Chlorella: A Natural Alternative to Cholestyramine

A few months ago, I began taking Cholestyramine   Initially, promising results manifested, clearing up my daily dreaded evening brain fog. As time went on, though, I came to equally dread taking it along with the two hours after doing so, because it put me in an incredible about of pain. The LLMD who prescribed it to me said, “your body will get used to it.” So, I pushed on, convinced I was being strong and braving the pain in order to heal. On the contrary, though, my health suddenly started to rapidly decline and I became much sicker. What … Continue reading Chlorella: A Natural Alternative to Cholestyramine

Nostalgia’s Role in Chronic Illness

After the initial hurt of breaking up with a romantic partner, we have an almost instinctual tendency to remember all of the bad times about the relationship rather than the good ones. Oddly, on the other hand, when illness forces us to break up with the familiarity of our old lives,  we have an almost instinctual tendency to remember all of the good time rather than the bad ones. I am not speaking of a healthy optimism regarding our memories, where we productively try to focus on the positive side of things; but of a more manic, delusional relationship with … Continue reading Nostalgia’s Role in Chronic Illness

Accepting Your Diagnosis: How a Little Denial Can Be Healthy

“Accept your diagnosis. It is not healthy to live in denial.” Upon diagnosis, we begin to hear such statements quite often. While they may stem from good intentions, they often irritate us by making us feel misunderstood. This is normal for both parties involved, both the attempting helper and the unsuccessfully helped. Oddly, we receive these suggestions, as well as others similar in nature, mostly from healthy individuals. Those who are also ill tend to step back and give us the necessary space required for us to grieve and cope appropriately, knowing each individual has a different path to travel, … Continue reading Accepting Your Diagnosis: How a Little Denial Can Be Healthy

Chronic Illness: Who Are You When All Else Fades Away?

Tell me, who are you when all else fades away? Tell me, who are you when you receive the heart wrenching diagnosis that promises to dramatically change your life, if not end it all together? Are you the hopeless person who gives up and shrinks away in fear, or are you the one who rises day after day ready to brave the turbulent weather? Tell me, who are you when your lover grows tired of your disease, walks out the door, and leaves you all alone? Are you the person who quivers shamefully under their tear stained covers, or are … Continue reading Chronic Illness: Who Are You When All Else Fades Away?

The Toll Chronic Illness Takes on Relationships

Whether we want them to or not, our relationships with our loved ones change dramatically throughout the course of chronic illness including our relationships with friends, family members, and/or romantic partners. Sometimes, we lose all. Sometimes, we grow closer to all. Better yet, sometimes we keep the good and let go of the bad. Unfortunately, the reason we let go is often because they leave us. Any tragedy reveals who a person truly is -both ourselves and those around us. The stripping away of the world and people around us seems to follow closely behind the stripping away of who … Continue reading The Toll Chronic Illness Takes on Relationships