Until very recently, I did not realize that you can work hard and practice self-care at the same time. I had the misconception that self-care connoted indulging in rest or laziness all the time. I was so, so wrong!

I now know that self-care means self-love. It can mean...

Today, I finally joined the legions of Little Monsters and watched Lady Gaga’s Netflix documentary. Gaga: Five Foot Two follows Gaga as she records and releases her newest album, “Joanne.” This intimate look into Gaga’s life and artistic process also touches on an impo...

Dear 2017,

You were the best and worst year of my life. There were times when you really tested me, and sometimes when you broke me. But, there were also many times when you built me up. There were times when I could not believe how badly things were going, but there we...

TW// Suicidality mention

2017 was the worst year I have ever had for my depression and chronic fatigue. Although I've suffered from these two illnesses for over 10 years, 2017 reminded me that I don't quite have them under control yet. 

During this past year, there were...

Being patient with yourself is hard, especially when you have a chronic illness. When you have high expectations for yourself, you expect good results and quick results from whatever you do. But as we all know, that is easier said than done. I've always been really har...

When I first came across the picture above, I could not stop laughing. A friend encountered it on the internet, and sent it to me saying "Dineo, this is so you!" And she was right! "This is the prime of my life. I'm young, hot, and full of...Moderate-to-severe joint pa...

Learning to live with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, is a continuous process. Over the past few years, I've come to the realization that I don't just want to "survive" being chronically ill. I want to thrive while being chronically ill. While I've accepted that my ill...

When you live with a chronic illness, you often hear the phrases “Get well soon!” or “Are you feeling better yet?” And while these statements are often well intentioned, many people do not understand that it’s not possible to “get well soon” when you have a chronic ill...

The term "spoonie" comes from the the Spoon Theory, an analogy created by Christine Misanderino to explain what it's like to be chronically ill. Christine Misanderino is an award winning writer, blogger, speaker, and lupus patient advocate who has had an immeasurable i...

 

When most of us were children, we heard Aesop’s fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Adults read us this cautionary tale to discourage us from lying, and from this fable, we learned that if you lie that you are in danger to get attention, no one will believe you when you a...

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