Category Archives for "Favourite Things"

My Summer Survival Kit & Top Tips To Beat The Heat. Spoonie Gift Guide, Part 4

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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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Gift guide: what to buy for your chronically ill friends, part 3

Gift Guide, What to buy for chronically ill friend, ChronicallyHopeful

I'm so excited to share this third part of my spoonie gift guide, I hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am! ​These gifts would be great for birthday presents or a house warming gift or even Christmas too. This series will continue to grow as I think of other cool gift ideas, watch this space! 

If you've missed any of my other gift guides, you can find them all here. Happy browsing!

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Gift guide: what to buy for your chronically ill friends, part 2

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I know many people find such joy in shopping for gifts. They start shopping months in advance and they buy the most thoughtful, personalised gifts anybody would love, that's not me. I'm so unorganised! 

If you're anything like me, you've waited till the last minute to do your gift shopping. Whether it's for a birthday, Christmas or a house warming gift, I just cannot get it done unless it's right around the corner and then I might just give up altogether because I'm useless at choosing gifts, it actually stresses me out.

I hope that this series will help any other hopeless gifters out there, I know these are things that I could use and would love to receive, and I know that other chronically ill people will love them too. Happy shopping!

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Gift Guide: What To Buy For Your Chronically Ill Friends, Part 1

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It can be quite tricky deciding what to buy your friends with chronic illness because of all the limitations and intolerances we often have. What would be useful and not harmful in their condition?

There are many lists out there, and they're all slightly different depending on the condition they're tailored for, so I'm making a list of the things I would have loved to receive over the years of being housebound.

I have chronic fatigue and chronic pain as my main symptoms and I struggle with sensory over-stimulation and occasionally anxiety, so anybody with ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia and even those with Migraines and Arthritis might appreciate these items. 

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MSM for Chronic Pain Relief

A pill bottle and glass of water in the foreground, in the background a woman sleeping on a bed. Title reads: using MSM supplements to relieve chronic pain. Methylsulfonyl Methane, also called the miracle supplement

​I've had quite a few people ask what I'm using for ​to reduce chronic pain. One of my favourite things since falling ill is MSM supplements. It is my one staple since I first heard about it and it's potential to help the body heal from all sorts of things.

It is even ​referred to as the "miracle supplement" and also the "beauty mineral" because it is so beneficial in so many areas. One of the reasons for this is that MSM makes our cell walls more permeable, meaning that toxins can be more easily removed and nutrients can more easily be absorbed.

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