Food can be medicine too: the power and danger of special diets
Fabulous food | Strategizing for success

Food can be medicine too: the power and danger of special diets

One of the things you’ll find if you start researching medical conditions is that there are often dietary suggestions made—things to add (or remove) from your diet, suggestions for what you should (or shouldn’t) eat, and suggestions for when and how to eat. It can easily become overwhelming, and it can also put your health…

Five ways that recording your health history can improve your life
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Five ways that recording your health history can improve your life

I have been living with chronic conditions, both physical and mental, since I was a kid. I’ve been encouraged to write about it, talk about it, think about it, and then put it all aside and move forward with my life. There’s good reasons for doing these things. Today, I want to talk to you…

Lessons learned from 2020
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Lessons learned from 2020

So it’s once again time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are beginning, symbolizing, enduring, revealing, gracing. As it is January, I’m going to write about the concepts these words bring up for me and what lessons I’ve learned from 2020. Beginning the new year with new medication coverage The headache started in…

Learning to pivot: Recognizing your choices with the greatest impact
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Learning to pivot: Recognizing your choices with the greatest impact

Being disabled or chronically ill is often accompanied by a sense of your world shrinking. There are things that you could do, but now can’t. There are places you could go, but are now more challenging or less fun, or more stressful or difficult. Options seem to decrease, and the world often seems just a…

The challenge of selecting your best healthcare plan
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

The challenge of selecting your best healthcare plan

Open Enrollment is starting soon, and with all of the shakeups that have come with this year, you may be dealing with a different or new set of decisions to make in regards to your or a family member’s participation in the US healthcare system. If you aren’t sure what type of plans may be…

Medicare (dis)Advantage
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

Medicare (dis)Advantage

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to original Medicare.  The name is disturbingly misleading.   Medicare Advantage is also referred to as Medicare part C, and all the offical material talks about how it offers additional coverage to Medicare, and is used as a stubstitute for Medicare parts B(medical care) and Medicare part D(medication).   For the most…

Could your medication be part of the problem?
Dealing with Doctors

Could your medication be part of the problem?

With many conditions, medication is often part of the treatment process.  There are risks and rewards to medications, but at times those risks feel huge, and the rewards feel distant and difficult to reach.  So many medications are now being advertised on TV with a message of hope, followed by a seemingly unending list of…