As I am writing this post one of my younger cousins is getting married. Yes, literally the ceremony is taking place right now! I am not there, but I am making the best of it.
It is Invisible Disabilities Week, here is why it is important to raise awareness and increase understanding for those who have invisible disabilities.
October is Raynaud's Awareness Month. Raynaud's phenomenon is triggered by cold or stress causing blood vessels in the extremities to spasm. It is quite common and may be an early warning sign of serious illness, here are 5 Things YOU Need to Know about Raynaud's.
Product Review: Spring and Fall Gloves for Frosties: protect fingers from Raynaud's episodes and allow you to operate electronic device touchscreens and have grips for driving and picking up smooth objects. HEAD Ultrafit running gloves.
Like many people with autoimmune diseases, I receive therapeutic plasma exchange treatments. It is, however, less common for folks with scleroderma. Because I go to the Apheresis clinic twice per week this summer I tried to get a new port for access.
While my brain fog seems to be clearing enough to actually read full books again, over the summer I took the opportunity to read three very diverse books, primarily to pass the time while commuting to my treatments, but also to get my mind working and as a diversion from pain and the monotony of life with chronic illness. I enjoyed each book immensely in their own way, and savoured the diversity of my choices.
I read about Post-Traumatic growth for this first time in March on the Heart Sisters Blog. Life with a chronic illness-scleroderma- may have gotten worse on a physical level, but I felt conflicted because in some deeper ways I believed that I was changed for the better.
How To Stay Positive When In Hospital... I know, I know, you're probably thinking "Has she gone mad?" Even though the beginning was traumatic and life-changing, I had a positive experience (in hospital) and I would like to share my tips on how I stayed positive with you!
Lately it seems like I read or hear the term "Self-Care" in various other forms of media many times each day. It is not a term that I can remember hearing growing up, but, while currently on-trend, self-care is nothing new and can be so important to your health. Proactively planning for Self-Care time is as important as ever.
We are honoured to share that the Sick With Optimism blog has been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by Undercover Superhero, Ami! Please see our nominations below.