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Tips To Help Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as pain that last months or years and happens in all parts of the body. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with chronic pain that depression and anxiety get thrown into the mix. On top of literally having pain all the time, there’s now mental health issues to top it all off. Getting diagnosed with with chronic pain due to any number of conditions is a rollercoaster in of itself. As I’m sure …

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7 Tips For Improving Your Mental Health

1. Make Time For Yourself Taking time out for yourself is one both one of the most obvious as well as one of the most complicated ways to improve your mental health. As a society, we are such a go, go, go culture that slowing down and taking time for you is hard. Try taking a break after work or after a project around the house – sit and enjoy a cup of tea or a few minutes of quiet. If you need, literally add a time on your calendar each day that specifically says …

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Hysterectomy Recovery

My hysterectomy was 8 weeks ago and I’m happy to report I’m feeling well! I had my post operation appointments 2 weeks ago with both surgeons. I’ve been cleared by my doctors to resume normal activities and can begin exercising again etc. I do have some minor issues going on but nothing that is preventing me from doing what I want/need. I ended up getting my appendix removed during my hysterectomy which I knew ahead of time was a possibility. There was endometriosis and fibroids on my appendix so they removed it along with my …

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5 Ways You Can Still Volunteer For Your Favorite Cause With A Chronic Illness

This post was originally posted on Instagram in May 2020. It has been slightly modified. Do you have a cause that is near and dear to your heart? Something you feel strongly about and want to support? It can be very challenging to feel like you have enough energy (spoons) to give any of your time away to things outside of self care and at home responsibilities. If you are like me, you have things that you want to do to help maintain some normalcy amidst your chronic illness. I volunteer with an amazing organization …

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5 Ways to Cope with Chronic Pain

I first wrote this in May 2020 for my Instagram. I updated it a bit to post on my blog. Before I give a few tips that help me,  I want to give a little background on how my journey with chronic pain started. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at age 19. I had been dealing with symptoms of Endometriosis for years,  but it wasn’t until I had a very painful ruptured ovarian cyst when I was deployed in the Middle East and subsequently was medically evacuated home that I got my official diagnosis.  I …