Posts tagged with: Chronic Illness

Christians with Chronic Illness

Chronic Pain Barbie
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When people ask me to describe myself, this is how it goes: “I’m a Christian bank teller, I also write health articles for websites. I read, I write, I watch a lot of TV and I listen to a lot of music. I also have chronic pain including migraines and arthritis in my back.”

Thanks to Diana at Somebody Heal Me, I now know that there are tons of other Christians with chronic illnesses out there, and I have found a new support network. She recently shared about a Christians With Chronic Illness Blog Carnival that I never would have thought to search for on my own! Talk about a boost for my soul!

From what I can tell so far, Chronic Illness and Pain Support seems to be a great blog that provides just what it says; Christian support for those of us with chronic illnesses and pain! I’m excited to be a part of the following and hope that I’ll be able to get involved in future carnivals!

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A letter for women with migraines

Stampede
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As a woman who has lived with migraines for 20+ years now, my family understands what’s going on when I am doubled-over in pain or when I’ve got the blanket pulled up over my head to block out the light. My friends, however, have not always been so understanding. Unfortunately, it’s hard to explain migraines to people who have never had one.

When I first began using the internet to do my health research, I came across MAGNUM (Migraine Awareness Group: A National Understanding for Migraineurs) and was blown away. An entire website dedicated to those of us who live with migraines – people who knew what I was going through.

It was a few years ago when I came across Teri Robert’s letter to those who needed help “Understanding Migraine Disease and Migraineurs” and was blown away. I started directing my friends who didn’t “get” migraines and they’ve never responded negatively!

I just recently pointed a new migraineur in the direction of the letter and realized that I wanted to share it with an even larger audience. Do you deal with migraines and need someone to understand you? Check out Teri Robert’s letter.

Other migraine resources I recommend:
WEGO Health Migraine group
Somebody Heal Me
The Daily Headache
Rhymes with Migraine
Pain in the Head
The Sassy Lime
Migraines and Me

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Useful health websites, III

Healthy Snacks
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My favorite site that I’ve stumbled upon since this new project at work has been Patients Like Me. This website has blown me away.

I can’t even go into everything that Patients Like Me offers because it’s so in depth! Create a profile to reach out and make new friends with your same condition. Even if you’ve not been officially diagnosed, you have an option of joining the groups of patients who are living with the same issues you are. Make lists of your symptoms, your treatment options, your lab test levels and even your weight. Update daily, weekly, or even monthly to begin seeing trends in your health.

One of my favorite parts of Patients Like Me is their “research” tab. Look at the available tools, the current studies, and even opportunities to jump into being a lab rat for your condition! Gab with other people on the forums and make connections you didn’t have beforehand.

I liken Patients Like Me to a MySpace for those living with chronic illnesses. It’s such a great way to reach out to others and make new friends who understand what you’re living with!

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When does chronic illness in women begin?

Toronto Grace Health Centre
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A friend recently emailed me a great theory: due to sleep deprivation, hormonal changes and physical hardship, chronic disease in women begins after giving birth to her first child.

It makes total sense! Your body goes through some immense changes while pregnant and immediately afterward so the chemical changes in your body could easily trigger gene “malformations” that would make you more susceptible to illnesses that you had never thought about before.

Unfortunately I can’t find ANY research on this topic and now that I’m interested, I may have something more to think about while graduate school looms, and my chronic illness begins.

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