Losing Your Appetite During Illness

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

This week, National Public Radio did a story on how chemotherapy patients often lose their appetite. Part of the reason is because the chemo medication gets into the bloodstream, and therefore into saliva, causing foods to taste metallic when chewed and digested. Another reason is because of the nausea and general fatigue that chemotherapy can cause. Yet another way chemotherapy destroys appetite is by killing off rapidly reproducing cells.

Looking Good When You Feel Bad

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

When you're not feeling well, it's easy to spend days at a time in the same sweatpants or old, raggedy t-shirt. But getting yourself dressed, put together and looking good can actually lift your mood and help you recover faster. Plus a little pampering can go a long way. Here are a few tips on how to look good, even when you're feeling bad:

Beyond Chicken Soup - the many options from Get Well Meal

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

There's nothing more comforting or practical than getting food when you're sick. But if you've been sick for awhile or are struggling with a chronic illness, you've probably been given a lot of the same kinds of thing, and while you're appreciative of all the thought that went into it, there's only so much chicken noodle soup and tuna casserole one person can stomach.

May is arthritis awareness month

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

Arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe over 100 medical conditions and diseases, known as rheumatic diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control, arthritis affects an estimated 50 million U.S. adults and continues to be the most common cause of disability in the United States.

May is stroke awareness month

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

This May is the 25th anniversary of National Stroke Awareness Month. National Stroke Association has been working long before there was a nationally recognized month to help people understand the causes, signs, effects and treatments for stroke. This year they are highlighting strokes within minorities.

Making the Most of Your Down Time

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

Being sick and potentially stuck inside doesn't have to mean sitting in front of the TV or doing crossword puzzle after crossword puzzle. Even with limited mobility there are all kinds of activities and new or old hobbies you can take on. In fact, this might be the perfect time to learn something new, try something you've always wanted to try or catch up on some things you've let go. Below are just a few ideas to get you inspired to make the most of your down time.

Finding a balance: rest and activity in illness

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

When you're sick, rest can be the best thing. But for many illnesses and injuries, your doctor may also have recommended staying active within your physical limitations to help speed healing. Physical therapy or just basic at-home activity may be prescribed. So how can you find the balance between the right amount of down time and the appropriate amount of physical activity?

What to say (or not say) when someone is sick

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

You just found out a close friend, family member or acquaintance is sick, perhaps even extremely or chronically ill. You want to express your concern, your best wishes and help, but can't seem to find the words beyond "Get Well Soon." It can be difficult to express our feelings to people as they struggle with an illness. You don't want to come off patronizing, but you also genuinely want to help and be supportive. Sometimes the things that are most helpful and meaningful to the ill are what we don't say, do or ask of them.

June is Men's Health Month

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Men's Health Month. Initiated by a Congressional health education program, Men's Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

How to Thank the People Who Helped During Illness

  • Posted on: 23 June 2017
  • By: rachelburns

If you're currently struggling or have recently struggled through an illness or injury, there may have been a group of people who were there to help and support you. Whether it was hired help, help provided through insurance or just friends and family volunteering their time, you have probably become close with these people and want to find a way to express your gratitude for the help they provided.

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