10 Real-Life Spoonies You Should Know and Follow | The Health Sessions

10 Spoonies You Should Know and Follow

When you feel sick, sad and lonely, it can be so valuable to connect with others who are going through a similar situation. Within the chronic illness community, you can find support from people who get you, share practical tips and learn from their experiences. 

Yes, you have to be careful that you don’t fully identify with your diagnosis or get stuck in an online competition of who has it worse. But sometimes, online strangers can turn into virtual friends when you notice you have more in common than the ‘spoonie’ label. 

The ladies below balance the hardship of living with chronic illness with hopeful messages and hilarious hiccups. Reading their stories can make you feel understood or put emotions into words you didn’t know how to express yourself. 

So start following these 10 spoonies for your daily dose of support, inspiration and motivation! 

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How to Improve Recall: 5 Techniques to Rebuild Your Memory | The Health Sessions

How to Improve Recall: 5 Techniques to Rebuild Your Memory

This article is written by dr. Upasana Gala.

Where did I put my keys? What did the doctor say about these meds? What’s the name of that therapist again?

Chronic illness can often be accompanied by cognitive issues. For people dealing with chronic conditions, problems with memory are not only a matter of forgetting anniversaries or details from the past. Memory problems coupled with chronic illness can be a recurring issue as you go about your daily routines, affecting your overall health and quality of life.

The thing is, memories evolve. When the brain attempts to rebuild memories each time a person tries to recall something, it stores them again for future use. This is where things get mixed up, according to research.

Still, you have to know that there are ways you can improve your brain’s ability for recall. While there may be no guarantee of preventing dementia or memory loss, at least you’ll have a better chance of rebuilding your memory with the following five techniques.

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Tonics and Elixirs: 14 Powerful Potions for a Shot of Health | The Health Sessions

Tonics and Elixirs: 14 Powerful Potions for a Shot of Health

All over the world, people have been using teas, tonics, elixirs and other brews to support their immunity, heal gut issues or improve their chances at getting a good night’s sleep. These potions can surely be a fast and easy way to carry powerful nutrients into the blood stream and throughout your entire body. But what exactly are tonics and elixirs?

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a slight difference. An elixir is a botanical remedy that addresses a specific imbalance in the body, like a cold or menstrual cramps. A tonic, on the other hand, is a drink packed with ingredients that support your overall health, by fortifying bodily systems like your immunity.

No matter if you’re looking to balance your hormones, fight inflammation or reduce stress, you can find a tonic and elixir to help you. Of course, none of these drinks are miracle cures. If only it were that easy to heal yourself! But, tonics and elixirs are a fun and delicious way to get more disease-fighting nutrients in and strengthen your wellbeing. Pretty good for a drink, right?

So take a shot of health and try one of these powerful potions!  

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5 Undeniable Reasons Why An e-Bike is Great for Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

5 Undeniable Reasons Why An e-Bike is Great for Chronic Illness

This article is written by Graeme McLaughlin.

It’s no secret that chronic pain and illness is typically what we call a ‘hidden disease’ for many, but what we also know all too well is that exercise is great for our bodies – pain or not, right?

The trouble for so many people who are dealing with chronic illness and the likelihood of frequently debilitating pain is that even walking can be too high-impact at times. 

Maintaining independence is one of the hardest things to do for someone with even the most beginning stages of chronic pain or illness, as well. One of the biggest sources of depression in those suffering from chronic illness are the feelings of inadequacy, needing to depend on others to run errands, and that’s all in addition to the pain they may feel from trying to stay active and remain in charge of their lives. So how does someone with a chronic illness get their heart pumping – even a little – to gain the benefits that come from exercise?

Enter the e-bike. E-bikes are often misunderstood, in that there are people who believe it’s “cheating” or not really cycling. But it is all that and more, as the level of exercise can be set and changed by the rider to accommodate their abilities and needs.

Maybe to better understand why an e-bike is a great option for those suffering from chronic illness, there are a few things to think about. 

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Let's Talk About Sex: How to Deal with Intimacy Issues with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

Let’s Talk About Sex: How to Deal with Intimacy Issues with Chronic Illness

It’s not something most people easily talk about: the intimacy issues they face as a result of chronic illness.

By nature, sex is a deeply personal and vulnerable act. Baring your body and soul to someone else is intimate in itself, let alone when you look, feel and experience sex differently than what we believe to be ‘normal’.

But sex also plays an important role in the quality of your life and relationships, even if you’re sick or disabled. That’s why it’s important we normalize talking about sex with chronic illness.

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