• Chronic Illness

    World Diabetes Day

    Today is World Diabetes Day. Awareness is being spread all over the world in order to help people live their healthiest life with Type 1 Diabetes and to help or even prevent Type 2 Diabetes. They are two very different problems. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure, and early death. Early detection is the best option. 463 Million people around the world have Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer is able to produce insulin. The person with Type 1 must take insulin or they will die. Type 1 is an Auto-Immune reaction. Type 2 Diabetes occurs usually with adults, and…

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    Chronic Illness

    How To Survive The Holidays With A Smile

    November begins today and my mind is filled with thoughts about the upcoming holiday season. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I know that these months are filled with love and magic. But, for me and others with Chronic Illness, they’re also filled with fatigue, pain, depression, and stress. My goal is to share with you a few ways to avoid some of the bad and replace it with more of the good. Just because we have Chronic Illness/s doesn’t mean that we can’t have a joyful and fun experience this year. I’m glad to join A Chronic Voice this month with her November prompts. The words this…

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    Chronic Illness,  Health

    Test Results: Facing Facts

    My blood work came back. When I went to the doctor, she laid it out for me. It was a thorough lesson in why I feel like crap. In fact, those were her exact words: no wonder you feel like crap. As she went down the list, I felt more and more depressed. My blood work did show that I had a good reason to feel horrible. Here’s how it went: Cholesterol – My good cholesterol was very low, my bad cholesterol was very high. The type of sticky cholesterol was very high and with all the numbers being what they were, she said I had a 16x greater risk…

  • Chronic Illness

    MCAS Life: Pass The Steroid Cream

    Since posting about a new diet a few weeks ago, I’ve lost and gained the same 2 pounds quite a few times. Have you ever had trouble with your weight? It’s pretty maddening, isn’t it? It hasn’t been easy because of two weeks of flares with MCAS. MCAS Life! Ugh! I’ve used much too much steroid cream. MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) is when your mast cells are out of control. They arrive when they should attack a bad thing in the body, but there are way too many of them. And, they release too many mediators. Mediators cause inflammation that should help the body heal. But, when the body…

  • Chronic Illness

    A Positive Perspective Of Chronic Illness

    Waiting, Parting, Persevering, Affirming, and Loving are our 5 prompts for the month of October. Joining again with A Chronic Voice is always a thought-provoking exercise that I look forward to. As I study each word it pushes me to express my life with chronic illness in a new way. Perspective is so important when you live with a chronic illness. I have many chronic illnesses, so I have learned the great need I have for a healthy perspective in my life. Having multiple chronic illnesses means that I’m faced with a lifetime of sickness and pain. Chronic means that it’s always there and not curable. Having a healthy outlook…

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    Weight Loss Struggles

    I started a diet. Wow, how many times have we all said that. Maybe you are thin and don’t need a diet, but I know many of us do. My diets usually last one day, two at the most. I blame my illnesses for the difficulty in losing weight. Before I got sick, I worked out and watched my weight. I was a few pounds overweight then, but was still at a good BMI. Once I started taking all the prescription drugs to help me deal with the various symptoms, the weight started to creep on. During the last year, the weight was coming on very fast. I was gaining…