Health Update: May 2017

Don't get too excited; I'm not 100% sure how much I'm "back" in my blogosphere. But I have been getting the desire to revive this space and come off of my hiatus. In saying that, when I officially do come back, I want this blog to branch out into more of a lifestyle space. I [...]

Staying M.I.A. Just A Tad Longer…

I know it has been quite some time since I have written here, and I wish I could tell you that I have a lot of fun posts coming up for you!   However, I will be taking an extended break from this blog in order to focus my attention and energy (or lack there [...]

An Open Letter To: ____ (The World Around Me)

I have talked a lot about this in the past. When you have chronic illnesses, the difference between visible and invisible illnesses becomes a large part of your interactions with the world around you. It's a conundrum because you want people to understand what you're going through, yet you also don't want it to be the first thing people notice about you.

Werk, Werk, Werk, Werk, Werk.

This is a little bit of a tough blog post for me to write: I am not the most successful at workplace or professional self-care (full disclaimer: that's probably putting it lightly). I love my job, and I love my career even more. I feel so grateful for so many things that have to do with my professional life. I'm grateful to have a stable job; I'm grateful for my wonderful health insurance; I'm grateful for flexibility and understanding leaders and coworkers; I'm grateful to be able to do what I love every day.

A Health Update: Off Meds

It's been a long time since I've written a true health update here. However, while a great deal has happened, there are still no answers or conclusions to share with everyone. Maybe that's why I've been avoiding writing about this--I still have so many unanswered questions. But for my own benefit of recording my health status accurately, and to catch us all up to at least where we stand today, it's important that I share what I know thus far.

Going Mental For My Mental Health: #SelfCareMvmt Part 4

Welcome to another week of the #SelfCareMvmt! This series on self-care is such an important one for chronic illness patients. It sounds counterproductive, but chronic illness patients tend to let self-care fall by the wayside, when we're the ones who need it more than normal! I'm definitely guilty of this, so this week we're talking about psychological and emotional self-care. If you've missed any of the previous posts, read week one, read week two, and read week three to get yourself caught up! Remember to follow the movement from Self Care Catalysts on social media with #SelfCareMvmt.

Guest Post: “Addressing Chronic Illness Through Advocacy Activities and Skills”

Hello everyone! I have a special guest blog post this week from Dr. Elizabeth Kelly, and her blog: Having Community-based Conversations around Human Services through Listening, Engaging and Connecting (HCCHSLEC). I'm excited to share her point of view with you as she comes from a place of understanding chronic illness through being a mother and a community-based nurse. Be sure to follow her blog and follow more community-based conversations through her Twitter account.