Years ago, I vowed to live a positive life and to help encourage others. This post is a bit unconventional in that method, but here it is, nonetheless. Tonight I discovered delicate purple flowers amongst a sea of thorns and weeds in my garden. I don’t know if this is also a weed, but it’s beautiful. The thing is... I wasn’t even looking at the weeds because they’re rather unpleasant. Only when I paused to breathe and observe did I finally notice the flowers. My point? Take time to find beauty wherever you are in life, even if it’s among figurative thorns and weeds. Beauty is everywhere if we stop to look and be grateful. 🌸💛
#Kefir is an extraordinary beverage that is consumed in many countries around the world. It is a fermented milk drink that resembles a liquid yogurt, kefir has been enjoyed for centuries as a tart refreshing treat that leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
Now we are beginning to realize that besides tasting delicious, kefir is also terrific for your health. Even better, it is a remarkable weight-loss food that has even been shown to reduce belly fat.
I used to be so unbelievable self-conscious of my belly. I have always had a big belly and it’s only gotten bigger the more I sing, the older I get, and the more my life becomes sedentary due to chronic pain. I have been mistaken for pregnant on THREE separate occasions! (Side note: just don’t comment on strangers’ bodies, even if they look nine months pregnant, okay??)
Over the last few months, with the help of my trainer, @londonnoel, I have started exercising regularly for the first time since I developed chronic pain. I feel stronger than ever, and I can see and feel the changes every week.
But! I still have my big belly. I don’t expect that to go anywhere. However, when I look at it now, I see my big belly AND my rockin’ abdominal muscles. It’s honestly so refreshing to be so comfortable with a part of myself I thought I’d have to lose in order to love.
(And btw please do not use this post as an example to try and convince other chronically ill people to exercise. I had to go through a lot of meds, and therapies, and procedures to get healthy enough to be able to exercise. And even though I’m working out regularly, I still have pain, and I still can’t walk very far. It is NOT a cure, just something I have wanted to do for myself for along time.)
[video of Renée in a white sports bra doing a miniband retract]
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Whatever is thrown at you this week, you WILL handle it, you CAN cope and you ARE strong enough!
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My chronic illness looks like this.
But it also looks like this.
Sometimes I'm completely fine and have absolutely no symptoms, and sometimes that leads me to believe that my illness is somehow gone.
And sometimes I'm sitting in bed with a trashcan and puffy eyes, so weak from throwing up that it's hard to hold my phone. This is one of those times.
Cyclic vomiting syndrome is a rare disease characterized by repeating episodes of severe nausea, vomiting, pain, and exhaustion. My episodes last anywhere from a day to a week. I believe that awareness for invisible illnesses is so, so important... I may not always look sick but that doesn't mean I'm not chronically ill. It affects my life so much- I wake up praying that it won't be an episodic day.
Invisible illnesses are real.
Summer here is a step beyond brutal when you have a heat-reactive #chronicillness, so I’m taking the victory that is cooking something simple for the first time in a while. Even if I’m now wiped.
Pictured: sweet potato and broccolini sautéed in lemon juice, balsamic, and bacon on @jovialfoods#glutenfree penne (my go-to); tossed in #dairyfree pesto with @daiyafoods mozzarella, a little olive oil, salt, and fresh pepper. // #vscocam
I just had a double cryotherapy session! Waiting to see how I feel, but so far I’m super hungry. ❄️☃️
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Here's a little sneak peak into my life outside of these illnesses. I work in the wine industry as a lab technician for a large winrey in the Napa Valley. I love my job and I am thankful for the position I have. I am also thankful to have such a supportive manager and supervisors that are so understanding.
My supervisor even came up with the idea for this picture! She loved my shirt so much on Friday lol Everyone should save water 💧 and drink wine 🍇🍷🔬⚗️ #wineindustry#labtech#chronicillness#spinaltumor
This week’s super quick stop at #goodwill - went in for shorts and pretty much stayed on track except for these. Books ALWAYS manage to lure me away from what I am supposed to be focusing on. They always have. They are my escape. Unfortunately due to the #msvision issues in the store I couldn’t actually read the titles - I just went with what covers and fonts grabbed #Artysattention Now that I am home and can see my selections and read the titles - I am “pretty sure” I’ve read some if not most of theses BUT my #msmind doesn’t have a fucking clue so I will settle in and enjoy them...again 😂😂😂😂 #lovemymmjlife
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HAMRICK AVENUE | I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the new name and the town behind it the past few days! Heaven knows I’ll be sharing more gorgeous views of it and maybe more Hamrick stories in the future. 💙
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In case you missed the news of the rebrand, be sure to look at the past few posts! Don’t let this confuse you—Katya Valera jewelry and Streetlights at Midnight decor and cards are still around, they’re just lines in this new home now. ☺️
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And now, it’s a new week, and that means it’s time for a special to celebrate the rebrand! Keep an eye out here tomorrow for the announcement. 🎉
CLC MEMBER FEATURE: Hi, my name is Sharmayne and I’m from Birmingham. UK. I’m 37 years old and I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis on March 26th. 2017. I am a Professional dancer & teacher of the Arts and I ran a performing arts schools. Under the circumstances, I can no longer deliver practical activities.
After battling 10 months with severe symptoms such as double vision, loss the use of my neck, loss of balance (to the point of falling over), chocking and not being able to breathe, loss of use of my arms, not being able to project my vocals, not being able to swallow, or even chew.
Its like my body turns into a 200 year old women in 0.5 seconds.
After being diagnosed, I was put straight onto medication: IVIG and steroid treatment. I was admitted to the hospital for two weeks after experiencing a “crisis.” During this healing period, I am also contributing to self healing; doing what i can to ease the disease through alternative methods and understand how my body is now trying to work.
My life has now changed forever - maybe in some ways for the better. We all reach a point in our lives where we just need to STOP. Myasthenia Gravis has most certainly taught me exactly how to do this and how to appreciate every waking breath that we take.
I will keep fighting until i find a good balance and i control MG not MG controls me. Reaching out and connecting with all of you, is a priority to me. We are not alone we can beat this together - MG warrior
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My fistula is healing well, tomorrow I have my vein doctor
He will tell me if it's ready to be use on Tuesday I'm Scared😨
I know it's better than my catheter but I hate needles
16 to 18 long needles 😖
I keep telling myself the good thing will be it's less risk and I get this catheter out. .a real shower..trying for positive thinking 🙏🙏
Seriously, if you have not read “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis yet, stop what you’re doing this second and order a copy! Actually, you might as well order two because you’re going to know someone else that will need to read this too. It’s that good! ⠀⠀
The words pictured here spoke to me—actually they screamed at me. This was me. I was feeling sorry for myself because I was chronically sick and no one seemed to be able to help me. Then it was like someone spoke these exact words into my ear and I woke up and took charge of my own health and my own future. ⠀⠀
My rheumatologist got back in the country this weekend so hopefully he will see my eye exam results tomorrow and send over my Plaquenil script. I'm so tired of feeling like shit. I know it takes awhile to work but I'm looking forward to starting it!! #lupus#autoimmunedisease#Plaquenil#chronicillness
Been so busy - in the best of ways. Seems like forever since I had my #firstsesh and I had @honorcofounder and Steve from @baked_and_awake here in the house! In all the craziness I forgot to give a huge shout out to Steve for these beautiful eggs (no filter needed for these babies!:). Can’t wait to share what we did with our first #farmfresh eggs! They were delicious! Thanks again my friend! #lovemymmjlife
Headed out to Boots and Dukes today @hardrocksd ! I can't explain how country music just speaks to my souls. Thanks @walletbuckle for the amazing belt buckle!
Also met a new t1d friend! Always my favorite!
It is not "brave" to cut my hair, it is self care. Allowing myself to be comfortable as I can be and not have extra to fuss with is my bodily autonomy. If this seems like a brave act you have to wonder why and if the society you live in has put other beauty ideals in your head that are causing stress and judgement. I do enjoy watching my hair grow out when it is short cause it always looks way more awake than I am (also it starts to look like anime/video game hair which is awesome) but I'm so glad to be rid of my hair again. It really makes a difference when I constantly have migrianes, stinky pain sweat and am not always able to take a shower more than once a week due to #disability/ #chronicillness. Plus it is way easier to wear hats, earphones, earrings and wigs as well as clean up after pool time with no hair. .
Day 10 of hysterectomy recovery.
I’m getting nightly hot flashes and feel warm all the time which is a big change for me, although it’s been 80-100 degrees out every day in Southern California. My air conditioning is set on 68 degrees and I’m still not cool enough. I’ve been a sweaty stinky mess all week.
Currently I’m binge watching every episode of Nurse Jackie for the 3rd time and I’m constantly hungry but getting myself a snack takes too much effort.
There’s nothing like a shower, deodorant, a little face paint, and a good Snapchat filter to make you feel like a new woman, at least for today.
Hi I’m Liz and my hobbies include life chats and brunch dates 💁🏽♀️
But seriously, there are few things that I love more than reflecting on and learning from experiences. @kstout10 and I have been life chattin’ like it is our J O B this weekend and I feel like I have learned so much about myself!
And I wanted to share the biggest takeaway with you, so here it is.
One of my fundamental beliefs is that KNOWLEDGE=POWER, and that fuels just about everything I do. It’s the reason I work in education: to empower children at the margins. It’s the reason I wasn’t satisfied when my doctor told me a life of medication and discomfort (at best) was the only option: i knew it couldn’t be. And it’s the reason I am on the ‘gram today: to empower YOU 👊🏼
Everything I have learned about how food, toxins, our lifestyle, etc. impact our health has changed my life - it has empowered me to control my own health and future. I want to share this knowledge in the hopes that it may help you do the same. I want to help YOU find ways to improve the way you FEEL and FUNCTION, whether that means you reverse your autoimmune disease or clear up your skin or increase your mental clarity.
If knowledge is power, sharing what we know with one another can have a remarkable difference on our lives and the world at large 🌎 So what knowledge can you share with us today? How can you empower others?