An update on my Chronic Life (including sky diving!) and health since my last post.
Bottling up our thoughts and feelings related to our chronic illness and pain is often necessary. However, it is also important to share these with someone who understands; otherwise, they will suffocate us. Here is one of my chronic confessions. Send me yours to be part of a new section on this blog: Uncorked Confessions.
Cimzia! is a short film depicting life with Colitis and treatment with the biologic medication Cimzia. The video stars Schweenie Eleanor Roosevelt and Kitty Detroit, who help me cope with my chronic conditions and pain.
Celebrating Purple Day. How a chronically ill Spoonie, her Dish husband, their fiddle playing cat, and their laughing dog spent Purple Day 2012. Plus a summary of some of Bottled Time’s favorite other Purple Day celebrations. Lots of pictures. Lots of laughs. Lots of awareness raised for seizures and epilepsy. *Disclaimer – the cat does not actually play a fiddle. We don’t own one. We do however have ukuleles, a saxaphone, a guitar, a flute, and a piano.
Chronic conditions cause a lot of emotional trials. Curiosity can rekindle interest in life and beauty can inspire our subconscious. My efforts to beautify my kitchen with a Mason jar storage system.
Great holiday fun and travels resulted in a typical chronic illness crash. I breathe my way through it, train a puppy, try to read, and discover inspiration on Pinterest despite my epileptic and colitis challenges. My decision for Lasik surgery in spite of my autoimmune diseases is also discussed.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve fun despite chronic illness and its unpredictable nature.
Christmas celebrations and December travels despite inflammatory bowel disease and chronic illness flares. Sky lanterns, puppies, and bookstores, oh my!
The symptoms of chronic illness, disease, pain, and the side-effects of medical treatments resemble the monsters of Halloween. Here’s my evidence that my years of coping are doing more than making me resemble one of these beasts.
Television can help us cope with the stress in our lives. Sometimes what shows what shows we choose to aid us in this process can be surprising. Especially when life, work, and our relationships are affected by chronic disease. Humor, pictures, and video included.
A devotional for Invisible Illness Week 2011 following the theme: “Deep Breath. Start Fresh.” and focusing on building a divine spiritual connection. Geared toward those with chronic disease and pain. Funny pictures, music, and video included to enhance the experience.
The Spoon Theory provides a definition of chronic conditions to help explain how the pain, fatigue, and other symptoms affect the life of the chronically sick individual. Spoon Thief is funny poem with pictures based on that theory.
A definition of chronic conditions to help explain coping with the symptoms of pain, fatigue, and illness on a daily basis using humor. Pictures and video included.
After having my wisdom teeth removed, I discovered the true source of wisdom. A humorous story about the origin of intelligence and gurus. Funny photos and jokes included.
Is our nation prepared for a zombie attack? When the pain and fatigue of chronic diseases keep you from your regular daily activities, Plants vs. Zombies can be a fun game to distract from these and your other chronic symptoms. It can also help equip you to battle the eminent zombie apocalypse.
Chronic diseases can make us feel very isolated and depressed. Although most people might not be able to relate to our symptoms, we are not alone in our desire to escape the negative difficulties in our lives.
It can be hard to feel God’s love when we are struggling with the symptoms of pain and chronic diseases. We are more likely to feel distant and abandoned. Through our service to others, often in new ways due to our illness, we can also find His Love for us.