I am quite pleased to have participated in the challenge. I am extremely grateful to the people in the writing group to which I belong, for without their encouragement and support I likely wouldn’t have had the courage to participate in my first challenge. I also look forward to continuing to visit blogs and continue networking and enjoying the works of others. I hope that this is the first of many such blogging challenges I can participate in.
Zebras #AtoZChallenge There is nothing more frustrating as a patient than having a provider look at you and summarily discount your symptoms as ‘impossible’. It is very common that we are hesitant, even afraid, of that which we do not understand. It is also true that those trained to diagnose and treat us […]
When discussing the issues of chronically ill people, some of the topics most thought of include physical health, access to affordable and appropriate healthcare, and general accessibility. A very important, if not overlooked, topic is the mental health not only of the chronically ill person, but those who may help to care for them.
X-Rays – They Don’t Show Everything! #AtoZChallenge Whether we suffer an illness or injury, often one of the first methods to look at the structures inside the body is often an X-ray. This is regardless of whether the suspected injury will show up on an X-ray or not. There are many forms of […]
Wheelchairs, etc. #AtoZChallenge Often the use of a wheelchair is equated with someone being unable to move or use their lower limbs in order to stand and ambulate. While this is certainly true for some people and some situations, it is not a hard and fast rule. There are many legitimate reasons one […]
Vertigo #AtoZChallenge During the month of April this blog has focused on a number of general topics as they relate to chronic illness. Today we are going to touch on a specific issue, because all of the other topics I chose for the letter V just didn’t sit well with me. So in […]
Much to our dismay, when we are faced with a chronic illness or worse yet multiple chronic illnesses, we often find a world of uncertainty. To our surprise, physicians are not the all-knowing omnipotent beings they were purported to be a few years ago. As diseases progress it sometimes seems more common to wind up with a diagnosis of exclusion rather than a diagnosis based upon a factual evaluation.
Terminal Illness #AtoZChallenge Typically when we think of chronic illness we don’t think of terminal illnesses. However many illnesses that end in a terminal condition can, in fact, be a result of a chronic illness. By definition, a chronic illness can be one that lasts more than three to six months. There are […]
Sense of Self #AtoZChallenge What is a sense of self? Typically it refers to how we perceive ourselves or in more simple terms it refers to self-image. How does our sense of self influence our lives? How does our sense of self transform when we are suddenly faced with a life-altering diagnosis? When we […]
Resentment #AtoZChallenge It is not uncommon to experience resentment when facing a long term illness. Don’t beat yourself up if you encounter it. How you manage the resentment will make all the difference in your ability to work through it. Regardless of whether you resent yourself or think a loved one is feeling […]