Archive for ‘February’

February 6th, 2012

This week’s #HAchat: Relationships and…

by Amanda

As we delve into February’s theme of “Health Activist Matchmaking” – our first Health Activist Tweetchat of the month will focus on something that is discussed by (and important to) just about everyone: relationships.

 

Relationships are hard work – but when you add a health condition, a diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, or other health-related complications to the mix – there is even more to manage. When living with a health condition (or caring for someone who is) – how does that impact your relationships? Where do conversations about your health fit in and how do you take it on without letting it take over?

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February 3rd, 2012

Give Kids – and Yourself – a Smile

by Susan

For those of you who don’t know, my past life was spent working for an oral care company that focused on natural products – so I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know that February was National Children’s Dental Health Month and that February 3rdmarks the ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Program – but I’d bet money that it’s not something most people are aware of. So I thought I’d write a post with some information about it for you to share with your communities.

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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 7th, 2011

Vote Now! How do you feel about your chronic conditions and relationships?

by Amanda

Having fulfilling, deep relationships something everyone thinks about. Actually going about achieving great relationships, though, is tough – especially when other things are on your mind. Having a chronic condition means managing your health constantly – when this is occupying your mind, body, and time; where does this leave those relationships you care about?

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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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