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Community ~ The Necessity of Community in Chronic Illness

It’s importance cannot be understated.  Why is that?  What is it about human beings that makes the connection of relationship vital to our mental and physical well being?  One strand is weak, but add another and it becomes harder to break.  Add one more, and it becomes almost impossible to tear in two.  Even in the most introverted of personalities, there is still a need for meaningful contact with another person.  One may not need many friends and acquaintances, but neither can they thrive ‘alone’ without intimacy outside of themselves.

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When I was speaking with someone recently about the ‘positive’ things I have gleaned from having a chronic illness, the subject of ‘community’ came up.  Through writing about FMS/CFS, and social networking with those who suffer with chronic illness, I have connected directly and indirectly with some wonderful people.  Those who share their battles and victories over the immense and minor struggles of the day to day create within me a sense of belonging.  There is a feeling of inclusion that makes my own daily campaign with health easier to bear.  The strange paradoxical fact that it helps when another is sharing in and understands your trials is something I can’t explain.  Why should it be that when someone else is experiencing the same pain as me it makes the load easier to carry?  Perhaps it goes back to the strands;  one is weak, two is stronger, three or more becomes indestructible.

It may be too much to ask of a person to be ‘thankful’ for their illness, but there are things within to be grateful for.  One of these is the companionship of those traveling the road alongside you.  ‘Alone’, but not ‘lonely’.

The need for community in chronic illness

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Recipe Of The Week

~Slow Cooker Fresh Peach Butter~

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~1-1/2 lbs fresh peaches

~1/4 cup raw organic honey

~1/2 tsp sea salt

~2 tsp apple pie spice

Take pit out of peaches and cut into pieces (do not peel).  Pulse in food processor until smooth but not liquid.  Add honey, salt, and spice.  Cook on low in slow cooker with lid propped open so butter thickens.  Approx 2-4 hrs.

adapted from The Prairie Homestead

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Dawn Quest
    July 28 at 3:26 am

    Did you say Fresh Peach Butter. This looks amazing. I have a slow cooker – I have lots of peaches…. I’m all set. Dawn x

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      kristine
      July 28 at 5:39 am

      Ha! Ha! Have fun Dawn! 😉

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    Jessica Joy
    July 28 at 5:09 pm

    It is interesting and good that you’ve been able to connect with more people because of your challenges. It’s a great perspective to have. : ) And this recipe looks great! I often forego making jam because it’s labor intensive, but using the slow cooker is so clever!

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      kristine
      July 28 at 6:34 pm

      Yes, ‘butter’ does not require pectin. It won’t be as thick as jam, but it is good! 🙂

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    Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    July 29 at 12:08 am

    You’re attitude is inspiring.
    That peach butter had me drooling, yum.

    #sharewithme

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      kristine
      July 29 at 8:31 am

      Thank you, enjoy the recipe! 🙂

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    jill conyers
    July 29 at 3:34 am

    Your perspective on having a chronic illness is remarkable. I’m sure you’re a source of strength in your community. Genius using the slow cooker for this recipe. I wonder how well it would work with other fruits. Maybe apples.

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      kristine
      July 29 at 8:32 am

      Jill, apples butter would work perfectly here. Also pears and nectarines 🙂

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    Marla
    July 31 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Red,
    I always love reading your post. You have written it so well that we are need companionship in our lives. Chronic illness sure does make that hard and I too have found great comfort in my internet connections. Your recipe is great too for the peach butter – so simple but healthy and I am sure tasty. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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      kristine
      July 31 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you Marla! Had a hard time finding ‘ripe’ soft yellow peaches, had to use the firmer white ones available. If you can find yellow use those 😉

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    Jenny
    August 2 at 5:38 pm

    What a beautiful post and lovely recipe. I love that you are looking into the positives and what to be grateful for in life even though you suffer so much and you are challenged daily. That’s strong, brave and amazing if you ask me. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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      kristine
      August 2 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you Jenny! Always an encouragement to me ! 🙂

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    Deborah Brooks
    August 3 at 7:34 am

    Interesting combo with the peaches! Thanks for linking up with us for meatless Monday

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      kristine
      August 3 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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    Debbie
    August 3 at 1:03 pm

    What a great idea! It’s time to pull out my slow cooker!

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      kristine
      August 3 at 9:25 pm

      Thank You 😉

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    Miz Helen
    August 3 at 2:39 pm

    Your Peach Butter looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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      kristine
      August 3 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks 🙂

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    Brandi Clevinger
    August 4 at 9:59 am

    I know exactly what you mean! I don’t always like to be out with others, but I do get lonely if it’s been too long without socializing. Thankfully, my few local friends know that I don’t mean to be rude or anything when I am distant.

    Thanks for sharing your post and recipe at #ChronicFridayLinkup! I pinned it to the Chronic Friday Linkup board at http://www.Pinterest.com/beingfibromom

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      kristine
      August 4 at 1:45 pm

      Good to have understanding friends! 🙂

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    Deborah Davis
    August 5 at 6:25 pm

    So yummy! I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Slow Cooker Fresh Peach Butter with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. My family will love this dish. I’m pinning and sharing.

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      kristine
      August 5 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you Deborah 😉

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