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The 52-Week Art Project – Patterns In Shades Of Blue

A geometric watercolour pattern in shades of blue. Title reads: patterns in shades of blue, Week 1 of the 2020 Chronically Hopeful 52-week art project

The Chronically Hopeful 52-week art project has finally started. I have been so excited to get it off the ground since I came up with the idea and ​now it's here! This week ​the theme was patterns in shades of blue and I have been blown away by the unique ways that each person has interpreted that prompt!

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My 52-Week Project – A Year Of Art

Watercolour geometric pattern with paintbrushes and tubes of paint above the painting. Title reads: The chronically hopeful 52-week art project. A year of creativity with one prompt per week.

One of my goals for 2020 is to create more art. In order to reach that goal, I've created the Chronically Hopeful 52-Week Art Project​.​ It consists of 52 prompts, one for each week of the year, to ​guide my creativity, keeping me focused​ and inspired.

Having a fluctuating chronic illness means that I'm not always able to be creative, so I thought one prompt per week would be easier to manage than the one prompt per day ​that many other challenges ​provide. I cannot wait to get started - here's to a whole year of colourful art!

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Supplements To Manage Chronic Fatigue And Pain

Pills lying on a table top. Title reads: Supplements to manage chronic fatigue and pain. Find out which supplements have helped me the most

I am often asked about the benefits of using supplements for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. People usually want to know which supplements I use for chronic pain or fatigue so they can have a better idea about where to start with their own supplement regime. Unfortunately, like everything else about this illness, we all respond differently, so what helps me might not help you the same way. 

Herein lies the beauty of sharing our experiences though - some of the things that are helping me the most are the things I was most sceptical about despite being recommended by others who had claimed success using them. This has taught me that even if I am sceptical, it is always worth trying something for a while if it might improve my quality of life. I hope this post will do that for you too.

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Photophobia: 6 Ways To Cope With Light Sensitivity

In a dark room a hand is held up to block the light that is shining in. Title reads, Photophobia in ME and CFS. 20 Patients share their experience.

​Have you ever experienced that moment of intense pain in your eyes and head when you've opened the curtains on a bright and sunny day? Anybody who has experienced a migraine or even a hangover would likely understand what I'm talking about too. Although photophobia or light sensitivity ​might ​seem quite common among ​the general population, it can be quite debilitating when combined with a chronic illness like ME.

Most people struggle with glare and direct sunlight in their eyes, but what you might not realise is that some people with ​chronic illness actually cannot tolerate any light at all and might have to spend hours, days, weeks or even months in the dark - and it's not just pain in the eyes that they're avoiding!

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Book Review: He’s Making Diamonds

Book cover on the left features a diamond shaped mountain with title He's making Diamonds by Sarah Willoughby above. The Title and author name appear in text on the right.

Geared towards teens suffering with chronic illness, this book aims to answer some of those tough questions believers often find themselves asking when things seem to be falling apart. This is Sarah Willoughby's debut work, and I think she has done a great job of highlighting God's heart and love for us even in the midst of suffering.

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