The Ultimate Gift Guide For People With Chronic Illness

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We’ve all been there before. You’re on a (mind-boggling) quest to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything. It can be a bit frustrating, right? Or, maybe you’re shopping for one of the 133 million Americans who is dealing with a chronic illness and you don’t have a clue what they would like.

To help us better understand the unique needs of this group of people here is a quick review of different chronic diseases and conditions:

  • chronic Lyme disease
  • cancer
  • multiple sclerosis
  • migraines
  • lupus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • hypertension
  • bipolar mood disorder
  • depression
  • hypothyroidism
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • asthma
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Crohn’s
  • epilepsy
  • schizophrenia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

…and others

If you are chronically ill yourself you likely have some excellent ideas for what your friend or family member might need or want.

The gift guide below has ideas that will show your loved ones just how much you care. They range from the practical to the funny and everything in between. And, best of all, getting them something that they really want or need will show them your support them and empathize with what they are going through.

Many of the items below are things that have helped me throughout my battle with chronic Lyme disease.

So, here we go…

The Ultimate Gift Guide For People With Chronic Illness

1. Radiant Saunas Rejuvenator Portable FAR Infrared Sauna

This is the one I have and I absolutely love it. When I’m cold it makes my pain worse. This sauna is perfect for warming up and detoxing.

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2. Pay them a visit.

Having someone visit you when you’re home-bound can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That is…if you keep some things in mind.

Always call ahead; never drop by unannounced because when you have a chronic illness some days you feel better than others. And dropping by to see someone when they aren’t up for a visit isn’t helpful or considerate.

Also, keep the visit short. Some people are so chronically tired and in pain from fighting their health battles that a visit, even from someone they dearly love, can be exhausting.

3. Chocolate Superfoods Detox Organics

This is not your average superfood powder. Why? Because it is 100% organic and it actually tastes delicious…like chocolate milk!

Use the code healthylife to get 15% off Detox Organics.

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4. Essential Oil Set

 

 

 

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5. Essential Oil Diffuser

This works great with the essential oils above.

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6. Offer to drive them to doctor’s appointments or treatments.

7. Warming Neck and Shoulder Wrap

This is awesome for warming the body and relieving pain.

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8. Shiatsu Pillow Massager With Heat For Back, Neck And Shoulders

Who doesn’t love a great massage?

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9. Take them a meal.

Our family always appreciated when friends or family brought us a meal because for several months I was bed-bound and unable to cook. And when you have 4 teenagers living under your roof and a husband with many commitments at work this can be extremely challenging.

Again, remember to call ahead. Ask when it would be the best day and time to bring the meal. Also, be sure to ask if there are any allergies or special diets you should be aware of. Many people with chronic illness have to eat specific foods and avoid others.

10. Color Me Calm Coloring Book

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11. All Natural Calm Supplement

This high-quality supplement helps you relax, eases muscle aches and helps you sleep better.

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12. Get them out of the house.

If your loved one is able to get away, even for a short time, it often helps raise their spirits by having a change of scenery. If the weather is nice you could sit with them outside in the sunshine. Or you might take them on a drive, to the movies, a concert or sporting event.

13. The Prescription Coffee Mug

Give them something to laugh about with this quirky mug.

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 14. Offer to babysit or take their kids to activities.

Managing a family from bed it quite difficult. I don’t know what I would have done without David when I was at my lowest point health-wise. He picked up the slack so many times when I was in no shape to drive our kids to all of their practices, lessons and activities.

Babysitting or playing chauffeur is a huge blessing to anyone with a chronic illness.

15.  Netflix Gift Card

Enough said.

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16. Compression Socks

These help with circulation and are great for keeping warm (not to mention all the great colors and designs).

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17. Calming Guitar Music With Nature Sounds CD

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18. Migraine & Headache Pain Relief Magnesium Essential Oil Spray

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19. Super Soft Sherpa Blanket

Comfy, cozy and warm!

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20. Amazon.com Gift Card In A Greeting Card

As you probably know, gift cards are great because people can use them to buy whatever they want or need, such as comfy p.j.’s, books or healthy snacks.

Also consider purchasing gift cards to their favorite local restaurants that offer carry-out or delivery services.

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21. Gratitude Journal

Journaling helps you focus on all the good in your life and takes your mind off your illness. Being grateful can actually make you a happier person!

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So there you have it…this ultimate gift guide for people with chronic illness is chock full of ideas to help you make your loved ones feel super special and loved.

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Migraine Triggers And Risk Factors: The Quick Guide

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Migraines can come on quickly and, seemingly, out of the blue without any warning. However, if you’ve had migraines for a while you start to notice signs when a migraine attack is on its way. Although migraines are not fully understood, we know the environment and genetics are involved. Identifying and avoiding your triggers can help you prevent future attacks.

So on to the nitty gritty…

Migraine Triggers And Risk Factors

Migraine Triggers

Related: 10 Signs You’re Having A Migraine

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Soft cheeses and nuts are a migraine trigger for some people.

Migraine Risk Factors

Related: 10 Effective Treatments For Migraines

 

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The Takeaway

Knowing your migraine triggers and the risk factors involved is an excellent preventative tool. Also, keeping a migraine diary can help you recognize common patterns. I’ve found an app that serves this purpose and I absolutely love it! It’s called Migraine Buddy and it is free.

You can learn more about it here: Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines

Also, if you have a child who suffers from migraines you might find Migraine Headaches In Children: Types, Symptoms & Treatments helpful.


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The Truth About Breakthrough Treatments: Medical Marvel Or Malicious Medicine?

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Whether you’re living with a chronic illness or trying to overcome something in the short-term, there are many different choices to make about the care you receive. It can be overwhelming, but, ultimately, everything you do when you’re ill comes down to you.

Your doctor can diagnose and recommend, but they can’t take medicine, or decide on treatment routes for you. You have to do that yourself.

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It can be a stressful reality to accept. After all, your mind is already full from your diagnosis. Never before will you have been so willing to hand over the reins on those difficult decisions. But, if you don’t make them, nothing will change. You can’t start getting better until your treatment is underway. Even with chronic conditions, prompt, educated decisions are the best way to ease discomfort and help you move forward with your life.

In many ways, merely ensuring you understand your options will take you far in this sense. You need to know as much as possible about your condition and the treatments available, too. You should also research the side effects or potential adverse reactions to each option. The good news is, such research won’t take long when you have Google at your fingertips.

The bad news is, Google can often throw up more than you were anticipating. Once you start researching, you may come across treatments your doctor didn’t mention. Many of these will be new therapies, which weren’t mentioned because they aren’t widely used. If you thought things were complicated before, they’ll be worse once you add these new options to your repertoire.

In many ways, you could argue that you should be as informed as possible about new therapies available to you. But, medicine isn’t plain sailing when it’s fresh from the idea-lab. And, it’s necessary you know that before jumping into those untested waters.

There’s no denying that the next new thing could be what you’ve been waiting for. But, before you get your hopes up, consider these pros and cons to opting for a new therapy to aid your recovery.

Examining The Truth About Breakthrough Treatments

THE PROS

1. New therapies are at the forefront of medical breakthroughs

Even in this modern age, medicine is changing all the time. Developments, like the ones mentioned in this article on https://www.theguardian.com, are forever helping us overcome illnesses which were once considered untreatable.

What’s more, new treatment options are improving methods which could already change lives. Scientists are forever looking for ways to reduce adverse side effects or end unnecessary pain. By studying diseases and data, they expand their knowledge of said diseases, and thus their ability to treat them.

If you opt for a brand-new therapy, you can be sure that it takes the latest developments into account. You’ll be able to rest easy that you’re at the forefront of the medical world, and thus receiving the best possible treatment for the time.

2. They use the latest technology

Not to mention that new therapies often use the latest technologies. Technology and its developments are working wonders in the medical world. Once, all medicine was guesswork. Scientists were only able to understand how the body worked using autopsy. There was certainly no such thing as an MRI machine, or even an x-ray.

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But, technology moves at such a fast rate that even the above inventions now belong in the history books. Instead, we’re looking at a never-ending stream of new medical technologies. These include diabetes implants, which can measure blood pressure and release insulin automatically.

This, and many more, are outlined on sites like http://medicalfuturist.com. As you can see, a new therapy which uses technology could be much more precise and efficient than an older option.

3. They often aren’t as new as we think

By the time a medical therapy reaches our ears, it’s usually been in the pipeline for longer than we realize. With so much at stake, extensive testing has to take part before information can even be released. Not to mention that many therapies are merely hybrids of those which have come before. As such, the concept may not be as ‘brand new’ as you first though.

This theory can be applied to many new therapies, including high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for treating prostate cancer, as outlined on sites like prostatecancerdr.com. While new for prostate cancer, such treatments have been used as a cure for various other cancers, including breast and kidney.

The same can be said for the technologies mentioned in the article linked above. Few of these have come from nowhere, but are developments of old methods. As such, you can rest easy that a new therapy isn’t actually all that new, thus giving you the opportunity to research and collect information from its past life.

THE CONS

1. No knowledge of long-term side-effects

There’s no getting around the fact that all medicine or treatment has side effects. That’s just the way it goes. Often, treatment is a toss-up between feeling bad because of your illness, or because of the way you’ve chosen to cure it.

Doctors typically recommend treatments they believe are needed and will help you feel better in the long-run. But it is always a good idea to do your homework and decide for yourself about whether the benefits of the medication  prescribed outweigh the side-effects. Many of us settle on potentially harsh therapies like chemotherapy because we believe they’ll help us feel better after they make us worse…and many times they do.

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With a new therapy, there’s no knowledge of side effects, or whether they’ll have long-term implications. As such, you could feel worse for the long-term, and not just for a short time. Even more concerning, the treatment you’ve chosen to make you better could end up creating a whole new illness you’ll need to contend with.

There’s simply no way of knowing until the treatment has been around for a number of years. Hence, many patients going down this path have to sign a waiver that they won’t sue if it does happen. There’s no denying that it’s a risky game.

2. Less information to help you prepare

When we’re undergoing an invasive therapy, or even just a new round of medication, the majority of us do all the research we can. It’s how we prepare for what’s around the corner, and make sure that we’re making the right decision beforehand. As you may have guessed already, a new therapy doesn’t have that benefit. The information simply isn’t out there, so there’s no real way to put your mind at ease or prepare for what’s going to happen.

As mentioned above, many therapies aren’t as new as we think. So, you may be able to gather some information about the treatment in its past life, or when used for a different illness. For the most part, though, you’ll be going into the situation blind. Hence, any negative side effects could hit you that much harder. We have a propensity to deal with a lot of things if we’re expecting them. If they hit us unawares, there’s much more chance they’ll floor us.

3. Less of a support network

As mentioned at the start of this post, when you face illness, you do it alone. Your loved ones will be there for you, of course. But, for the most part, they won’t have been where you are. They can’t be with you when you face the most frightening aspects of your illness.

So, many of us opt to join support groups, or online forums, where we can interact with people in the same position. Such groups often focus on people undergoing the same therapies, so they compare notes and comfort each other.

But, if you opt for a new treatment, you may not find it as easy to seek such support. After all, if fewer people are going down this route, there won’t be any support groups to attend. The internet ensures you should be able to talk to at least someone else experiencing the same. But, the levels of support you find will likely be nowhere near those of a more widely used treatment. 


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WHO WINS?

As you can see, the playing field on whether to choose new therapies is a relatively open one. Both sides have convincing arguments, any of which could be enough to sway you. And, as much as it’s no help to hear it, the decision, once again, falls on you.

All you can do is make an informed choice about what would work best in your situation. Consider what you value most and whether the above points fit with that. If, for example, quantifiable results are most important to you, a new therapy wouldn’t be the best. But, if you’re more interested in being at the front of medical advances, this would be your chance.

You never know; you could end up being one of the first recipients in a medical phenomenon. As with anything when it comes to our health, this is a game of risk. The question, really, is whether you’re willing to play.


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The First Steps For Living With A Chronic Illness

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One of the worst times in anyone’s life is when they are told they are suffering from a lifelong disease. This is not the kind of news that anyone ever wants to hear. But if you are told this, your most important concern will be to try to find a way to deal with it as best you can. To find a new normal.

The truth is this can take some effort – it can take a long time to even get used to the situation, let alone work out what your next steps are. But if you are in this process at the moment, we hope that the following information will help you get a better sense of what you need to do next.

Action Steps For Living With A Chronic Illness

1. Gather Your Support Network

No matter what it is that you are diagnosed with, you will need a support system to get through it. In some instances, you might need people to help you with even fundamental self-care issues. For others with other illnesses, it could simply be a case of needing a little emotional support from your family.

Whatever it is that you need, it’s essential to work it out and gather everyone together to fully appreciate the enormity of what is going on. If you think you will need some kind of home care, then you should have that arranged as soon as possible. If you need financial help at all, then get the ball rolling there.

Looking to your support network early on will make sure that you do not worry unduly – and that’s important for your state of mind.

2. Keep Your Mindset Straight

One of the toughest challenges here is ensuring that you keep your emotions in check. It is a good idea to work towards accepting your illness, so it’s essential to feel your emotions fully from the start. But you need to find ways to deal with the inevitable emotional backlash of the diagnosis, as this might take some time to recover within you.

Again, this is a situation where having a good support network can really help, so make sure you feel comfortable and safe expressing yourself to those people around you. Keep your head straight, and you will find it makes it easier to deal with – even if you have fears about the future as well.

3. Prepare For The Future

It is likely that your life is about to change in some profound ways. The more prepared you are for those changes, the more likely it is you will be able to cope with them head-on when they arise. Change is inherent to life, but especially when you have a serious ongoing medical condition.

It is likely that your workload will change, your love life will change, your social life will change. Know that this is normal. You are not alone. It’s a good idea to try to accept this as early as you can so that you can then work towards doing what you can with what you have.

Also, be encouraged that many people with chronic illness say that going through the struggles taught them valuable life lessons. It caused them to reflect on their priorities and spend more time with family and friends, or pursue interests they didn’t make time for before.


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