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Navigating the Holidays with a Chronic Illness (Plus a Giveaway)

Check out the Peace Love & Peonies print and Starbucks giveaway at the end of the post!

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!

Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness

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.

 

And now it’s time for a holiday giveaway!

Print & Starbucks Giveaway

Stephanie of Letters from Rita and I are teaming up for a fun holiday giveaway! We’re giving away one of Stephanie’s Peace Love & Peonies prints and a $15 gift card to Starbucks. The print would make a great gift for someone, or for yourself, and the Starbucks gift card will help fuel your holiday adventures.

Peace Love & Peonies Print Giveaway

The giveaway will run from 11/22/15 12:01 AM EST – 11/29 15 11:59 PM EST. You must be over 18 to enter and live in the USA. The winner will be emailed within 48 hours of the giveaway ending. They must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. Make sure that you don’t lie on any of your entries – they will be checked. If you do lie, you will be disqualified. Good luck!

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  • I am a diabetic, so this post hits close to home. Thanksgiving is like the holiday I love and hate because I know I shouldn’t eat much of certain foods but I really want to. I get questioned a lot. I’ve learned to deal though!

    • Good for you! I can imagine that’s difficult. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  • Maureen

    On top of having fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and an extreme case of TMJ,I also have DVT. I am a caretaker for older parents. So I am constantly pushing myself. I try now to complain because there are others who are in the same situation. I do not want to bring attention to myself and the issues that I am dealing with.

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