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I Need Support! {we all do} ~ Free Support Resource for Chronic Conditions

Yes, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  ‘Community’ is a vital piece of the puzzle that promotes health and well being in the chronically ill individual.  Without the support of others who understand the struggles, fears, and frustrations of our disease, we drift alone on dark waters that rise, leaving us unanchored in feelings of increasing helplessness and discouragement.

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We were created to be relational.

That can be a hard pill to swallow for those of us who value our solitude.  I can attest to this first hand, because I am one of those introverts who needs a lot of ‘alone time’.  However, I still need people in my life who I can interact with on common ground.  No where is this more important than in the realm of dealing with my chronic illness.

Benefits of belonging to a chronic illness support group:

  • realization that you are not alone in your hardship, knowing the ‘load is shared’ eases the heaviness of your burden
  • finding solutions to issues that you may have not thought of on your own
  • gaining the knowledge of what works for others and applying it to your own situation
  • venting your feelings with those who can empathize
  • helping others, which benefits ourselves as well
  • anonymous, private, and safe.  Plus you have the choice to ‘read’ the comments without having to participate in the discussion

Head on over and check out this incredible FREE resource for those dealing with chronic conditions.  The site is named Healtheo 360′.  They have several public and private support groups for many different conditions.  They even have groups set up for caregivers.

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The newest one is the Fibromyalgia Private Support Group.  I will be co-moderating this private forum on Mondays/Wednesday/Fridays.  I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this FREE RESOURCE!

Grab a cup of tea and I’ll see you there!

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8 Comments

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    Karren Haller
    February 2 at 6:12 pm

    This will be wonderful for those in need of a support group to learn what works for others and to share what might help someone else. Just being able to talk to someone else, besides family is a great way to gain support, family can tire hearing about the daily aches and pains, what a great service for those in need!!! Bless you

    Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week, Im sure it will gain a lot of interest.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Karren
    Oh My Heartsie Girl

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      kristine
      February 2 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you so much Karren, nice to meet you! Very true about wearing people out who don’t know what chronic illness is like. Support from those who deal with it on a day to day basis is key. Thanks again for stoppin’! 🙂

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    Marla
    February 5 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Kristine,
    Thanks for sharing this valuable information about the 360 Support Group. It is always very important to have people to lean on that understand. Chronic illnesses can take so much from your life and exhaust you more. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

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      kristine
      February 5 at 4:23 pm

      So true Marla! It is amazing how much sharing your story with others who understand helps. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    February 7 at 2:07 pm

    This is so cool! I am a lot like you, I’m an introvert most of the time, I have high anxiety, and am empathetic. Sometimes being around others is hard. Especially when you can read their emotions and know that they are sick of hearing that you are sick. Believe me, I get sick of it too! LOL What a great way to talk about your symptoms and feelings without having to feel like you are being rejected because those around you can’t understand. I am sharing this, there are so many out there who need support to get through, and to cheer others on when needed!!! Good luck, I know you will be able to help so many others!

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      kristine
      February 8 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you Nikki. Wow. We’re we separated at birth? 😉 So grateful for your comments every week! Also, as a side note, I REALLY appreciate your weekly posts on viewfrominhere.com ! The information and help your sharing is such a support to one who is ‘blogging for career’. Thanks again compadre! 🙂

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    Deborah Davis
    February 8 at 7:36 pm

    As the primary caregiver for parent with a painful chronic illness I heartily agree that “‘Community’ is a vital piece of the puzzle that promotes health and well being in the chronically ill individual.” We could not make it without our support systems. Thank you for sharing these healthy and valuable insights with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party! I’m pinning and sharing this wonderful post!
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      kristine
      February 8 at 8:05 pm

      Cheers Deborah! 😉 I hope your father is doing well. 🙂

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