Chronic Illness


I have tackled some heavy topics on my blog, mostly related to rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and others related to my personal life.  All I know is that one day, I woke up and my life had changed.  When I was first diagnosed, I thought that all my dreams were gone and that my life would never be normal again.  I remember a time when I had very few answers to my many questions.  So many of you have emailed me about questions you have that I have answered and I have touched on so many topics that are either taboo or just difficult to express or describe.   I am happy to answer questions and address taboo and difficult topics because I remember a time when I didn’t have any answers so I do know what that uncertainty is like.

If you have an RA or Fibro question, please email me at livingit-lovingit@live.com and I am very happy to answer your questions and address topics that are relevant to you.

Here is a list of links on various topics related to RA and fibro that I addressed.  Again, feel free to email me if you have any ideas or questions of your own.

Parenting with Chronic Pain

 Sacrifice and Chronic Illness

Letter to my RA for the New Year

Arthritis/Fibromyalgia Tip: Keep a Positive Attitude

Anger and Chronic Pain

Keeping Our Emotions In Check

Why and How You Should Accept your Diagnosis

The Progression of RA from a Sufferer’s Perspective – Part I – The Roller Coaster

The Progression of RA from a Sufferer’s Perspective – Part II Emotions

Chronic Illness Changes Us

The need to be understood means understanding yourself first

Humor is a must with chronic illness

Chronic Illness and the Loss of Identity

The Emotional Toll of Chronic Illness

Lessons about who we are

To disclose or not to disclose

The Many Emotions of Arthritis

The Good, the Bad and the Darn-Right Ugly

Being Chronically Ill Makes Me Question Myself

Chronic illness is as lonely as it gets

How do you communicate with a chronic pain sufferer?

Is there a heredity factor in rheumatoid arthritis?

Natural Healing: What can I do minimize my symptoms? Part 1

Natural Healing: What can I do to minimize my symptoms? Part 2

Natural Healing- How can I minimize my symptoms – Part 3

Natural Healing- How can I minimize my symptoms – Part 4

Fibromyalgia and pregnancy

Parenting and Chronic Pain

Arthritis in the Bedroom

What do you do about misdiagnoses?

My Eight Rules to Living with Chronic Illness

Why and How You Should Accept your Diagnosis

Living with chronic disease is all about supportive relationships

Coming to terms with RA and Fibromyalgia in my life

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