted to share with you all a little life update. Nursery Life It’s been a bumpy road getting Alex settled into nursery life. He’s always enjoyed going but he was having some issues sharing and playing with others. Now he’s starting to make friends and get involved with class activities. At the moment we are on the Easter holidays (I know it’s early!) he keeps asking to go to nursery …

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Hemp Patch Review

Chronic pain caused by conditions such as Fibromyalgia very rarely reacts to pain medication. I know from my own experience and from talking to others who suffer from chronic pain, they don’t feel any relief from over the counter or prescribed painkillers. I’ve been looking into alternative methods that might help with some relief or allow me to cope with the pain. A friend tagged me on a Facebook post for CBD oil patches. I look into the ones I was tagged in. They looked promising, however, they were from an American company. I wasn’t sure about shipping costs etc. …

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A Light In The Darkness – Lisa Sniderman – Book Review

For me reading isn’t that big a deal I’m not one to be found with my nose constantly in a book. When I do read I will tend to go for something that’s easy going and is normally non-fiction. I was recently given the opportunity to read and review a book about one person’s journey with chronic illness & disability. I jumped at the chance to read and review the book which is called A Light In The Darkness by Lisa Sniderman. Disclaimer – I was kindly gifted an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review. …

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Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Lisa

Hello and welcome back to Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities. Todays interview is with the lovely Lisa Sniderman. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you I am Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, and author from San Francisco, and I obsessively create to heal. I combine expressive and teaching arts to inspire young adults and kids at heart to positively impact them. I create and record unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that I adapt to musical theater stage plays. I’ve been honored with more than 50 awards for my songwriting, …

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Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Liz

Welcome back to another instalment in the Shining The Spotlight series. A series I created for people like myself who are living with chronic illness or disabilities, giving them a platform to tell their story. Todays post is brought to you by Liz from Despite Pain. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? My name is Liz and write the www.despitepain.com blog. I’ve lived with chronic pain all of my adult life. I’m married and live on a sheep farm in the hills of the Scottish Borders. I had to take early retirement from work when I was …

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Chronic Illness & The Grieving Process

Coming to terms with a diagnosis of a long term condition can be difficult. Our bodies and minds are attempting to adjust to the new situation we find ourselves in. We feel a loss for our lives prior to illness. In a way we might approach the loss like we would if we were grieving the loss of a loved one or relationship. Speaking from my own personal experience with fibromyalgia I went through and continue to go through the various stages of grief. The concept of grieving for your life before illness has been written about multiple times. Lisa …