How to Manage Social Isolation With Chronic Illness

Learn five ways to stay connected with others and prevent feeling alone. Living with chronic illness and pain is difficult. And too often, sufferers isolate themselves. As a result, it is important to learn how to manage times of social isolation so depression doesn’t take over. Chronic illness causes social isolation “Belonging” is a complex social … Continue reading How to Manage Social Isolation With Chronic Illness

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When Life Handed Me Chronic Illness

 When you are a kid, no one tells you how hard adulthood will be. They don’t point out the perfect life and tell you how to go out there and get it. No one tells you about the hurdles and curves, or the sadness and adversity. They sure don’t tell you that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) … Continue reading When Life Handed Me Chronic Illness

Tips on How to Handle Depression When You Have a Chronic Illness

For so many with chronic illness, depression is a fact of life. In fact, depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. Just the idea of facing a long life with illness brings about uncertainty, grief, anger, and sadness. While some of this is a normal part of living with chronic disease, it … Continue reading Tips on How to Handle Depression When You Have a Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness and Sexual Intimacy

Chronic illness doesn’t have to have negative effects on your relationship and sexual satisfaction. Having a chronic illness such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia can take a toll on intimate relationships. The partner who is sick may be coping with many changes in how he or she feels. And the person who is not … Continue reading Chronic Illness and Sexual Intimacy

5 Ways to Successfully Advocate for Yourself

Keep these tips in mind to better control and manage your chronic illness. If you suffer from chronic illness and pain, it is important to learn to advocate for yourself. You are your best advocate because you are the only one that will not give up on you. Don’t tell yourself you will just learn … Continue reading 5 Ways to Successfully Advocate for Yourself

Successful Single Parenting With Chronic Illness

Being a good parent means taking care of yourself too. These tips can help you do both. It only takes one Google search to realize that not very many people are writing articles or books on single parenting with chronic illness. And when you are looking for answers and can’t find them, parenting alone with … Continue reading Successful Single Parenting With Chronic Illness

How I Learned to Accept That I’ll Be Sick for the Rest of My Life

What I learned could help you too. Chronic illness has been part of my life for nearly eight years. While I now accept that I will be sick for the rest of my life, I didn’t always feel that way. My journey toward acceptance hasn’t been easy. No matter how many times I moved closer … Continue reading How I Learned to Accept That I’ll Be Sick for the Rest of My Life