Hello everyone! I’m excited to announce that I will be introducing many other fantastic individuals in the chronic illness community on a bi-weekly basis here on Chronically Kristin. As much as I love writing to all of you, I also wanted to bring in some other voices, with other diseases, and from all different walks of life. I’m looking forward to sharing all of my fellow chronic illness buddies with you! If you are interested in guest blogging on Chronically Kristin, please email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our very first guest post, I’m excited to introduce to you Emmie Arnold from Illness-to-Wellness! Thanks so much for participating, Emmie! 🙂
Name: Emmie Arnold
Age at Diagnosis: symptoms at 14, diagnosis at 20
Diseases/Diagnoses: fibromyalgia, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, bipolar disorder 2, anxiety, PTSD
Blog: Illness to Wellness
What is your favorite part of being a chronic illness blogger?
Getting to provide community, both to Spoonies and caretakers/friends!
Tell us about your health journey: diagnosis, symptoms, how you take care of yourself, etc.
Read more here: illness-to-wellness.tumblr.com/aboutme
If you could give one piece of advice to those newly diagnosed, what would it be?
Give yourself the grace to rest, the space to grow, and the patience to know that you will learn how to manage better over time!
What are some of your favorite ways to relax and take care of yourself?
Netflix (alone or with friends), reading (book or audio), acupuncture, church/Christian faith life, play music or create art, hike when able.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that has nothing to do with chronic illnesses.
I have perfect pitch and have played classical piano since I was 4!
As a patient advocate, what do you think our healthcare system could do to become more inclusive of patients?
Host more free clinics, create longer appointments, give med school scholarships to underrepresented minority groups in medicine, have patient advocates/social workers in the process of appointments at the doctor’s office.
Be sure to follow Emmie’s blog or any of her social media channels above!