Confessions of a Chronically Ill Blogger

So Grateful In 2017

So Grateful in 2017
If you live in the United States, you probably just finished a few days worth of visiting with family & friends and filling up with yummy food. I hope you had a wonderful time! This time of year, as we close in on the holidays, it is common to find yourself thinking about what you are grateful for in your life. 2017 was full of changes and realizations for me. I wouldn't change any of it, but what am I most grateful for? This Blog More accurately, I'm so glad I
Confessions of a Chronically Ill Blogger

Lessons I’ve Learned From Having A Chronic Illness

Lessons I've Learned From Having A Chronic Illness
It would be easy to think there is only loss when it comes to chronic illness. At first the losses are all you can focus on actually, but after some time it becomes possible to see what you have gained. I wanted to share my list of things I've learned from having a chronic illness. Acceptance When it comes to chronic illness, you don't get to do much choosing. You don't choose your illness. Your illness chooses your symptoms and severity. Many times you don't even get to choose your doctor
Reviews

7 Favorite Spoonie Products I Can’t Live Without

7 Favorite Spoonie Products I Can't Live Without
Having a chronic illness (or many) gives you some unique needs. Over the past few years, I've figured out solutions for some of mine. I decided to share my 7 favorite spoonie products with you here. Mobisyl [caption id="attachment_1319" align="aligncenter" width="300"] I like to buy the larger tub. It's 8oz (vs. this 3.5 oz) and lasts me a full year.[/caption] This pain relieving cream is my go-to. I love that there is no menthol in it, so it is safe to use on my hands with no worry about it getting into
Body Positivity

4 Challenges To Body Positivity For Spoonies

Body positivity can be extra tough when you are a spoonie. When your body doesn't cooperate and you have to fight it all the time, it can be hard to believe that "all bodies are good bodies" or "there's no wrong way to have a body". In fact, for some of us it isn't even true that our bodies are doing all they can to keep us alive! It's pretty hard to be positive toward something actively trying to kill you. So, how do you stay body positive as a
Anxiety, Depression, Quotes, Self-Acceptance

How Can I Find Self-Acceptance With Chronic or Mental Illness?

I've previously been covering self-acceptance from a very general direction. I want to focus in a little more now. Personally, I have found self-acceptance extra hard due to my chronic illnesses and mental illnesses. It only makes sense that other people have the same problems, so I want to share my thoughts and solutions. Accepting Limits One struggle I have is accepting my limits. Whether you compare yourself to what society expects, or to what you could do "before", it is hard to accept that you can't just do whatever you
Depression, Quotes, Self-Care

Pain Is Not A Competition

Pain is not a Competition
"Pain is not a competition. Just because someone, somewhere may have had worse in their life, it doesn't excuse or erase your pain."  This quote has meant so much to me over the past couple of years. I feel it applies to everyone, no matter what kind of physical, mental, or emotional pain they may have. Pain is pain If you are affected by depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness, you may have a tendency to feel your condition isn't as bad compared to other people. In fact, I had no