11 Summer Self-Care Tips for the Chronically Ill

It’s SUMMER!!!!!

Summer has always been my least favorite season. I know, I’m weird. Most people tend to love the heat and sun but I’ve never been able to handle the heat very well. It drains what little energy I have and I burn to a bright pink in record breaking time.

So why did I use exclamation points when I announced it was summer? I’ve learned a few things over the years that have made summer more enjoyable and I’d love to share them with you.

summer self-care tips for the chronically ill

11 Summer Self-Care Tips for the Chronically Ill

  1. Stay hydrated. By the time you feel thirsty you’re already starting to dehydrate.  Infuse water with fruit for a tastier version or eat foods containing lots of water like watermelon or cucumbers.

 

  1. Use your air conditioner and fans. Don’t worry if the neighbors haven’t started using there’s yet – there is no award for toughing it out in a sweltering house. Be sure you’re comfortable.  if you don’t have an air conditioner and it’s getting too toasty at home you can go sit at a coffee shop with a good book and enjoy their air for a bit.

 

  1. Wear loose fitting, light colored clothes.  This is one of the keys for avoiding heat stroke in the summer according to the Mayo Clinic. Dark colored clothes will absorb the heat and increase your risk of heat stroke.

 

  1. Create a summer bucket list. Make a list of a few things you’d like to see or do this summer. That way, if you wake up feeling like you could handle a short outing you have a list ready to go and you don’t spend precious energy on searching and deciding what you’ll do that day. All that days energy can go right into your bucket list item. Taking time to play is so essential for your over-all well-being. Find out where your community posts the local events – you might find nights where they have music in the park or other similar things you might enjoy.

 

  1. Take technology breaks. When you’re chronically ill you tend to spend quite a bit of time on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Be sure to turn off the screens and allow yourself to get outside and breathe some fresh air and soak in some sunlight! If you’re unable to get out of bed, ask a family member or friend to place a hanging basket, hummingbird feeder or flower pot outside your window so you can enjoy the colors and the birds that come to visit.

 

  1. Go sit by a lake or some body of water for a while – even if it’s a swimming pool in your backyard. Watching the ripples across the top of the water and the movement of the waves will bring a calming effect to your mind, body and your soul. While you’re there, take a few moments to thank God for the amazing creativity He used when He created our world!

 

  1. Eat seasonal foods. It’s great for your body when you eat local seasonal foods. Enjoy fresh fruits as your dessert and benefit from the nutritional values they bring. Nothing says summer like a big bowl of fruit or veggie salad for lunch!

 

  1. Read a great book. If you normally spend quite a bit of time reading non-fiction or medically based articles try grabbing a great fiction book and get lost in a story. Take it with you to the water’s edge or your backyard and double up on the relaxation!

 

  1. Find a new summer recipe to enjoy. This turkey burger from Joy Bauer’s website is phenomenal. I’m sure I’ve shared it before. When I’m having a good day I’ll make a triple batch of these babies. They freeze really well and can be heated back up in the microwave in 35 seconds!

 

  1. Pack your car. Throw a few things in your car so you’re ready for anything. A few things to include:  A jacket or throw blanket – yes, for summer. If you go to visit a friend or relative that keeps their air at the Igloo setting you’ll be prepared! A folding camping chair – if you’re out for a drive and your family decided to stop somewhere you’ll be able to sit and conserve your energy. A few snacks – toss a bottle of water and a protein/granola bar in an insulated bag. You can grab ice at a gas station while you’re out to keep the beverages cool. A hat and sunglasses – I never remember to grab these items until I’m out and having to shade my eyes with my hand. Grab a cheap pair and toss them in your car. Sunblock – I know, that one goes without saying.

 

  1. Maintain a self-care attitude. Give yourself a break, don’t compare yourself to everyone else. Listening to your body and doing the things that are best for your symptoms will give you the best possible summer!

Your turn to share! What’s your favorite self-care tip for summer?

 

 

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D-Ribose for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

I get asked all the time if there is one supplement or medication I use that I feel I benefit from the most. The answer: I use D-Ribose for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. My other medications have positively impacted my health; however, d-ribose has given me the greatest over-all results.

d-ribose for chronic fatigue

 

What is d-ribose and how do your cells produce energy?

Each cell of your body has a structure called the mitochondria. It works to produce the energy that your body needs.

D-Ribose is a form of sugar that is produced by your body and used at the core of your cells (mitochondria) to provide energy and recovery from activity.

It’s the key ingredient used by your body to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP works to transfer energy throughout your body.

In a healthy body, d-ribose is produced adequately by your own body to meet your energy needs.

The energy problem with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

If you think about how an average “healthy” person functions – they will participate in events or activities that drain them of their energy. After a day or two of rest their body has recuperated and they’re able to continue with life as normal and participate in energy depleting activities again.

In a patient with CFS/Fibro – after they’ve depleted their energy by participating in activities their energy reserve doesn’t replenish. Instead, their energy reserves are exhausted and their body doesn’t recuperate because the mitochondria doesn’t function properly.

They are left with drained energy levels that make them constantly feel like they’ve just completed a marathon.

Quite a few symptoms can be linked to this mitochondria dysfunction, such as:

  • lower levels of neurotransmitters causing brain fog and making the overall thinking processes harder
  • low energy production which results in muscle fatigue and insufficient energy recovery after activities
  • persistent pain
  • lack of energy
  • stiffness

How do you use d-ribose for chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia?

I was first introduced to D-Ribose by Dr. Teitelbaum’s book Fatigued to Fantastic.

In the book he explained his clinical study. Patients diagnosed with CFS and/or Fibromyalgia were given 5 grams of d-ribose three times a day for three weeks. The powdered supplement was mixed into any beverage or sprinkled on food. (It dissolves clearly and quickly. Taste is barely noticeable – if anything, it’s slightly sweet.)

Patients reported improvements in five categories: sleep, energy, over-all well-being, mental clarity and pain intensity. 66% of those in the study reported a 45% increase in their energy and a 30% increase in their over-all feeling of well-being.

After the three week “loading” period was over, patients continued taking 5 grams of d-ribose twice a day to maintain the benefits.

Other studies have been conducted, all with similar results.

My personal experience with d-ribose.

I have been taking this supplement for quite a few years now. I must admit, I go through times where I’m feeling a bit better and I think I can do without. But, it always catches up with me.

It is now part of my daily supplement regime and I take it twice a day. (In the beginning I took it three times a day for three weeks for the “loading” period.)

It’s pretty inexpensive and can be found over-the-counter at places like GNC and Vitamin World. I have also ordered it online through Amazon. I’ve used various brands and they’ve all had the same results for me. All the brands I’ve tried contain a 5 gram scoop to help assure a proper dosage amount.

I haven’t had any negative side effects at all. Some people report a mild headache or stomach ache.

WebMD offers a list of patient reviews you could check out.

As far as drug interactions – the only noted one would be with insulin. D-ribose can lower your blood sugar. You can read WebMD’s list of drug interactions here.

 

Be sure to talk with your doctor!

Whenever you start a new supplement you should always talk to your doctor first.

He/she can inform you of any side effects or drug interactions you need to be aware of.

 

**This post was also shared as part of the Chronic Friday Link-up over at Being Fibro Mom

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PillSuite Review – Easy To Use Pill Sorting System

**I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.**

 

When I was first offered the chance to try this product I wasn’t expecting much at all. I figured it was just another organizer box of some sort that, like all the other’s I’ve tried, wouldn’t hold all the supplements and medications I take on a daily basis.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Diane, the creator, wrote –

PillSuite evolved from the need to create a product which made taking vitamins and prescriptions easier. My husband, Phil, and I were celebrating a special Anniversary abroad and were to be away two weeks. Wanting to keep our medication with us (not in checked baggage), Phil sought out an alternative solution to the bulky, hard plastic, flip-top lid containers and PillSuite was born.”

When you have a chronic illness, traveling can be a pain by itself. But when you add in all the items you need to pack, even if you’re only going away for a day or two, it can be completely overwhelming!

The need for necessary meds and supplements can result in taking a separate suitcase just to haul all the bottles, jars and containers. The typical pill sorters have the snap lids that always seem to come un-snapped in my suitcase. Also, I have more meds and supplements than those sorters will hold. So if my trip is on a Tuesday – Thursday I would fill the sorter with the pills and then I’d have to try and remember, “Did I put my Tuesday P.M. pills in the Monday compartment or was Sunday through Wednesday all A.M. meds and Thursday through Saturday my P.M. meds?”

Am I the only one that’s had this confusion?

When it came to my powdered d-ribose supplement, I had never been able to find a convenient way to take only the necessary doses for the time I’d be gone. I always ended up having to take the entire large container with me.

Or you can do what my husband’s done in the past – throw all your pills in a single little zipper sandwich bag that delightfully grinds the pills until a lovely powder covers the whole bunch.

I knew there had to be a better solution.

Enter PillSuite!

My personal PillSuite Review: 

Here’s what you get

  • The Suites (little plastic pouches that are 100% biodegradable and made with soy ink. So you don’t have to worry about adding to the landfills)
  • The green sealer
  • The orange pill sorter
  • Batteries (Don’t you love it when a product comes with the required batteries!)

Here’s how it works

  • Label the Suite (little plastic pouch) according to your needs. Example: P.M. Meds or A.M. Supplements
  • You fill the orange sorter with your pills. I divided mine up into batches- sorting my A.M. pills and then my P.M. pills, A.M. Supplements and then P.M. Supplements.
  • Turn the spouted lid of the sorter so that it’s open to the desired group of pills.
  • Take a Suite and slide it over the sorter’s spout, then tip the sorter so the pills slide down into the Suite.
  • Slide the open end of the Suite into the green sealer and press down. The red light will come on while the Suite is being sealed and goes off once the sealing process is complete.
  • Release the sealer button.
There you have it! A nice package of pills.
I was able to put the PillSuite to the test when my husband and I took a weekend trip recently.
PillSuite Pill Sorter

My necessary meds & supplements for a two day trip

One of the huge benefits to me was the fact that i could fill the little Suite’s with my individual dose of powdered D-Ribose which meant I didn’t need to lug the large container with me. It also made taking this supplement easy. While at a restaurant I was able to grab the dose from my purse and discreetly open it, similar to a small sugar packet, mix it in my glass of water and Ta-Da! Previously I would have waited until we were back at the hotel so I could pull out the jar which resulted in doses being skipped at optimal times of the day.

If you’ve been looking for a handy, convenient system for sorting your meds and supplements, you might like PillSuite! Be sure to watch the video below. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

 

 

 

 

Can You Choose Joy?

Even in the midst of grief and a chronic illness?

On a chilly, fall day in 1969, Harry and Lila gave birth to a little girl.  Their youngest.  They named her Kimberly Joy and for the rest of that little girl’s life she’d be told it was because they “thought” she’d be a bundle of joy. 😉

I never understood how something as close to me as my very name could also be the furthest thing from my heart.

can you choose joy

If you haven’t noticed, I dragged my feet through this book club for Choose Joy.  It’s the first one I tried here on the blog and had I known how much it would wreck me, and how hard it would be to embrace, I would have skipped it altogether. (Just keeping it real here. But I’m truly glad I didn’t.)

I don’t believe it’s any coincidence that I had this book in my hands through the month of April.  I hate April.

The month has contained all the worst days of my life.  I won’t go into detail but from the time I was young April became 30 days I’d dread each year.

It’s also the anniversary month of the deaths of my closest family members.  All in April.  My brother-in-law on Easter Day, my mother-in-law, my uncle, my sister and my dad.

I didn’t want to finish this book because I knew Sara lost her life to her illness. I have enough people I mourn for in April – I didn’t want another. Plus, I felt it would be a slap in the face to Sara’s legacy if I didn’t change from her life. And if I didn’t finish the book, I could tell myself the last two chapters contained the magic formula for joy. No magic formula – no change required.

Somehow I felt holding the sorrow was honoring my loved ones more than if I moved on.  Would moving on mean I was forgetting them? Would joy and laughter during April mean I didn’t miss them?

I’ve been desperately trying to hold on to the memories of those past, worst days because I wasn’t done with them.  I had more I wanted to do back then, more I should have done and things I would have done differently. But holding those negative memories in my tight grasp can change the past just easily as my outstretched hand could grasp the moon.

So it’s been a month of letting go.

  • I let go of Sara by reading the final chapter of the book and, with tears, mourned her as if she had truly been a dear friend. Her words have helped to change me and bring healing.
  • I let go of the pain from personally watching the last breath of those closest to me by deciding to focus on the days lived well together.
  • I let go of past regrets and failures, understanding the more I’m facing the past, and sinking in the weight of regret, the more I’m totally missing the present. Learn from the past – live in the present.

It’s also been a month of new chapters.

  • My son got engaged and purchased his first house.
  • My sister’s daughter got married.
  • My purpose has become clearer to me.

Somehow through Sara’s words I’ve learned joy is truly the only choice I have if I’m choosing to live well.

But the most important lesson is that I’ve been reminded of the source of true joy.

It’s not circumstantial, it’s not material, it’s not derived from others and it’s not even found in the laughter of my grandson.

The true source of joy is the only unchangeable, never failing, always present, always loving, grace giving, indescribable One True God. And the road map to a life of joy is found in His unchanging word.

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalms 94:18-19

 

God has breathed life into April again. There is budding, spring life happening this April – if I choose to look for it.

 

 

I am a survivor. Not because I am strong or willful or unique. I am a survivor because God has intentions for me, and as long as I am here on this earth I have a job left to do.

He saw that I would be sick, He saw that I would be devastated, He saw that I would feel weak—but He put me in this life because He also saw I would fulfill what He intended.

All I have to do is remember that this life isn’t about me. It’s about His intentions for me. If I trust Him with all of it—past, present, future—then He will make sure I am in the right position to fulfill all He intended.

Oh, and according to the life verse my friend helped me choose, I plan on doing it with joy. Habakkuk 3:18 says, “I will take joy”—and I will.

 ~ Sara Frankl, Choose Joy

 

 

 

When Your Fight-Or-Flight Response

Leaves You Flustered-And-Frantic

Our bodies are magnificent creations. The systems and functions of each little cell of our bodies just amaze me. One of those systems is our fight-or-flight response, otherwise known as the sympathetic nervous system. Although it’s a much needed function of our bodies, it can get out of control in someone with a chronic illness or even cause a chronic illness.

fight-or-flight response

 

Let’s start with a little explanation of what goes on to send our bodies into fight-or-flight response.

Our eyes or ears first alert the brain of some danger of some sort. This could be anything from seeing a toddler reach for a hot pan, to hearing a herd of buffalo charging toward you, to seeing a bee land on your arm with stinger locked and loaded, to hearing a fire alarm.

The brain then sends a signal down our nervous system to different muscle groups and organs. This makes adrenaline flow and causes the liver to release glucose to supply energy so you can, well, fight or flee. The adrenaline also goes to the lungs to speed up the breathing and the heart to speed up your heart rate – all in preparation to avoid or defeat the danger.

When the adrenaline reaches the digestive system it temporarily slows it down because it knows it’s more important to, let’s say, flee the burning building than it is to digest that omelet you ate for breakfast. As it reaches your reproductive system and immune system it’s going to bring those to a temporary halt as well. By doing these functions it’s allowing as much energy as possible to go to the muscles, heart and lungs.

One signal used in various amazing ways!

The problem is – our current lifestyles leave our bodies almost in a constant state of being “on alert”. Even if it’s not constant, it’s definitely affected daily!

Although things may not seem like they put stress on our bodies, mental stress sets off the same alert system. Getting a late notice for your electric bill, seeing your phone light up with an incoming call from someone you don’t want to talk to, or running late for work isn’t going to kill you, but your sympathetic nervous system doesn’t understand the difference.

The consequence of our bodies running this alert system daily can lead to problems like high blood pressure, digestive issues and the suppression of our immune system. In my case, this led to adrenal fatigue which then brought in a whole host of other problems with it.

So what can we do to help calm this alert system?

Do things to calm your body!

  • Practice having a daily quiet time of prayer and meditation on God’s word
  • Allow yourself extra time to get where you need to go or accomplish a task
  • Spend a few minutes deep breathing with your diaphragm – inhale slowly and deeply for 5 to 10 seconds, then exhale slowly and completely for 5 to 10 seconds
  • Don’t multi-task, be present in the moment – try to eliminate multiple distractions for your attention
  • Go to a quiet room and imagine yourself in your happy place while you focus on your breathing
  • Try to get some exercise – even a simple walk for a few minutes per day
  • Practice living a life of gratitude – daily reflections of the positives that have happened in your day
  • Eat a healthy diet – cut down on caffeine and sugar, which put stress on your body
  • Be aware of sensory overload – example: avoid having the TV on while you’re clicking through your emails on your smartphone or turn off the radio while your having a conversation
  • Learn to let go
  • Try to schedule a day of rest each week and times of rest each day

Although we can’t eliminate all the stresses we’ll face throughout our day, we can make steps to de-stress our bodies on a daily basis, hopefully balancing our system.

 

 

 

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When Chronic Illness Joins Your Marriage

Maybe someday I’ll write a post directed at the spouse of someone with a chronic illness and you’ll be able to show it to your spouse and say “see, told ya….” but today isn’t that day. Today is about us.

We can find quite a bit on the internet directed at the loved ones and friends of someone with a chronic illness but when there are two people in a relationship, they both have the obligation to do their part to make the relationship the best it can be.

chronic illness joins your marriage

During the whole dating process you’re suppose to be open and honest with each other. You learn all you can about this wonderful person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You know they aren’t perfect, after all, no one is. But you’ve decided you can live with their faults and they can live with yours.

But what happens when another concern enters the picture after you’re married.

Thursday was my 27th anniversary. When I stood holding my husband’s hand and saying my “I do’s” it was just him and me. “In sickness and in health” was a line we repeated as the Pastor directed. What I didn’t realize was that one day that line would feel more like we had added another person to this marriage.

Doesn’t a Chronic Illness seem like another person at times?

Husband: “Wanna go get something to eat.”

Wife: “Let me check with C.I.  – No we can’t. C.I. needs to be at physical therapy by noon, then back home by 2 pm to take her meds. She said her legs aren’t up to the walk from the parking lot into the cafe. So, as much as I’d love to go with you, I’m going to have to stay here with C.I. Oh, and by the way, while I’m with C.I. today, I’m going to need you to pick up the groceries and run a few other errands for me, ok?”

See what I mean. It’s like there’s a third person in the mix now and how we handle this intrusion can make or break our marriage.

I asked a few of my chronic illness blogger friends to offer their tips for a healthy marriage despite having an unhealthy illness.  Some knew about their illness before marriage, some didn’t. But regardless of when the chronic illness joins your marriage there are still hardships and challenges that take place.

Here are their suggestions :

 

Kami from Living Grace

I think our tip would be this: to make a point to regularly check in with your spouse to see how THEY are doing. It’s easy to miss our spouse’s needs in the midst of illness. We both get wrapped up in the fact that I’m sick, with conversations surrounding doctors appointments, treatment, and my newest symptoms. But his needs are just as much a priority as mine.

Rachel from Cranberry Tea Time

One of the most important things you can do is express your gratitude often. Let your spouse know that you are grateful for the way he or she works hard and takes care of you.

You may be limited in the physical help you can provide around the house, but work hard and be faithful in the areas you can help out, even if it seems small and insignificant. In our home, I try to help with a simple task each day that can be done in less than five minutes. I might wipe the bathroom counter, wipe the kitchen counters, dust, wipe a spot off the kitchen floor, or wipe hair off the bathroom floor. I do very little work in one day, but over the course of a week, it does add up.

Shelly from Renewed Daily

Tip from me: Never underestimate the impact of your presence and emotional support. This makes a huge impact on your spouse, and is sometimes all they need (meaning, as a chronically ill spouse, you CAN still do what really matters).

Tip from Brian: Don’t assume your spouse will know your needs because you know each other so well. The illness is new and direction or specifics are very much appreciated!

 

Robin from In Spite Of My Illness

My husband feels it’s important to give your spouse permission to do things they enjoy without making them feel guilty for not staying home with you. We do that in our marriage and I think that’s huge.

Tanya from My Fruitful Home

I have two tips. First, be clear about what you need. Sometimes we have a tendency to expect our spouse to know what we need. It makes both our lives easier when this is done. Second, if you and your spouse like to do things together, have two lists of activities – one for your good days and one for your bad days. That way you won’t have to disappoint your spouse. Even on my worst days I can usually go to the movies or rent one and order food in.

My tips are:

  1. Pray for your spouse and your marriage daily. So many things can creep in and ruin a healthy marriage. Going through a chronic illness has always been one of the top causes for divorce along with infidelity and financial pressures. Make sure your first line of defense is spiritual warfare!
  2. Make running errands for you as easy as possible. For example, keep a grocery list handy that’s arranged according to the layout of your store. I have one you can download here. Makes grocery shopping easier!
  3. When you’re able to get out on a date night, try to keep the conversation away from your illness and focus on each other and your other interests.
  4. Be sure to celebrate your spouse’s successes and victories. Be their biggest cheerleader.

If you think about it, every marriage is going to have to face things they weren’t planning on. Whether it’s a lost job, care for elderly parents, a child with a disability, etc. – as prepared as you may have thought you were, no couple can know everything they’ll face during the course of their marriage.

It can be so easy to focus on our health and lose the focus on our relationship. Marriage is hard work – with or without a chronic illness. But anything worthwhile is worth the work involved.

Now it’s your turn! Leave a comment below sharing how you keep your marriage healthy!

 

 

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What Story Will You Live To Tell?

Dropping through the air with nothing but a rope tied around your ankles, wind rushing past your face as you plummet, scared, and not knowing when it’s going to happen. Then all of a sudden your descent slows. You begin to feel sick, your stomach’s catching up with the momentum of your body. The ground is still getting closer. You fear that this could be the end. You close your eyes and brace for the impact. You feel the tug of the rope. Your momentum changes directions. Instead or falling, you’re now being shot back up, but this is short lived. Soon you start to twirl and twist back to the earth. You open your eyes, but after those few adrenaline fueled seconds you realize you had forgotten how to breathe. Gasping for air, dangling below the bridge, wondering when your feet will be firmly planted on the ground. You anticipate your return to the bridge. Shouts of joy resonating off the sides of the deep crevasse into which you had leaped. You hear “good job!” and “way to go!”  As you near the bottom of the structure, you reach out your hand but cannot say a word. A man with large muscles and a tie-dye shirt hoists you up and asks if you are ok. Your words slur in your response due to the immense amount of blood that had rushed into your head, but alas you are finished with this incredible feat. Joy overwhelms you as you realize what you have just accomplished. Friends and family smile and ask if you were scared. You reply with some arrogant and cocky comment like “not at all! It was actually quite calming.” But they don’t buy into what you’re saying due to your knees buckling and your face being red with excitement. For days you can’t help but discuss your twelve second adventure with everyone you come in contact with. Who can blame you? Not many people jump off a bridge and live to tell the story. ~ Austin

 

That piece was written by my son, Austin, in his junior year of high school in 2010.  I have to say I was quite impressed by his work.  Not just because it was my kid but because I noticed I had been holding my breath as I read.  I was captivated by the story.

So let me ask, what kind of story are you going to live to tell?

chronic illness

When you first get your diagnosis of chronic illness you spin for a while. The world seems to look completely different and you flounder. All your plans, hopes and dreams shatter at your feet.

I know when you’re sick and your health seems to take so much of your time you feel guilty if you expend any kind of energy into something that isn’t work related – either at your job or in your home.  You can’t seem to justify taking a few moments to work on a craft when there are three million loads of laundry on the basement floor needing your attention. You may also have to drop out from extras that used to give your life a sense of purpose – like cooking at a soup kitchen or directing the children’s groups at your church.

Helping people is in my nature. I loved the career I held in the credit union industry because I was able to help people. But once I left the career to focus on my health I lost that feeling of accomplishment and sense of purpose I had in helping others.  It seemed like all of a sudden life was focused just on me and my health.

So what now?  What was I supposed to do with my life? When I can’t guarantee how my health is going to be on any given day, how am I to join any group or participate in anything that helps other.

Enter blogging.

I’m an introvert by nature. Ok, ok – I get plain reclusive at times. My blog started as just an outlet for creativity and a place where I could record the things I was learning about my new circumstance.  I was struggling to find what my strength and new restrictions would allow and blogging fit within those limitations for me.

My prayer is that each of you will be able to find something you can embrace.  Something that gives you a new sense of purpose and fulfillment, and offer moments of joy. Maybe you’d be great at running an online support network for others that are ill, maybe you could become a mentor, maybe you could create a line of greeting cards for those that are ill – the list is literally endless. People are constantly creating their own outlets these days and the internet allows us access to people and organizations that wouldn’t have hit our radar 20 years ago.

It may take some time to figure out a new passion and purpose as you struggle with the limitations your body has set for you. If you’re still searching for a diagnosis you might want to hold off until you feel like you have things settled in to a new, workable normal. But don’t give up!

I hope you aspire to add a few more chapters to your story. Tales of excitement, adventure and challenge that leave your adrenaline pumping.  Sure, it’s probably not going to look like a bungee jump off a bridge but create moments that becomes the stories that leave you knowing you have a purpose and make you feel like you’re alive!

 

 

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Nimble – The Simple Solution To Wrap Rage

This is a sponsored post. I was provided the product in exchange for an honest review, I have been compensated for my time through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by Version22 Designs or Chronic Illness Bloggers.

 

Everyone’s out to build a better mousetrap. There’s always a search for a new product that can come along and make an everyday task easier.

So when I was contacted by Version22 Designs to review their new product, Nimble, I was really excited.

Nimble is a simple solution to opening anything from an envelope to the awkward packaging you find wrapped around things like batteries, razors and even food. Their one-finger design allows you to easily hold your object as you slide one finger across the package, giving you instant access to the contents.

Nimble

One of my personal issues is that on my bad days I become really shaky. The shakiness makes it hard to hold scissors and direct them properly. I’ve found that this one-finger design makes opening packages so easy as well as slicing paper for my craft projects. By keeping the Nimble on my finger as I craft, I don’t have to stop to pick up a pair of scissors – the slice is literally at the tip of my fingers.

Nimble

My family’s been having quite a bit of fun walking around, finding things to slice open. One of the best features for me, since we have a 3 year old in the house, is that the design of the ceramic blade is safe. Of course, you don’t want to let a child handle it without supervision.

So let me tell you how Version22 Designs is planning to get their product out to the masses.

Version22 Designs has been selling their product through their website for a few months now. The batch of Nimbles they’ve been selling were manufactured at a place that only handles small quantity production. In order to get more Nimbles made so they can get in the hands (or on the finger 😉 ) of more people means they have to switch to a manufacturer that deals with large quantities. And that my friends, takes more dough. They’ve already raised two-thirds of the money they need, but they’ve taken to Kickstarter to raise the remainder.

Have you heard of Kickstarter? It’s the world’s largest platform for funding creative projects. I love scanning through the different start-ups and watching products come to life that otherwise wouldn’t have seen the light of day. I love how Kickstarter works, maybe because I’m a Shark Tank junkie and I love to watch the process of an idea turning into an actual product for purchase.

Kickstarter makes it super easy to get involved in a launch like Nimble. You pledge an amount in return for the product. You’re only charged if the campaign meets its goal. Once the campaign closes you allow some time for them to make the product and then it’s shipped out to you before anyone else.

Their Kickstarter campaign starts today, April 18th, and you can click here to view the campaign. They are offering a limited number of early bird specials today – the first 50 backers will get their Nimble for $7, the next 50 will pay about $8.50, after that the price will be $10 each.  If you wanted to contribute you’ll receive emails updating you through their production process and, like I said, you’ll receive your Nimble before anyone else!

Click here to head over to their Kickstarter Campaign!

So I know this post seems to sound a bit like an infomercial but I have to be honest I love this little yellow helper and I’m kinda geeked to watch the whole process. I feel like I’m in the nice leather chairs with the other sharks on Shark Tank and I’ve decided to go in on the deal. I’ve watched other Kickstarter campaigns but have never joined in. After having a chance to use this new tool, I’m excited to participate in this whole process.