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GIVEAWAY: FAR INFRARED HEAT THERAPY ($249 value): Today @thermotex_therapy @katiejoramsey and I are giving away a Platinum All-Purpose Far Infrared Heating Pad. Far infrared heat penetrates 10x deeper than other forms of heat, reducing inflammation and chronic pain, improving circulation (which is helpful for detoxing), regulating sleep, and protecting against oxidative stress. It’s an amazing form of heat therapy that’s really helped us (@jay_panther is using it as I write!) —we love our all-purpose pad!⁣

To enter to win, you must:⁣

1) Follow @thermotex_therapy @katiejoramsey and me!⁣

2) Tag a friend in the comments (more tags = more entries)⁣

3) Fill out the email form via the link in my bio⁣

The contest will be open until midnight, PST, on December 31, 2018, and the winner will be announced on January 1, 2019. ⁣

Contest open to residents of the USA and Canada.


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ASK for help. This is something that is REALLY hard for me to do, because I think people should just do it. But they don't, especially if they are busy with their lives. I've been asking more, and my family is responding. Tis the season, and angels are all around us! Blessings to you and yours. 👼🎄👼 #livingwithfibromyalgia #fibrolife #fibroeverysingleday #fibro #fibromyalgia #invisibleillness #chronic #chronicillness #askforhelp #youarenotaburden #blessings #ask


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Super grateful for my little dude helping me get through todays routine cardiac tests!
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Pawtners 🐾
@titus.servicedog
@plysbjorngsd
@livingwithbayou
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se BENTLEY15 for @ruffduds
Use BENTLEY10 for @fureverpet
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Like his gear?
Harness: @fuzzys.sd.gear
Cape: @ebay
Patches: @ebay


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Happy Monday everyone!!! Now is a perfect opportunity for new goals, mindsets, and progress. I think I am going to start doing daily themes for this page so stay tuned + be sure to check back tonight to see my new post📷♥️ •


#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawarness #newbeginnings #mentalhealthmatters #starttheweekright #mentalhealthrecovery #mentalhealthwarrior #recovery #bewell #invisibleillness #positivity #mentalstrength #happymonday #mindfullness #healthymind #mind #mindset #healthylife #mentalhealthsupport #assaultprevention #educatedwomen #improvement #endsexualassault


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When you are going through the list of things to do to get rid of the migraine, but your “go to’s” no longer work...it’s time to try something you’ve never done.


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I haven’t been getting the best news in the hospital lately. I’m still in a lot of pain and my doctors can’t really figure out why. It’s frustrating and it’s hard but through everything I’ve kept a smile on my face. With courage in my heart I know I can still be the shining, positive Erika that I am even if living with constant pain is going to be my new normal. ⁣
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#painintopower #chronicillness #invisibleillness #spoonie #inspiration #endthestigma #spooniestrong #community #psc #liverdisease #crohnsdisease #crohns #ibd #hospital #quote #quotes #strong #positive #positivity #light @morganharpernichols


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Obsessed with making these stars that go perfectly with these gorgeous sunny early mornings we keep having. The only benefit of insomnia is being awake to watch the sunrise... 👌


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I was finally diagnosed with lupus in my late 30’s. I’ve always thought at least I had a few years of a ‘normal’ life. I really feel for anyone diagnosed as a child or teenager as lupus is often all they know 😥 #lupus #lupusproblems #lupusawareness #lupusfacts #lupussucks #lupuswarrior #lupusfighter #lupussurvivor #chronicillness #invisibleillness


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These avocados I picked up at Walmart this weekend are the BEST because what is pictured above is one full avocado. They are little baby avos! I personally hate storing half of a big avocado each time...but that’s probably because I’m lazy 😁. The only “con” to these avocados is that they come in a bag instead of individually. I’m aiming to eat at least one avocado though so I don’t think it will be an issue for me personally! Just take the time to feel all of the baby avos to make sure you get a good batch! .
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Meal details:
Rotisserie chicken smothered in melted cheese 😍, cucumbers with jalapeño ranch, homemade guac and some “maple brown sugar” bacon! .
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#fitfam #keto #ketosis #ketodiet #ketogenic #lchf #lowcarb #weightloss #weightlossjourney #ketofam #bodybybacon #hashimotos #invisibleillness #ketolife #lowcarblife #fasting #intermittentfasting #avocado #bacon


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She found an answer...after suffering for almost 2 decades!! Pittsburgh Migraine Challenge-Get Your Life Back!


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You're the main character in your own story. That story probably contains a lot of pain and struggle, but you determine the rest. How will you write your story today? 💛🦋
#depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #fibromyalgia #chronicillness #chronicpain #invisibleillness #mentalillness #thecollectedchaos


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Unclassifiable autoimmune disease?

Four years ago my body started to develop antibodies. My health was chaotic. I had many hospitalizations to understand cause of this disorder.
4 years later I'm still at the same point. Unclassifiable autoimmune disease. To sum up, my body makes antibodies that attack my own body. But my doctors don't know what I'm really suffering. My condition is stable and I have symptomatic treatments, but I must remain surveillance and have regular monitoring to ensure the proper functioning of my organs. After having an official diagnosis for EDS I don't lose hope that someday doctors will find a name for my autoimmune disease. 🤞

Maladie auto-immune inclassable ?

Il y a 4 ans mon corps a commencé à développer des anticorps. Mon état de santé était chaotique. J'ai eu de nombreuses hospitalisations afin de comprendre la cause de ce dérèglement.
4 ans plus tard j'en suis toujours au même point. Maladie auto-immune inclassable. Pour résumer mon corps fabrique des anticorps qui attaque mon propre corps. Mais mes médecins ne savent pas de quoi je souffre réellement. Mon état est stable et j'ai des traitements symptomatiques, mais je dois rester sous surveillance et avoir un suivi régulier pour s'assurer du bon fonctionnement de mes organes. Après avoir eu un diagnostique officiel pour le SED, je ne perds pas espoir qu'un jour les médecins trouveront un nom à ma maladie auto-immune.

#autoimmune #autoimmunedisease #maladieautoimmune #ehlersdanlos #ehlersdanlossyndrome #eds #maladiegenetique #maladierare #raredisease #geneticillnesses #genetic #bloodtest #dysautonomia #raynaudsproblems #raynaudsdisease #chronicillness #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #fatigue #invisibleillness #invisiblepain #spoonielife #spoonie


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Day 150: The Courage To Soldier Must Prevail “I can’t breath,” I mumbled as I sprung straight up the bed at 4:46 a.m.
It felt as if two hands had been placed around me neck and squeezed tightly. My heart was beating like I’d run around the block. Sweat beads were glistening in the middle of my chest. And, the corners of my eyelids began to moisten as a sense of hopelessness rushed in.

The pain never ends, I thought as a stabbing sensation began in my stomach and hip joint simultaneously. The procedures to keep me functioning “normally” are endless and are draining my finances. I volunteer my time to help others but my chronic pain has forced me to cut back. I can do very little to help my aging parents or myself. No wonder the ever present hole in my heart keeps growing despite my prayers for relief.
I rubbed my temples as the negative thoughts caused the pressure to build inside my head. The throbbing veins near my eyes made it hard for me to keep them open. I shut my eyelid and began breathing deeply. I knew my self-pity was triggered by the knowledge that I was just hours away from my fourth back procedure in five weeks with two more to follow.
I drifted off for three more hours. When I woke up, I told myself that I’d fought too hard and spent too much money to improve the quality of my life to give in to doubt and sadness now; the courage to soldier on must prevail.
I got up. I got dressed and I headed to the Hospital For Special Surgery.
#courage #soldieron #nevergivein #backpain #hss igg4 #spoonies #autoimmunedisease #friendship #invisibleillness #chronicillness #chronicpain #disability #2018 #joythroughthepain #blogger #writinglife


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The love is mutual. He's my best friend, my rock, secret keeper, the best decision I have ever made.
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#puppy
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#chronicillness
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I've spent the majority of my life trying to be as "reasonable" as possible. To perfectly moderate and stifle my feelings so that I could evaluate those around me and give them what they need.

This kept me safe in a childhood of abuse and neglect (that continued into my adult life in many ways) because it made me feel as if I had control over things. It kept me safe.

If I didn't have any needs then no one was failing me, and if I could meet the needs of others then they'd surely stick around and be close to me.

Because of this history I carry so much anger and despair that if I just feel that for a moment it feels like I'll literally drown.
I work so hard to get better. All the time. Working on things is automatic for me. What's not easy is letting myself feel things and not work to try make them better or to make them go away. To rationalise everything away.

I'm busy trying to wade in the shallows of my feelings for now. And occasionally go a little deeper or dip my head under. It's scary as fuck but I'm so tired. I'm so tired of the exhaustion and working so hard and feeling so numb and disconnected. And alone.

So, this is just a small reminder to myself of where I am and what I need to hear. Amber, you can't control your feelings. Or how many you have. And that's okay. You won't drown. I promise.
Via @recipesforselflove

#selfcare #boringselfcare #art #quote #mentalhealth #mentalillness #anxiety #depression #invisibleillness #chronicillness #emotions #recovery #abuse


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✨You Are Strong✨
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Sometimes you need to be reminded of how strong you actually are 💖 - the fact that you battle with your own mental health day in & out proves the strength you have within you! 🌟
How many times have you fallen and lost your way 🙇🏻‍♀️ only to fight your way back & carry on 💪🏼
How many times have you felt completely exhausted & drained 😩 but you carry on regardless making sure everyone but yourself is looked after 🤷🏻‍♀️
Maybe you don’t realise it as you have become used to how things are 🤷🏻‍♀️ but the fact that you are STILL HERE FIGHTING shows tremendous strength 💖
You are AMAZING 💕You are strong 💪🏼 You have lived through every single one of your worst days ✨ Keep fighting 👊🏼 NEVER give up 💋Your BEST days are coming & you deserve every single second of them 😍

#MyUnicornLife 🦄💖🦄💖🦄#MentalHealthRecovery #MentalHealthMatters #MentalHealthAwareness #Depression #Anxiety #MECFS #ChronicFatigue #InvisibleIllness #WellnessJourney #WorkInProgress #ChangeHowYouThink #ChangeYourLife #KeepMovingForward #KeepGoing #SmallStepsEveryDay #ProgressNotPerfection #StrongerEveryday #TakeCareOfYourself #LoveYourself #FindYourPower #YouCanDoThis #YouAreAwesome #FightDepression #ItsOk #FindYourFire #PositiveSelfTalk #FindYourStrong #BeYourOwnAwesome 🦄💖🦄💖🦄💖


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My name is Christopher, I’m 27 and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in January 2018, after feeling unwell for a few months then becoming very ill over Christmas.
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I was quickly put on a high amount of steroids along with Azathioprine, soon after this was stopped because of inflammation in my liver. I then started on Infliximab which did seem to bring me closer to remission, however a few weeks after the third Infliximab infusion it started to flair up again.
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I was admitted to hospital again, after a few days they confirmed I had picked up the flu which presented the problem of trying to treat the flu without effecting the Colitis and vice versa. I was in isolation for 3-4 weeks, during that time my condition worsened - I had picked up shingles, was given oxygen, blood transfusions and was being fed by tube. During a colonoscopy I remember hearing the words “Infliximab has failed” at this point I knew surgery was the only option little did I know at the time it was scheduled for the next morning as an emergency🔸
Just four months after being diagnosed I had a Subtotal Colectomy with Ileostomy operation, which meant all of the effected colon was removed. In early 2019 it’s planned to have two further operations for the J-Pouch.
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It’s safe to say 2018 has been one hell of a year. I believe this has been more of a mental challenge than physical. I owe everything to my fiancée, family and close friends for their tremendous support, without them it would have been a much different story.
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Reading other peoples stories has helped me not feel alone and inspired me to share my story. Even though I’ll never beat it I’m certain that it’ll never beat me.
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Christopher @christopherlucas91and Crohn's & Colitis UK - fighting Inflammatory Bowel Disease together


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