Welcome to The Health Sessions!

  • By Jennifer Mulder
  • 3 October 2022
  • 2 minute read

Welcome to the newly updated website of The Health Sessions!

Behind the scenes, we’ve been working hard to update the design and mechanics, so you can hopefully get even more in-depth advice about living a good life with chronic illness from this website.

In that spirit, today I have a favor to ask you.

We all know that when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness, your life suddenly gets turned upside down. Knowing there’s no easy cure for the scary and painful symptoms you’re experiencing can change how you feel about your body and self-image, your relationships, work and passions, and the future you’d envisioned for yourself.

Even with the best doctors and treatment available, how will you handle the practical problems, mental limitations and emotional rollercoaster you’re faced with?

No matter if you’re living with MS, diabetes or Crohn’s disease, there can be a lot to figure out:

  • Is there anything you can do to ease your pain, boost your energy levels or manage your symptoms better? And if so, how can you start making these lifestyle changes when you’re too exhausted to exercise, head outside or put a healthy meal on the table?
  • How do you deal with all the emotions – the sadness, illness-induced stress, health-related anxiety and uncertainty about the future you’re feeling?
  • What can you do to tackle practical problems, like keeping your home somewhat clean and organized despite your limitations or getting through the workday when you’re worn-out and in pain?
  • How can you still socialize, find a loving partner, take care or your kids and be a good friend when you’re sick and stuck at home so much?

I don’t have all the answers to these questions. But based on my personal experience with chronic illness and my professional knowledge as a psychologist, I want to help you live a good life with chronic illness.

I want The Health Sessions to become the place to turn to for science-based advice and tried-and-tested tips on supporting your health and happiness, as well as how you can best cope with the cognitive, emotional and practical problems that you’re facing.

And that’s where you come in.

If you’ve been a long-time reader of The Health Sessions or some of my articles have helped you in any way, it would really mean a lot to me if you could help spread the word.

Send your struggling sick friend advice on coping with pain, health-related anxiety, emotional loneliness or real FOMO. You can find over 500 helpful articles in the archives.

Share spoonie-proof tips on healthier living and getting things done with chronic illness on social media, or post your favorite quote or recovery-boosting recipe on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Feel free to tag me @thehealthsessions or use the hashtag #thehealthsessions so I can say hi!

If you’re new to The Health Sessions, I would love for you to explore some all-time favorite articles, like:

And of course it would be great if you’d sign up for weekly health sessions delivered straight to your inbox or follow along on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

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All these small gestures will make it easier for others who are struggling with their health and happiness to find this website, and hopefully some advice, support and most of all, hope.

Thank you for all your support over the years!

Love, Jennifer

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