Viewing: Chronic illness and relationships

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

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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May 19

May 19, 2016

3 Tips For Surviving a Flare

3 Tips for Surviving a Flare

Flare-ups are a regular and unfortunate part of living with an autoimmune disease. They LOVE to come right when we are busiest, invading our days with pain and dizziness where there was no room for such miseries. I’m experiencing one currently, as often happens when I am due for my next chemotherapy infusion (Remicade every four weeks, totally worth it!).... Read more

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May 15

May 15, 2016

A Letter To All Who “Fix”

Dear “Fixers,”   Please.Stop.Fixing.Us. We, the “fixees” beg you. Like salesmen, you come from the woodwork, eager to save us, the chronically ill, from ourselves. Like salesmen, your intentions are (mostly) good. The outcome is another story. Way back in the day, before we had a good grip on things like mental illness, my grandmother would get flustered and say,... Read more

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May 9

May 9, 2016

How Sickness Changes Everything

How Sickness Changes Everything

I’m not sure where the memory crawled out from, where it’s been hiding all of this time or why it resurfaced at all. It was the afternoon of my brother’s death. His body gone for hours now, ladies from the church busied themselves with cleaning, and my siblings sat at the kitchen table eating a meal someone had brought. Fried... Read more

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May 2

May 2, 2016

How to Navigate Sickness in Marriage

Till Sickness Do Us Part?

On a balmy June evening, with the sand beneath us, the waves behind us and the sun bathing us in its golden light, my husband and I committed our lives to one another. “For richer or for poorer, in sickness or in health, as long as we both shall live” we giddily declared our love for one another. Which wasn’t... Read more

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Apr 25

April 25, 2016

Defeating the Monster of Depression

In light of recent celebrity news, many people have weighed-in on depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Jamie at The Very Worst Missionary re-posted her “Jesus or Zoloft” blog. Brant (former Air 1 DJ) re-posted “Is Jesus Enough?” Ann Voskamp – who’s book 1,000 Gifts encourages readers to count their blessings – shared her struggle. And they aren’t the only ones. Seems like everyone is... Read more

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Apr 17

April 17, 2016

Chronic Illness and The Sales Pitch

I have a couple of medical issues. For this reason, I’ve joined several online groups where people experiencing a medical crisis of one kind or another gather and offer support, ideas and encouragement. We talk about our symptoms, struggles, triumphs, good and bad days, doctor visits and sometimes we even grieve the loss of one of our members. But there’s... Read more

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