Health Care is not One-Size-Fits-All.
You know there is a reason they call it “practicing medicine.” Doctors don’t have all the answers. There’s no Magic 8 Ball sitting in their office solving all of the great medical mysteries. Many women, especially, take years to get diagnosed (read more here). Trust me. I know.
This post isn’t meant to bash the medical community by any means. Having been treated for fibromyalgia and endometriosis, I have seen my share of doctors over the last 30 years. I have had some great medical care over the years…and I have had some not so great medical care. I have had doctors who would prefer to treat a symptom and send me on my way, rather than look for the root cause of my collective symptoms. And I have had some medical mysteries that have perplexed many a health care provider, leading to endless doctor visits, expensive (and quite possibly unnecessary) tests and medical expenses, and no explanations.
As Pain Awareness Month comes to an end, think about the other side of medical care – diagnoses, benefits, and billing. So what do we need to do to take our health into our own hands and advocate for ourselves?
Continue reading “Becoming Your Own Health Advocate”
“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
Yoga can help you with many health conditions, including stress, anxiety, and pain.
It is #NationalYogaAwareness month and #PainAwarenessMonth, so what better time to post about why one is good for the other! ❤
Continue reading “Why I Practice Yoga for Pain”
On those days when your energy, or spoon supply, is limited, it takes incredible strength to persevere.
A few weeks back I found myself with no more spoons to give, and have been working on replenishing my health, energy, and soul. This is the reason I have been taking a step back lately from blogging, and trying to reprioritize some other things in my life. Our vacation was just the break and self-care I needed to break my pain and flare cycle. I am just now starting to feel human and like myself again.
You can read about it in these recent posts:
But what is a Spoon, you ask?
Continue reading “No More Spoons to Give”
Lately I haven’t been loving myself enough. I have been running on empty, with “no spoons” left to give. No energy to blog, no creativity left to give, and dealing with my messy life.
So taking a few days to enjoy a getaway with my family last week was definitely the self-care, self-preservation, and refueling I needed. Being outdoors is my happy place, as I believe it is holistically therapeutic to be outside.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
Continue reading “Love Yourself”
As someone who lives with a chronic condition, I can tell you that I don’t thrive in chaos.
It has been said that life is the messy bits. Life isn’t always good times; there will be challenges that come your way, some bigger than others. How do you face those challenges? Do they cause you stress? Or do you face them head-on? Continue reading “Life is Messy”
The reality of fibromyalgia is that you just don’t know when the symptoms will subside.
Pain is exhausting. It can take over your thoughts and be all-consuming. Those with a chronic illness know this all too well, coping with the often debilitating pain, while trying to carry on with their lives.
Continue reading “Leaving the Pain Behind”
I use my blog and health advocacy role to shine a light on fibromyalgia and make this condition more visible.
I started blogging a few years ago to share my fibromyalgia journey in the hopes of encouraging, helping, or inspiring others. I try to maintain a positive attitude despite this sometimes debilitating condition. My blogging journey has been slow and not always steady due these limitations, so this nomination caught me completely off-guard. I am honored, thrilled, and grateful for being nominated for a 2018 WEGO Health Award for the “Best Kept Secret.” It truly gives validation to what I am trying to accomplish in my little corner of the blog-o-sphere and Twitter-verse.
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