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Stories about achieving a new normal for those with a chronic health condition or anyone else needing to slow down

Candice Mes: Living well with chronic illness

This week I’d like to introduce Candice Mes. Candice lives in South Africa  and currently works as an Occupational Therapist (OT). She’s walked a long and, at times, very trying road with her health and tells us how she lives well with chronic illness here.

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How I accepted my new normal

That.  Is.  It.  I’m out.

In April 2016, I had been sitting, pondering about officially launching this blog for months.  A contact of mine encouraged me to just do it… “dude, press go, what have you got to lose?” The truth was I had very very little to lose.  I had been holding off going public with reams of diary entries I had written over the preceding 6 months worrying about how it would affect the work I’d been doing.  Thinking by some miracle my condition would pass.  I didn’t want to look like a fraud (you know I might roll over one day and be restored back to the manufacturer’s settings??) but realistically I had been fooling myself thinking, at that point, that I could resume  a “normal” working life.  Whatever that was anymore.  Dream on. My work had been suffering anyway.  In fact, I had to completely rethink it.

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Kami Lingren: Living well with chronic illness

Introducing you to Kami Lingren from Living Grace who is a truly beautiful soul. Kami has been diagnosed with Lyme and a handful of other diagnoses, with dizziness, head pain, bone and joint pain as the most debilitating symptoms. At its worst, her list of symptoms from her illness had grown to nearly 80, which she know so many others can relate to. Thankfully she’s been finally improving this year and her symptom list has become much smaller! Find out how she is living well with chronic illness by reading more…

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How to manage change when the future is unknown

I have written the following post in collaboration with Sam Moss of My Medical Musings and I have referenced some of the posts that Sam has written there.  It makes for powerful reading in terms of what you can do to better manage your personal circumstances when you find yourself in a place of despair.  Her learnings will also help anyone undergoing change when that change is occurring through choice.

Here’s some of her story.

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Kamilah Howard: Living well with chronic illness

This week I would like to introduce you to Kamilah Howard from Anchoredinhealth.com.

Kamilah has asthma and gluten intolerance. Her asthma symptoms are mostly exercise-induced, which is something she does almost every day. Her gluten intolerance really affects what she eats day to day, but it’s very manageable through a gluten free diet.

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How the power of acceptance helped me embrace my life

It’s not until I fully embraced my health circumstances that I was able to live peacefully with them.

3 years in the making, acceptance of my illness has finally freed me. Continue reading How the power of acceptance helped me embrace my life

How I found a way to work despite chronic illness

To look at me is to look at anyone else.

I look like a typical 40 something with the confidence you would expect of someone who has been in her profession for 25 years. If you are talking with me, you would likely also make the assumption that I hold down a full time job. Like everyone else who looks and sounds a bit like me.

Except, I can’t.

To look at me is to look at anyone else. Or is it? Click To Tweet

I share my life with a chronic illness.

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