Attitude, Chronic Illness, Health, Perspective

Chronic Illness: Missing Things and Making the Best of It

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.

Attitude, awareness, Chronic Illness, Health

Invisible Disabilities Week 2019

It is Invisible Disabilities Week, here is why it is important to raise awareness and increase understanding for those who have invisible disabilities.

Autoimmune Disease, awareness, Health, raynaud's phenomenon

5 Things You NEED to Know About Raynaud’s Disease

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.

Autoimmune Disease, Health, Product Review, Raynaud's Hacks, raynaud's phenomenon, Self-Care

Practical Spring and Fall Gloves for Raynaud’s Protection

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.

Apheresis, Attitude, Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Illness, Health, optimism, Perspective, Philosophic, plasma exchange, positive, scleroderma, Self-Care, Systemic Sclerosis

Apheresis: Access, Dogs and Perspective – or What I Did Last Summer Part III

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.

Book Recommendations, Book Reviews, Life Hacks, positive, Self-Care, Uncategorized

Three Good, Diverse Reads or What I Did Last Summer Part II

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.

Attitude, Chronic Illness, Health, optimism, Philosophic, positivity, scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis

Chronic Illness and Post-Traumatic Growth: Bittersweet Reflections

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.

Attitude, Guest Post, Health, Life Hacks, positivity, Self-Care

How To Stay Positive When In Hospital

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!

Attitude, Chronic Illness, Health, Philosophic, Self-Care

Self-Care, or Whatever You Call It

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.

Awards/Recognition

The Blogger Recognition Award

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.