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Crocheting Through Chronic Illnesses

This is a guest post by Alexandra Halsey. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. “What to do? What to do?” Sometimes I ask myself this question over and over, never knowing what will distract me from the pain and fatigue that I am in and maybe have a little bit of fun too. Having fun, smiling, and laughing while you are chronically ill are all very important things to try to experience every day. I have tried numerous things. (more…)


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Being Close to Someone With Chronic Illness

This is a guest post by Llinos Thomas. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. When I was a toddler, my mum was in hospital for quite a while and my dad had to look after me on his own.  I became accustomed to my mother going to visit the doctor or going to hospital for appointments fairly regularly.  I didn't know that not all mothers did this. (more…)


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Why My Mental Illnesses are Really a Blessing In Disguise

This is a guest post by wellness mentor, Kendra Kantor. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, you can find more details here. When I was 13, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. That means I have chemicals in my body that don't want to work right and they cause depression. At the time, I remember telling my new therapist that I had been depressed as long as I could remember, even when I was young. At 13, I started my long journey to healing and I'm still not there. In 2013, I was diagnosed with a panic disorder (without agoraphobia). My day to day life is covered in fear and panic and sadness and longing to feel whole and healthy and happy. (more…)


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Turning Pain into Joy and Hope, for Children

Note from Lizzy: This is a guest post from Elizabeth Christy (Potomac Falls Mama). Whilst many of you reading this, like myself, won't be parents yet, I'm sure this is an issue that's crossed your mind about for future.  The children of people with invisible illness suffer quietly.  As soon as my son, now 3.5, began to communicate, I tried to explain, in words that he could understand, why mommy was unable to play as much as he wanted me to, why I couldn’t stay awake longer than a few hours, and why I grimaced and cried from pain so frequently.  How can one explain to a young child, when this is his “normal," that I wish things could be different for him? That he has done nothing wrong when I am crying.  Such complex and mature concepts are difficult for children to understand; so he often left conversations feeling sad and confused. (more…)


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What’s all the fuss about food as medicine?

This is a guest post by my health coach, Ashley Williams. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, get in touch!  Have you heard all the chatter about food contributing to chronic pain and illness? Are you wondering if it’s all a bunch of BS? I’d like to share my personal experience, along with some quick tidbits about foods that are known to increase pain and inflammation, (the root of so many chronic illnesses). (more…)


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Living a Curiously Creative Life With Depression

This is a guest post by Sarah Leonard. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, get in touch!  (more…)


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5 Secrets for Making Depression and Anxiety Suck Less

This is a guest post by McKella Sawyer. If you'd like to write a guest post for The Pillow Fort, get in touch!  Upon meeting me, you'd probably never guess I know anything about depression or anxiety. You'd probably notice how much I laugh and smile, that I say “awesome” a lot, that I make lots of beautiful art, and that I'm kind of a grammar Nazi (sorry, but not sorry). Mental and emotional struggles are sneaky buggers. Unlike most physical ailments, they lurk below the surface, and those of us that grapple with these issues often keep them secret for fear of being slapped with a label or being told to “get over it”. Far too often, we struggle alone. (more…)


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