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Community Collab: What’s in Your Bag?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in community collab, Creativity, featured, guest author, practicalities, self care | 3 comments

Hey babes! This week’s QOTW was “What’s one thing you never leave home without?” We had a bunch of great answers and an especially funny one (that you’ll have to scroll to the bottom to see!)   Some of the most common answers included: Phone, with pill timers! Hair ties ChapStick Inhaler Credit cards and drivers license (note the license info) Kleenex And of course pills of every shape and size And: keys, wallet, planner, pain gel, water Our favorite answer comes from Ann U. She says: “I think we should list what we WISH we carried! My list is a string bikini, a thermos of piña coladas, George Clooney’s phone number & keys to my Maserati.” All graphics made by Alix Kramer, ChronicBabe intern and proud...

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Community Collab: What’s Your Favorite Feel-Good TV Show

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in community collab, coping, Creativity, featured, friends and family, guest author, inspiration, self care | 2 comments

Hey babes! We had a ton of amazing suggestions for our Question of the Week about your favorite feel-good TV show. Here’s a list of all your favorites, along with some awesome quotes. Save this as a reference for the next time you’re feeling down! Multiple Mentions Some of the shows were hella appreciated by the community. The Golden Girls The Golden Girls was by far the winner with five separate mentions as favorite feel-good TV show. The Golden Girls is a sitcom about four older, single women living in Miami. The show, and the women featured, have remained iconic for decades. Great Quote: “The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.” Frasier Frasier tied for second place with three separate mentions. Frasier is a Cheers successor about psychiatrist Frasier Crane, who gets into all types of situations in Seattle with his father (with whom he shares an apartment), his father’s physical care assistant, his brother, and Eddie the dog. Great Quote: “You know what? Copernicus called and you are NOT the center of the universe!” The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory tied with Frasier for second place with three separate mentions. The Big Bang Theory follows best friends and physicists Leonard and Sheldon and their friends Howard and Rajesh as they try to interact with Penny, Leonard, and Sheldon’s pretty neighbor. The show is still on air. Great Quote: “Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and, as it always has, rock crushes scissors.” Gilmore Girls Gilmore Girls also had two mentions. Gilmore Girls is a drama that focuses on the relationship between single mom Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory. Great Quote: “It’s all any of us wants: to find a nice person to hang out with ’til we drop dead. Not a lot to ask!” Parks and Rec Parks and Recreation also had two mentions. Parks and Rec follows Leslie Knope, superstar woman and deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department in Pawnee, Indiana. It’s a laugh-out-loud show that follows the antics of the office employees: Ron Swanson, April Ludgate, Andy Dwyer, Tom Haverford, Ann Perkins, and Ben Wyatt, to name a few. Great Quote: “We have a couple of house rules though. You can’t use the front door; you have to climb in through the back window. No personal phone conversations. If you ever speak to me in Spanish, please use the formal ‘usted.’ And no electricity after 6:00 PM. A couple more rules: if you ever watch a sad movie, you have to wear mascara so we can see whether or not you’ve been crying. There’s no noise allowed on Mondays. And no...

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Unfriend Me! How to Use Facebook to Cope Better with Chronic Illness #AWAPwednesday

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in ChronicBabe Basics, coping, featured, friends and family, practicalities, self care | 10 comments

  This week’s video came from a desire of mine to create better boundaries and protect my precious time… so I unfriended a few hundred people on Facebook. It is wonderful! I think that unfriending folks—and a few other strategies I share today—can help you get back lots of time to spend on quality conversations. Watch today’s video now, which is packed with practical advice: *AWAP = As Well As Possible Now it’s your turn: How are you managing your digital presence? Have you unfriended people? I wanna know! Join the conversation in the comments below, share your experience and ask for advice from our community. Want to watch more videos like this? Check out our AWAP Wednesday video playlist, which has more than 10 hours of guidance, advice, and bloopers. Is there a question I can answer for YOU? Add it to the comments below, or shoot me an email. Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches! ** update: a lovely reader shared this advice, which seems to work fairly well. if you’re unliking more than a couple dozen pages, though, do them in batches. trust me. 🙂 In your video you said that you have to unlike each page but actually there is a way to unlike them in bulk. Click on “Like Pages” on the left hand side of your facebook timeline. On the pages page click on “Liked Pages” at the top. On the top right there is a “Review Like Pages” box. Click on the “Get Started” box. A page will come up with all the pages you currently like. You can select the ones you want to unlike. Easy peasy! Hope that helps.    Rough transcript: Hi! I’m Jenni Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible). Each week, I offer you my personal favorite tips and techniques to help you craft an incredible life beyond illness. Yes! I know you can. Subscribe to the ChronicBabe YouTube channel today to make sure you never miss another video, OK? Social media has taken over our lives in many way, and Facebook is our biggest digital overlord. No longer a simple way to stay in touch with friends, Facebook is now how we get political news, family updates, chat with friends overseas, and a bazillion more things. I’m not here to argue against using Facebook; on the contrary, I love using Facebook—strategically. And that means setting good boundaries. And that means unfriending folks. How much time do you spend scrolling past updates from people you’ve never met but feel obligated to be friends with because you once met them at a party? Or you went to high school together? Or you both know someone else, so...

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Travel Tips for Folks with Chronic Illness and Pain (AWAP Wednesday)

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in activism, ChronicBabe Basics, coping, featured, pain, self care, Work | 19 comments

I recently traveled to New York for a U.S. Pain Foundation event, and it got me thinking: what are some of my colleagues’ and friends’ favorite travel tips for people with chronic illness and chronic pain? This week’s video is PACKED with tips—I count more than 20—and I’m really excited to share it with you today. It’s longer than usual, but I hope you find it worth your time. *AWAP = As Well As Possible Now it’s your turn: What’s YOUR favorite travel tips for folks in our community? I wanna know! Join the conversation in the comments below, share your experience and ask for advice from our community. Want to watch more videos like this? Check out our AWAP Wednesday video playlist, which has more than 10 hours of guidance, advice, and bloopers. Is there a question I can answer for YOU? Add it to the comments below, or shoot me an email. Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches! Transcript, provided by one of our awesome readers: Jenni Prokopy- “Hey everybody. It’s Jenni Prokopy from chronicbabe.com and today is another AWAP Wednesday. If you haven’t watched any of these before, a quick refresher. AWAP stands for As Well As Possible. And in all things, that what I wish for you. That you live your life as well as possible. No matter how much you have to deal with chronic illness or chronic pain, I think you can do it. I’m working on doing it. Yes! I know that you can. So, I’m coming to you today from a hotel in Westchester, New York, because I’m here for one of our, um, US Pain Foundation Take Control of Your Pain events. I’m wearing my US Pain Foundation shirt, which I blinged out because it’s a polo shirt, and I don’t wear those. So *laughs* I had to make it my own and kinda be silly with it. You know how I roll. So, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite travel tips, and I”m gonna try to get some from some of my colleagues because they are seasoned chronic pain/chronic illness travelers. So, here we go.” *scene cut* Jenni- “So I know it’s a little bit of wobbly cam today because I’m doing this on the fly. But I hope you think it’s worth it.” *scene cut* Jenni – “Okay here I am with Lori Monarca. She runs the US Pain Foundation office, she is amazeballs. She’s got a tip for you.” Lori Monarca- “Um when traveling I try to leave a little bit earlier, so before an event I have time to relax and unwind.” Jenni- “I love it. Thanks, lori!” *scene cut* Jenni- “One of my first tips is always...

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3 Things To Do When Things Fall Apart (AWAP Wednesday)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in coping, featured, Health Care Reform, inspiration, pain, practicalities, self care | 4 comments

It’s been a really, really rough couple months here at ChronicBabe HQ. I’ve been flared up so badly I couldn’t work, wasn’t socializing, wasn’t even bathing regularly—it was BAD. I’ll explain why this happened in an upcoming post, but for now, the important thing is that I’m starting to feel better again. Yay! This week, I filmed my first fresh AWAP Wednesday video in almost two months! In it, I share my top three strategies for coping when your life feels like it’s falling apart. I would LOVE to hear your reaction so take a few minutes now and watch, and then join the conversation below… *AWAP = As Well As Possible Now it’s your turn: What do YOU do when things take a turn south? Which strategies have helped you the most? I wanna know! Join the conversation in the comments below, share your experience and ask for advice from our community. Want to watch more videos like this? Check out our AWAP Wednesday video playlist, which has more than 10 hours of guidance, advice, and bloopers. Is there a question I can answer for YOU? Add it to the comments below, or shoot me an email. Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches! (Rough) transcript: I’m baaaaaaaack! Didja miss me? I missed me! I haven’t recorded a video in six weeks so this is momentous. Woo hoo! Hi! I’m Jenni Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible). Each week, I offer you my personal favorite tips and techniques to help you craft an incredible life beyond illness. Yes! I know you can. Subscribe to the ChronicBabe YouTube channel today to make sure you never miss another video, OK? Working From Experience I have been in the midst of a months-long flare that was, quite possibly, the worst I’ve felt since I was initially diagnosed with fibromyalgia. For weeks, I couldn’t work, didn’t sleep well, couldn’t socialize, didn’t make any crafts… I was a WRECK. It felt like everything was falling apart—like my life was in a downward spiral. Good thing I am a ChronicBabe, because we ChronicBabes know that when everything goes to shit, we’ve got to take action FAST to take the best care of ourselves that we can in spite of things that are out of our control. Luckily, I’m on the upswing again, and that’s a huge relief. With my head a little clearer, I’m able to tell you about the three things I did to keep myself afloat during this really bad spell. Sacred Practices I’ve made a couple videos on the concept of Sacred Practices, as taught to me by my friend and coach Jackie Sloane. My sacred practices are a...

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How Do We Take Baby Steps Toward Goals if We Have Chronic Illness? (AWAP Wednesday)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in ChronicBabe Basics, coping, fears, featured, self care | 6 comments

Today’s AWAP Wednesday video is all about taking baby steps, those first little moves toward a goal. For many of us, making changes to accommodate chronic illness can feel overwhelming or downright impossible… but breaking the goal into baby steps can really help! Watch today’s video, in which I share some of my favorite techniques for taking baby steps: *AWAP = As Well As Possible Now it’s your turn: How do you break a big goal into small steps? What has worked, and what hasn’t? I wanna know! Join the conversation in the comments below, share your experience and ask for advice from our community. Want to watch more videos like this? Check out our AWAP Wednesday video playlist, which has more than 10 hours of guidance, advice, and bloopers. Is there a question I can answer for YOU? Add it to the comments below, or shoot me an email. Until we meet again: Be AWAP! Smooches! (Rough) transcript: Spiders. They freak me out. So I’m watching Charlotte’s Web. It’s my baby step toward conquering my fear. But enough about me… today, I’m talkin’ baby steps for you, babe. Hi! I’m Jenni Prokopy of ChronicBabe.com and today is AWAP Wednesday (that stands for As Well As Possible). Each week, I offer you my favorite tips and techniques to help you craft an incredible life beyond illness. Yes! I know you can. Subscribe to the ChronicBabe YouTube channel today to make sure you never miss another video, OK? On Baby Steps: Quite often, when I talk with someone with chronic illness who wants to make a change, they feel overwhelmed by the enormity of it, or they’re scared. I recommend taking baby steps toward their goal. But some folks have a hard time figuring out what baby steps look like for them, so today, I’ve got a technique to teach you that really helps me. Fear Can Stop Us. Let’s say your doctor says it would help you to exercise more, but you’re afraid that getting back to the swimming pool is going to flare you up. That fear keeps you from even trying, right? (I’ve totally been there, so no judgment!) How can we begin to use that fear to propel us to try swimming again? If you’re scared to try something, sometimes diving in headfirst is not a possibility. Instead I like to walk it back. Walk it Back. In this example, I want us to go back to the very first step of the process of getting back into swimming. I think it’s buying a new bathing suit. If you can start by getting yourself a cute new suit that fits great, and hang it on your closet door so you see it each day, that’s...

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