Are you one of the millions living with a chronic illness? Our illnesses may be very different, but we have many of the same experiences, obstacles and frustrations. We are all working for a better quality of life knowing that pain, illnesses, and limitations will be our traveling companions. My name is Annette and I'm the host of Chronic Wellness, a brief, weekly, podcast where we talk about it all: sex, self-care, mental heath, loss of identity, anger, how to navigate health care and have less days that suck so hard.
I have this belief that: If health is the absence of disease, and wellness is the presence of wholeness; whether or not I'm ever "healthy" again, I can work work toward my wellness, my wholeness.
Curious? Join me where you listen to Podcasts, for a few moments of Chronic Wellness.
Episode 291: Holidays Alone - Safety
What does it take to be alone at the holidays?
What do you need to be emotionally safe at the holidays?
Who can I check in with or can check in with me?
How do you think ahead about physical safety?
What things in your environment are hard to navigate?
Planning ahead can make the difference between successfully and safely handling the time alone or not. Will you be alone at the holidays? What supports do you have in place?
Listen to episodes 114-119 to learn about Surviving the Holidays with Others.
290 Pain Tuning in and Out
How much should I pay attention to my pain?
How do I live with chronic pain?
How does turning pain out get me into trouble? How does it serve me? How do I discern?
Given that there aren't obvious answers, this is one I'm still working on. I journal daily about my migraines. I'm now rethinking my habits of pain tracking so I can better notice which pains I may need to bring to my doctors' attention.
How do you manage these skills?
Episode 289: Double Dutch
Have you ever played double Dutch? How do you join that rhythm already in motion? Once I've lost momentum, how do I start again? We are all hurting right now. In times of duress it is easy to abandon the things that serve me. It's as easy as my next decision. One choice at a time. Each of these choices are a declaration that "I'm worth it." And so are you. What steps are you taking to assert your worth and jump in?
Episode 288: Control %!#?@
We all want control.
How does chronic illness impact that?
Loss of control is a hallmark of chronic illness.
What does my hair have to do with chronic illness and control?
When there is so little that I can control, when I am overwhelmed by so many things happening in my life and in the world around me. However, today: I have a clean junk drawer, and my hair is dyed.
In the midst of these bodies that allow us so little control.
Find something that makes you feel like you, or brings you joy and DO THAT.
Episode 287: Beginning Again
I'm here. I've been laid low. This most recent health crisis left me raw. 2020 has been hard for so many of us. Even before the blood clots, I was telling you about what a train wreck my life was.
What does groundlessness feel like?
I have felt swallowed up by all that's been happening.
I'm unsure how to get back into the rhythm of Chronic Wellness.
Knowing that part of figuring that out is in the doing, I'll just begin.
These broadcasts will be less frequent, but for now I'll start broadcasting weekly.
Episode 286: Blood Clots
Episode 286: Blood Clots by Annette Leonard
I am so grateful for Annette - these are the voices we chronically ill need. I cannot tell you how good it feels to be seen and heard and validated and finally in community with others who are invisibly ill, like myself. Thank you for creating this space for us, Annette!!
Wisdom and insight
The wisdom and insights in these episodes will be a huge help to anyone who lives when chronic illness or loves someone who does. As a therapist I work with clients who deal with chronic illness and I have found Annette’s work invaluable. I highly recommend!
I love these podcasts. Nice to know we aren’t alone and that things will get better. Topics that no one discusses. Thank you!