Having a Graves Disease does not make you weak. Point blank. Requiring medical attention does not mean that you are powerless. An illness is not a marathon, it is not a test or a challenge and you do not have to prove yourself to anyone. In short… with Graves Disease treatment is necessary. The same can be said about any chronic illness.
Last week I received a marvelous treat – The ChronicAlly Box, a must have subscription box for spoonies and health and beauty buffs alike. It felt like a little Christmas just for me. I was delighted, surprised and spoiled! So excited in fact that I really want you to have the opportunity to experience that goodness too.
The ChronicAlly box is the first ever monthly subscription box dedicated to spoonies (chronic illness warriors). It’s a health and beauty pick me up full of spoons, created by a chronic illness warrior, for chronic illness warriors.
It’s also the gift that keeps on giving because a portion of all sales are donated to chronic illness causes (proceeds from last month supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Dysautonomia International). I love that this monthly subscription box is a bringer of joy. It brings joy to your door while also providing joy to those who rely on the organizations that receive ChronicAlly’s support.
But what if you don’t have a chronic illness? Is this box still something you can enjoy? Heck yes! Because non-spoonies need spoons too.
Here’s what you can expect if you treat yourself to a ChronicAlly Box:
I realized something recently. I’ve been living in a cocoon for 4 years. And it was incredibly necessary. When I got sick I retreated inwards. I needed to back away from the world to rest and nurture myself back to health. It was important that I get to know my body and my disease. I needed to learn how to be unapologetically selfish and make myself a priority… to fall in love with myself and create a foundation of self-kindness. I cannot stress how fundamental this has been to my healing with Graves Disease. But my cocoon has become my comfort zone and it’s time to let go.
I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to introduce you to Jane Gammage! She is a Life Coach, a passionate Graves Warrior, an inspiring healthy foodie and the creator of the blog A Journey with Graves. Whether it be through her honest and heartfelt write-ups on her personal journey to wellness or the amazing programs she’s created to help others find their way to better health and happier lifestyles, Jane will leave you feeling inspired. Her joy is contagious.
You can connect with Jane on her website or follow her journey and be inspired by her delicious meals on her Instagram. I highly recommend it.
Meet the lovely Jane:
One of the most common questions that finds me is “what’s your diet like?”, “I have Graves Disease too, what diet should I be on?” or “what’s the best diet if I want to be health?”. And while there are certain things that I think that everyone could do to create a healthy, nourishing lifestyle, I do not believe in any such thing as the “best diet” for everyone, even those with the same disease as me.
So how did I create the best diet for me? And how can you do the same?
I am so excited to introduce you to Em Harding! Em is a student of Holistic Nutrition and Phytotherapy. Her wonderful website is an enticing and inspiring mixture of health, spirituality and delicious recipes! She is a talented, healthy foodie, and one look at her blog or Instagram will have your mouth watering (seriously, this girl has mad skills!). A fellow Graves Disease Warrior, Em is determined to live lovely with her autoimmune disease; I am so inspired by her dedication to her health and her positive energy! I know that she will inspire you too.
I had the joy of celebrating my 28th birthday this past Wednesday! I spent some time last reflecting on all of the life lessons the past year has bestowed upon me.
5 days before my 27th birthday I received the unfortunate news that I had relapsed. I was devastated and terrified! But I was also determined to return to remission, accept that Graves Disease was a part of me and thrive in spite of my diagnoses. This past year was about Acceptance and Healing and I have a lot to celebrate as I look back. Today I am symptom free and in remission; thriving and full of joy!
It is a delight to celebrate another year of life. I’m so grateful for every day, all of the ups and downs and the person that I’ve had the pleasure of becoming.
Which is why I wanted to share the life lessons on self care, self love and living with an incurable illness that 27 provided. I think they can help you a lot too.
I am a spoonie! If that word resonates with you, chances are you are too. If you’ve never heard of a spoonie before I welcome you to check out “The Spoon Theory” by Christine Miserandino. Spoonies are Chronic Illness Warriors and the Spoon Theory uses spoons as a metaphor to explain what living with a chronic illness is like.
Having a good day full of energy? You have tons of spoons to spare. Feeling to sluggish that simply taking a shower is difficult? Looks like you’re low on spoons.
These days I’ve been incredibly blessed with plenty of spoons to spare, but I still need to actively make my health my number one priority. I always will.
Any spoonie can attest to being on the receiving end of some frustrating statements. While we know that you probably mean well, your words can be baffling at the best of times and heartbreaking in the worst. It leaves us feeling awkward, isolated and at a loss for words. And so, to help prevent this in the future, here are:
7 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Spoonie