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.
Today’s post is a reblog. Grateful for this nod from a blogger I and so many others highly respect, Carolyn Thomas of HeartSisters.org
And you thought YOU had a lot of medical appointments. . .
Writing on her blog, “Sick With Optimism“, a Canadian patient regularly sees three nephrologists from three different clinics, two hematologists, two rheumatologists, a cardiologist, her GP – “as well as so many interns, inpatient doctors and fellows, I can’t even count!”
I was profoundly moved by her story about how one of her many recent doctors’ appointments evolved. . .
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Children tend to focus a great deal on fairness, I would love to tell my younger self to focus more on what is good than what is fair, with that perspective we can appreciate our lives so much more, even when we are ill. #1linerWednesday
I was surprised when picking-up my new PPI prescription to find out that these drugs, when taken over long-periods of time by scleroderma patients (and others with serious GERD) can lead to osteoporosis. I was little concerned about having a bone density test but it was actually breeze!
There is nothing as refreshing as a nice cold drink on a hot summer day! The problem if you suffer from Raynaud's Phenomenon, touching cold objects, even for a few seconds can bring on a damaging event. Here are Five Easy Hacks to Prevent Raynaud's episodes
When the doctor delivered the news I thought to myself,, "Well it's hopeless, I'm never getting better." I hadn't realized how much I was counting on this treatment working. Was I a fraud? Had optimism failed this hurdle?