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 →

Understanding migraines

A migraine is characterized by headaches that can be very intense and last from four hours to several days. Headaches are often accompanied by nausea, dizziness, visual disturbances and hypersensitivity to noise or light. During a migraine your head throbs, and you may feel sick to your stomach and throw up. Some people are so... Continue Reading →

Set your boundaries

Introverts always exercises strong and healthy boundaries. Boundaries help us feel safe. They help us define that imaginary line in the sand between us and other people. The more we know who we are, the more authentic we can be. Introverts are able to understand themselves perfectly, and this allows them to set clear ideals... Continue Reading →

Losing my conversations

More and more I find myself struggling to hold a conversation with someone because I know what I want to say to him or her but it seems like my brain and mouth are not synchronizing. I used to have an enormous internal vocabulary, but you always come up with words like ‘thingy'. I forget... Continue Reading →

We need better resources for chronic illness sufferers

I came across a quote that made me cry today. "You're killing yourself for a job that would replace you within a week if you drop dead. Take care of yourself." - Women Working The reason it hit so hard is because that's exactly what I'm doing. I'm killing myself for a job that would... Continue Reading →

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