Gift Ideas for Those with Chronic Illnesses

Do you have a friend or loved one who struggles with a chronic illness? The holiday season can already be tough for them, but it’s also a great opportunity to show them you care. Instead of buying them another gift card (that they may not want to hit a crowded mall to use) consider some…

Drinking Hard or Hardly Drinking

Before I order another round…does anyone know the recommended limits of alcohol consumption? This probably isn’t something most people consider frequently. It is no secret that social events are a lot more relaxed and entertaining when alcohol is involved. I know I am guilty of enjoying a crispy lager from time to time. It makes…

How to Handle Thanksgiving as a Diabetic

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. It’s also filled with plenty of holidays, traditions and all sorts of opportunities to eat a bit off your usual track. With family in town, or you visiting others, it’s tough to keep track of a healthy eating plan. According to health experts, people with diabetes should try to…

Celebrating In-Home Heroes during National Family Caregivers Month

For good reason, much of the conversation around chronic illness is focused on the individual who’s suffering. November is National Family Caregivers Month, the perfect opportunity to touch upon difficult topics like caregiver anxiety and burnout — and to celebrate the work that they do. With the rising costs of assisted living and the lack…

Cooking Tips for Thanksgiving with a Chronic Illness

The holidays are a bit of a polarizing issue for many people. On the one hand, there are plenty of reasons to be jolly and merry. Some families can look forward to meeting the newest members, or simply getting to spend time with others. And on the other, it’s a time of year where it’s…

‘Tis the Season for Joint Replacement!

The holidays are right around the corner and before you know it your holiday festivities will be here! So, hopefully, you planned ahead this year… For many people, the holidays can be stressful enough with all the unpredictable weather, gift buying, cooking, traveling to or even arranging for family and guest visiting. Recovering from a…

Favorite Halloween Movies to watch when you’re dealing with a Flare-Up

If you’re struggling with a flare-up from a chronic health condition this Halloween, chances are good that you’ll be opting out of the pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Having to sit on the sidelines during the holidays can be especially frustrating, but the good news is that there’s still a time-honored tradition that you can…

Halloween Snacks for Those with High Triglycerides

If your doctor has been warning you about your high triglyceride levels, the impending holiday season might start to seem like a minefield of candy bowls and potluck mystery dishes. According to the Mayo Clinic, triglyceride levels are a good indicator of overall heart health. This type of fat can be found in your blood (which…

Keeping Anxiety at Bay during Halloween

Plenty of research has shown us how common anxiety and depression are for those who suffer from chronic illnesses. Add on to that the fact that anxiety disorders themselves can be crippling long-term. While many people with conditions like Lyme disease and type 2 diabetes are afraid of being left out of the holiday season,…