The Month Ahead: Gifts for Life With Chronic Illness

Patient Expert

‘Tis the season of giving. ‘Tis also the season of running around and doing entirely too much in preparation for the holidays. Which, for those of us who have a chronic illness, means subsequent flares and misery. It’s important to balance what you do with your energy level — it’ll protect your ability to do something tomorrow and the next day. At the same time taking care of yourself and your condition ensures you are physically as well as you can be, even after the holidays.

But how?

Join me to talk about ways to deal with holiday stress on a Facebook live event at the RAHealthCentral Facebook page on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at 3 p.m. eastern time!

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This month, we will guide you through these crazy times so you can actually enjoy the season. To that end, we are talking about gifts this December. Not just the material kind (although those, too), but moments, people, and emotions that together make you feel special and loved.

Let’s start with the more traditional interpretation of gifts. It is lovely for people to think of us during the holidays and if you’re anything like me, presents are always welcome. But if you are just a tiny bit like me, you also have enough stuff. Marianna will be solving that problem by sharing tips for experience-based gifts for people with chronic illness.

Cathy has two wonderful articles planned for this month. She’s first going to share self-care gifts for your chronic illness. Her second article is also about a gift, but it’s not a thing. It’s something much more precious: Her sister’s presence in Cathy’s life. She’ll tell us how the two of them support and nourish each other and how this has helped her live better with rheumatoid arthritis.

Emil is also taking a look at the people in our lives. For many of us, online relationships are an essential part of how we cope with our condition. But “real life” friendships are just as important. In his first article, Emil will write about the role of friendships in your support network.

It’s hard to believe that this is the last month of the year — as usual, I’m wondering where the last 11 months went. But the new year is almost here and we are kicking it into high gear as we round out our 2017 coverage. Emil is continuing his fantastic series of checking out different forms of exercise and this month, it’s kickboxing. To end our December package of goodies for you, I’ll be reviewing the top articles of the year.

Are you stressed about the holidays? Do you have it all together? Share your stories with us on the RAHealthCentral Facebook page!