Health And Fitness: A Week Before I Fell Ill With Severe Chronic Illness

Title reads Health and fitness the week I fell ill with severe ME. Photo of Char and friends walking in a park wearing pink fluffy bunny ears and carrying green balloons. By Chronically Hopeful

​Ironically my life was super busy and active during the weeks and months ​before the onset of what lead to my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis. There seems to be the general belief that we are tired or lazy or that we have some sort of unhealthy aversion or fear of exercise, but nothing could be further from the truth!

As we move towards ME Awareness month (May), I'll be sharing some of my health and fitness ​habits and memories from the months before I fell ill. I hope that this will help to dispell the idea that we are lazy and afraid of exercise and help people understand that the opposite is actually true. Now I know that sometimes healthy eating and exercise simply doesn't cure everything.

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Living With POTS, Gastroparesis, MCAD And More – A Day In The Life Of Brenna

Brenna is wearing a black top, she has long curly brown hair and is looking to the side. on the right the title reads A day in my life with POTS, MCAD, Gastro Paresis and More. Interview with Brenna by Chronically Hopeful
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series A Day In My Life

​Today I am ​excited to share ​Brenna's chronic illness story with you. She is a creative warrior who has been battling​ a multitude of chronic conditions including POTS, Gastroparesis, MCAD and many more for over a decade.

This interview is part of an ongoing series where we meet spoonie warriors from around the world ​who share their struggles and victories as they navigate life with various chronic ​conditions ​​or invisible disabilities. 

I hope this series will encourage you and perhaps help you to find answers ​and community. I know that many of the things which I now ​depend on to manage my conditions came from ​listening to patients with more experience. I hope that, by sharing these stories, newly diagnosed ​warriors will feel more supported and less alone.

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Chronically Hopeful Art, February 2019

Title Feb 2019, this month's art gallery by chronically hopeful on white section overlaying a pink card with white ink doodles.

​This is the first in a new series of posts where I will share all the art I have worked on for the month. I hope to be consistent with it, but life with a chronic illness is anything but consistent, so don't hold me to it. I am very grateful, though, that this month has been quite productive creatively and I am so pleased with the pieces that I have made. I hope you enjoy this little gallery too.

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Eat To Heal Loss Of Appetite And Depression, Interview With Jo

A lady sitting out in the garden having tea and cake in the sunshine. Title reads Eat To Heal Loss Of Appetite and Depression, Interview with Jo, by Chronically Hopeful

​​In this interview series ​we ​explore ​how diet and chronic illness affect each other and today I have the honour of sharing Jo's story. Jo's ​appetite was severely affected by her mental health, but with the help of loved ones, she ​found a way to overcome it and get back to a place where she could once again enjoy a healthy diet.

When it comes to chronic illness, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, especially when it comes to healing through diet. ​It's up to us to try different approaches until we find our personal solution - the thing that our body responds to most positively.

I hope ​this series will inspire you to make changes to your diet too, you never know how much relief you could experience through just a few modificaitons. What you eat really can make a big difference!

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