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Romantic dates for those with larger hearts than wallets. Stop. Turn Netflix off and hang up the sweatpants right now. That can only count as a relaxed date so many nights a month. Unless you’ve been purposely avoiding the subject, you will be aware that Valentines Day is now two weeks away. Yes, that over-commercial holiday that says you need to shower your love with gifts and flowers. I mean nothing says “I’ll love you forever” moreRead More→
Chronic Illness and Gentle Exercise The link between physical well-being and emotional well-being has been proven time and time again. We know it’s good for us to get up and move about. However, for fighters of a chronic illness we’re often extremely reluctant due to pain. In this case it is highly recommended we do as much gentle exercise as possible as to not overdo ourselves. At the beginning your pain will increase, but pushing through this will allow yourRead More→
Tactile Allodynia – When Clothing Hurts. It’s a strange concept to grasp when clothing hurts you. When a simple touch causes pain. Not just any pain, a burning sensation or a deep tissue bruise feeling. However this is all too common for patients of Chronic Illness conditions, when their clothing hurts them. This is also referred to as ‘Allodynia’ meaning “other pain” – triggering pain sensations for stimuli that would not normally be considered painful. Where ‘Tactile’ refers specifically toRead More→
Dealing with Brain Fog at Work. How frustrating is it when you get up out of your desk, completely forgetting what your intentions were? When you call up a customer and start rambling in a made up language? Suddenly the piece you just had in your hand has vanished, only to find it in the oddest of places? When trying to focus on the task at hand seems like mission impossible? These scenarios and so many more are what is classedRead More→
The Spoonie Dictionary A-Z Brain Fog – A way to sum up lack of concentration, memory loss, confusion and loss of thought clarity. Chronic Illness – An illness of which has been present for longer than three months. Flare Up – When the symptoms of an illness worsen significantly, often suddenly. This can last from a matter of days or weeks and be as severe as leaving you bed bound or heading to the closest medical center. Flare Ups oftenRead More→
Nobody likes to feel on the outside, but unfortunately this is difficult to avoid when battling with a chronic illness. Feeling isolated is all too common, yet rarely is it noticed and understood by those who look upon. In fact, sometimes the isolation you’re feeling may be beyond your own grasp and control. In this two part segment I will be covering the causes and effects of isolation on someone with a chronic illness. Out of it you will have a better understandingRead More→
Eating to reduce symptoms, is there such a thing? You’ve probably heard it before… Health requires healthy food. -Roger Williams The truth is what we feed our bodies makes a massive difference to our health. To how we feel mentally and physically. It contributes to how our body reacts when fighting off bacteria, our energy levels and believe it or not, our pain levels. Do not underestimate the power of a healthy diet. There’s no cureRead More→