Category Archives for "Chronic Life"

Here you will find all my posts on life with a chronic illness

Tracy Cooper on Faith Through Illness: Degenerative Disc And Joint Disease

Interview Faith Through Illness, Degenerative disc, ChronicallyHopeful
This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Faith Through Illness

Welcome to another guest interview in our Faith Through Illness series. In each interview we will meet a new warrior who'll share their faith journey with us. How does chronic illness affect their faith and how does their faith affect their condition?

This week I have the honour of sharing Tracy Cooper's story. Tracy has a beautiful blog where she writes about faith, family and life as she deals with chronic pain. She is also a freelance writer and speaker who is passionate about encouraging others.  I hope you will be as encouraged by her story as I am.

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Eating To Heal IBS, Interview With Gina Caro

Interview Eat To Heal IBS, Gina Caro, Chronically Hopeful
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Eat To Heal

Since falling ill with severe chronic illness, I have discovered that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to managing chronic conditions, especially in regards to healing through diet. We each have to commit to trying anything we can and letting our bodies show us what works and what doesn't.

Welcome to my first guest post in this new interview series, Eat To Heal, where we will explore the effects of diet on chronic illness. We will meet various people from around the world, people with different chronic illnesses, and hear which dietary changes have provided the most benefit to them.

I am so excited to share Gina Caro's story with you this week! Gina has a gorgeous lifestyle blog where she shares tips for living a simple, sustainable, waste-free life. She covers all sorts of topics from beauty to home decor and more. Today we will find out how she is using diet to manage her IBS.

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Spoonie Gift Guide: My Summer Survival Kit Items

Summer Survival Kit, ChronicallyHopeful
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Gift Guides

Summer can be a really difficult time for people with chronic illness. Regulating body temperature is a common problem. Add in a rare summer heat wave and you have a recipe for horrific flares including utter exhaustion, weakness, headaches and so much discomfort and sweating!

If you have a chronically ill friend you'd like to bless or help out this summer, I am sure they would be so very grateful. I'm really excited to share these great items I've been using this summer as well as my top tips for keeping cool if you don't have air conditioning and can't leave your house.

I hope these tips will be beneficial to you or somebody you love.

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Living With Multiple Chronic Illnesses – A Day In The Life Of Laura

Interview Day In My Life, multiple illnesses, BLOG
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series A Day In My Life

In this interview series we feature the stories of chronic illness warriors around the world, we shine a light on various chronic illnesses and the amazing humans who deal with them daily. The aim is to raise awareness as well as celebrate the ways in which our fellow warriors overcome the limits placed on them.

Today I have the privilege of sharing Laura Morningstar's A Day In My Life interview here on Chronically Hopeful. Laura is a warrior who battles against multiple chronic illnesses daily. She has a lovely blog where she writes about health and fitness, books, family, music and more. 

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Reassessing My Condition, Setting Realistic Goals

Time to reassess my condition ME cfs, ChronicallyHopeful

It's time for another personal update. Time to reassess and set realistic goals. This month has been so much harder than I anticipated. Somehow I imagined that summer would bring better health and more energy along with sunnier days and warmer temperatures, but it hasn't really. I have spent so much time in bed!

Despite this, there have been some exciting things happening here. Exciting for me anyway, not sure anybody else would define it as such! Haha... 

  • I got new glasses and prescription sunglasses (or was that in May?)
  • I got back into painting after a month off (slowly but surely...)
  • I made a few crafty things while in bed, to brighten my room (will show off soon!)
  • My parents bought us a bunch more mini cacti which I love! (see photos below)

There are many little things that have brought a smile to my heart even though I have been quite weak and flaring lately. It's important to focus on and cherish those little blessings that we so often overlook in the chaos of everyday life. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude. It really makes things easier to handle even if it will never cure our ills or heal our pain, it can certainly make life more pleasant!

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