Blogmas Day 7: Five Gift Ideas for Someone with Chronic Illness

First I want to apologize for being behind on these posts. I knew when I decided to do this that the 12 Days of Christmas format was the best fit for me because I was (and still am) struggling with my health and didn’t have the energy to commit to posting a well thought out post every single day for 25 days. So I committed to posting a post every day for 12. And then life happened and my health became more of a struggle AND my computer crashed. 

Thankfully I have some knowledge surrounding computers and electronics and was able to fix my computer on my own… but it was not without some frustration and swearing.

Anyway, now that I have my computer back, I can get caught up with blogmas! 

So, here we go!

In my last post we talked about how this year our family has decided not to give material gifts, instead we are giving each other experiences and memories. While I am excited to start this new tradition, I can understand why this may not be a good fit for some families, so I have come up with a short list of gift ideas for your loved ones who are chronically ill. Gift Cards to wherever they fill their prescriptions:

~Gift Cards to wherever they fill their prescriptions:

This could be your typical pharmacy like Walgreens or CVS or it could be a grocery store like Walmart, Meijer, Publix, etc. because prescriptions are extremely expensive… especially for those with insurance deductibles that reset on January 1st.

~Your time & energy:

Often it is hard for those of us with chronic illness struggle with fatigue and lack of energy to accomplish daily life tasks. Offer to spend time together and help with laundry or the dishes. Pick them up and take them grocery shopping, help them put the groceries away, and then cook them dinner and help them clean it up.

~Donate to their illness’s research foundation in their name:

More awareness > to more donations > to more research > better and often more treatment options.

~Heating pad and/or ice pack:

It isn’t uncommon for those with chronic illness struggle with a lot of aches and pains. Instead of immediately resorting to pain medications or when pain medication isn’t quite doing the trick, they will use heat or ice to help with pain relief. I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t feel like I will ever have too many heating pads or ice packs. I currently have two heating pads for my bed room, two for my office, one for the car, one for the living room. 

~Blankets

Chronic illness warrior or not, who doesn’t love an incredibly soft, warm blanket to cocoon into for for the winter? 

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