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How to Survive the Holidays with Chronic Illness: A Community Collection

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in coping, depression, featured, holidays, practicalities | 8 comments

Howdy! Today is AWAP Wednesday, and with Thanksgiving landing on top of us (in the U.S., anyway) TOMORROW, I wanted to offer you a bunch of resources on coping with the holidays. So instead of a video this week, below are a bunch of lovely resources from around the Interwebs. Why did I call this a community collection? I’ll be adding to this list periodically through the end of the year, so if you find a resource I should add, please mention it in the comments. We can create better resources as a community. Some light reading to get you started: Kim at Grace is Sufficient (Finding Hope and Purpose After Diagnosis) has created a lovely round-up (including moi) of chronic illness experts and bloggers, who share their favorite survival holiday tips. Thirsty? And here’s how to make Nutella hot chocolate. My pal Jeri just posted a piece on surviving the holidays when you have MS (this advice TOTALLY applies to many other illnesses, too!). Practical practical practical tips abound in this WebMD piece on holiday stress and chronic illness. Don’t pass up my 25 ways to manage holiday stress. This article on how to talk with loved ones about chronic illness during the holidays is still relevant a year later.. Here is some info on holiday stress and depression. …and then here are six tips for finding joy in the holiday season. Ali at A New Kind of Normal has some great practical tips for us when it comes to surviving the holiday season. And as holiday gifts come rolling in, don’t forget these 24 ways to say thank you. So how about you, babe? How do you make the holiday season merry and bright, even if you’re a total sicko? I would LOVE to hear your ideas so jump into the comments below and share your...

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AWAP Wednesday: How do I handle a cold or flu when I already have chronic illness?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in coping, featured, holidays | 4 comments

So after sending out a quick newsletter this morning saying I wasn’t going to make an AWAP Wednesday video today, I, well, I changed my mind. A fellow ChronicBabe emailed to ask what she should do if she gets a bug this holiday season. And having just gotten over a bad bug the past two weeks, I can relate. So this quick-shot, lo-fi, super-short video has a bunch of advice, some guest humor, and lots of bloopers: So, how do you handle this tricky question? I would love to hear your tips and advice (and goofy stories)!  Tell us in the comments below. Like this video? Please “like” it on Facebook, YouTube, and anywhere else, and share it with friends in need....

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New freebie: 25 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in announcements, featured, holidays | 0 comments

You know that feeling you have during the holidays, the one that just DRAGS YOU DOWN? Even though everyone around you is cheery and sparkly? Yea, we know that feeling, too. It’s stress. And it sucks. That’s why together, Jenni & Michelle have created a new freebie: 25 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays. It’s a cute little PDF full of tips and advice from fellow ChronicBabes about how they manage their health and LOVE the holiday season. Download it now! Let us know what you think about this new freebie. We aim to produce one every month or two, and we’re always looking for new ideas – so don’t be shy if there’s something you...

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