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For Friends & Loved Ones
This is the place for folks who love ChronicBabes, with resources for friends, family, spouses and more. Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know and we'll hunt down resources to include.
Let the Family Meeting Begin
We know. Drama-free life is preferred but not always possible. That's why the How to Cope With Pain blog might get into your daily RSS feed.
Talking with your friends and family need not be a drag. Send them a gentle hint with the link to this post before you break the news. Then, if the you-know-what hits the fan, check back with the doc, and you may get a personal response to your question.
Lotsa Helping Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands offers a web-based tool to let friends, family, colleagues and neighbors assist loved ones in need by means of private group calendars for organizing helpers.
Lotsa Helping Hands grew out of its founders' efforts to organize support during a family member's medical crisis. When you sign up, you're assigned a private web site, on which support network members can coordinate their efforts to handle errands, prepare meals, care for pets or whatever the Babe-in-need requires. You can check out a demonstration of how it works before signing up.
National Eating Disorders Association Parent and Family Network
The NEDA's PFN provides help and support for those who have loved ones struggling with disordered eating.
If someone you care about has an eating disorder, visit the PFN for coping tactics, connections to other families, and comprehensive information about these conditions.
National Fibromyalgia Association - Resources on Marriage
Ah, so you feel your marriage has become yet another item to manage through your fibromyalgia?
The National Fibromyalgia Association's online newsletter contains an article about one woman's "school of hard knocks" lessons for making her marriage work. She should know; she's been married three times.
Surviving a Loved One's Chronic Pain
For anyone living with chronic pain, this is a must-have item. "Surviving a Loved One's Chronic Pain by David Kannerstein, PhD, and Susan M. Whitman, MD, offers great advice for anyone who loves a Babe (or Dude) in pain.
Published by Practical Pain Management Journal, the article is free to copy and distribute. And we love how they answer common questions like "how is chronic pain different from acute pain," "what treatments are there for chronic pain" and "is it all in their heads?"