The topic of this month’s carnival is gifts for chronics, and there are many excellent suggestions offered by those who know from experience what helps. Prices range from a bit on the high side to nothing at all, and suggestions are taken from both personal experience and things that others have mentioned that they would like. If you have a friend or family member who suffers from chronic illness, you’re sure to find an idea in one of these posts that will help you get them the perfect gift.
Sheila, at AutoImmuneMavin, remembers the gifts that have helped her the most in Chronically Helpful Gifts. She reminds us that the best gifts don’t necessarily cost much, and sometimes, it really IS the thought (and the presentation) that counts.
Mo, at Mo is Blogging, I Think; provides a “wish list” (including links) of helpful items for those with chronic illnesses in her post, Holiday Gifts for Chronic Babes. The price range includes things from high to low, and I would personally love to have anything on the list . . .
Selena, at Oh My Aches and Pains talks about some of the things she’s gotten herself that have been the most helpful in The Holiday Blues & Be Good to You. She also provides links and suggests that we buy something special for ourselves to ensure that there will be at least one gift that we really wanted.
Kathy, at FibroDaze (I just LOVE that title, it’s so accurate and descriptive,) offers suggestions in Gifts for the Chronic that are both helpful and thoughtful. Like Sheila, she reminds us that sometimes the best gifts aren’t something we buy, but gifts like understanding and acceptance of the limitations imposed by illness.
Since Jolene is preparing for her vacation, and is unable to host the Graceful Agony Blog Carnival this month, I will be hosting it here on Transform Your Chronic Life. The topic for the month will be “Holiday Gifts for the Chronically Ill” and is intended as suggestions for gifts that are helpful in managing life as a chronic illness/chronic pain patient. Please include anything you’ve found especially useful or that you would personally like to try out.
Our healthy friends and family members never know what kinds of things are the most helpful for us, and last year I noticed that there were quite a few questions about what to get for friends who had health challenges, so I thought that would be something that would be helpful for those who never know what to get us.
The deadline for entries is Saturday, November 27, and publishing will be on Tuesday, November 30. It’s a little late, but I was trying to arrange it so that trying to write a post wouldn’t interfere with Thanksgiving celebrations for those of us in the US (and honestly, there was a little fibro fog involved as well . . .)
To participate, please send an email including your name, the name of your post, and a link to the post to burnett.wendy7 at gmail dot com
It’s time for the new Graceful Agony Blog Carnival post, and the subject this time is dreams. Not the kind of dreams you have while you’re sleeping, but the dreams you have for your life . . . It’s a wide open topic, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the group does with it.
Personally, I don’t really know where to start. I have so many dreams that it’s hard to choose between them, and that lack of focus makes it almost impossible to accomplish ANY of them. Since that’s true, it makes sense to me to focus on the dream that caused me to start this blog, and that keeps bringing me back here, even when I’ve been having issues with writer’s block and fibro fog.
No matter how long it is between posts, I always wind up coming back; finishing up drafts and writing new stuff. Even during the worst of the fogs and fatigue, I find myself starting drafts so that when I’m more able to work on things the ideas will still be available.
I started this blog because I wanted to help others with chronic illnesses to find ways to cope that don’t necessarily involve doctors and prescriptions. Allopathic (Western) medicine is great for some things, but it is failing those of us with chronic illnesses because its total focus is on curing disease, and when the doctors can’t cure it they get frustrated.
My dream is to help people find things that help to make their lives better in spite of the diseases they live with every day, whether that is a new prescription medication that reduces their symptoms or a stress reduction technique that helps them cope with those symptoms. Continue reading A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes »
I’ve been seriously slacking lately. Between the router issues (see my previous post,) work stress, and depression; I haven’t been able to write nearly as much as I’d like in the last few weeks, and I’ve gotten really behind.
The new Graceful Agony Blog Carnival, Who Turned Out the Lights?, went live on the Sept. 20th. Not being able to get online much meant it took me over a week to read all the posts, but they were really worth the wait. Continue reading Graceful Agony Blog Carnival – Depression & Chronic Illness »