♥ When Chronic Illness Brings On Depression and Anxiety (Mental Health)

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Chronic Illness can be an extremely difficult thing to process and deal with on a day to day basis. It’s not something you can just get used to.. Everyday things are changing and you’re constantly facing new challenges, and experiencing so many different emotions. This a lot of the time brings on Depression and Anxiety in many people of all ages.

Depression and Anxiety is very common in the chronic illness community, making everything that much more difficult for us to handle and take in. It all can cause such big life changes and limit or take away your mobility and independence, making everything that much more harder to cope with. It is reckoned that up to one-third of people with a serious medical condition show signs and traits of depression and anxiety.  Chronic Illness not only effects us physically but mentally and emotionally  too.

A lot of times we are so used to not so good things happening in our lives and to our health, that when someone or something amazing comes into or happens to our lives, when we are feeling happier than ever and see our future coming together, we unknowingly start to push them away and lose sight of everything, because we are so used to things never turning out or going right for us. Then you don’t notice what you’re doing before it’s to late and it rips you apart more than ever, it gives you the biggest heartache and you target yourself once again for your wrong doings.

You just see yourself messing up all the good in your life and pushing away all you’ve ever wanted and loved, and the feelings of depression and anxiety come into full swing again. The despair and sadness, the grief, loneliness, regret, the deep pit in your chest and stomach, It’s a never ending cycle. Then you just sit there wondering why you are the way you are, and wishing you could change it and redo where you did wrong.

All the over thinking and what if’s, the worrying over nothing, and seeing little things as such big deals. You turn something that usually wouldn’t bother you into such a big deal, and make it seem so extreme. You know you’re doing it but yet you don’t really know how to stop it.

Besides the physical and mental challenges it brings, medications can a lot of times play apart in your depression and anxiety too. Sometimes a change in medication for depression and anxiety or a medical problem can actually make it worse, it all depends on the person. If this were to happen, contact your doctor as soon as you can to inform them and to figure out a new plan.

People cope and manage their emotions and pain in many different ways. Some shut everyone out and go completely silent, some feel the need to hurt themselves to neutralize the pain.. feeling as if they deserve it, and sadly some take it a step further. I wish depression and anxiety was more known and educated about, and accepted before people get to this point in their lives that they feel the needs to do this..

This is an extremely difficult and hard thing for many of us to deal with and come to terms with. Of course we don’t want to feel like this or be like this…nobody does. Although it is a side of chronic illnesses that a lot of people don’t know is so common amongst us, there are many more demons that we fight.

This is something I, personally have troubles with, and wish it was seen and taken more seriously. I have gone through many hardships myself, and many moments i wish I could take back and or redo. I wish it was looked at and noticed for how severe it can be, and how much hurt it can bring to that person. How hard it is to not only struggle with severe daily pain and sickness, but the struggle and thoughts you go through in your head both mentally and emotionally.

If everyone could take a moment and get to know everyone and their struggles they experience daily, and learn to accept and take them for who they are, and break the stigma about mental health and other disorders, maybe the world wouldn’t always be such a harsh place.

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Thank you everyone so much, I hope you enjoy my post and I’ll try to do more

Stay Beautiful

-Cassie

♥ The Most Frustrating Things About Having Chronic Illness

There are so many things about having chronic illness that frustrates me more than anything! Here are some of those things!

Never knowing when the bad moments and flare ups are going to hit

People a lot of times act as if this is how we wanted to be and its completely our faults… Why would we want to be so down and sick all the time? Why wouldn’t we want to live a normal life?

Constant doctors appointments , many new doctors, and lots and lots of stress. It can take the biggest toll on you traveling to and from,dealing with new doctors, and problems. But yet, those of us still being thankful we have the opportunity to get the care we have.

Never knowing for certain that just because you just completed something today, you’ll be able to do it again in the future.

Being doubted by those you love and care about, when you want nothing more than their support.

Having limitations on the things that you can and want to do.

Not being able to bond and do things with your piers because its too exerting and exhausting on your body, it leaves you being singled out and alone.

Those moments where the pain is so debilitating all you can do is lay there and cry, and there is nothing to help the pain.

Having so many dreams and goals but, having a brick wall in the way of you being able to reach them.

Things that could take the average person 1 hour to do, it takes me about 4 hours to do.

  Feeling so alone and out of place even when you’re surrounded by people, because you health and living is so different than others.

Always having a constant bump in your road, just when things start to settle and get better something pops up.

 

Here are some of the things that frustrates me about having a chronic illness, but remember no matter how frustrated you get, stay strong and push on! Don’t let your illness define who you are, take control and live your best life! Love you all!

Stay Beautiful!!

~Cassie

♥ The Pain And Struggle That Comes With Chronic Illness/Pain ♥

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A Letter To Some Of My Doctors….

Over the years my view on most doctors have changed so much.

Before I saw them all as absolute heroes that have answers and care about each patient so very much… I was beyond wrong.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some good ones, but most doctors I ran into gives me a horrible feeling of worthlessness.

Dear Doctors,

I understand I am one in hundreds of patients, but can you at least Look me in the eyes and show my family and I some respect? You don’t think when I’m sitting there I can’t see your eye rolls or hear the ignorance and judgement in your voice? It’s one thing with me, but when you argue with my family about MY problems that I have. You don’t know crap about me! You don’t see and feel what I go through on a day-to-day basis!

Put yourself in our shoes. What if you had unknown medical problems you were trying to find the answers to? What if it was your son or daughter? Family member? Friend? Constant. Pain. I’m pretty sure you’d be busting your butt trying to find answers. Then they tell you “Oh maybe it’s your depression or anxiety doing it” NO! It’s YOU! Stop trying to blame that! How much hurt and stress you cause me and my family is unbelievable. The people who are supposed to help you with these problems are just adding to them!

You look at me and my problems as if it’s a piece of trash in the street that will eventually blow away and you’ll never see it again.

We wait months and weeks, sometimes YEARS waiting for an appointment through our busy life only to be told were just crazy. That there isn’t something wrong when there obviously is. You think all those scans and labs lie? All of the results and images are just bullcrap? That they’re just showing a mistake over and over again? And that’s only when you decide to tell us about the test and lab results, but when we look into my file it’s completely different from everything you said. I don’t appreciate being lied to.. Be honest and tell me what it honestly says. If it’s not coming up what you tested for okay, lets continue to search for an answer. I come to you for help, NOT obstruction.

Also, understand that we can’t always drop everything in a couple of hours when you want us to and travel over an hour to get there. We have other appointments and other things going on in our lives. Then don’t get mad and ignore us because of that, and refuse to talk to us… How does that make you look? Not very good.

Myself and many others have kept our mouths shut of how we really feel for so long and I just can’t keep it in anymore. I’m tired of being treated like this. I dread going to doctors not knowing what they’re going to come out with or how they’re going to react.

I hope and pray that one day my pain and symptoms are able to be helped enough to the point where I can care and be there for my family like i want to, and be able to enjoy every day like I should. To have some type of relief of knowing whats wrong and not being foreign with my body. But most importantly to me, not having my family and friends worry. Seeing that hurts me beyond any point knowing it’s about me, and i can’t do a dang thing about it.

I’d like to add a couple more points for some medical professionals…

Just because it’s “rare” or “uncommon” DOESN’T mean it’s not possible.

Every patient no matter their diagnosis is going to be unique. They’re not all the same.

We are not just our illnesses and problems. We have an identity. We have a name. Were US!

There are MILLIONS of diagnosis, rare and common. DON’T quit trying after a couple of test. Work with and listen to your patient. Listen to their input, sometimes you might just learn something new.

Kicking us to the curb wont help us, you, or your future patients possibly dealing with similar things.

Be humble.

 

I finally had to let my feeling out, and I hope you never have to go through this and are able to find answers and the best care you can possibly have. You deserve the best. I love you all so much and I’m always thinking of you!

Stay Beautiful

-Cassie

♥ Chronic Illness – Organization and Must Haves♥ Pt 3 **LINKS**

Binders

(1″) 3 Ring Binder $1.79

(1 1/2″) 3 Ring Binder $2.59

(2″) 3 Ring Binder $3.29

(3″) 3 Ring Binder $4.29

(4″) 3 Ring Binder $6.99

Sheet Protectors

(100) Pack $6.79

Binder Divider (With Pockets)

(8) Tab Dividers $4.99

(8) Tab Dividers $2.09

(10 Pack) Business Card Holders $5.69

Appointment Book and Pages

(12 Month) Appointment Book $13.74

(40) Daily Appointment Pages $3.74

Paper Clips, Rubber Bands, Push Pins, Binder Clips

315 PC Assortment Of Clips, Bands, Pins $4.99

 

Part 1 

Part 2 

 

-Stay Beautiful

-Cassie

♥ Chronic Illness – Organization and Must Haves♥ Pt 2

I’m going to give you ideas of how to organize your medical stuff and a fun way to make everyday  appointments a little easier! Also, I own none of the printable pages below

 

3 ring binder or something of your choice

 Clear page coverings to protect your papers

Tab pages to separate your topic and easy custom to flip through and find.

Business card sleeves

Appointment book or pages

♥ Paper Clips

 ♥ Optional ♥

1. Put ALL important info right in the very front!

  1. Contact Numbers
  2.  Medication list
  3. Emergency doctors list
  4. Past medical history (Brief and straight to the point)
  5. Blood type and allergies
  6. Diagnosis
  7. Contact Numbers
  8. Medication list
  9. Emergency doctors list
  10. Past medical history (Brief and straight to the point)
  11. Blood type and allergies
  12. Diagnosis

 

2. Put your tabs in sections depending on your doctors and specialist

3. Fill in your paperwork and files as you would like them and add as needed!

4. Feel free to make you binder your own and very special! Get creative!

Part 1

Part 3

 

-Stay Beautiful

-Cassie

♥ Chronic Illness – Organization and Must Haves♥ Pt 1

I’m going to give you ideas of how to organize your medical stuff and a fun way to make everyday  appointments a little easier! Also, I own none of the printable pages below

♥ Chronic Illness – Organization ♥

 

VERY important Phone numbers and information

Papers to have that makes appointments and everyday life easier and safer!

Items I recommend to have on you at all times

I recommend people with chronic illness or not to carry an updated medical ID, you can never be too safe. Below is the link to create one! It’s Free, printable, and pocket-sized!

 

ALWAYS carry medications you’re prescribed and take them ON TIME ! Your health is the main priority!

For fast and easy access I would make a medical binder..You can grab it and go in case of emergency and it’s easy to spot with all info together.

  • First thing I would do is get a binder, they come in many sizes and colors (What ever is best for you)
  • Second thing, I would do is get sheet protectors and labels!
  • I would mark a spot for each doctor, illness, etc.

Example:

All papers in that section that relates to the doctor.

  • Cardiologist
  • Orthopedic
  • Gastrointestinal
  • neurological …. etc.

Put all your important documents in page covers! It’s easier to get to and it keeps them safe. (Free Prints and downloads below!)

  • Medical cards and ID
  • Copies of doctor papers that have important info
  • Medication list
  • Allergy List
  • Cardiac log
  • Vaccines
  • Reasons for recent hospital visits
  • Any recent falls or injury’s / How it happened
  • Emergency and medical contact list –
  • Vital info Weight, Height, Blood Type etc..

( Everyone is different so you may not need much of the fill ins that’s listed )

 

Emergency Contact and Medical Form: 

http://www.agis.com/SqlFileResource.axd?id=33&resource=pdf

Emergency contacts shouldn’t be limited to just direct family members, but….

  • Home
  • Work
  • Family members work place (If they can’t get ahold of them personally)
  • School phone numbers and contacts
  • Contacts of people who will take on certain responsibilities; Care of pets and children, house, etc.

Make sure you have local help contact information

  • *Emergency help line (Example; 911)*
  • Local Police Department *For non-emergencies
  • Local Fire Department *For non-emergencies
  • Local EMS
  • Poison Control
  • Crisis Hot Line
  • Doctors
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacy
  • Health insurance plan and policy number

**Also, here’s a list of national emergency numbers you should keep at the ready:**

National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline        – (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Drugs and Alcohol Treatment Referral                       – (800) 662 HELP (4357)

HIV/AIDS                                                                             – (800) CDC-INFO / (800) 232-4636

Domestic Violence                                                             – (800) 799-SAFE (7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline                                     – (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

American Red Cross                                                          – (800) RED CROSS / (800) 733-2767

Poison Control Center                                                       – (800) 222-1222

 

*Emergency number printable list for every state! United States!*

http://www.childsafetyexperts.com/emergency-numbers/

Medication List:

http://www.agis.com/SqlFileResource.axd?id=36&resource=pdf

 

♥ Tips for Safe Medication Use and Storage

http://www.agis.com/Document/28/tips-for-safe-medication-use-and-storage.aspx

Get so many FREE downloads of documents to include to your portfolio!

https://www.freeprintablemedicalforms.com/category/charts     (Love this site!!)

 

*I do NOT own these sites, credit to owners!*

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Part 3

-Stay Beautiful!

-Cassie

♥ (Chronic Illness) Common Types of Migraine Headaches and Symptoms In Children

Presentation
courtesy of Diamond Headache Clinic

 

 

Here is a beautiful presentation done by Dr. Merle Diamond at the Diamond Headache Clinic!

I think it’s absolutely amazing what you are doing for these children experiencing such pain from headaches and Migraines!

I would like to say a thank you to everyone involved in this post and project as it means so much to me that i was able to help! Keep up the amazing work, awareness, and information about Headaches and Migraines in children!
-Stay Beautiful! ♥

Have a happy, blessed, and safe holiday!

-Cassie