How to support someone who has an invisible illness

Some illnesses are obvious to the naked eye. If someone is hobbling around with a plaster cast on their leg, we can tell they have a broken leg. If they have misshapen fingers, we can normally presume that they have painful arthritis.But so many people have health conditions which can’t be seen. Those conditions are …

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How to Cope with Medication Side Effects

For the majority of people with chronic health problems, medication is a necessity. But unfortunately, medication often comes with side effects. Some can ease off after a short adjustment period, but sadly, some like to linger. We often get used to living with them, but some side effects are too difficult to cope with and …

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How to Manage Medication More Effectively

You probably know the script - meds for breakfast, meds for lunch and meds for dinner...but they don't always help and they often come with side effects.If we can manage our medication more effectively, they might help us more and the side effects might decrease.Here are some suggestions to try : Learn about your meds …

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How to help doctors treat patients better

How to help doctors listen and understand better

When we live with chronic illness, the relationship we have with our primary care doctor is one of the most important relationships in our lives. We rely on them to help us. But what happens if we feel the doctor is not listening to us or understanding our problems?That leaves us feeling as though we're …

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Ten Good Intentions to Carry into the New Year

As we stroll, or possibly limp, into 2019, I'd like to wish you a happy new year with better health and less pain.It seems like no time at all since we were celebrating the start of 2018. Actually, for me, it seems like no time since we were celebrating the start of the new millennium. …

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Liebster Award

The Liebster Award 2018

I opened my laptop to a surprise this morning. My blog had been nominated for a new blogger award by another blogger called Brain Embryos. The Liebster Award is run by The Global Aussie to try to bring a bit more exposure to new bloggers. The internet is a big world, and there are a lot …

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Learn about coeliac disease

One year on from an Unexpected Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease

How do you cope when you receive a new diagnosis? It can often be a bit overwhelming, especially if it's unexpected.For me, when I'm faced with something new, after taking a few deep breaths, I feel the need to learn about the new condition. Learning about it helps me cope. Once I know a bit …

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Guilt often accompanies chronic pain/illnes. Ditch the guilt.

Chronic Pain – How Can We Overcome the Burden of Guilt?

We struggle with pain. We struggle with the stress of living with pain. And sometimes, we struggle with all-consuming guilt, which can ultimately affect both our mental and physical health. Sometimes our guilt makes us believe we are a burden to our families. And very often there is only one person who is pointing the finger and making us feel guilty - ourselves.