This is a random post just for fun because Christmas is coming and there are so many great links I want to share with you. Some that make me smile, others that make me cry in the best possible way and still more that soften my heart and help me feel connected as an antidote to all the pain that many experience with the chronic illness holiday season and that is happening here and around the world.
The idea of a links post comes from Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes, whose humor, tips and light-hearted writing style I enjoy.
Without further ado:
- Two of my favourite bloggers decorated a children’s hospital wing for Christmas last year. Their post included this video of Katy Perry’s “Roar”, lip dubbed by the kids and staff (this is the one that still makes me cry):
- Some sweet advice on avoiding the “stuff” part of the Holidays and focusing on what matters.
- A humorous and perfect set of examples from Sarah Von B for how to survive those holiday dinners.
- Jenni at Chronic Babe is keeping it real as she talks about feelings of fear and sadness in chronic illness and how it is sometimes a very real part of the holidays. Her main goal, though, is offering tips for making the holidays YOURS.
I greatly appreciated this list last year for 10 usable, consumable non-things to give for Christmas. It inspired me to buy David a stocking stuffer gift card to have some of his work shirts dry cleaned, which is a rare treat in our household.
An encouraging chronic illness holiday story because regular news is beginning to share the science on how difficult life events affect risk for chronic illness such as asthma. Encouraging because it’s becoming more widely talked about. And hopeful because the more we understand, the more we can do with prevention and treatment. And that’s the next thing I want to share with you.
A mother writes an inspiring chronic illness holiday story about how her adopted daughter’s asthma was cured when unrecognized trauma was addressed and healed (it’s more like the kind of gift we would love for the holidays rather than being about the holidays per se).
Last year I wrote about how the little things are what so often give us pleasure during times like the Holidays.
6 Chronic Illness Holiday Tips for More Ease, Joy and Connection at Christmas
See my other Holiday Posts
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