Fighting Through Flares

I Do Not Look Sick

I do not look sick.  It is a blessing and a curse. Every day is a battle against my body but I look good doing it. This invisible illness, that my friends cannot name or understand, is slowly killing me. Being sick is bad but being invisible while you die is worse. Just like cancer,… Continue reading I Do Not Look Sick

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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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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

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30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

In honor of invisible illness week I am doing something I don't normally do.  I try not to make this blog about my personal struggle with my invisible illness, although that certainly has an impact on what I write.  Instead, I try to write about things that encourage and inspire the invisible illness community as… Continue reading 30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

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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 an invisible illness.  The ever-terrific #2... If you love someone with an invisible illness then… Continue reading Invisible Illness Awareness Week Count Down

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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

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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 an invisible illness.  The fantastic #4 is... When you are fighting an invisible illness you… Continue reading Invisible Illness Awareness Week Count Down