A Reblog, Attitude, Chronic Illness, Guest Post, Health, Life Hacks

Who is in charge of you?

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

Heart Sisters

by Carolyn Thomas   @HeartSisters     July 21, 2019

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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Attitude, Health, Philosophic

One Liner Wednesday – “Good is Better than Fair”

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

Attitude, GERD, Health, scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis

Bone Density Testing: A Consideration When Taking PPI’s

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!

Health, Life Hacks, Raynaud's Hacks, Scleroderma Hacks

5 Cold Drink Hacks for Raynaud’s Protection

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

Attitude, Health, hope, optimism, Philosophic, stem cell transplant

Hopelessness vs Disappointment

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?

Health, Life Hacks, Philosophic

Being Blunt: A Quandary

Sometimes a doctor while trying to be delicate may not be direct enough to be clear to you. Your healthcare team is an easy blame when things do not go as you had hoped for you or a loved-one. If we are not clear it is up to us as patients and caregivers to ensure we have no allusions about treatments and prognosis.

Attitude, Health, Life Hacks, Philosophic

Smile Until You (and Those Around You) Feel Better

Smiles are contagious! Smiling provides benefits not only to your mood but your overall health as well. The good news is that smiling can become a habit we learn through practice.

Attitude, Health

Then There was That Time I Got Sick From Optimism…

Time to share the next chapter of my journey with Scleroderma, that time when I actually got sicker with optimism... I believe that being optimistic is a choice, and it can be made stronger when tempered by reality.

Health, Philosophic

When It’s Hard to Be Happy

At first blush International Day of Happiness, for the unhappy, might seem a trite and weak attempt to impose an imperative of worldwide happiness, but when you do a little research and thinking on the topic, it may be the all-important push it takes for those who wish it to make a change for happiness. Dalai Lama XIV points out that happiness (like optimism) isn't given to you, it comes from your own actions.

Health, Philosophic

March is Autoimmune Awareness Month

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, the 14th is World Kidney Day; just not enough months, weeks and days for all of the worthy issues #ADAM19 #autoimmuneawareness #worldkidneyday #ThursdayThoughts #scleroderma