How I Refused To Let Chronic Illness Steal My Dreams

Running a 5K with my son

One of the biggest mental traps I fell into after being diagnosed with chronic illness was that life as I knew it was over.  There was some truth to this.  I was diagnosed with chronic illness about 20 years ago and my life has never been the same.  But that doesn't mean I've let go of my hopes and dreams.

Chronic Illness Questions: Kelly Patricia

Kelly Patricia is a great advocate for people with chronic illness. I featured her last year in a post about what it is really like. That was a low point for her, but I'm happy to say she is a warrior and has found ways to manage her illness. In the videos below she shares her tips and answers questions about how she copes with chronic illness.  Check them out!

Wherever You Are, Be All There

When the seasons change I tend to get nostalgic, reflecting on the season past.  What was memorable?  Did I make a difference?  Will I remember what happened five or ten years from now?  There is no right or wrong answer.  Some things I will always remember, some things I hope to forget.  This Summer was no different.

The Healing Power of Mindfulness

A little over a year ago I had an awakening.  I realized I had the power to calm and heal my mind, even if I couldn't control what was happening to my body.  I've talked about this before in different ways including  recognizing sources of healing around us, how mindfulness helped me heal, and mindfulness and mobile apps.  Mindfulness is a set of skills for healing, intuition, insight, calmness, focus, resilience and hope that you can develop to counter the stresses that chronic illness brings.  As Dr. Berkelhammer put it, you can literally "train your mind to promote healing".

The Face of Chronic Illness: Kelly

It's difficult for healthy people to understand the challenges chronic illness brings until it gets personal.  Chronic illness can drastically alter your daily routines and chronic pain can test the will of the strongest person.  It brings with it overwhelming emotions, self defeating thoughts, crippling pain, daily heart ache, and so much more.  But words don't translate into understanding until you put a face to it.  I'd like to introduce you to Kelly and her blog Diary of a Sick Girl.   Kelly has opened up to the world her daily life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, IBD, and other undiagnosed illnesses.  Her blog and video diary will at times break your heart, but will also give you a rare glimpse into what having a chronic illness really means.  By sharing her story she gives others insight, hope and understanding.  I want more people to hear her story.   So I've selected a few videos that have personally touched me and I hope they will help you too.  Kelly's brave journey with chronic illness will change your outlook and your life.