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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

“A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.” United Nations I couldn’t let today go by without a piece about this...

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Chronic Illness Women still need Friendship

Chronic Illness Women still need Friendship

People change. That’s a given. They don’t always change together.

Now you need to learn to allow someone new into that space, someone who understands the new you, who doesn’t care who the old you was. A chronic illness sister is someone who will love and respect you for life, because she knows suffering.

She knows.

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Fact Sheet: Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS)

Fact Sheet: Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS)

Fact Sheet: Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS)

You feel like an old, rag doll that needs to be constantly stitched back together; like a young person’s mind inside a pensioners body. Just getting out of bed in the morning can be a struggle and it can make it impossible to lead a normal life. You can feel like a fraud when one day you can do things like leave the house but the next your hands hurt or you can’t even stand up.

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Fact Sheet: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Fact Sheet: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It is much more than just ‘stress’. You can’t shut it off or walk away from a repeating mental nightmare. Whereas a stressful situation may be uncomfortable and dissipate eventually, PTSD is like having someone repeatedly jump at you. Your body is on high alert waiting for that memory to be triggered by something or someone. You fear reliving it again, you isolate yourself from others for protection and persistently keep your guard up.

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Fact Sheet: Vulvodynia

Fact Sheet: Vulvodynia

Pain experienced by Vulvodynia is described as stinging, throbbing, irritating and burning. Sexual intercourse or self-pleasure can be extremely difficult to enjoy due to the painful sensitivity. In addition to pain these can lead to mental health issues due to being unable to participate in sexual activities or day to day activities as the hypersensitivity limits movement.

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Fact Sheet: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fact Sheet: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic condition which attacks the joints, creating inflammation and stiffness. If this condition goes unnoticed it can damage cartilage, as well as the bones and the tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Over time, there is loss of cartilage, and the joint spacing between bones can become smaller.

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Fact Sheet: Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS)

Fact Sheet: Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS)

Living with PoTS is an internal battle, a merry-go-round of symptoms which have a tendency to pop up at unexpected times. Simple tasks can seem monumentally difficult to a PoTS sufferer who has to deal with shortness of breath, extreme blood pressure variations, severe fatigue, sweating or chills on a daily basis.

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