• Arnold Chiari Malformation is a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. #ChiariMalformation #Chiari #ChronicIllness #NeurologicalDisorder

    Chronic Illness Spotlight: Arnold Chiari Malformation

    Chronic Illness Spotlight is a series in which different illnesses are highlighted and a Chronic Illness Warrior that lives with the illness is featured. In the last edition of Chronic Illness Spotlight, we learned about Crohn’s Disease. In today’s edition we will learn about Arnold Chiari Malformation and will feature Zosha Faith.

  • To set yourself on fire is a metaphor for sacrificing yourself or to diminish your self worth for the sake of others. #MentalHealth #PeoplePleaser #SelfEsteem #ToxicRelationships

    Stop Setting Yourself on Fire!

    Have you ever come across a quote and have it stick in your mind? That recently happened to me and I couldn’t stop thinking about its meaning and life application. For days, I contemplated this quote and its meaning. What does it even mean to set yourself on fire?

  • Phantosmia means smelling things that are not there. It is also called an olfactory hallucination or phantom smells. Phantosmia is considered to be part of the Aura phase of a Migraine, the phase that precedes the headache phase. #Migraine #PhantomSmells #Phantosmia #OlfactoryHallucinations

    Migraine Explained: Phantosmia

    It can easily be said that during my Migraine Attacks that my sense of smells is heightened. I smell things that no human should be able to smell. Basically, my nose is better than a coon dog on a great hunt! But what happens when there is no signs of migraine and the things you are smelling are not there? Well, that is a whole different thing entirely. Welcome to the world of Phantosmia!

  • The struggles of Chronic Illness can affect your mental health in a negative way. It is important to recognize the symptoms of depression and seek help when you need to. #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #Depression #Anxiety

    Mental Health and Chronic Illness

    Fighting a Chronic Illness is hard work! It doesn’t matter if your battle is against Lupus, MS, ME/CFS, Chronic Migraine, fibromyalgia…the list could go on and on. The honest truth is that the battles are real, the battles are life-altering and the battles are not easy and can have long term effects on your mental health.

  • When you have a Chronic Illness, it is best to make simple goals rather than elaborate ones. Here are my simple goals for February using the prompts from A Chronic Voice. #Goals #ChronicIllness #February

    Making Simple Goals When You Have Chronic Illness

    When you have a Chronic Illness, life can sometimes be messy and complicated. It is hard to make plans and it is even harder to set goals. It is important to make simple goals that are more short term rather than long term goals that are more elaborate. The writing prompts from A Chronic Voice always seem to fit in perfect with my focus each month. So, I have been using them as a way to make simple goals each month. It has worked perfectly because they give me a starting point each month.

  • Kelly Rulle shares her story about life with Crohn's Disease. #Crohns #CrohnsDisease #IBD #ChronicIllness

    Chronic Illness Spotlight: Crohn’s Disease

    Chronic Illness Spotlight is a series in which different illnesses are highlighted and a Chronic Illness Warrior that lives with the illness is featured. Today we will spotlight a Chronic Illness called Crohn’s Disease with featured guest, Kelly Rulle

  • Changes in diet, lifestyle and environment can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. #SAD #MentalHealth #WinterBlues

    Easing Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms

    Right now, the United States is facing a brutal cold spell that even has the Postal Service suspending deliveries in some areas. It is time for some with Seasonal Affective Disorder to experience what is called the Winter Blues. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? According the Mayo.com, “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons.” The depression will begin and end at the same time each year. Seasonal Affective Disorder typically occurs during the fall and winter when the daylight hours are shorter. But it can also reveal itself occur the spring and summer months in rare cases.

  • Also known as the “Migraine Hangover”, this phase can be as debilitating as the Migraine pain itself. #Postdrome #Migraine #MigrainePhases

    Migraine Explained: Postdrome Phase

    One of the things that makes a Migraine very different than an ordinary headache is that it isn’t over once the pain subsides. Most people are not aware that there are after effects that are just has difficult to navigate as the other symptoms. This final phase of Migraine is called the Postdrome phase. What is the Postdrome Phase? Also known as the “Migraine Hangover”, this phase can be as debilitating as the Migraine pain itself. Determining what the symptoms are of the postdrome phase can be just as difficult as it is to determine the Prodrome symptoms. This phase can last for up to 48 hours after the headache…

  • Systemic Lupus is a chronic illness that causes systemic inflammation throughout the body. And can impact many organs such as the kidneys, liver and brain. #Lupus #ChronicIllness #SystemicLupus

    Chronic Illness Spotlight: Systemic Lupus

    Chronic Illness Spotlight is a series in which different illnesses are highlighted and a Chronic Illness Warrior that lives with the illness is featured. Today’s post will spotlight a Chronic Illness called Systemic Lupus. What is Systemic Lupus? Also known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE, is a chronic illness that causes systemic inflammation throughout the body. According the American College of Rheumatology, “In addition to affecting the skin and joints, it can affect other organs in the body such as the kidneys, the tissue lining the lungs (pleura), heart (pericardium), and brain.”

  • Severe procrastination can make things seem so out of control and can lead to physical and mental health issues. #Procrastination #MentalHealth

    The Trap of Procrastination

    Why do today what you can put off tomorrow? That is a comical saying that I have heard several times through the years. It sounds kind of silly but many people, like myself, fall into the trap of procrastination. Trap of Procrastination There are many reasons that someone may put things off or avoid doing things. The problem doesn’t really lay with putting things off for one day. A problem arises when things never really get taken care of. When this happens it is like an avalanche that just gets bigger as it moves down the mountain. Severe procrastination can make things seem so out of control and can lead…