You Are Enough Even With A Chronic Illness

 

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Having a chronic illness can really make your self esteem take a nosedive.  We need to remember on a daily basis that all that matters is what God says about us.  There are so many things that he cherishes about us.  Please remember that  you are enough even with a chronic illness!  Don’t ever forget that.

1. You are enough. Sometimes because of our limitations we think we don’t measure up.  God can still use you. He finds you more valuable than rubies. ( Proverbs 3:15) You are still enough even with a chronic illness!
 
2. God loves you just the way you are. He is the one who  made you in his image!
 
3. You are not valuable because of what you can do but because of who you belong to. We are human beings not human doings.
 

4. Learn to be compassionate and considerate with yourself just as you would with a friend.  So many times we are more compassionate to a friend than we are with ourselves. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

 

5. Learn to forgive yourself and others. So many people can disappoint us in this life including ourselves.  Harboring grudges and bitterness does not do our health any good.  Learn to let go and let God fill you up.

 

6. God still has a purpose for your life even though you can’t do all the things you use to do. There are so many stories of how God has used unlikely people.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

 
7. God sings over you with His love. (“He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17) What a great picture of how much God loves us.  He delights in us!
 
8. God has started a good work in you and He will see it through to completion. (Philippians 1:6) God is not done with you yet!
 
9. Stop comparing yourself to others. When we compare we either feel prideful or less than others.  it does not do us any good.  God made us all different for a reason.
 
10.Reach out to others. Sometimes when we think we don’t have any energy to reach out we can do the smallest thing like offering a smile or hug that can do much more than we can imagine.
I hope these reminders of God’s love and compassion towards us reminds us of how much we’re worth. may you have a blessed day!

 

 

 

Homeschooling While Living With A Chronic Illness {Guest Post}

I am excited to welcome Nicole McGhee from Home With My Sons!  She is going to be talking about homeschooling while living with a chronic illness. Even though I do not homeschool I know many of my readers do.  I am sure you will find this very helpful.

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Four years ago, I was given an answer to a lifelong question.  The answer was an autoimmune disorder and the question was “Why have I been sick my entire life?” At that time, I was in the homeschooling trenches with my 2nd grader, preschooler, and new baby on my hip.  Truthfully, the answer gave me so much relief and comfort that I could finally see how I could juggle life with an illness.  Before I began my monthly blood treatment, I was sick more often than not.  When the treatment finally began, I could focus on the side effects of the disorder as opposed to just being ill all of the time.

My health has dramatically improved over the last three years; however, the afflictions that come with the disorder make themselves known.  I battle constant fatigue, joint pain and swelling, and other internal ailments.  Some days, getting out of bed takes all of the energy I can muster.  On those days, I know school is going to be on the lighter side.

How can I cope with a chronic illness and maintain a homeschool schedule?  The easy answer is that I plan for it.  I know there are days that I am not going to be able to jump into a big project or experiment.  Fortunately, we use a curriculum that requires as much involvement as I want to give or as little as I can spare.  On a normal day, I have two boys working on their Time4Learning  lessons at the same time so I can answer questions, read to them, or offer any clarifications.  On the days I cannot monitor them as closely, they work on reviewing lessons or moving forward with self-directed learning that doesn’t require as much of my assistance.

I also have a checklist of activities for us to do when I need to be able to rest more.  I have set aside books to read together and keep some interesting documentaries in our Netflix queue.  We enjoy crafts, so my oldest son will work with his younger brothers on some easier, seasonal projects.  I save some of our homeschool favorites for those days, as well, like Play-doh, wax sticks, puzzles, etc.

Most importantly, I realize that I need to allow myself some grace.  I remind myself that a day here or there is not going to be so detrimental to my children that I won’t be able to make up the time lost.  If they need some additional help from Dad due to my increased need for rest, I’ve got to ask for it.  I know that science may have to wait until Dad comes home from work or the social studies project of the old west frontier may be put on hold, but my sons are learning something books cannot teach them.  They are learning to be compassionate and understanding.  They are learning to have empathy for those that are sick and learning to care for the family around them.  Isn’t that one of the best parts of homeschooling anyway?

 

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Crumb-Topped Baked Tilapia

Crumb-Topped Baked Tilapia

Baked Tilapia

Does your family like fish?  Unfortunately mine doesn’t. My husband will eat it if it has a mild, sweet flavor. I decided to hunt for a good baked tilapia recipe.  I’ve eaten it before and it always has a mild flavor.  I found this recipe in All You magazine, which happens to be one of my favorite magazines.

All tilapia is farm raised. It’s best to buy tilapia from the U.S. because it’s more eco- friendly. Grocery stores are required to label which country they came from and if it’s wild or farm raised. Fresh tilapia should smell like the ocean, not give off a fishy scent. It keeps well in the freezer for up to six months. Here is the recipe that I have come to love.

 

 

Crumb-Topped Baked Tilapia:

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

4 T unsalted butter at room temperature

3 T mayonnaise

2 t lemon juice

1/4 t dried basil

Salt and pepper

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

5 round buttery crackers crushed ( or you could use whole wheat bread crumbs)

4 6 oz tilapia fillets

2 T olive oil

 

Directions:

Place a rack 4 inches from heat source and preheat broiler to high.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil: mist with cooking spray.  In a small bowl stir together Parmesan, butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, 1/4 t pepper, garlic powder, and crushed crackers until thoroughly mixed.  Place topping mix in freezer while preparing fish.  Place fillets in a single layer on baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Broil until fish is opaque, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and spread cracker mixture evenly over fillets.  Broil until topping is golden brown and edges of fillets are crispy, about 2 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

What kind of fish do you like?  I would love to hear from you!  If you think this sounds like a tasty recipe please share.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Easy Way to keep Track of Your Medications

Do you need an easy way to keep track of your medications?  I know it’s hard for me to keep track of the medications that I’ve started and stopped.  When new doctors ask me what medications I’ve already been on that haven’t worked it’s hard for me to remember.  I also needed a way to keep track of why they didn’t work.

I came up with an easy way to keep track of your medications.  There is space to record dosage, time, how well it’s working, prescribing doctor, and side effects. If I have a way to keep track of my side effects I’ll be able to know why a medicine did or didn’t work.

I  keep my medicine tracker in my health binder for easy access. I like that I now have a way to keep track of all my medicine.  It is important that you don’t have any adverse reactions from combining medicines. If you keep track of every medicine you’re on it makes it easier to keep track.

If you sign up  for my newsletter you can get a free med tracker to help you stay organized.  I am excited of all the things coming up on the blog.  I will have many more helpful and encouraging posts. I can’t wait to get to know you better.

 

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Books for Living with Chronic Illness

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Books to help with chronic illness

I admit that I read more nonfiction than fiction, especially when I need support and encouragement dealing with my illness.  I have acquired many books for living with chronic illness over the years, most of them through Amazon.  They have all helped me deal with living day to day with a chronic illness. I have come up with a list of fourteen books for living with chronic illness.  Some are devotionals, some are more medical in nature,  and others are humorous.

 

The first book on my list is a devotional called Peace in the Storm by Maureen Pratt.  The author of this book has had lupus for several years. She speaks as someone who knows how to deal with isolation, medical expenses and so much more.  I highly recommend this devotional. You can see my review here.

Spiritual Sunlight for the Weary is a book I found when I first was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.  The author Lynn Vanderzalm has had chronic fatigue syndrome for many years.  Her daughter also has it.  Some of the devotional entries are by authors with various illnesses.

Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On has been out for a few years, but it is new to me. I have read a few other books by Stormie Omartian and have always enjoyed them.

The Chronic Illness Workbook is a book I’m still working through.  It is by Patricia A Fennel.  It is a very in depth book and was recommended to me by a life coach.

One of my favorite inspirational books is by the name of Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic.  He was born without arms and legs.  He has become a world wide international speaker.  You can learn more about the book in one of my earlier posts.

Celebrate Life – New Attitudes for Living with Chronic Illness is written by Kathleen Lewis who has lupus, fibromyalgia, and other illnesses. It is published by The Arthritis Foundation.  She has many topics such as using music to cope and asking for support.  I found it helpful and supportive.

7 Lessons I Learned in the Light is from another author I find very inspirational.  Her name is Jennifer Rothschild. She became blind at the age of fifteen and has gone on to lead a full life as a singer, speaker and author.  You can read more about her here.

8 You’re Going to Be Okay- Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days.  The author Holley Gerth is one of my favorite new authors!  You can read my review here.

9 His Princess Bride by Sheri Rose Shepard is like a personal  love letter from God. I turn to this book a lot when feeling down or discouraged.  It is in a pocket size, so it’s easy to take with you.  I also keep it by my bedside.

10 One website that I always go to for encouragement is Restministries founded by Lisa Copen.  She also wrote a book called Mosaic Moments, a great devotional filled with writings from her and other people living with chronic illness.

11 I’d Rather Be Working is a more technical book on how to gain employment either inside or outside the home. It is written by Gayle Backstrom. It has helpful information about the disability act and how to talk to your employer and coworkers about your illness. I haven’t been able to find any other book on this topic.

12 God’s Most Precious Jewels are Crystallized Tears is a book by Barbara Johnson.  I first heard of Barbara Johnson from a friend after losing my daughter. She has authored a lot of books that help deal with grief, illness, wayward children, etc.  She has a way of making you laugh and encouraging you at the same time.  I would recommend any of her books.

13 Coping with Chronic Illness has been very helpful to me.  It is written by H.Norman Wright  and Lynn Ellis.  It deals with invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and migraines.It talks about relating to your family and friends, how to form supportive networks, and how to deal with your medical team.

14 Due to Rising Energy Costs, the Light at the End of the Tunnel Has Been Turned Off  is written by Karen Linamen.  She has a way of getting to the heart of the matter while making you laugh until you cry. I have read many of her books.  The title of this book definitely caught my eye.

 

Have you found any books that have been helpful for navigating a life with chronic illness.  I would love to hear your suggestions!

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