I recently wrote an article about the importance of pets in coping with chronic illness. It seems to have struck a chord within the invisible illness community. Really, how could it not? Despite the fact that we as individuals have our own personalities and varying idiosyncrasies, the one thing that we almost universally agree on, is the love felt for our four-legged companions. The value of these animals in our life is immeasurable.
I read a disturbing statistic this morning. So much so, that I went to multiple sources to confirm its legitimacy. It stated that one in ten suicides were related to ‘chronic illness’. At first I was incredulous. How could that number be so high? I also read that over 50% of those suffering with fibromyalgia at least consider suicide at some point in their illness. If these are not reason enough to be incensed by those who claim we suffer from a ‘phantom’ illness, I don’t know what is.
People are dying by their own hands because their suffering is so great. Awareness of the ‘invisible chronic illness’ community is vital. There are voices crying out that must be heard before they are forever silenced.
If you or anyone you know is in need of help please call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-8255 There is always hope!
Pets do so much for the well being of our mental and emotional state. Anyone with a dog (and even cats!) know of the strange ‘link’ these animals have with us. They can ‘sense’ emotional turmoil in their pack member and will offer comfort even to extreme measures. Dogs have even been known to go so far as to prevent the suicide of their owners! Not to mention their fuzzy medicinal qualities go a long way in coping with the day to day of chronic illness.
Lily and I will soon be featured in an interview with Medea Karr FNP at ‘Medea Karr FNP A Resource Site for Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Pain Syndrome ‘. She and her dog Koi are launching a campaign to bring fibromyalgia awareness to kids. Lily will be lauded and extolled for her role in being a support dog ‘par excellence’:
- *READ LILY’S INTERVIEW HERE
~Recipe Of The Week:
~Sautéed Vegetables & Hummus Bruschetta~
~slice of good sourdough bread (contains probiotics, excellent for IBS)
~chopped vegetables (I used eggplant, spinach, tomato)
~sliced sweet onions
~good quality olive oil
*~garlic/chipotle hummus (adds subtle smoky flavor)
salt/pepper to taste
Brush both slices of bread with oil and broil on both sides till browned. Heat oil in pan an sauté onions and chopped vegetables, set aside. Sauté zucchini in oil till brown on both sides. Spread hummus on one side of bread, top with vegetables and zucchini.