Pushing Your Boundaries With a Chronic Illness
Welcome to February! This month, our insightful writers will challenge you to push beyond your boundaries.
What do boundaries have to do with a month traditionally devoted to love and chocolate? It’s actually match made in heaven. We will bring you fascinating articles about love and sex with chronic illness, but will also encourage you to show yourself some love by pushing outside your comfort zone, messing with your own ideas for you are and how you do things every day.
Cathy will start our month with a guide on how to speak to your spouse about your chronic illness, specifically in the bedroom. Later this month, she will also write about how to feel sexy when you’re in pain. And for those of you who are looking for love, I’ll explore dating sites for people with chronic illness.
One of the ways you can show yourself that you deserve care is by seeing your doctor on a regular basis. Emil hasn’t been and decided that 2018 is the year he will spend more time paying attention to that aspect of his rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In his first article this month, Emil will explore factors that kept him away from his rheumatologist and he’ll start developing strategies for breaking down those barriers to better RA care.
Do you know what caused your RA? This is very much still a mystery condition, but we are beginning to identify some of the pieces to the puzzle. I’ll be pulling all the known pieces together in a few weeks.
One of the things we do know about chronic illness like RA is that they can cause brain fog. Do you have a fuzzy brain or memory problems? This month, Marianna shares memory tips for coping with brain fog to help you function better. Personally, I’m really looking forward to this - pushing the boundaries of how my poor foggy brain works is bound to improve my life.
Also this month, Emil will continue his exploration of different types of exercise and how to adapt them for RA. This time, he’s doing something quite a bit different: horseback riding. How will his body feel after the session? Will riding a horse be beneficial emotionally? Stay tuned and find out.
How would you like to push your boundaries this month? Join us for more information and support on the RAHealthCentral Facebook page.
Lene Andersen is the Community Leader for HealthCentral’s RA Community. Lene (pronounced Lena) is an award-winning writer, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. She’s written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View. Follow Lene on Twitter @TheSeatedView and on Facebook. Watch her story on HealthCentral.