Category Archives: chronic illness

A Healthy Medicine Cabinet

I am new to the world of essential oils but am so excited about the health benefits of using something natural rather than chemical for my family’s health and well being.

I came across this informative video about the myriad of medicines that can be replaced with an all natural essential oil. I wanted to share it with y’all. If your family has experience with EO’s, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Alternative Ways to Deal with Pain {a #chronicallywell post}

Early on in my chronic illness journey, I suffered bilateral pulmonary emboli and it was discovered I had a blood clotting disorder.  I am on Coumadin for the rest of my life.  Up until that point my go to medication for the pain of living with {what turned out to be} lupus was 800mg of ibuprofen. Continue Reading

As the World Turns {a #chronicallywell post}

Have you been there?  That room is spinning while you are standing still feeling that brings with it a wave of nausea and difficulty figuring out where you are in space.  Yes, vertigo is not a good feeling.  Vertigo can have different causes.  For most people, the problem is in the inner ear.  All of theContinue Reading

Maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude {a #chronicallywell post}

Another repost from the archives: Living with chronic illness has taught me many things. Utter, complete dependence on God. {Psalm 70:5} The finite nature of our life.  {James 4:14} How our bodies are designed to need true Sabbath rest.  {Isaiah 58:13-14} That everyone has a thorn in their flesh, mine happens to be dressed upContinue Reading

Worth The Read {#chronicallywell version 2}

I am enjoying perusing the 31 Days of…series on Nester’s blog.  Here are a few of my favorite posts from this week: This is a great post citing research about how junk food is truly addictive.  I am breaking free of that myself and feeling better every day because of it. This post gives aContinue Reading

Coping with Brain Fog {a #chronicallywell post}

Brain fog is one of the most annoying and frustrating symptoms of lupus I have dealt with.  I hear from friends living with other chronic illnesses, including fibromyalgia and MS, deal with this as well.  There is no one definitive cause of brain fog, according to the medical professionals I have discussed it with.  ItContinue Reading

Fighting Fatigue {a #chronicallywell post}

Yesterday, I posted about how fatigue affects me and how it can be a blessing, if we choose to view it that way.  I also realize that fatigue is one of the most debilitating symptoms that I, and many others with chronic or invisible illness, deal with on a daily basis.  I wanted to shareContinue Reading

Worth the Read {the 31 Days edition}

I am certainly not the only writer taking part in the 31 days of series this year.  In fact, there are over 1500 of us participating! I have perused the contributors and wanted to highlight a few that fit in well with this #chronicallywell series. Just click on the links to visit their sites. 31 DaysContinue Reading

I’ve been diagnosed…now what? {#chronicallywell}

If you missed day one or day two, click on the links to catch up on the series. Once you have been given a name for the myriad of symptoms you’ve been experiencing, it is ok to be relieved.  The road to diagnosis is long and filled with setbacks, disappointments and a whole lot ofContinue Reading

What is Wrong With Me? {#chronicallywell day 2}

One of the most frustrating times of my chronic illness journey was the road to diagnosis. It took almost two years for me to be {mis}diagnosed with MS and then another year and a half for the doctors to realize I really had SLE {lupus}. Living with debilitating symptoms is hard enough but not knowing the cause adds a levelContinue Reading