‘Tis the season to be jolly! Unless you have psoriatic arthritis–then it is more like the season to be achy, flaring, and exhausted. In my latest article for Healthgrades, I share a few tips to help you survive the holidays.
Making holiday plans with chronic illness is no easy task and impossible for some. Here is why I am afraid to commit to any celebrations this year.
Pain management modifications to help you keep up with your most important holiday traditions while preventing and limiting fibromyalgia and arthritis flares from ruining your entire holiday season.
While I want you to enjoy your Christmas eve and day celebrations, I also want you to take care of yourself. Here is a free downloadable checklist to help you do just that!
I am not kidding when I say the chronically ill must be flexible with their plans. Between chronic pain, surprise flares, and unexpected accidents, it’s a miracle that anything ever goes as planned. Find out what threw my last minute Christmas prep plans for a loop and how I plan to deal with it!
Funny memes that perfectly describe what it is like to have a chronic illness during the holidays.
Whether it the weather has you down or a chronic illness is to blame, there’s no better time to curl up in bed or on the sofa to watch a festive holiday film or classic show. Here are my top 25 favorite Christmas movies and shows and where you can find them to watch too
Life with one or more chronic illnesses is tough. Yet each year we expect our pain riddled bodies to keep up with the ghosts of Christmas or holiday past. Here are a few suggestions to help you survive the holidays!
There is nothing normal about living with multiple chronic illnesses. So why do we expect ourselves to adhere to a holiday schedule that many healthy people struggle to keep up with? Today I am sharing why holiday timelines don’t work with chronic illness/pain.
It isn’t unusual for people (healthy or chronically ill) to push themselves to do more than they normally would throughout the holiday season. No matter how well we looked after our health the rest of the year, many of us come down with a case of holiday amnesia.
Dominate Christmas with chronic illness. How to make this holiday season merry and less painful!
Dominate the holiday season with these energy saving gift ideas.
So many articles about the holidays talk about surviving the holidays. My wish for you (and myself) is thriving, not just surviving, throughout the holiday season. The holidays create perfect conditions for a……..
Once upon a time there was a chronically ill woman who struggled to smile or find joy during the Christmas season. Each year she wished to be healed. Instead of enjoying the merriment of the season, she was only able to focus on all the things that she wasn’t able to do.
**UPDATE** October, 31, 2016 While my friends and family are stressing over trying to figure out when they are going to have either or both the time or energy to put up their trees and decorate for Christmas, I am relaxed and ready to partake in loads of holiday fun! The year of Christmas hasContinue reading “The Year of Christmas”
Wouldn’t it be great if we knew when a flare was going to hit and how long it was going to last? But that’s not the reality that my chronically ill friends and I live with. As I write this we are 11 days from Christmas and my spine is throbbing with pain. I shouldContinue reading “Just in time for Christmas”
What is the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season? Try the gift of simplicity. Long ago I would transform my home decor from one holiday to the next. Each room went through a complete transformation. This included the kitchen and bathrooms. I am pretty sure the laundry room was the only oneContinue reading “Best gift”