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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Make The Journey Beautiful: Love And Gratitude

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Life is a funny thing. One day can be filled with joy and laughter, spent making wonderful memories with loved ones. While the next day we could get bad news that turns our life upside down (and I’m not talking about The Upside Down in Stranger Things either).

Life is unpredictable, isn’t it?

But while we can’t predict what will happen tomorrow, I know who holds the future and that gives me peace. When something terrible happens and I don’t know what to do I’m comforted knowing God is always there for me (and you) and I can run to Him with any problem I might have. In addition to my faith, I’m learning how to accept help and encouragement from others. As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes I can’t do everything on my own and need help.

So much for my dream of becoming Wonder Woman.

Reach Out To Others Throughout Your Journey

My journey back from Lyme disease to health is a daily challenge. Through everything, I’m learning to take each day as it comes. Ultimately, I want to help others who have health struggles, just as people in my life have helped me.

So many friends and family have invested time and energy into helping me and our family at times when I wasn’t physically able to get out of bed and cook dinner or drive our four kids to their various activities.

I’ve received phone calls, texts, cards and visits from friends who want to let me know they care and are praying for me. I’m forever grateful for the love and generosity that’s been shown to me and my family and hope to share this compassion with others facing similar health challenges.

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A Grateful Heart

My heart is full of love and appreciation for those who have been thoughtful and shown love to our family. Knowing how great it is to be on the receiving end of all this love and support has lit a fire inside me to do the same for others.

One of the many people who has made a big difference in my life is my cousin Natalie. She learned that she also has Lyme only a few months before my diagnosis.

And even in the midst of her health struggles, she’s been so encouraging, sharing information and ideas about treatment options that have worked for her. We’ve chatted on Facebook, texted, and talked on the phone about what we’re going through.

Thankfully, I continue to make new connections with people who are fighting with Lyme with all they’ve got. It’s so encouraging to have friends supporting you, especially in the midst of a health crisis. Sometimes what we need most is a listening ear. If there is anything I can ever do to support you please let me know.

Just keep in mind that the end of the day, we’re all human.

We all have 24 hours in a day, and those hours can go by quickly depending on circumstances and plans. Your health journey may look different than mine, but reaching out to others, sharing our concerns and supporting each other along the way sure does help!

Keep on making healthy choices and connecting with others. You’re doing great!

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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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21 Simple Strategies To Fight Lyme Disease Naturally

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Since I became extremely ill and bedridden due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme disease over 5 years ago I’ve been on a quest to learn as much as I can about being healthy and share what I’m learning with others. This blog has given me an amazing outlet to do just that and I’m thankful for that opportunity!

Treatments, Appointments, Physical Therapy And Supplements

It was just a couple of years ago when I became so sick I had no choice but to quit the job I loved teaching young children in Special Education. I was halfway towards earning my Master’s Degree in Special Education in Autism studies through the University Of Missouri. Needless to say, it was a difficult transition for me because I wanted to contribute and help people, but was so sick all I could do was lie in bed, do my treatments, take my supplements and force down the healthy protein shakes.

All the while my body continued wasting away, my clothes hanging on my frame.

My rapid decline from being an active, healthy mom to four young kids to barely being able to roll over in bed wasn’t something this strong-willed girl was able to accept easily.

Thankfully, the love of my family, the care of my wonderful Lyme Literate doctors, appropriate Lyme treatments, physical therapy to offset the muscle wasting, healthy foods, and lots of prayer have helped me grow stronger and improve.

Although I’m nowhere near “well” yet, one day I hope and pray I will be.

However, it is a slow healing process when you’re dealing with chronic Lyme. Many people reach out to me each week and ask me what they can do to grow healthier and help their body heal from the Lyme.

In response to that popular question, here are 21 essential strategies you can use to help fight Lyme disease.

Natural Strategies To Fight Lyme Disease

  1.  Eat anti-inflammatory foods including plenty of vegetables, bone broth, organic meat, coconut, raw dairy, nuts and seeds. Many Lyme experts warn against eating fruit due to the high sugar content, but fruit is also high in antioxidants. Berries, lemons, limes, peaches, apples, kiwis and avocados are fairly low in sugar so use your own judgement here.
  2. Address sleep issues. This is essential when you’re dealing with Lyme. Many of us have insomnia. Others can sleep all day. Lyme can cause many people to feel extreme chronic fatigue so it’s important to get extra rest and make sleep a priority.
  3. Eliminate toxins. Here are 15 Simple Strategies To Detox Naturally I hope will help.
  4. Deal with emotions. Managing emotional stress in your life is so important. I’ve found journalling helps with this. You might also like to start a blog and write about your experiences. Writing can be therapeutic! Some people find that talking things out with a friend helps them process the range of emotions they’re feeling.
  5. Supplement your diet. Consider taking high-quality supplements that are especially needed for Lyme disease patients. Some basics to start with include Magnesium, B-Complex, Turmeric  and CoQ10.
  6. Sweat in a sauna. But please use caution. Don’t overdo it! I‘ve learned this the hard way and it’s not fun. After researching portable saunas for a couple of years, my sweet husband bought me this one for Christmas and it works great!
  7. Move a little every day. Yoga and Pilates are great, but not for everyone. I love taking walks and breathing in the fresh air now but I wasn’t always able to. If you’re stuck inside try some slow, gentle stretches. And if you can do more and your doctor says it’s okay, then go for it!
  8. Avoid processed junk food, sugar and gluten. Our bodies are not designed to handle all the chemicals in processed food. And, because Lyme disease is an inflammatory condition it is best to avoid sugar and gluten.
  9. Try grounding.  Earthing, or grounding, is simply having direct contact with the Earth’s surface with your bare feet. The grass, dirt, sand at the beach and even unpainted concrete serve as conductive surfaces. You can also buy earthing mats and sheets for your bed. According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, earthing can reverse inflammation in the body. He recommends earthing 40 minutes daily. You may want to learn more about earthing in What Is Earthing Or Grounding?
  10. Get plenty of sunshine. Experts recommend exposing the legs and arms to the sun for 10 to 15 minutes per day. Getting this sun exposure causes the body to produce Vitamin D naturally.
  11. Smile and laugh. Whether you like watching crazy cat videos on YouTube or the latest episode of your favorite T.V. sitcom, smiling and laughing does a body good! You can check out some of the benefits of smiling here in 6 Unexpected Benefits Of Smiling: Enhance Your Face Value
  12. Drink lemon waterLemons are full of Vitamin C, which is great for the immune system. For more, you may want to read about these 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water .
  13. Buy a water filter to remove harmful impurities from your drinking water.
  14. Protect against EMFs. Exposure to EMFs, or electromagnetic fields, are especially damaging to those of us with chronic illnesses. And, unfortunately, they’re everywhere. Computers, hairdryers, refrigerators, vacuums, irons, cell phones, WiFi, fax machines and much more. Here are some tips to protect yourself from EMFs.
  15. Get a blue light filter app on your phone. The one I use is Twilight (for Android) and it works great.
  16. Consider taking an herbal protocol, such as  Dr. Lee Cowden’s Lyme protocol at Nutramedix or Byron White.
  17. Do coffee enemas. I know, TMI…but this is definitely worth looking into. You can learn more here: 5 Reasons To Try Coffee Enemas.
  18. Take probiotics and eat probiotic-rich foods such as kefir, yogurt and fermented vegetables and komucha.
  19. Take organic whole leaf Stevia extract. A recent study showed Stevia leaf extract killed Lyme bacteria better than antibiotics in a test tube. (1) That said, if you’re planning to treat Lyme with Stevia please take it slow! I learned this the hard way and had a brutal herx for several days. According to JennasLymeBlog, “The recommended dose of organic whole leaf stevia is 20 drops two times per day.” However,  I started with less than half the recommend dose and herxed like nobody’s business so please use caution!
  20. Take warm epsom salt baths. I never used to take time for a bath. I was more of a shower type of gal. But my life post-Lyme has been full of hot, epsom salt baths. Why? Because the salts really help to soothe the pain in my joints and muscles, the warm water is relaxing (and I get to catch up on my reading on the Kindle app). Also, the warm water is great for providing a natural detox, if you sweat that is. Just make sure not to make the bath too hot or it could cause you to herx, which is never pleasant and could be dangerous.
  21. Use essential oils. Make sure you buy high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils. There are different brands and price points. I have several go-to oils for my Lyme symptoms. My favorites are: peppermint for headaches, chronic fatigue, nausea and infections; lemon in my water and for air purification;  lavender to help me sleep;  ginger for nausea; oregano to kill Lyme bacteria; cinnamon bark as an anti-inflammatory…just to name a few.

The Takeaway

Lyme is a complicated disease which includes a long list of symptoms that can worsen over time if it is not treated.

In addition to the antibiotics traditionally used to treat Lyme disease, practicing natural strategies can help the body heal and grow stronger.


Do you know someone with Lyme Disease or other tick-borne illness?

What strategies do you use to help fight Lyme Disease?

Let me know what you think below in the comment section!


You can read more about my experience with Lyme disease in: Undiagnosed And Suffering With Lyme Disease: I Felt Like I Was Dying

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