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‘Chronic Illness Joke of the Week’ Series – Joke about using lavender to help with stress

It’s that time of the week again, yes my ‘CHRONIC ILLNESS JOKE OF THE WEEK’. If it is the first week you are joining us, the title speaks for itself. It’s where I share a joke that can be appreciated by people living with chronic illness and also their loved ones. Yet suitable for non-sufferers as well, to give them an insight into our world of living with chronic illness and what it brings with it…

In the Facebook support group I run ‘HELEN’S FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS & CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP’ for people with chronic illness and their loved ones, I share a number of jokes or lighthearted meme’s about life with chronic illness and the group is able to identify together, laugh together and acknowledge a united struggle so no one feels alone. So I thought, why not share this with my blog readers too! Hence ‘Chronic Illness Joke of the Week’ series being created.

Chronic Illness Joke of the Week! Week 5: Joke about using lavender for stress…

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‘Chronic Illness Joke of the Week’ Series – Joke about being asked for a ‘brief’ medical history

Welcome to my new series ‘CHRONIC ILLNESS JOKE OF THE WEEK’. Where I will be doing exactly that – sharing with you a joke that can be appreciated by people living with chronic illness and their loved ones. But they are also for non-sufferers too, to give them an insight into our world of living with chronic illness and what it brings with it…

Chronic Illness Joke of the Week! Week 3 – A joke about being asked by a new doctor to give your ‘brief’ medical history when you have multiple chronic conditions

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‘Odeon LUXE’ A review of the luxury cinema experience; making watching films more accessible when you have physical ailments

ODEON LUXE – watching your films in a more luxurious way!

My local Odeon Cinema (Regal Cinemas in the USA) was out of action for a while as it underwent a refurbishment, but this wasn’t any old refurbishment with a new carpet and a dash of fresh paint. No, I’d call it more of a luxury makeover! You see it didn’t just get a new word in its name – it got a new identity. The ‘LUXE’ really is visible to see!

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“Fibro-my-what?” Let me explain… All about the health condition FIBROMYALGIA

Fibro-My-What?

Let me explain…

The 12th of May is ‘Fibromyalgia Awareness Day’ – So what better way to become aware, than by reading this blog post!

You write it: FIBROMYALGIA

You say it: Fi – bro – my – al – gee – ah.

The origins of the word:

“fibro”for fibrous tissues such as tendons & ligaments

“my”indicating muscles

“algia” meaning pain.

Also referred to as:   FMS (Fibromyalgia Syndrome)

“Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of widespread muscle pain, profound fatigue & sleep disorder, along with many other symptoms.”

www.fibromyalgia-associationuk.org

According to the National Fibromyalgia Association3-6% of the world’s population has Fibromyalgia syndrome. 

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What I’ve Learnt from over a Decade with Chronic Illness! Top 5 Life Lessons Fibromyalgia has taught me!

A reflection I am writing as I am undergoing treatment:

As I type this, I’m currently on a hospital bed receiving treatment for the chronic illness I’ve had for just over 11 years. As I am laying here with an IV drip going into my hand pumping anaesthetic around my body to try to numb my nervous system down, I find myself reflecting on the life lessons chronic illness has brought along with it…

  • You never know what’s around the corner.
  • You find out who is willing to make the effort for you, when you are simply unable to do it back.
  • There is a big difference between being alive and actually living.
  • Life comes down to love.
  • There is always a way to do it or an alternative.
  • You find out what your passion is when you can’t do it any longer.
  • You discover your core relationships.
  • The power of the mind and destructive thinking.
  • The danger of owning your diagnoses.

I could really let my fingers carry on and list a thousand things, esp as I’m on this IV drip for a few hours…but I’ll only pick a few from this list to explain in more depth:

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“Trying to stay STABLE, while we celebrate the Stable!” CHRISTMAS REFLECTION and a Life Lesson relevant for every day of the year!

7 days until we wake up and it’s December 25th. For some the excitement of the season mounts as the days get closer, but for others it’s a real strain knowing they have less days than yesterday to complete everything. However it makes you feel, I invite you to join me each of the 12 days till Christmas, as I share daily Christmas Reflections and of course an accompanying Christmas image! (I just love taking photos & sharing pictures so it’s only right each post is inspired by own own photos.)

Today’s chosen image below is of a nativity scene, complete with stable but no star-today’s life lesson is that of staying stable in yourself while we concentrate on the celebrations of the Nativity stable!

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