Health


Not Feelin’ Well. New Medications. Ten Steps Back.

I’ve been doing so well. I’ve been focused, motivated and mostly pain free. But three weeks ago, it started to go downhill. For whatever reason, I had a headache that just wouldn’t go away! It lasted just short of two weeks! Seeing my chiropractor and my massage therapist didn’t help. The constant pain just took my energy away. I couldn’t focus on anything. It made me pretty miserable. I couldn’t function. On […]


When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, Part 2

When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, Part 2 After finding out the horrible things that had been said to my daughter on the bus, and still reeling to the point that my very insides were shaking, I called the school immediately and left a message for the principal. I sent notes to school and spoke with teachers and did everything I possibly could just shy of getting up on […]


I need compassionate people in my life

As a Chronic Illness Sufferer, I Need Compassionate People In My Life

It’s tough living life with chronic illness. It’s even harder when the people around you aren’t compassionate. I’m very grateful that my family and close friends understand me. Sure, I was never the social type. It might seem like it when you meet me, but in reality, I am much happier at home. I’d rather stay in my sweats all day watching Netflix than go out. I’ve missed birthday celebrations and other get […]


I just want to sleep

Tick… tick… tick… I can hear the rain against my window. I can hear a random car pass by. My eyes are heavy so I close them. I pull my blankets high. Tick… tick… tick… I lay on my side, hand under my head with a pillow in between. Tick… tick… tick… it’s 1:45 in the morning. I’ve been in bed since 11. I just want to sleep. Tick… tick… tick… I […]


When the tables turn and it's not you feeling unwell (Part 3) @ CoffeeHeartMind

When The Tables Turn and It’s Not You Feeling Unwell (Part 3)

If you haven’t done so, I suggest reading the earlier parts to this series. Part 1: His symptoms Part 2: At the Hospital     When the tables turn and it’s not you feeling unwell: The Outcome The moment of truth… The nurse came back and said that his test results came back great and that he’s allowed to leave!! YESSSSS!!! I immediately called a cab to take us home. His mom […]


When the tables turn and it's not you feeling unwell (Part 2) @ CoffeeHeartMind

When The Tables Turn and It’s Not You Feeling Unwell (Part 2)

So you may remember the first part of this series where I spoke about the entire week leading up to this. All of Mr. J’s signs and symptoms were there: the fever… the fatigue… the low blood pressure. If you haven’t read the first part, you can read it here. I suggest you do. 😉 On the way to the ER I called his work to let them know that he wasn’t coming […]


When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression (Part 1)

When Your Child Is Diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression, Part 1 My daughter has always been one of the smartest children you could ever imagine. I cannot tell you how many times I, and others, have called her “wise beyond her years”. Not only is she smart in regards to schoolwork, but she has a level of common sense that most children do not get, even past their high school years. I […]


When the tables turn and it's not you feeling unwell (Part 1) @ CoffeeHeartMind

When The Tables Turn and It’s Not You Feeling Unwell (Part 1)

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you all an event that occurred just a little over two weeks ago. I usually write about my experiences with my health, but today’s post is different. I feel that the title is very fitting. Note: I have permission to write this LONG and detailed post.  I’m usually the one that feels unwell in my family… …and as much as we all hate it, we’ve […]


One young woman's health journey

One Young Woman’s Health Journey

My life as a spoonie-from the beginning. I was 17 years when all my problems first started.  I have pretty much stumbled through life, struggling in one way or another with some form of illness. I think my spoonie life first started when I was actually around 2 years old.  My mum told me I was under a consultant with suspected precocious puberty.  I had to have MRI scans and tests as […]


How blogging is helping me fight my depression

How Blogging Is Helping Me Fight My Depression

I first started seeing my counsellor in October of 2016; two months after finally being diagnosed with depression. I had been on a medical leave from school for just a little over a year, I had been diagnosed with 1 dermatological condition, 4 spinal conditions and I got into an MVA. Everything prevented me from going to school and work – no wonder I was depressed.  One of the things that we spoke […]


The Struggle Is Real

Read about one woman’s journey with depression and anxiety and the notebook that keeps her health in check. The Struggle Is Real We all have our own struggles. My struggles are what I was told everyone has. The only problem is, I have depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. That old saying, “Don’t cry over spilt milk”. Yeah, that was made because of me, I am sure of it. I worry about everything. Seriously. […]


I want a big family but my health won't let me

I Want A Big Family But My Health Won’t Let Me.

I’ve always wanted a large family. Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of a large close-knit family. I loved the idea of having 3-4 kids; I’ve always wanted them close in age as well so that they will have a strong bond. I dreamt of creating family traditions. But my health won’t let me. Okay… okay… maybe my health didn’t NOT let me. It didn’t necessary tell me “No, Chelle. […]


A letter to a stoic husband

A Letter To a Stoic Husband – From Your Wife Who Suffered Mental Illness

  To my good man, thank-you for teaching me the meaning of unconditional love. In the beginning you were my companion for carefree nights out. You were my super cute boyfriend and together we knew only good times. It’s hard to reconcile that from the seeds of that friendship an unbreakable bond would grow. It would carry me through the darkest of days. You would become my soul-mate and your love would […]


My House Is A Mess

My House Is A Mess & I’m In Sweats… & That’s Okay

Reality check: my house isn’t featured in those design magazines. …and unfortunately, I don’t think it ever will be. I would love for it to be those kinds of homes though. You know… clean. I’m sure we would all love a home like that, right? Bright. Inviting. Spacious. Maybe I’ll have a home like that one day. But for now…   I can tell you right now that if you were to come over, you will find dishes […]


How to grow old without getting sick

How to Grow Old Without Getting Sick

How to Grow Old Without Getting Sick Many people believe that growing old goes hand in hand with frequent trips to the doctor, along with a gradual loss of memory and the ability to learn new things. They’re afraid of aging because they think they’ll become a burden on society. Is this a fair generalization? From a statistical standpoint, getting older does increase your risk of chronic disease, including those associated with […]


What is a spoonie?

What’s A Spoonie?

As a fairly new blogger with a focus on chronic illness, I want to find those who can relate to what I write. I want to find others who I can connect with. I want to connect with those who can help me help others. So I started searching on social media. I searched all the hashtags that I could think of! I looked for chronic illness, mental health, physical health, and other variations […]


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Anorexia Ate Me Alive

We must all remember that our words can truly affect someone’s life. We must choose our words wisely and with care. We must teach our children to do the same. We can really have an impact on someone whether or not we realize it. This is Jessica’s story. Anorexia Ate Me Alive We all have iconic moments in our lives where our destiny’s change forever. This was one of them. It was like […]


A day in the life of someone with 10chronicconditions

A Day In The Life Of Someone With 10 Chronic Conditions

The last 3 years have been HEAVY! I’ve had chronic headaches for at least a decade. I was diagnosed with migraines in 2013. In 2015, I was diagnosed with psoriasiform dermatitis – it’s pretty much just SEVERE eczema – and I had to take a medical leave (which I am still on). I was diagnosed with 4 spinal conditions (scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, bilateral spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis) in one day in June of 2016. And since I was […]


What helped me during my darkest days

What Helped Me During My Darkest Days

I started the #BrighteningMyDarkestDays hashtag because I’ve been there. I’ve had my dark days where everything is so dark and everything seems so pointless. I also knew that it wouldn’t last, but I just didn’t know how to get myself out of it. So I started #BrighteningMyDarkestDays in hopes that we could all share what helped get us through it in hopes that it’ll help others through their darkest days. Let’s help others get out […]


FeatureFridays - 4 ways to soothe a colicky baby

4 Ways to Soothe a Colicky Baby

Parents… we’ve all been here, right? Our baby who won’t stop crying no matter what we did. It’s worrisome, really. All I thought was “Okay, you just woke up, I just changed you and you’ve been fed and burped. What’s the matter?! Why are you still crying?” Maybe they were colicky, maybe they weren’t. According the BabyCenter, Colic is uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Your baby is considered colicky if he’s […]


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A Parent With Depression (The Mental Black Hole)

Depression. It’s dark. It’s lonely. It’s a trench that keeps getting deeper. It’s the mental black hole. It’s hard to have your mind put you down constantly. I thought that it was difficult before but… Being a parent with depression is a new level of difficulty. It makes you feel like such a failure. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, A major depressive disorder — usually just called “depression” — is different than the […]


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Just Because You Can’t See Me Struggling Doesn’t Mean I’m Not

I am in pain And I struggle everyday. I constantly argue with myself. It’s tough to have your mind tell you That you’re not good enough… That you’ll never be good enough…. That no one will read this… (Because noone will care…) Why would they want to? Why should you get out of bed…? Don’t bother doing anything… You’ll do it wrong anyway. And then they’ll get mad at you. Do you […]


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Why I Have A Different Definition Of Health

I am so excited to introduce our #FeatureFriday blogger! Margaret Stuart from Margfit.com is a fitness enthusiast who is passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals. She dropped by the blog today to share with us her definition of health while being chronically ill.   Why I Have A Different Definition Of Health   I am currently in my last semester of college, finishing out my degree in Public Health and in […]


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Taking Care Of Myself… Massaged to Wellness

I love getting massages! Who doesn’t? A little feet rub at the end of a long day… a little neck rub… the scalp massage when getting their hair done at the salon… Oh man! Sometimes, your body just needs a hand – ha! mom joke. Massage helps your body treat itself without the use of medications; just with heat and a little manual manipulation, I am certain that I started seeing a Registered […]


10 ways to manage a relationship with depression

10 Ways To Manage a Relationship With Depression

It’s always such a pleasure to meet like-minded people. I’ve suffered with depression during my life time, but only recently have I been diagnosed with clinical depression. I have always wondered what it was like to be on the other side of a partnership where depression exists. I am excited that through my new love of blogging, I met Alexandra – a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in New York – who […]


Convincing My Anxious Brain To Start Blogging

I’ve been reading blogs for as long as I can remember – you may be thinking that that can’t be that long since with depression comes bad memory… but I promise you, I’ve been reading blogs for years. I’ve tried blogging as well but I guess the only platform that I’ve actually stuck with is Facebook. Mind you, I actually don’t share anything personal on Facebook. I mostly just “share” whatever posts […]


I’m tired of being tired…

Honestly, I’m tired all the time!!!! I mean I totally understand that I’m going to be tired when I barely sleep… but that’s not the case!!! The word tired doesn’t even do how I actually feel justice. I’d say that it’s more exhausted than anything. Maybe you understand what I’m talking about. Maybe you’ve done it too! I mean those 5 letters… that one word… is the easiest way to explain it. I know I’M totally guilty […]