Why You Need A Coping Box + How to Create Your Own | The Health Sessions

Why You Need a Coping Box + How to Create Your Own

It’s the one strategy that’s helped me out more times than I can remember when trying to deal with debilitating symptoms and their accompanying emotions: Having a coping box. When we’re in pain or despair, stressed or lonely, we can all use a little extra support to help us deal with those feelings. In the … Read more >



Happy Tired Mummy: Victoria Wilson on Living with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease | The Health Sessions

Happy Tired Mummy: Victoria Wilson on Living with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

What’s it really like to live with chronic illness every day? How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? In this interview series, real life ‘spoonies’ share their stories and tips. Victoria Wilson is a thirty-something mum and wife who suffers from a neurological condition called Charcot Marie Tooth Disease. Through … Read more >



How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery (eBook) | The Health Sessions

7 Lessons I Learned About Recovery From Illness

 

 

Today is the big day.

My first ebook, How to Create Your Own Action Plan for Recovery, is available in the new webshop now! 

It’s a 200 – page guide for people with chronic illness or injury, for those who want to rebuild their health after a long sickbed, serious operation or life-altering accident.

Because being chronically ill or injured can turn your life upside down. And the situation becomes even more unsettling when doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong with you. When modern medicine doesn’t have a cure for the pain you experience every day. When at best you’re given pills and therapy to help manage your symptoms, not cure them.

I’ve been there, for many, many years.

I’ve been through the tiring and heart-wrenching process of endless doctors visits and second-opinions, living with a chronic disease that has no remedy, turning to every complimentary therapy imaginable in the hopes of finding comfort or relief.

Diagnosed with juvenile rheumatism, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS during my early teens, I was housebound and unable to do the simplest things for the longest time. Going through the process of fighting illness and acceptance for over 15 years, I learned many things.

Here are the most important lessons that the road to ‘recovery’ has taught me. 

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Life After Diagnosis: Jessica Kendall James on Redefining A New Healthy

Jessica Kendall James is the chronic illness lifestyle blogger and creator behind OurNewHealthy.com and The Spoonie Planner, living her life to the fullest and seeking to redefine “healthy” with multiple chronic illnesses. After spending many years in isolation while struggling to find a proper diagnosis, Jessica created The Spoonie Planner to lift herself back up and find diagnoses, treatment, and a life beyond just survival. It was in seeing how it empowered her that Jessica realized The Spoonie Planner might be able to help others too, and so she created Our New Healthy, a lifestyle brand and blog for the chronically ill. And this December, with the help of her Spoonie Community, she was able to launch the brand’s first tool, The Spoonie Planner.

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, I’m Jessica! I am 25 years old and I love all things ocean, nature, and adventure-related! My greatest gift in life is my friendships, and my deepest passion lies in a few different arenas including organic beauty and lifestyle, patient empowerment, and the organization aisle at Target.

I also happen to live with 8 main chronic illnesses, including EDS Type 3, POTS, Gastroparesis, MCAD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Celiac Disease, Hypothyroid, and TMD, among other underlying diseases and disorders. I was born with EDS Type 3, that is for certain, but many of my other illnesses could have been avoided with proper early diagnoses of my EDS. You can learn more about me and my journey at OurNewHealthy.com !

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Why Acceptance is Not the Same as Giving Up | The Health Sessions

Why Acceptance Is Not The Same as Giving Up

“Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.” 

 

Being seriously ill or injured can turn your life upside down. More than anything, you just want to get better and resume your normal activities. But what if that’s not possible? What if you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness that has no cure?

When the painful symptoms are here to stay, you have little choice but to learn to accept your new reality. But how do you do that when every waking moment is a cruel reminder that your life is not what you thought it would be like? 

Over the last decade, there’s been a strong societal focus on “never giving up”, on keeping going no matter what, on fighting like hell for what you want. And sure, that can be a motivating mindset to deal with challenges like getting a hard-earned degree, training for a marathon or losing those last pounds.

But that mentality doesn’t necessarily help when someone’s faced with horrible circumstances they have little control over, like losing a loved one, surviving a traumatic experience or becoming chronically ill. No matter how much you don’t want it to be true or how badly you want to get better, willpower won’t help you change the situation you’re in.

 

Many people mistakenly believe that accepting a painful reality means you’re surrendering. That it’s a sign of weakness to stop fighting the truth; that you’re a quitter for no longer struggling every day to get your old life back. They’re wrong.

Acceptance is not the same as giving up. 

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