Fighting Through Flares

Pain’s Nightmare: Mo’s Dream Cream

"I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers (http://chronicillnessbloggers.com/chronic-illness-bloggers/) network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in now way influenced by the company. " I am a thinker over-thinker, so when I received my autoimmune diagnosis,… Continue reading Pain’s Nightmare: Mo’s Dream Cream

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Fighting Through Flares, Support

5 Ways to Fight the Invisible Illness Blues

Here are five ways to battle the invisible illness blues. You know that blah feeling that creeps up over you after your thoughts have been pretty down in light of all of the physical issues you are battling? It is what I refer to as the iib's or invisible illness blues. Anyone who has lived with… Continue reading 5 Ways to Fight the Invisible Illness Blues

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7 Things to Remember When Your Diagnosis Scares You

  Sometimes when I think about my diagnosis, I get really scared.  It is never far from my conscious thought that as an autoimmune mess, my body is constantly moving towards failure.  I don't consider myself a pessimist, but when you face a scary diagnosis there is a harsh reality you cannot help but come… Continue reading 7 Things to Remember When Your Diagnosis Scares You

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An Autoimmune Messes Favorite Things

Are you wondering what to buy for that Chronic Illness warrior in your life this holiday season?  Or maybe you realize that after another year of balancing spoons it's time to treat yourself? I've compiled a list of some of my favorite things.  These are all things that I have, or would love to have… Continue reading An Autoimmune Messes Favorite Things

Treatment

NaturaCure Heat Therapy Mitts: Why They Should Be On Your Holiday Wish List

Several weeks ago the NatraCure Company contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their Arthritis Mittens.  I was really excited to give them a try because I am all about finding out ways to make the spoonie life a bit easier.  The NatraCure representative was super nice and I had… Continue reading NaturaCure Heat Therapy Mitts: Why They Should Be On Your Holiday Wish List

Dealing With Symptoms, Fighting Through Flares, Support, Treatment

Surviving Flu Season When You’re An AUTOIMMUNE MESS

Today is the first day that I have felt decent in weeks.  It all started about four weeks or so ago when I woke up with a pounding headache.  I am, thankfully, not a headache kind of girl.  I figured I had slept with my arm across my forehead and caused myself some crazy sinus… Continue reading Surviving Flu Season When You’re An AUTOIMMUNE MESS

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10 Things Chronic Illness Taught Me About Myself

1. I am stronger than I think The old saying is that you never know how strong you are until you are put to the test and it rings true.  Since being diagnosed with a chronic illness, I have learned that I have more fortitude than I have ever given myself credit for before.  I have… Continue reading 10 Things Chronic Illness Taught Me About Myself

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Two Words You Should Never Use Around Someone In Pain

Sometimes people can be trying very hard to be supportive or helpful and yet be saying the very things that bring us farther down and hurt us.  I have to believe that most people are well-meaning but unaware of how their choice of words around people who are hurting actually impact them.  I could probably… Continue reading Two Words You Should Never Use Around Someone In Pain

Dealing With Symptoms, Fighting Through Flares

8 Early Symptoms of a Flare Up You Might Not Recognize

We all know the hallmark signs that we are about to experience a flare up of our autoimmune symptoms.  You can't ignore the debilitating fatigue, unusual rashes, and fevers, or achy joints and muscles that announce we are under serious attack by our immune system.  But did you realize that our body offers us subtle… Continue reading 8 Early Symptoms of a Flare Up You Might Not Recognize

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Invisible Illness Awareness Week Count Down

7 Ways to Support a Loved One With Invisible Illness We are excitedly anticipating the arrival of Invisible Illness Awareness Week, and to celebrate we are counting down the top seven things you can do to support a loved one with invisible illness.  Without further delay the lovely #3 is... This sounds so obvious and easy,… Continue reading Invisible Illness Awareness Week Count Down