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This is it. This is your life. There is no do-over. This is it.

everyone is getting younger and younger and I don't feel like I'm aging. Only the body ages...awareness is ageless and timeless. *** Life force flows through my body bringing me to Healing so that I might come to perfect flow. Flow is thriving good health. The chronically ill body healing is a vehicle into the light. ...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Healing, Chronic Illness, Infertility, Well-being, Diet And Nutrition


Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding and Thriving with Chronic Illness

Today, I’m writing about some prompts that were given to chronic illness bloggers at A Chronic Voice‘s monthly chronic illness link-up party. Thank you, Sheryl! The writing prompts we were given for this month are: Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding, and Thriving with chronic illness. I’d like to start by observing my last post which was about receiving my Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosis over a decade ago. I celebrated that milestone with a new article called Ankylosing Spondylitis – 10 Yea...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Expat Life, Pierre, Sheryl, North Bay Ontario, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, Crohns


Your Child Might Be Using Their Asthma Inhaler Incorrectly

Using an asthma inhaler correctly is a tricky, multi-step process. If you don’t do it just right, you cannot get the full benefit of the drugs, potentially making the asthma worse or making it appear as though the medication isn’t helping. Read more...
Tags: Kids, Chronic Illness, Asthma, Medication, Lifehacks, Allergies


Detox, withdrawal from psych meds and chronic systemic infections (chronic illness tends to be associated with them)

I've been working on detoxification and clearing and opening up my detox pathways for a decade. It's been slow and rough going for all the reasons y'all know about here. Still I have slowly come to tolerate a whole lot of detox herbs etc. I am now actually responding quite well to pretty hard-core Lyme disease protocols ...
Tags: Health, Lyme Disease, Chronic Illness, Detox, Infertility


Ankylosing Spondylitis Ten Years After Diagnosis

Ankylosing Spondylitis Ten Years After Diagnosis February is always a hard month for me. Maybe it’s because of the weather. Maybe it’s because everything stops after the madness of the holiday season, and I hit a point where my body says, ‘Nope, I’m not doing any more.’ Maybe it’s because of the psychological impact of receiving my diagnosis in February – 10 years ago. Nevertheless, February has continued to remain a crappy month for me. February used to be a month that John and I used to trav...
Tags: Travel, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Disability, Canada, John, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Spondylitis Association Of America, SAA, NTU Hospital, Crohn, Arthritis, Disability Aids, SPONDYLITIS, The Canadian Spondylitis Association


10 Tech Gifts For Your Friend With Fibromyalgia

Full Post: 10 Tech Gifts For Your Friend With Fibromyalgia The post 10 Tech Gifts For Your Friend With Fibromyalgia appeared first on Scraps of My Geek Life written by Michele.
Tags: Life, Chronic Illness, Fibromyalgia, Geek Life


Surviving the Holidays with Chronic Illness

The holiday season is here and with it comes a collective groan from almost everyone in my chronic illness communities. Everyone seems excited about the holidays, but we are all expressing worry, dismay, and stress at surviving the holidays with chronic illness without flaring. The holiday season is stressful on those of us who have limited energy and suffer from pain. We have to manage our health while getting through shopping, cooking, winter events, travel, and much more.Click To Tweet I’m sp...
Tags: Travel, Health, Holidays, Features, Chronic Illness, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Expat Life, Cfs, Sheryl, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, Invisible Illness


Chronic Illness Prompts: Meeting, Advocating, Tweaking, Working, Curating

Many thanks to Sheryl at A Chronic Voice for creating some wonderful links for her November link-up party. This month has been a really busy month. I just finished a charity gala fundraiser event that I’ve been working on since August and I wasn’t sure if I’d have a chance to write something for this party this month. Better late than never! Sheryl’s Chronic Illness prompts for November are: Meeting, Advocating, Tweaking, Working, and Curating Meeting First off, this is the perfect promp...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, Singapore, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Taipei, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Me, Sheryl, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS


almost a year since almost dying. what is up?

Updated: **I took this down after it had been up for some hours because the response I got from people was freaking me out. The fact is I have very severe PTS — AND everything else is true too. I get uncomfortable when people get all happy about how I’m doing. The PTS is crazy […]
Tags: Health, Chronic Illness, Pharmaceuticals, Infertility, Brain Injury, Psychiatric Medications, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, Pharmaceutical Brain Injury, Psychiatric Abuse


Some words written to someone in protracted psychiatric drug withdrawal…

I've added a "protracted withdrawal" link to the drop-down menus above. I wanted to call attention to it and so I'm also sharing a bit of correspondence I recently had with an injured comrade with protracted withdrawal syndrome below. ...
Tags: Health, Chronic Illness, Anxiety, Pharmaceuticals, Benzodiazepine Withdrawal, Benzodiazepines, Infertility, Psychiatric Medications, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, Iatrogenic Illness, Protracted Withdrawal, Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome


How to Navigate the Health Care System Like a Pro

People with complex medical conditions end up having a lot of contact with our health care system: surgeries, doctors’ visits, specialists and therapies and imaging tests and more. And that makes them experts, in a sense, on how to get the most out of your visits. Read more...
Tags: Health, Chronic Illness, Healthcare, Illness, Lifehacks, Diability


5 Ways a Chronic Illness Can Affect Your Relationship

And how to get them through it as a team. Can romantic relationships survive a chronic illness? If you or your loved one has recently been diagnosed, knowing how to handle possible changes can help you stay in love despite the emotional news of serious health problems or disease. What is a chronic illness or disease? The specific definition gets a bit tricky, as “[there] is not only tremendous variation in the diseases that are included under the umbrella term ‘chronic disease’ but also variat...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Communication, Chronic Illness, United States, Grant, Publishers, Chronic Pain, Health-related, Yourtango, Chronic Disease, National Health Council, Chronic Health Condition


Traumatic brain injury/pharmaceutical brain injury — very similar apparently

I came across an article that's very extensive and actually quite helpful in terms of tips  and validation about the vast myriad of possible manifestations of injury after an insult to the brain.  It's written about  the more conventional  traumatic brain injury, you know, car accidents and violent blows to the head.  You will see that  our pharmaceutical brain injuries  are very similar in terms of "symptoms" and I think sometimes we have additional really horrible  strange somatic stuff that d...
Tags: Health, Mental Health, Chronic Illness, Ptsd, Trauma, Pharmaceuticals, Infertility, Psychiatric Medications, Iatrogenic Illness, Psychiatric Abuse, Brain Injur


Traumatic brain injury/pharmaceutical brain injury (protracted withdrawal) — very similar apparently

I came across an article that's very extensive and actually quite helpful in terms of tips  and validation about the vast myriad of possible manifestations of injury after an insult to the brain.  It's written about  the more conventional  traumatic brain injury, you know, car accidents and violent blows to the head.  You will see that  our pharmaceutical brain injuries  are very similar in terms of "symptoms" and I think sometimes we have additional really horrible  strange somatic stuff that d...
Tags: Health, Mental Health, Chronic Illness, Ptsd, Trauma, Pharmaceuticals, Infertility, Psychiatric Medications, Iatrogenic Illness, Psychiatric Abuse, Brain Injur, Protracted Withdrawal, Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome


Invisible in Taiwan: Living in Taipei with Chronic Illness

Invisible in Taiwan: Living in Taipei with Chronic Illness I live on the river that divides Taipei and New Taipei in Taiwan. I’m a Canadian expat and I’ve lived in Taiwan since 2006. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromylagia and ME, among a number of other chronic conditions that cropped up over the past 20 years. My husband and I have stayed in Taiwan rather than returning to Canada or the US because the health care is very reasonable here, the weather is mild, and life in Taiwan is inexpens...
Tags: Travel, Health, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, Barcelona, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Peru, South America, Uruguay, North America, Taipei, Reiki


Art Therapy for Chronic Pain – Interview with Jeane Trend-Hill

This week on MSW Interviews: Jeane Trend-Hill Today I’d like to introduce you to an artist with a very different style of artwork that really resonates with patients suffering from Crohns and Colitis.  Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Jeane Trend-Hill. Jeane suffers from severe ulcerative colitis and osteoporosis. In this interview, Jeane shows us how she uses art to cope with chronic illness and chronic pain. I hope you enjoy her interview. Please do leave a comment or a word...
Tags: Travel, Health, Facebook, UK, London, Features, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Ibd, Chronic Illness, Travel Photography, Flares, Jeane, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Crohns


Art Therapy for Arthritis – Interview with Professional Artist Jennifer Walker

This week on MSW Interviews: Today I’d like to introduce you to a very special artist who has amazed me with her incredibly descriptive artwork and her ability to write. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to professional artist Jennifer Walker, author of Unexpected Advocate. Jennifer suffers from a number of chronic illnesses, because as I’ve mentioned in the past, most patients who are chronically ill deal with several diseases and co-morbidities. In Jennifer’s case, she has Rheum...
Tags: Travel, Health, Features, Mental Health, Depression, Chronic Illness, Sensory Processing Disorder, Salvador Dalí, Cthulhu, Donald Duck, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Renoir, Jennifer, Frida Kahlo, Rheumatoid Arthritis


Figuring, Completing, Boring, Cuddling, Chatting – August 2018 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses

August 2018 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses It’s been a while since I’ve participated in A Chronic Voice’s Monthly Link Up Party. Her prompts this month are perfect for joining in the fun after several months of absence. Sheryl’s prompts for the month are: Figuring, Completing, Boring, Cuddling, and Chatting, so here are the brief notes I’ve made for each header section for this article. Figuring out that I need to let more things go in my life in order to heal and have less str...
Tags: Travel, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Stephen Hawking, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Me, Sheryl, North Bay Ontario, Daenerys


Keeping high risk patients healthy at home

Staying on top of multiple chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart failure can be a challenge for even the most well-resourced patient – imagine doing so while battling homelessness and schizophrenia. The result is often frequent trips to the emergency department and the hospital. This is not an uncommon scenario for patients who have co-occurring chronic conditions, mental illness, and social stressors, making them high risk for re-current hospitalizations. And, not surprisingly, many heal...
Tags: Books, Featured, Chronic Illness, Journals, Hospitalization, Health & Medicine, Northern California, Science & Medicine, Patient Care, Tom Parsons, Translational Behavioral Medicine, Chronic Conditions, Behavioral Medicine, Caring Framework, Colin W O’brien, Engagement Through CARInG Framework


Mobility Challenges and What An Exoskeleton Can Do For You

In October 2018, I was attending a government luncheon for Canadian delegates who had recently arrived in town and were interested in learning more about life abroad in Taiwan. Although I usually try to avoid using a cane when I go to these luncheons, that day was unavoidable. I had to bring it along. While working our way through a delightful Taiwanese lunch, I listened to a man named Brian Chong from a company called Wistron here in Taiwan who was working on new technology for robotic legs tha...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Taipei, Robocop, Living Abroad, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Fibromyalgia, Expat Life, Reliance, Exoskeletons, Wistron


Do Hyperthyroidism Medications Work?

There are several treatment options available for hyperthyroidism, including medication. Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Hello. I am pretty sure my cat has hyperthyroidism. She has had it for a while now and a friend of mine says her two cats have it and the medication from the vet does nothing. What is your take on it? ~ Lisa Thomas: Well, Lisa, hyperthyroidism is a pretty common illness among senior cats. There are all sorts of beliefs about what causes the disease, from the sci...
Tags: Pets, Chronic Illness, Pedro, Thomas, Bella, Lisa, Tara, Hyperthyroidism, Thomas Thomas, Cat Health, Senior Cats, Lisa Thomas


Trauma, injury, illness and waking up

It’s strange how it works, or maybe it’s not, but trauma, injury and illness can truly be passageways to waking up and it’s not generally appreciated at all in western medicine which seeks to suppress everything and thus stop that process. Tragic really. Illness/trauma etc as passageway to waking up is also not appreciated by […]
Tags: Health, Meditation, Mindfulness, Healing, Chronic Illness, Ptsd, Trauma, Spirituality, Transformation, Infertility


Art Therapy Interview with Rachael Nicholson

This article is part of My Several Worlds Art Therapy for Chronic Illness Interview series with artists from around the world who suffer from chronic illness. MSW: Can you tell us a little about yourself? When did you first become interested in art? RH: Hello! My name is Rachael and I am an artist, writer and chronic illness warrior. Please feel free to check out my website www.rachaelhope.co.uk and/or my Instagram @blablable_Illustration. I have always been totally obsessed with art, especial...
Tags: Travel, Art, Features, Chronic Illness, Crayola, Fibromyalgia, Art Therapy, Rachael, Timothy Leary, Global Artists, Fibromyalgia Treatments, My Chronic Life, Art For Arthritis, Art For Pain, Rachael Nicholson, Rachael You


Art Therapy for Chronic Illness Interview with Karen Fitch

I’m so pleased to be able to introduce this new series on My Several Worlds. Some of my long-term readers will remember that I used to do a series of interviews called MSW Interviews and Global Artists many years ago. Today I’m introducing a new art series: Art Therapy for Chronic Illness or Art for Arthritis. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Pablo PicassoClick To Tweet The purpose of this series is to express how we use art to express our feelings about being chronically...
Tags: Travel, Health, Motivation, Facebook, Greece, Inspiration, Features, Karen, Chronic Illness, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Art Therapy, Art Galleries, Julia Cameron, Ventura California, Morgan Hill California


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: I Am One of the Millions Missing

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: I Am One of the Millions Missing Hi friends. I haven’t written much about my trials and tribulations with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), which most of you know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is mainly because the two diseases that are most active in my life are Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia. Both of these chronic illnesses have no cure. Just because I haven’t written about ME doesn’t mean I don’t suffer badly from it, though. Quite a few people doubt t...
Tags: Travel, Features, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Davis, John, Amusement Parks, Whitney, Chronically Ill Abroad, Carrie Kellenberger, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Invisible Illnesses, Cfs, Health Advocacy, Jen, Banff Canada


What to do about tinnitus?

Tinnitus (i.e., ear or head noises not caused by external sounds) is common among the general population across the world. Tinnitus can be experienced as a “ringing in the ears.” It can also sound like a hissing, sizzling, or roaring noise. It can be rhythmic or pulsating. Tinnitus can be a non-stop, constant sound or an intermittent sound that disappears and returns without a pattern. It can occur in one or both ears. Tinnitus may be caused by trauma to the head (e.g., blast exposure, such as b...
Tags: Books, Featured, Ears, Chronic Illness, Health & Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Tinnitus, ENT, Igor Ovsyannykov, Auditory Impairment, Auditory Issues, Erin Martz, Neural Damage, Ringing In The Ears


Emotional “dysregulation” is plasticity

while the healing process may sometimes be radical and even violent as well as time consuming, ultimately when we've healed, we've also transformed in profound ways. Indeed, this is becoming my experience. …
Tags: Health, Mental Health, Chronic Illness, Recovery, Infertility, Drug Withdrawal, Dysregulation


What Can Be Done About Feline Herpesvirus?

Feline herpesvirus is common in cats, and there are things that can be done to make an affected cat more comfortable. Photo CC-BY-ND Gill E Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Ever since I was adopted in 2008, I’ve had trouble with my eye. The vet tells my mom and dad it’s herpes and I’ll have the problem all my life. It doesn’t seem to bother me, but my Mom thinks it’s yucky. She cleans my eye with saline, and sometimes the vet gives her antibiotic ointment for me. I don’t know why I...
Tags: Pets, Chronic Illness, Cornell, Thomas, Bella, Tara, Yogi, Cat Health, Feline Herpesvirus, FIV, FeLV, ND Gill, Yogi Conan


Why Is My Cat So Hyper At Night?

Thomas has hyperthyroidism, and he had a lot of the same symptoms as Coby before we started treatment. Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: We have a boy kitty, Coby. He is 11 years old and just the most cuddly, loving little man we’ve ever known. We adopted him from a rescue group when he was 2 1/2 months old. From the very beginning he seemed to vomit more than expected. The vet looked him over and told us that he was super healthy and that some cats just vomit more than others. We’v...
Tags: Google, Pets, Chronic Illness, Amy, Thomas, Bella, Tara, Hyperthyroidism, Coby, Cat Health, Diet And Nutrition, Senior Cats, Amy Thomas, Coby He


Pollution in Taiwan – Is It Bad? YES, IT’S BAD!

Air pollution in Taiwan is a serious matter that island residents have complained about for years. Taiwan receives a lot of air pollution from China, but Taiwan also produces a significant amount of its own pollution problems. Taiwan’s geography makes air pollution worse because many industrial centers on the north and west coasts of Taiwan are surrounded by high mountains which keep the bad air trapped at city level. Taipei also suffers from this problem. It’s not uncommon to have a completely ...
Tags: Travel, Health, China, Blog, European Union, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Beijing, Pollution, World Health Organization, John, Taipei, Air Quality, Temples, Northern Taiwan