CFS/ME Photography – Awareness Week 2015

CFS/ME is a very real and debilitating and often life shattering chronic illness.

Some of my spoonie friends from the CFS Health Centre have created a number of projects to raise awareness of this horrible condition.

The first of which is a great project where several of us shared a pictures we had taken and what they meant to us.

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How friends & family can help people with chronic illnesses

Tomorrow kicks off CFS/ME awareness week and I will be posting each day mainly creative things that us suffers have created to raise awareness.

But to kick off the week I thought that this would be a great way to get the ball rolling, in one of my online groups we created a document to give to friends, family or anyone else who it might be useful to; of things we thought that those around people with chronic illnesses could do to help make our lives easier.

It is hard for us suffers but it is really hard for those around us too, often those around us feel helpless and don’t know how they can help, this is a list (obviously not exhaustive) but to get people thinking of the little things they can do to help.

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12 messages you might not know that I use to keep positive – Day 5 Invisible Illness Week

So today day 5 of the invisible illness awareness week I wanted follow on from my post yesterday; where I went through how having a positive mindset can have very real profound impacts on the body and physical health.

Yesterday I discussed various scientific studies and the science behind mindset on the body, but today I want to go down a different route and talk about how I personally keep on top of my mindset.

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The Impact of Mindset on Physical Health- Invisible Illness Awareness Week Day 4

Today marks the 4th Day of invisible awareness week and I thought it was finally time to finish I post I have been meaning to write for a long time.

CFS/ME is not a psychological illness! I am aware of this but for a long time I have had the avid belief that mindset can have an significant impact on recovery and the quality of suffers lives.

So I decided to have a little gander on the internet to see what I could find anything that could back up this belief of mine. I am not a sciencey person at all but  luckily there are loads of them out there in the world, so what to they have to say? Continue reading

Mental Illness- Invisible Awareness Week Day3

To mark day 3 of invisible illness awareness week, I thought I would talk about mental health.

Something which I do not think is hard to believe is that around half of people with CFS/ME develop depression in the months or years after their illness starts. Whilst CFS/ME is not a psychiatric illness, it appears to be a physical illness that leads to depression. Continue reading

The Benefits of Corn- Invisible Illness Awareness Day 2

For those who don’t know this week is invisible illness awareness week (8-14th September) and to raise awareness I am going to post a blog a day whether that be in my new personal updates section or even a recipe.

I started off the week by answering invisible awareness week’s “30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know” (Link) but today I am going to do a bit of a u turn and talk about a great snack which is naturally GF but also something hassle free and nutritious , so that people suffering from an invisible illness hopefully would have no problem making.

This amazing snack simple nutritious is … Corn. Yes I know it might not be what you expected me to say. But on a day like today, where I have been to work for a couple of hours got home mid afternoon it is absolutely perfect. Continue reading

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know – Invisible Illness Awarness Week (Day1)

Today marks the beginning of invisible illness awareness week (8-14th September) and to raise awareness I am going to post a blog a day whether that be in my new personal updates section or even a recipe.

To start the week off I am going to participate by sharing with you the “30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know” if you would like to participate or find more about invisible awareness week click here.

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