Tag: chronic illness

Blogging Conundrum

Guys! HI! Holy cow, it’s been a long time. I kind of don’t know where to begin on a life update, health update, blog update, etc. I think I’ll take a series of posts and really update you guys on what’s going on in… Continue Reading “Blogging Conundrum”

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.

#SelfCareMvmt Part 3: Spiritual Health

Welcome to another week of the #SelfCareMvmt series! If you’ve missed the first 2 weeks, you can learn about my ‘Daily Little Accomplishments,’ and ‘Physical Self-Care’ in my last two blog posts. This week we’re going to be talking about Spiritual Self-Care. This is always a loaded topic for me, but I think there is still benefit in my life for this type of practice.

Dwelling On The Quell

If you’re like me, you know that medications are sometimes necessary but holistic methods are embraced when possible. Having multiple chronic diseases and suffering from severe chronic pain forces you to make medication decisions on a daily basis.

Guest Blogger: Amy Saunders of “Living with ME”

Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s time for another guest blog! As I stated in the first guest blog, if you are interested in guest blogging on Chronically Kristin, please email me here: kristin.coppens@gmail.com.

#SelfCareMvmt 2: Physical Self-Care

If you haven’t checked out the #SELFCAREMVMT yet from Self Care Catalysts, I urge you to visit their website and read my first blog in the series from last week. Self-care is an integral part of the quality of life of a chronic illness patient. Patients are advocating for this movement, and now companies are too!

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