Sheryl Chan runs “A Chronic Voice”, a health, wellness and chronic illness blog. She shares her experiences in hope that it raises awareness on silent disabilities, and to let others know they are not alone in this. Here’s a little more on her thoughts about living well with chronic illness.
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.
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.
Are you tired of working in a place where you feel your best is not good enough?
Do you dread going into work every day because the environment leaves you feeling sick? Are you in a job you hate?
Are you feeling totally burnt out like you’ve been left on the career grill plate too long? A friend of mine found herself in one of these unfortunate positions, she chose to resign and is now contemplating life. She’s not alone. In fact, finding yourself in this predicament is unfortunately very common place.
So it was with some fervor that I summarized this particular conversation with my friend. The dilemma we mused was how to bring in enough (money), doing that thing you love without flogging yourself at the same time. Hmm, OK, where to start?
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.
Three years after things went awry with this body of mine, I’ve now got myself to a much better place. It’s taken some effort to work out what’s worked and what hasn’t. So, I thought it was about time I took stock and wrote part II of my Goldilocks ‘just right’ plan in the form of my own top 10 countdown for living with dysautonomia and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type)!
So here are the “hits” for your enjoyment…
Please welcome Shawn Bethea to the Living Well series!
Shawn suffers from Ulcerative Colitis and has lived with it for pretty much all her young life (she first started getting sick when she was around 11 years old).