Medical Professionals: We desperately need you

I understand that a lifetime of being one of the smartest people in the room can have an impact on one’s behavior. Being successful, saving lives, getting published, being recognized by your peers, and all the education and hours you put in to become what you are, all have a significant impact on your perspectives. How could they not? The effort you have to put in to become any type of medical professional shapes your whole life. It isn’t just a career, it’s a lifestyle.

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5 Tips To Comfortably Include Your Chronically Ill Family & Friends

Being chronically ill can be isolating. There are several things that contribute to the isolation. It’s not only our own thoughts and feelings that cause us to distance ourselves, so do the looks, words, and actions of family, friends, medical professionals, colleagues, and even strangers.

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The Pain Management Crisis

This post began when I posted a "Thought" on The Mighty (a pop-up will prompt you to sign in, but there is a small link at the bottom allows you to bypass registration and go on to the site,) that included a graphic pertaining to advocating for chronic pain patients (see to the right or below.) A reader commented asking to…

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Why You Should Care About Addiction

This article was originally published on Vocal, by me. I have opted to republish here to have all of the Addiction series in the same place. I have made some changes to the original version. To read the original, you can go here- "Addiction: Why You Should Care" Addiction tears you apart. You can almost give it human personality traits. It's…

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Why It’s Crucial To Know Your Family History: and How NOT Knowing Can Destroy Your Life

People are all made up differently. Science has proven that we each have unique DNA. Further research has shown that our unique DNA can contain genes that control pretty much everything about us, from eye color to personality traits. You can simply observe some families and clearly see the same physical characteristics, and even similarities in personalities, throughout generations. The same…

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Negotiations With My Body (Part 2) – A Letter To My Body

I often see myself in different aspects. In my head they each have their own little character that all look like me but with different details. They fight with each other. Sort of like Jane from Doom Patrol, though not nearly as useful since none of mine have the typical comic book superhero powers. The two that most often seem to battle are "hopeful me" and "chronic pain me."

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What I Wish You Knew About Me- From a Person With Chronic Illnesses
What I Wish You Knew About Me- From a Person With Chronic Illnesses

What I Wish You Knew About Me- From a Person With Chronic Illnesses

I look mostly normal, but I’m not. Even when you can’t see it, I’m fighting with my body, and my mind. Strangers have no idea what is happening inside me, and people that “know” me, only know what I tell them, unless they read my writings. I feel like I should make up a pamphlet and hand it out as I…

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Using Distractions As Coping Mechanisms: Tools For Chronic Illness, Mental Illness, & Recovery

People usually think of distractions as something that hinders productivity, but there are some situations where they can actually be helpful. For many of the topics I write about, distractions can be used as coping mechanisms. As long as you’re using healthy distractions, they can be a great way to deal with chronic illness, mental illness, and addiction/recovery. They can even…

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Facebook Support Group
Realistic Support for Chronic Illness, Addiction Recovery, & Mental Illness

Facebook Support Group

I'm a member of several groups, support and otherwise, on Facebook. Some of them have been helpful, but I've yet to find one that covers a specific variety of topics in a realistic way- so, I created one💜 Introducing- "Realistic Support for Chronic Illness, Addiction Recovery, & Mental Illness." This group is for people who want to have a realistic conversation…

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