NHBPM – 3 Things I Love About Me

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Today’s is the last day of the NHBPM challenge. Our last prompt reminds us that we are awesome and to write three things we love about ourselves, are great at or just want to share.

Number One

I’ve kept my sense of humour. Having an invisible chronic illness can certainly take away a lot of the fun we used to have but I’ve managed to hang on to my humour. It’s has grown a little darker and a bit more twisted (in a good way) but when you are dealing with a chronic illness, a sense of humour is a lifesaver.

Number Two

I keep my mind going even though I have brain fog sometimes. Brain fog – another gift courtesy of your chronic illness, menopause and getting older. I have a variety of websites bookmarked that I check out on a regular basis. I don’t read all the articles but if something catches my eye, it’s usually a good read and makes me think and become more informed.

Number Three

I did it! I did the NHBPM Challenge. Even though I didn’t do each prompt I was able to post for all 30 days. It still amazes me that people make a living at writing every day, have so much to say and can come up with new things to write and discuss. I am in awe.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J

NHBPM – Chronic Illness Links

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Cold and flu season is upon us. Here’s a reminder of the things we know to do, but sometimes we need a reminder.

What do you think? The job of a sexual assistant is legal in Switzerland They are helping disabled people with their sexual  needs but there is a stigma. Caring professionals or are they crossing the line to prostitute?

Pizza is now a vegetable? Does anyone know if popcorn is a vegetable or is it still a snack?

British scientists claim to have discovered the gene that controls chronic pain.

A fairytale that helps children deal with their chronic illness.

If you’re searching for some information on your chronic illness, try Medify.com which is a database of the findings of leading researchers, physicians and medical institutions worldwide.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J

NHBPM – AM I WHAT? The Most Ridiculous Thing I’ve Been Asked

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ARE YOU PREGNANT?

That’s my answer to today’s prompt that asks what the most ridiculous thing was that I heard about my health or condition.

Yes, someone actually asked me that question when I first tried going back to work. I can’t even fathom why someone would think that, let alone ask the question. Maybe, when she was growing up, it’s what women in her family and their social circle first thought if someone got sick and there was no clear cause. Although it being a bad flu season should have been the elephant in the room that couldn’t be ignored. Seriously, how do you ignore that it was one of the worst flu seasons in a long time and that so many people were getting sick?

Maybe it was because she watched a lot of soap operas. I don’t know how the soaps do the “subtle hint” now. Back in the 70s and 80s when I watched them, when a single woman on a soap became pregnant, she usually started feeling sick and sometimes fainted. Me, I almost fainted at work and then got sick. See the correlation?

Help a girl out, I’m really trying to imagine why in the 21st century, someone’s first thought was to fall back on the pregnancy idea. But, that’s what happened. Don’t know why, can’t figure it out, not going to hurt my brain trying to figure it out.

But, no, I was not pregnant.

Some days you can only shake your head in disbelief and laugh.

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J

NHBPM – Sunday Quotes – Be Present

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If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
Winston Churchill

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Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
Audrey Hepburn

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In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
Lao Tzu

This post was written as part of NHBPM – 30 health posts in 30 days: http://bit.ly/vU0g9J