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  1. by Amy Keys Chronic illness comes with a smorgasbord of difficulties, but one sure to be at the center of the struggle buffet is GUILT. Guilt manifests in many forms and can quietly sneak in a bit at a time or viciously attack all at once. It's silly to think that a person could feel guilt over something that certainly wasn't their doing or their fault, but yet it is incredibly common. Understanding the different types of guilt experienced can be helpful for the patient, and more importantly, for the family and friends of that person as well. The most obvious type of guilt comes wi
  2. My intention with this article is to inspire you to be able to find ways to do things you once loved or enjoyed. My counselor recently told me that I need to make a list of new expectations for my new reality. That’s just it. All of us with chronic illness have a new reality that we certainly didn’t ask for. My husband loves a challenge. When I really want to do something we brainstorm together and find workarounds. I loved when we would go to the Oregon coast and walk the beach looking for glass floats. If you aren’t familiar, local artists in Lincoln City make blown glass orbs i
  3. My intention with this article is to inspire you to be able to find ways to do things you once loved or enjoyed. My counselor recently told me that I need to make a list of new expectations for my new reality. That’s just it. All of us with chronic illness have a new reality that we certainly didn’t ask for. My husband loves a challenge. When I really want to do something we brainstorm together and find workarounds. I loved when we would go to the Oregon coast and walk the beach looking for glass floats. If you aren’t familiar, local artists in Lincoln City make blown glass orbs i
  4. Amy Keys

    Beat the heat

    If you have dysautonomia, you already know that your autonomic nervous system is faulty. And of all the systems controlled by our autonomic nervous system, regulating body temperature can be the "big" one during the summer. Due to poorer temperature regulation, many of us might experience major health issues this time of year - noted by excessive sweating or the inability to sweat. Heat intolerance in particular, is a big problem throughout the summer. Fatigue is increased, as well as the possibility of dehydration. Along with those two symptoms, is the near guarantee that others wi
  5. Amy Keys

    Beat the heat

    If you have dysautonomia, you already know that your autonomic nervous system is faulty. And of all the systems controlled by our autonomic nervous system, regulating body temperature can be the "big" one during the summer. Due to poorer temperature regulation, many of us might experience major health issues this time of year - noted by excessive sweating or the inability to sweat. Heat intolerance in particular, is a big problem throughout the summer. Fatigue is increased, as well as the possibility of dehydration. Along with those two symptoms, is the near guarantee that others wi
  6. Some people honestly don’t remember a time when they were symptom free and healthy. For others, a condition may have come on suddenly. No matter how adaptable and flexible your personality may be, illness is guaranteed to be an adjustment. Most likely it will include going through the grieving process. Not only is that ok, but it is also necessary for a healthy mental state. Before I became ill, I had tummy problems off and on, and some pain, and issues with sleep, but I had good health overall and was living the busy life of a 29-year-old. Enter dysautonomia. When any form of dys
  7. Some people honestly don’t remember a time when they were symptom free and healthy. For others, a condition may have come on suddenly. No matter how adaptable and flexible your personality may be, illness is guaranteed to be an adjustment. Most likely it will include going through the grieving process. Not only is that ok, but it is also necessary for a healthy mental state. Before I became ill, I had tummy problems off and on, and some pain, and issues with sleep, but I had good health overall and was living the busy life of a 29-year-old. Enter dysautonomia. When any form of dys
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