How to get through bad pain days… even if it seems impossible!

Demelza Marie
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Pain is a constant companion for many with chronic illness and disability. Sometimes it's in the background and you learn to live with it and get on with what you can do despite the pain. Other times it can be torture and you don't know where to put yourself. On those days when you don't know where to put yourself because of the pain or you're just plain fed up with the ongoing nature of your pain, it's important to remember where you can find peace and comfort.

29 essential tips to avoid regret

Demelza Marie
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You know that feeling when you watch healthy people getting on with life, taking their health for granted, and your mind wonders back to those days when you were healthier, able to do more, and taking your own health for granted? A tinge of regret creeps into your thoughts and you wish you could have let yourself know to make the most of your health before it was taken away.

5 ingenious ways to ease the burden of your illness on your kids

Rachel Faith Cox
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When a parent is ill, the ability to think flexibly and solve problems becomes even more crucial. Maybe you can’t drive and it poses a significant problem for the family. Or being upright for more than a short time is impossible. Provided you have the financial ability, there are delivery services for things like groceries, you can shop online for the family’s clothing. But what can you do about things like playdates? After school sports practise? Being involved at school? It requires a bit of ingenious thinking. Here are some of the things that we do to help ease the illness burden on our kids.

10 quick tips to cope with an important event

Demelza Marie
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If you're looking to attend, or be part of, a wedding or another special event that requires a lot of energy and time doing activities and being social, then following are a few ideas/suggestions you might want to consider so that you can make the most of the event and feel as well as possible.

An honest look at what it’s like to live with an undiagnosed illness

Demelza Marie
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Living with an undiagnosed illness is extremely hard – for those with the illness and for those living with the person who has the illness. We like ‘labels’. Labels give us a category and help shape our understanding of a subject. Although being unwell is not something anyone would want, at least a label gives an understanding of what to expect, how to deal with the challenges and how to treat the problem - if there is a treatment.

The challenges of disabled & chronically ill workers exposed

Victoria Mack
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With all the energy we spend managing the many symptoms of our various illnesses and disabilities, it’s a miracle that so many of us find the strength to pursue our professional goals, either out of necessity or because we refuse to give up on our dreams. So what exactly is different when you’re a disabled worker rather than able-bodied worker?