12 Determination Quotes to Spark Your Persistence | The Health Sessions

12 Determination Quotes to Spark Your Persistence

The whole deal of chronic illness is that it’s a long-term thing. Normally, when you encounter a problem, you deal with it and you move on. But living with chronic illness means there is no easy fix – and sometimes no fix at all. To keep going, to make the most of each day even though you’re sick and in pain demands a lot from your emotional resilience.

I’ve always felt that living with a chronic illness feels a lot like starring in your own action hero movie. Everyday living can seem like a quest, demanding all your willpower to complete simple tasks and achieve your goals. You need a determined mind to continuously take action to finish your studies, get through your workday, raise your kids or pursue your dreams despite the obstacles on your way.

But unlike our movie heroes, in real life you don’t get inspirational speeches during those moments you’re struggling to hang. So to fuel your motivation, take a look at these 12 quotes to spark your determination and persistence. 

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13 Spoonie-Proof Strategies to Improve Your Attention Span | The Health Sessions

13 Spoonie-Proof Strategies to Improve Your Attention Span

“Where did I leave my keys?”

“It’s on the tip of my tongue…”

We all know what it’s like to be forgetful or have trouble finding the right words. But when your brain constantly lets you down, it has a big impact on your daily life.

Cognitive problems like poor memory, slow thinking, difficulty focusing and mental fatigue are common and frustrating symptoms that accompany many chronic diseases. Mild mental impairments can be the result of physical changes in your body, a side effect from medical treatments or intensified by stress, anxiety and depressive feelings.

People often don’t realise how much cognitive problems affect your everyday activities. When you can’t think as clearly and fast as you used to, it can be hard to finish your studies, perform well at your job, navigate busy traffic safely or even join in on conversations. As a result, having cognitive problems can contribute to loneliness and social isolation almost as much as physical symptoms do.

Attention – the mental ability to focus on one thing while mostly ignoring everything else that’s going on around you – is one of our most basic cognitive functions. It supports countless brain activities, from listening to someone talk and reading this sentence to driving and memorizing new facts.

That’s why the tips below focus on the often-overlooked mental side of recovery: your attention span. 

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How to Be a Good Friend Even Though You're Chronically Ill | The Health Sessions

How to Be a Good Friend Eventhough You’re Chronically Ill

Being a good friend and having a chronic illness are not mutually exclusive. Of course not; you can still have a good time together, listen to your BFF’s adventures and share your problems. But it is harder to maintain friendships when you feel sick every day. It’s harder to be a part of their lives when you’re housebound. It’s harder to do fun things together when you have limited mobility. It can even be challenging to find common ground when your friend goes to college, builds a career, gets married and has kids while your life is on hold as a result of your chronic illness.

Much has been written about how you can support your friend in need – I recommend There’s No Good Card for This –  but what about the other way around? How can you keep friendships alive when you’re the one who’s sick?

Here are some ideas to be a good friend even though you’re chronically ill. 

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Road to Recovery: How Anne Doussan Took Her Health into Her Own Hands | The Health Sessions

Road to Recovery: How Anne Doussan Took Her Health into Her Own Hands

When you’re diagnosed with chronic illness, is there anything you can do to improve your health and happiness? Can you (fully) recover from persisting health problems, and if so, how? In this interview on recovery, Anne Doussan from Still Moving shares her story. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, I’m Anne. I was diagnosed with chronic illnesses in my twenties, and for over a decade I followed the more conventional treatments. After getting little to no relief from surgeries and pharmaceuticals, however, I decided to take matters into my own hands. In February 2017 I went to an inpatient chronic pain and recovery center to get off all my medications and find alternative therapies. Since then, I’ve learned many new approaches to managing my chronic illnesses.

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Facing the Facts: Arthritis & Joint Pain | The Health Sessions

Facing the Facts: Arthritis & Joint Pain

Red, swollen joints, chronic pain, a stiffness that limits your mobility… Arthritis comes in more than 100 forms, but almost all these rheumatic conditions have two things in common: inflammation and stiffness.

Inflammation is a natural defense mechanism of the body, to detect and get rid off harmful invaders like viruses. But when the immune system malfunctions, it can mistakenly attack its own tissues. This uncontrolled inflammation could then damage joints and internal organs, resulting in pain and stiffness. These symptoms can make it difficult (and sometimes impossible) to do daily activities like walking, climbing the stairs, chopping food or writing by hand.

Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States. And it’s not just old people who suffer from these painful and debilitating disorders – even kids have to fight juvenile arthritis every day.

Take a look at this infographic from Geriatric Nursing to learn more about arthritis and joint pain. 

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