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How Self-Compassion Can Help with the Challenges of Chronic Illness

I wish I’d known about the practice of self-compassion when my chronic illness began. I was suffering from so much loss.  It would have also been tremendously helpful while I was midst a relapse but in denial, caring for an infant and a two year old, living with a severely depressed husband, and trying but …

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A Decade of Chronic Illness: Life Lessons Learned

In December of 2019, I attended an event where they spoke about 2020 goals. I was all for learning different strategies to help me come up with some fantastic goals. But then the speaker said, “Before you tackle your goals, take time to reflect on every year from this past decade.”  I thought back to …

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How Self-Compassion Can Help Manage Life with Chronic Illness During the Holidays

While the holiday season can bring on excitement, joy, comfort, and more, when you have a chronic illness, negative thoughts can start to creep in as well. Does the holiday season bring on more overwhelm, depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, or other unpleasant thoughts since you’ve become chronically ill? Maybe this is your first year of …