Dealing With Chronic illness |
Hey There! My name is Amber Blackburn, and I’m so glad you’re here! I am a Registered Nurse by trade turned chronic illness/lifestyle blogger. I worked in the healthcare industry for over a decade until my health made it impossible for me to work outside the home. At that point I turned to writing and made it my life’s work to educate and spread awareness of all chronic illnesses and the lifestyle of those who deal with chronic illness on a daily basis. Living daily with Lupus, Migraines, Fibromyalgia and many other issues has given me a new outlook on life. That being said I feel that I can provide a different look at living with a chronic illness as I can bring my education and work experience to the table, along with my own personal experience. My overall goal is to spread awareness and happiness while living with a chronic illness!
With Love, Amber
Lately I’ve noticed a disturbing trend, healthcare providers that don’t take the time to actually listen to their patients. Or providers that act more like bullies than providers.
Have you ever heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the winter blues?!? Do you or someone you know get depressed in the colder months of year? If you do are you definitely not alone. In fact it is estimated that nearly 10 million Americans are affected by season depression every year
I realized sometime last year that I have lost myself over the last few years. I am not the person I was seven years ago before I got sick. It didn’t happen all at once, but slowly somehow I disappeared. I no longer do the things that I used to love. And I would rather stay at home any day rather that going out.
My words of the year are: STRENGTH & SELF LOVE. This is going to be the year I find my STRENGTH and find a way to LOVE MYSELF. And my mantra is from Joyce Meyer. It says: ITS NEVER TOO LATE FOR A NEW BEGINNING!! That’s how I feel about 2019.
How many times have you felt the need to validate yourself and/or your condition this week? Or even this month? How many times have you found yourself explaining your health to someone who probably has no reason to know what’s really going on? Or found yourself explaining why you can or can’t do something or go somewhere? Now let me ask another question..... Why do you feel like you have to validate yourself and your condition?
At this point, I am tired of Michigan primary care doctors treating me like a drug seeker. I did not ask for any of these diseases.
This time of year it seems like everyone is sick. Colds and stomach bugs and even the FLU. But sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between a cold or the full blown flu especially for those of us with weakened immune systems.
Just like many of you I have trouble coming up with a list when asked for one by my friends or family. And just like everyone else I know, I would love to get away with giving gifts that are less than $30. But when you look at what’s available, it seems an impossible task.
So, I went through the things I love that I’ve either gotten as gifts, purchased for myself, or have in my cart at Amazon. And I put together a great list for anyone on your list who may deal with a chronic illness (and those who don’t).
When a person is dealing with a chronic illness holidays can almost be more work than they are worth. That being said there are ways to make the holidays easier for spoonies and I would like to share a few ways that this can happen. This is not geared toward one condition or another and can be tailored to fit just about any condition.
It is so easy to get stuck focusing on the bad things in life and focus solely on how things haven’t turned out the way you had in mind. It’s easy to list off the things you have missed out on or didn’t get to do because you…
This is a one of a kind tracker. In this book you will find a monthly pain tracker, monthly calendar that is perfect for jotting down any kind of appointments or things you need to remember.Along with weekly symptom tracker and a page where you can write about gratitude, things you need to remember to do next week and a place to journal any other thoughts of feelings. You will also find on every weekly tracker a place to document any important vital signs you need to remember to take with you to the doctor.
This tracker is the perfect size to carry in a purse or a back-pack to take along to any doctor appointment. This will really be a game changer as far as keeping track of your health.