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After years of living a limited life with chronic illness, Kacie began to see a new chapter unfold. Tune in to hear how her story turned to hope and healing!

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Chronic illness has this way of sneaking up on you, doesn’t it? Most of us could admit that the signs were there. Maybe they’ve even been there awhile.

But we keep covering the flashing lights or silencing the alarms.

We push through. We get things done in spite of the pain. Or we tell ourselves “this will pass.”

Until we can’t.

Until the symptoms become just enough to start calling some of the shots. Instead of pushing through, we find ourselves weighing out the costs of simple actions. Things we used to do without giving them a second thought.

Kacie’s story is all to relatable. And it begins with an all-too-familiar thought of “something’s just not right.”

From one diagnosis to another, as her list grew and pills were prescribed, she found herself in another world.

The land of chronic illness. A place where resting after a shower, canceling plans, and eating a limited diet was the new norm.

But her story didn’t end there. She pursued other opinions, holistic treatment, and opened her mind to a completely different approach to healing.

Her story is now one that is full of healing and hope for both herself and others – and she’s sharing her journey of how it’s all been unfolding today on the podcast!

She and I have both embarked on the DNRS program, which we’ll also be talking about during our chat. You won’t want to miss it if you’ve been considering learning more about neuroplasticity!

Listen in….

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Is it possible to heal chronic illness naturally? After receiving multiple diagnoses that could have meant living a life defined by illness, Kacie is sharing her story of how hope and healing have been unfolding in her life through treatments often overlooked (or unheard of). Click to listen!Healing chronic illness naturally with Kacie Fleming @kacie_kvFrom diagnoses to hope: Kacie's story of finding healing through methods most doctors might ignore may bring renewed hope to your own story. Click to listen in!

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3 spoonie bloggers share their ideas for how to buy a thoughtful gift for your chronically Ill friend or loved one.

Gifts for the Chronically Ill: How to Brighten Their Day

Have you been on the sidelines wondering what in the world to give your chronically ill friend or loved one? It can be difficult to know what they need, let alone what they would enjoy as someone who lives with sickness. Perhaps they spend their days at home and that fact alone is throwing you for a loop:

What do I buy for someone who can rarely leave home?

Today I’ve invited three lovely blogger friends of mine who are well versed in this whole “living with illness” thing and they’ve got you covered! These ladies have been on the receiving end of great gifts, know what’s helpful and what can brighten the day of someone living with illness.

So without further ado, here are their fabulous ideas. They’re sure to inspire you as you shop!

These 16 gift ideas are inspired by 3 chronically ill bloggers. They have you covered for gifts for the chronically ill!

Genevieve’s List

Whether it be humorous or endearing, a card is a classic for a reason. They can be kept for years and fondly looked back on.
– Genevieve Goetz

  • Flowers – Who doesn’t love beautiful flowers? First check for any scent sensitivities.
  • Card – Whether it be humorous or endearing, it’s a classic for a reason. They can be kept for years and fondly looked back on.
  • Gift Certificates – for Alternative Healing sessions like Acupuncture, Massage, Chinese medicine or a private Yoga class. Check first to see what modality would be best.
  • Online Grocery Shopping – Whether it’s a meal service or a site where items can be pre-selected, free food arriving at the front door is a blessing!
  • Cozy Clothes – Robes, blankets, socks, slippers, the works! It’s a reminder that it is okay to relax and rest, we are supported and secure.
  • Resources – Find community organizations, meetings, health care professionals, federal and local representatives, patient advocates, anything in that person’s area which could be a real game changer.
  • Visit – It is a dark and lonely road being this ill. Having quality time together is priceless, strengthens bonds immensely, and spreads unconditional love and support.
  • Inside Joke Gift – It should be silly and up to your imagination! Being able to see, wear, touch a piece of a great moment makes every day more fun.
  • Advocate – By paying attention to the specific illness, you can go to charity events, give donations, and spread awareness about the disease and its impact on human life.

Genevieve Goetz
genevievegoetz.com
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Feeling lost shopping for gifts for the chronically ill? Check out this list written by 3 chronically ill bloggers! | Living Grace Blog

From Karley:

I’ve suffered from chronic illnesses over the last four years and in that time I’ve learned so many things that have helped me get through the tough times. I’ve had some great gifts from people over the years that have also helped me see the light in what sometimes seems to be a dark world.

Reading is a great distraction, not to mention really fun if you pick the right book for your friend.
– Karley Kay Linger

The first gift I think would make a great gift is a heating pad. It has helped me to manage pain, loosen my sore muscles, and just feels nice!

The second is books, whether digital or not. Reading is a great distraction, not to mention really fun if you pick the right book for your friend.

And the last thing that I think would make a great gift would be a certificate for a massage or spa. We spend so much time feeling sick and dealing with our illnesses that we rarely have time to pamper ourselves, relax, and try to forget about it. I know I would want to go! To be able to finally relax and just stop thinking for a while sounds like heaven to me.

Karley
Dangerously Normal Spoonie
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From Ness:

Buying for someone with a chronic illness can make things slightly difficult. What I would recommend is something pretty, practical and comfortable. Colours, fabrics and pattern can brighten up a painful day.

A pretty new mug is something to get excited about in my world. Beautiful, colourful, curved pottery mugs with Mediterranean colours always catch my eye. If you think beyond the mug it’s also a great talking piece for super Instagram photos for the chronic ill person.

Comfort is also essential when you are unwell so a soft pillow or a pretty soft blanket, socks, or even crochet wrist warmers are great ideas.
– Ness QM

You could even wrap it in tissue in a box with a mission list: “Each week you must post on Instagram an image of you and your Mug and something that made you smile that happened that week.” Funny things like that make me smile and I’m sure I am not the only one.

Comfort is also essential when you are unwell so a soft pillow or a pretty soft blanket, socks, or even crochet wrist warmers are great ideas. I just bought an amazing baby pink lace top pair from Conscious Crafties, a shop showcasing crafts by chronically ill people.

Journaling is something I have recently started. It is so relaxing. A hamper of journal supplies would be a great gift. You could include a nice writing journal, colourful pens, and pretty stickers. You may have to explain to the person all about journaling, but there are some great bloggers that have super ideas.

Take time out, don’t just give the gift.

See if they are on Pinterest or have even heard about it. You could show them all the journaling images on there to get them started. And if your friend or loved one isn’t up to a visit you could enclose a letter telling them all about it.

You could also give a stationary set as a gift. Social media is wonderful, but not as wonderful as a handwritten letter. Make a pledge to be their pen pal. Give the stationary set and time the post so that your first letter to them arrives the next day!

Ness
The Girl With Five Lads
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Do you have something you’d add to this list? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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