Asthma is a life-threatening chronic illness

It flabbergasts me that after my own struggle in high school to have my asthma recognized as an actual illness and not "hysterics" due to some heartbreak or problems at home, that I now have to fight for my daughter's asthma to be recognized by her school. You would think that the situation would have... Continue Reading →

Using a wheelchair can give you back freedom

For anyone using a wheelchair due to pain, at what point did you decide to do so, and why?  I am taking steps to acquire my own wheelchair. People seem shock when I say this. Let me explain why. Yes, I can walk, but only for short distances. I can't stand up in line for... Continue Reading →

I used to be the best at problem solving

Now it feels like I am moving my mind through very thick molasses when I am trying to solve a problem. It happens sometimes at work when I have to solve a problem that should be solved easily. Suddenly I'm hit by a brain fog and I forget everything I have learned. It’s like sitting... Continue Reading →

Crayola Markers

This blog post is for parents and artists who enjoy coloring with crayola markers. What do you do with your markers when they're no longer good? Did you know that Crayola recycles used markers, including other brands? You don’t have to throw them in the trash! If you click here, it will take you to... Continue Reading →

Understanding exhaustion

Hands up if you didn't get enough restful sleep last night. I'm raising both arms. I have sleep apnea. I stop breathing 53 times an hours. Sitting in the doctor's office, I listen as he explained that even after getting treatment for sleep apnea, I might not feel rested like many of his other patient.... Continue Reading →

Why many chronic illness warriors dislike phone calls

As an introvert, I've always dislike hearing the phone ring, but it's gotten worse in the pass year and the reason is chronic illness. Let me explain why... When you’re on the phone, you don’t get any of the non-verbal cues that come with face-to-face conversation. You've probably heard that communication experts agree that most... Continue Reading →

Stomach woes

I'm starting to wonder if I have irritable bowel syndrome. When you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), knowing the location of the nearest bathroom becomes a serious concern. IBS affects the large intestine and can unexpectedly cause: pain bloating gas diarrhea The condition is more common in people with fibromyalgia, and it can have a... Continue Reading →

Pain is real.

It’s hard to believe something you can’t see. Pain isn't visible, but it's very real. Many people spend their lives being questioned by doctors, bosses, friends, family members and sometimes not believed by them. Many of us suffer in complete silence because of the stigma. We buck up, put on a good face, and fake... Continue Reading →

Jaw pain

Some people (like me) with fibromyalgia also have a condition called temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). This condition causes pain in the jaw area.In my case it's on the left side of my jaw. If you have this condition, you’ll notice that your jaw makes snapping or popping noises when you open and close your mouth,... Continue Reading →

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