Befriending my condition, the process that got me there
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Befriending my condition, the process that got me there

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  words: Adjusting, Hoping, Surviving, Befriending & Awakening Putting these words together, the idea of recognizing my limitations and how my condition works jumps out at me. This is a very internalized process, but a vital one for developing a good self-care routine, and indeed…

Getting a second opinion: how, when, and why to do it!
Dealing with Doctors | Overcoming Obstacles

Getting a second opinion: how, when, and why to do it!

If your condition is complicated, you will likely need to see a variety of experts.  Somewhere on that journey, a doctor, most often a specialist of some sort, will recognize your symptoms and give you a diagnosis.  Is that diagnosis enough?  Are you set now?  Or do you need to go deeper down the rabbit…

A Chronic Voice January 2019
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

A Chronic Voice January 2019

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  Prompts: Dedicating, Establishing, Breaking, Strengthening, Allowing Like many new years I have experienced, 2019 finds me hopeful but tired, and wanting to use this ‘new year’ energy to improve myself and my life.  This just is a good time for self-reflection, growth, and creating…

A Chronic Voice December 2018
Taking care of yourself

A Chronic Voice December 2018

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  Prompts: De-Stressing, Savouring, Simplifying, Resting, Finalising I often spend late November and much of December focused on finding the positives.  I struggle to connect with the joy and giving that are often assumed and expected, while I try to participate in celebrations and keep…

Self-care with FND: 8 ways you can help yourself #letstalkfnd
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Self-care with FND: 8 ways you can help yourself #letstalkfnd

Today, in celebration of FND Awareness Day, I want to focus on my fellow FNDers.  For anybody wanting more details on what FND is and how it works, here is my guest-post about FND to promote awareness.  In a nutshell, Functional Neurological Disorder is a neurological condition where stress(especially emotional stress) is expressed in very…

Should I see a psychologist?
Dealing with Doctors

Should I see a psychologist?

Psychologists treat psychological concerns or issues through conversation, observing your thoughts and actions, and helping you think through your reactions to events in your life.   They meet with their patients regularly, and it is an emotionally intimate relationship. They do not require a specific diagnosis but instead work with their clients to help them…

Should I see a psychiatrist?
Dealing with Doctors

Should I see a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist manages medication for mental-health concerns – so they are who you go to for medication prescriptions and for help and support in finding the right medication and dosage.   What to expect Usually, visits with a psychiatrist are relatively short(15-30 minutes) and happen somewhat infrequently(monthly or several times a year). The psychiatrist needs…