Archive for ‘chronic illness’

July 28th, 2011

Interviewing Health Activists: Annie Martin on Empowerment

by Amanda

 

 

Today we have an empowerment-themed interview with wonderful Health Activist Annie Martin. Annie blogs over at Fragile Annie, where she focuses on moving past chronic illness into living well or, as her blog states boldly: “It’s Time To Get Over How Fragile You Are.” Her blog affirms this positive stance and it was a great experience to hear her take on our theme of empowerment and how she works to empower herself and those around her. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Annie! –Amanda

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February 25th, 2011

February Poll Results: How You Feel About Your Condition & Relationships

by Amanda

Earlier this month, we asked you to think about how your condition influences your relationships and how you really feel about that. We received a lot of responses – making me realize just how important this topic is to Health Activists. The challenge of relationships is, go figure, not made any easier by adding the challenge of living with a chronic health condition.

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February 16th, 2011

February Slide Show: Chronic Illness and Relationships

by Amanda

Relationships can be tough, but adding the management of a chronic illness to the mix can create a whole new challenge.

Last February we hosted a webinar about Chronic Illness and Relationships (sound familiar? maybe you attended!). The webinar was a big hit, sparking some great conversation on a tough topic that hit home with lots of our community members and Health Activists. In fact, it’s the perfect sort of content to bring back! In honor of our theme we are resurfacing the webinar in a new, re-vamped 2011 slide-show so we can all take a look at the important topics and questions we covered. Hopefully you will be inspired to bring the ideas back to your community as discussion topics!

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February 10th, 2011

Guest Post: February, Family, and Friends

by Amanda

Today’s post is a wonderful Guest Post (and must-read!) by Health Activist Julia Olenik blogger at the awesome blog Reasonably Well. In her guest post she shares her experience with that third relationship conflict mentioned in our theme: your condition vs. your family (and friends). Julia offers real, honest advice and I know you’re going to enjoy reading this as much as I did. –Amanda

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February 2nd, 2011

February HABC: A letter to your condition

by Amanda

In honor of this month’s theme Chronic Conditions and Relationships – our February HABC is: Write a Letter to Your Condition. Sounds a little strange?  It is, because you’re penning these words not to a real person, but to your disease, personified.  Inspired by the old-fashion correspondence of snail mail (or, I suppose, you could be inspired by the art of email), write a letter, a note, a memo addressed to your health.

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February 1st, 2011

Chronic Conditions and Relationships

by Amanda

photo credit tunnelarmr on flickr

February is here so that means we have a new theme to announce! This month we will be aligning with many retailers’ second-favorite holiday – except that we promise to spare you the saccharine jewelry commercials and obligatory heart-shaped gifting. Our theme is Chronic Conditions and Relationships – two things that affect nearly everyone but do so in individual, sometimes inexplicable ways. There’s a lot to discuss on this broad topic but, as was the case with last month’s theme, you can come here for some ideas, inspiration, and things to bring back to your community.

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August 10th, 2010

Health Activist Blog Carnival – July Wrap Up!

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Last month, we asked Health Activists to share their experiences and tips for traveling. =&0=& =&1=& Kelly (you may know her better as RA Warrior) shared her experiences driving to and from Mississippi last summer in her post, “Traveling with Chronic Illness/RA“. She talks about how traveling has changed since she was diagnosed, and wonders whether part of the reason we don’t see more people living with severe rheumatoid arthritis, “because people who are limited by RA don’t spend a lot of time traveling around in public places.” Be sure to check out Part 2 of her post, where she shares 20 fantastic travel tips for those living with chronic illnesses! In “Buckle Up, We’re Going on Vacation with Food Allergies“, Janeen describes how she prepares for family vacations – including everything from grocery lists to kitchen utensils necessary to prevent cross contamination. In addition to some tips about helpful online resources for finding food allergy friendly restaurants near your destination, there’s also a photograph of the final packing results that you won’t want to miss. Amy K‘s entry, “Health Activist, Will Travel

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February 1st, 2010

Introducing: The Health Activist Blog Carnival

by admin
We’re very excited to announce a new feature of the WEGO Health Community today: The Health Activist Blog Carnival! =&0=& =&1=& =&2=& Each month, we’ll post a new theme for Health Activists to consider and write about. Once you’ve finished your post, you can submit it to the Blog Carnival by leaving a comment in our Health Bloggers Group. At the end of the month, we’ll feature a few of our favorite posts here on the WEGO Health Blog, and make sure everyone has a chance to read and review all the the entries. =&3=& =&2=& The Blog Carnival is a great way to share your thoughts and ideas with other Health Activists – and a great way to reach more people! Plus, you’ll get to hear what other Health Activists think about each topic and get some food for thought each month. =&5=& =&2=& The theme for February is: =&7=& =&2=& Whether you want to write about your own experience, how you’ve handled this topic in your community, or something else entirely, the direct you take is completely up to you. Whatever you chose to write about, there are two things we ask that you do: Let others know that your post is for the Health Activist Blog Carnival by including the following text at the end of your post: =&9=&