when you feel inadequate

When you feel inadequate as a parent with chronic illness

“Mom, can I have a play date?” The first thing my daughter says to me when she walks in the door from school. What I really want to say is: Hell no, it’s hard enough dealing with my own kids but dealing with someone else’s is its own special brand of hell.  What I actually […]

5 tips for finding motivation

5 tips for finding motivation, even with chronic illness

It’s one of those high pain, low energy days and you just can’t motivate yourself to do much of anything. You feel the weight of your illness crashing down on you and you just want to hide from everything and everyone, so what do you do? If you’re like me sometimes you let the weight […]

Invisible Illness feels like clinging to the edge of a cliff with all your might as someone tries to force you off by stomping on your hand repeatedly.

Invisible illness: when people can’t see your pain

This week is Invisible Illness week, and so I’ve been thinking about what it really means to have an invisible illness. While everyone’s experience is different, this is what invisible illness is to me:   Invisible illness is being pressured into doing things you’re too sick to do Invisible illness is being told you just […]

what self care means when you have a chronic illness

What self care means when you have a chronic illness

This is a sponsored post for Self Care Catalysts. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned because of chronic illness is the necessity of self care. Self care is vital […]

when people think your chronic illness makes you useless

When people think your illness means you’re useless

I’m a very capable person, my parents even joke that I have responsibility stamped on my DNA. I couldn’t be irresponsible if I tried because I’d be too overcome by guilt. Which is why I hate that people see me as being less capable because I have a chronic illness. People see me as being unreliable […]