We’re officially in the holiday season around these parts (see the first gift guide of the year) and now it’s on to navigating the holidays with a chronic illness. Your life is hard enough, and the holidays are fraught with even more difficult moments. Hopefully I’ll can help make them a little bit easier!
Problem: Your family doesn’t understand certain elements of your life that are due to your illness, such as regular fatigue, inability to work full-time, etc. and you’re worried that they’re going to bring it up.
Solution: Prepare a quick answer that you can give if they bring it up.
Problem: You’re not sure how you’re going to make it through holiday activities, like Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve mass.
Solution: Plan your time wisely! Maybe you, like me, generally don’t feel well at the end of the day. So rest up and don’t use much energy earlier in the day.
Problem: How are you going to find the time to shop for holiday gifts?
Solution: Plan ahead! Schedule time to shop, know what you’re looking for, and research where you can find it to eliminate wandering around from store to store. And, if at all possible, shop online!
Problem: Traveling is very difficult because of your health, but you need to anyway.
Solution: I have so many suggestions for you! Here’s a whole post on how to travel with arthritis, which is really applicable to anyone flying with a chronic illness.
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