The Impact Your Chronic Illness Can Have on Your Mental Health

Trigger Warning: Suicidal Thoughts & Vomit I have occasionally mentioned here that I struggle with my mental health. I have been diagnosed with Anxiety,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)… And then I got sick. That's something they don't tell you about mental illnesses… as … Continue reading The Impact Your Chronic Illness Can Have on Your Mental Health

#ChronicallyIllAndThankful Posts

A few days ago I mentioned that during the month of November I would be posting daily one thing involving or surrounding my chronic illnesses that I am grateful for. Below you can read the posts that I have shared. Day 1: Today I am grateful for physical therapists. About 6 weeks ago I started … Continue reading #ChronicallyIllAndThankful Posts

#ChronicallyIllAndThankful

Did you know November is National Gratitude Month? What exactly is gratitude? The dictionary defines it as the quality of being thankful, the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  Because chronic illness has taken a lot of my independence and therefore has forced me to rely on other people which has made … Continue reading #ChronicallyIllAndThankful

Sick People Doing Things Challenge

Last week I participated in the Sick People Doing Things Challenge on Instagram which encouraged us to not talk about our illnesses for one solid week on social media. The premise is that some in the chronically ill community (both on social media and in the real world) don’t know themselves outside their illnesses and … Continue reading Sick People Doing Things Challenge

Communication is a Two Way Street Paved in Frequent Misunderstandings

Shortly after becoming ill, in June of 2016, I started a support group for people who have intracranial hypertension and their loved ones called IIH Warriors. This group gives people who have IIH or are a caregiver of someone with IIH a place to commiserate in their pain and difficult experiences, share helpful tips, vent, … Continue reading Communication is a Two Way Street Paved in Frequent Misunderstandings

Hold On and Wait

Trigger Warning: Suicidal Thoughts This week (September 10-16, 2018) is National Suicide Prevention Week here in the U.S. There is no denying that living with chronic illness is a daily struggle and can take a toll on your mental health... Especially when those chronic illnesses bring along with them chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms … Continue reading Hold On and Wait

Learning NOT to Equate My Self Worth with My Accomplishments

To be honest, I am not entirely sure how to start this post… But I feel like that may happen quite a bit in the future as we cover difficult topics that make me vulnerable. So in my last post I talked about how I have officially been sick for three years. In those three … Continue reading Learning NOT to Equate My Self Worth with My Accomplishments