For this post, I’m doing something a little different. The lovely Sheryl Chan, who runs the A Chronic Voice blog, has started monthly linkup parties where chronic illness bloggers are asked to share their perspectives on five different topics. I absolutely love the idea because it helps to build community amongst chronic illness bloggers. However, it also seems like a wonderful way for me to express how my illnesses impact my life.
October’s prompts were:
In my first post, I expressed my hope that this blog would help others with chronic illnesses. Although I find it strange to be thought of as an inspiration, I guess in many ways I hope that this blog does inspire those who read it. Yes, my life has changed as a result of my illnesses, but that doesn’t mean it is somehow less. I’m slowly but surely learning how to control my illnesses rather than letting them control me. I will be sharing the lessons I have learned and the tools that I’m using on this journey so that others can take advantage of them for their recoveries.
Super easy. Over the course of October, and probably much of the rest of the year, I will continue dreaming about my recent trip to Maui. There was something just so magical about this vacation, and despite some initial pain, I felt the best that I had in a really long time. My fatigue and anxiety levels were very low. My pain levels were much more manageable. I was able to overcome the flare that had started just before I left for vacation. Maui and its aloha lifestyle were incredibly soothing both for my body and mindset.
I lately have been re-evaluating and changing my relationship with food as part of my illness-fighting toolkit. While I’ve gotten great at increasing my fruit and veggie intake, I’ve not been so good at reducing artificial sugars. I tend to really load up on the artificial sugars by adding multiple packs into nearly every serving of tea I have. I would ultimately like to wean myself of adding any sugar to my tea, but for starters, I will at least switch from artificial sugar to honey.
This might be taking things in a different direction than intended, but one of my goals in October will be to create or widen my support community. When I started this blog, I also started back up on Twitter as one means to publicize my post. However, I am realizing just how vast and beautiful the Twitter community of chronic illness sufferers and bloggers is. I want to continue to connect with as many members of the community as possible and contribute more regularly.
I don’t have the worst commute in the world, but I still about 1 hr 15 min to 1 hr 30 min each day depending on traffic. I’m a very anxious driver, to begin with, and chronic illness has only made my anxiety worse. Not only do I have to worry about other drivers, but I also have my own fatigue and pain to deal with. I recently discovered and fell in love with a podcast called Harry Potter and The Sacred Text. I find the podcast incredibly amusing and also soothing. I feel that listening to it during my commute will be an excellent way to distract myself from the anxieties of driving.