Viewing: Chronic illness and relationships

Jan 23

January 23, 2017

Sickness Is Your Superpower

Sickness Is Your Superpower

You drink in the warmth of the sun on your skin, your hair dancing in the breeze, the sound of children laughing in the background. Somewhere, someone is grilling steaks for dinner. The scent is nothing less than glorious and today, you are in love with life. Yes, your joints are just as swollen as they were yesterday and your... Read more

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Oct 10

October 10, 2016

That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

Last week, a blog post I wrote ran on a site called Her View From Home. As a result, I gained a few thousand new friends here on our blog. Many of my new friends sent me precious messages of support and encouragement, which reduced me to a puddle of tears. I will treasure them forever. (the messages, not the... Read more

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Sep 29

September 29, 2016

What Loving the Chronically Ill Has Taught Me

What Loving the Chronically Ill Has Taught Me

My experience with doctors and hospitals has been limited to childbirth and broken fingers, literally. So when you talk medical jargon, insurance terms, and chronic illness, I understand nothing! But just a few short years ago, I was introduced to an amazing lady. Unbeknownst to me she was in the beginning stages of being diagnosed with “chronic illness” and about... Read more

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Sep 8

September 8, 2016

How to Maintain Deep Friendships in the Midst of Chronic Illness

How to Maintain Deep Friendships in the Midst of Chronic Illness

We’ve all seen and/or experienced it. Chronic illness seems to rob us of some of our most treasured friendships. Maybe we simply lack the time to nurture those relationships or that particular friend loses interest in what’s quickly become a complicated and taxing relationship. How do we maintain lasting, meaningful friendships in the midst of chronic illness? Today, my dear... Read more

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Aug 9

August 9, 2016

5 Things the Chronically Ill Want “Healthy People” to Know

5 Things the Chronically Ill Want “Healthy People” to Know

Sometimes, the gap between us can feel insurmountable. Maybe we’ve become so immersed in our world of sickness and symptoms we can’t remember what it’s like to be healthy. We stare at you with curiosity and wonder like you’re an unknown species. Maybe you feel the same. You want to understand the chronically ill in your world, but they feel... Read more

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Jul 25

July 25, 2016

Significance and Relationship, Knowing You Matter

Significance and Relationship, Knowing You Matter

As a young girl, I engaged in every variety of romantic future telling. If you could write the name of a cute boy, a house, a number of children and then fold a paper until it successfully predicted your future, I had done it at least a thousand times. In fact, I’d probably set up a profitable business in my... Read more

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Jul 7

July 7, 2016

3 Keys For Finding Online Support

3 Keys For Finding Online Support

You own yoga pants in seventeen various colors and styles. You save makeup for special occasions and doctor appointments. Occasionally, you remember to put on a bra. You respond to invitations to hang out by asking, “Sure, do you want to come over here? ” But, other than doctors, nurses and pharmacists you haven’t actually seen another person in more... Read more

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Jun 9

June 9, 2016

That Faithful Friend

That Faithful Friend

Befriending those with rare and chronic illnesses is not for the faint of heart. Your job description—should you choose to accept it—will include: walking with us through the plentiful highs and lows, learning a new language (the language of our illness), grieving alongside us, possibly purchasing a medical dictionary, no longer pretending it’s all okay, and last (but not least)... 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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May 23

May 23, 2016

Why I Sometimes Hide From Super Cute Moms

Why I Sometimes Hide From Super Cute Moms

I see you super cute mom. I do. I see you rocking those new highlights and those trendy clothes. I see you volunteering at the school party and preparing to sweat it up at the gym. I see you heading out for coffee with friends and making your Pinterest-perfect crafts. I see you enjoying your “girl’s day” at the nail... Read more

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