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Posts Tagged ‘living with chronic illness’

Keeping Spirits Bright: Managing the Post-Holiday Letdown

Some people, especially those with chronic disease, experience depression and/or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) after the holidays are over. Dr. Stuart Drescher, a psychologist experienced in working with patients with chronic diseases including ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia, gives tips on how to manage the letdown that often occurs in January and February, when the holidays are over and the days seem dark and dreary.

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When Mommy Can’t Dance: How to Be a Chronically Ill Mom

It’s a hard to be a sick mom. For most mothers, a few days of illness may mean a back-up of laundry and a night or two of frozen pizza or cold cereal for dinner. For those of us moms that are chronically ill, it’s a whole other ball game. Certainly we have to adapt, get creative, and employ as many mom hacks as we can (i.e. Amazon prime, grocery pick up, self-serve kid snacks, and yes, we still have an above average number of cereal dinners). Beyond the physical demands and limitations, however, are the mental and emotional obstacles that we face. The mom guilt is present enough when you are healthy; it can be even more crushing when you are not.

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Nutrition: How Food Choices Impact How You Feel

The Whole Sisters (Nan Jensen and Nicole Bangerter) shared their journey with chronic illnesses at the September education meeting. View this presentation to learn about how food choices can affect symptoms. Visit their website for ideas on healthy food choices. Nan and Nicole discuss the importance of organic choices, the “dirty dozen” and the “clean fifteen”. They share tactics to develop self awareness and guidelines for reducing symptom presentation including recipe ideas.

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Patient Voice – Meditate to Find Peace

Meditate to Find Peace

Three years ago, Megan Hastings began most mornings with a quick run and some meditation. Today, the effects of her illness make running impossible, but she finds she can meditate to bring comfort and peace. The practice helps her to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, happiness and acceptance. Megan, mother to three and devotee to her best friend, has a…

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Patient Voice – Look For Surprises

Look for Surprises

Still reeling from her diagnosis, Nicole shares how three surprises took her down a path that led her to help, hope and BHC. Nicole Paolucci Rabanal is a wife, mother, friend and physical therapists from Steamboat Springs CO. Upon returning to health she looks forward to living her life fully again as a wife, mother,…

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Living With a Partner Who Has ME/CFS or FM

Partner with ME/CFS or FM

Chronic illness and marriage is a complicated combination. It’s rare to see  or hear a healthy spouse’s perspective on their partner’s disease because it is a topic that can be very difficult – as much for the one speaking as for the one hearing it. With an estimated divorce rate as high as 75% among…

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4 Tips to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication

doctor-patient communication

Effective doctor-patient communication is critical to building a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship, which is at the heart of delivering high-quality healthcare. When there is open and productive communication, doctors and patients are more effective in exchanging information, patients have greater comprehension of their medical issues, and they are more empowered in decision making about their own…

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Tips for Carepartners

Carepartner Help and Support

When Someone You Love has ME/CFS or FM There are many diseases that can be considered invisible, but there are substantial differences in how individuals are viewed culturally and socially, depending on their diagnoses. Diabetes, lupus, MS, and others can be invisible illnesses, but few would ever question the limitations of someone with one of…

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Redefining POTS so that Everybody Understands

Redefining POTS

“Redefining POTS so that everybody understands: a primary care pediatric sports medicine perspective and review” Presented by Dr. Craig Colebey   Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS is a disabling disorder, representing “a common pathway” for multiple different causes.  The heterogenous nature of its pathophysiology presents a challenge in its diagnosis and treatment.  I present…

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Holiday Survival Guide

holiday survival

  Living with ME/CFS and FM changes most everything, including how we celebrate the holidays. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, or a loved one, is a ‘free pass’ on the guilt you may be tempted take on when you are unable to do it all. We all want a happy…

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