Viewing: Chronic Illness and body image

Jul 31

July 31, 2017

Learning to Love Our Broken Bodies

Learning to Love Our Broken Bodies

Some might say my body has been through a lot. Yesterday, I cleaned out my dresser drawers and found five pairs of hospital issue no-slip socks. I also discovered clothing in sizes 4-16, old nursing bras, the remote to my bladder pacemaker, and a bikini that would now fit one-third of my body. It’s hard to fathom the number of... Read more

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Jul 21

July 21, 2016

6 Chronic Illness Warriors I Admire

Dear Younger Me When I Was Healthy…

Dear Kelly, This is me, your future self. You are about to embark on a journey that you never planned and life is going to get very hard. I want you to stop focusing on yourself and living as the world tells you to live. I want you to make sure that you pray to G-d every day for everything because... Read more

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May 30

May 30, 2016

Sickness Sucks. You Do Not.

Sickness Sucks. You Do Not.

This is who I am now. Maybe like me, you’ve mostly come to grips with who you are now. You know there’s no use in spending your days lamenting over whom it is you once were and those days of intense grief and mourning have passed. Grief being the sneaky little cuss it is still sneaks up on you at unexpected... Read more

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Jan 10

January 10, 2016

We’re All Going to Get Old One Day

We’re all going to get old one day. Has this thought occurred to you? I mean, wrinkled and saggy-skinned, snoring in the chair out in public, long ear hairs and all—old. I’m really not sure what to do with this. I see these people, sometimes frail, struggling to put on their jacket at the doctor’s office or to navigate the... Read more

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Nov 21

November 21, 2015

5 Tips For Drowning Pride

There are few times when I feel as cool as I do when I’m in the pool getting shown up by the little old ladies at physical therapy. (And no, I’m not talking about temperature). It usually goes something like this. To Little Old Lady #1: You do three reps of twelve. To Stacey: You do one rep of ten.... Read more

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Oct 30

October 30, 2015

Five Fears of the Chronically Ill

You will never be enough. Whether it’s pain or fatigue, anxiety or depression or even all of the above, it’s sometimes hard to think about anything but that lead weight in your bones, that fire, that ache, that scream that won’t be silenced. You try to balance even just a few relationships, keep a couple of symptoms managed, plates spinning.... Read more

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Oct 15

October 15, 2015

10 Perks of Being 36 (and sick)

You’ve figured out by now there’s no time to waste. These kids you made are growing up fast and there’s nothing you can do about it. They don’t really care if you like it or not. You know that there’s no promise of tomorrow. You’ve got one chance to make this life count and you fully intend on MAKING IT... Read more

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Sep 24

September 24, 2015

Too Whatever

It’s been a year. A year and a half, actually. Eighteen months since I began a health odyssey that started as an innocent stomach bug and ended much later. Well, it hasn’t really ended, but I can see the finish line from here.   The stomach bug didn’t end in 24 hours like it’s MO says it should. It didn’t... Read more

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Aug 24

August 24, 2015

Overcoming the Shame of Chronic Illness and Weight Gain

When my husband and I first met almost six years ago, I was a shapely size six who ran three miles a day and went to the gym several times a week. I’ll plead the fifth on my current size, but let’s just say I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in years and not by choice. Last year... Read more

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