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So this past weekend, I was lazy and I didn't do my 3 steps. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Oh. My. Lord.

I have not had to take excedrin since I started my new morning routine. 
I went from 3+ migraines a week...
To NONE! 
Sunday I woke up with a migraine and immediately regretted being lazy and not taking care of myself. 🙇🏼‍♀️ 🗣 Self care is so important. I would rather fill myself with vitamins over taking migraine medicine everyday!
So this past weekend, I was lazy and I didn't do my 3 steps. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Oh. My. Lord. I have not had to take excedrin since I started my new morning routine. I went from 3+ migraines a week... To NONE! Sunday I woke up with a migraine and immediately regretted being lazy and not taking care of myself. 🙇🏼‍♀️ 🗣 Self care is so important. I would rather fill myself with vitamins over taking migraine medicine everyday!
So what’s up with the people who weigh themselves at grocery stores? #thrivingandsurviving 📸 @forbie12
So what’s up with the people who weigh themselves at grocery stores? #thrivingandsurviving  📸 @forbie12
team workout in hoodies >>>⠀
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project come back is in full effect. Training has been 💯, macros are being tracked, & goals are being set and conquered! 💪⠀
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back on intermittent fasting. 10/10 will always be a fan of IF. I’m just crushing goals over here 😊 #thrivingandsurviving 🤙⠀
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Save dat cash moneyyy ⤵️⠀
@skywearthreads | NIKKI15⠀
@ftfcommunity | 'nikki'⠀
@CampusProtein | 'NicoleSilver'⠀
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#girlswholift #girlswithtattoos #girlswithmuscles #bodybuilding #protein #healthy #strongissexy #fitfam #cardio #fitnessmotivation #fitspo #gymlife #body #glutes #booty #athletic #eatclean #committofit #weightlifting #gymflow #gains #ftfambassador #healthylifestyle #teamcp #campusprotein #rep #shredforsummer #shoulderboulders #legday
team workout in hoodies >>>⠀ _________________________⠀ project come back is in full effect. Training has been 💯, macros are being tracked, & goals are being set and conquered! 💪⠀ _________________________⠀ back on intermittent fasting. 10/10 will always be a fan of IF. I’m just crushing goals over here 😊 #thrivingandsurviving  🤙⠀ _________________________⠀ Save dat cash moneyyy ⤵️⠀ @skywearthreads | NIKKI15⠀ @ftfcommunity | 'nikki'⠀ @CampusProtein | 'NicoleSilver'⠀ ⠀ #girlswholift  #girlswithtattoos  #girlswithmuscles  #bodybuilding  #protein  #healthy  #strongissexy  #fitfam  #cardio  #fitnessmotivation  #fitspo  #gymlife  #body  #glutes  #booty  #athletic  #eatclean  #committofit  #weightlifting  #gymflow  #gains  #ftfambassador  #healthylifestyle  #teamcp  #campusprotein  #rep  #shredforsummer  #shoulderboulders  #legday 
This is the face of a girl who, despite her chronic joint disease, has just hit a new deadlift PB of 70kg 🎉🎉
Haven’t lifted heavy weights in a few weeks due to the pain, but now aiming for 90kg by the end of the year 😲

You can either be consumed by pain or choose to fight it. 👊🏻 #gym #deadlift #weights #girlswholift #chronicillness #autoimmunedisease #thrivingandsurviving
Camp really wasn't so bad ❤  #cwh #summerstaff #pennsylvaniasong #thrivingandsurviving
Out here in the wild trading gummy worms for permits. #thrivingandsurviving
Literally just out here, ya know?  #ThrivingAndSurviving #Friday
A few months back I went to my PCP and he really hurt my feelings! 
He asked if I felt like I was putting on weight, I told him yes. 
He told me he could tell and that I didn't need to keep eating everything in the house. 
Ouch! Kinda harsh but okay! 
Well I went back yesterday and when I asked how my weight was... His response, "You're doing great! You're smaller than the first time I saw you" 😊 
If that isn't reassurance that I'm doing right, then I don't know what is! 
It's all about lifestyle changes, friends! I'm one happy momma!!
A few months back I went to my PCP and he really hurt my feelings! He asked if I felt like I was putting on weight, I told him yes. He told me he could tell and that I didn't need to keep eating everything in the house. Ouch! Kinda harsh but okay! Well I went back yesterday and when I asked how my weight was... His response, "You're doing great! You're smaller than the first time I saw you" 😊 If that isn't reassurance that I'm doing right, then I don't know what is! It's all about lifestyle changes, friends! I'm one happy momma!!
This face😍
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I would strongly encourage folks to consider fostering kittens with kitty colds. This sweet boy was on the verge on euthanasia not only because he is still a bottle baby but he has a minor URI, Upper Respiratory Infection. 
He didn't choose this life, it's unfair to end his.
Taking on a sick, young kitten can be nerve wrecking but with meds, a bath or two, food in his belly and love he is cleaning up well and it's only been 2 days! 
#Liam #ThrivingAndSurviving #SingleKitten #URI #FosteringSavesLives #SpayAndNeuter #SpayAndNeuterSavesLives #SAPA #SAPetsAlive
This face😍 . . . I would strongly encourage folks to consider fostering kittens with kitty colds. This sweet boy was on the verge on euthanasia not only because he is still a bottle baby but he has a minor URI, Upper Respiratory Infection. He didn't choose this life, it's unfair to end his. Taking on a sick, young kitten can be nerve wrecking but with meds, a bath or two, food in his belly and love he is cleaning up well and it's only been 2 days! #Liam  #ThrivingAndSurviving  #SingleKitten  #URI  #FosteringSavesLives  #SpayAndNeuter  #SpayAndNeuterSavesLives  #SAPA  #SAPetsAlive 
Today is the last day of our northern Michigan/UP trip and while the nature here is beautiful and the beach combing has been phenomenal, I feel it is my duty to call out the casual racism I have also seen on my trip here. From the Native American themed camp grounds to the shops selling ‘Indian curiosities’ and obviously not run by native peoples (shoutout to you Honest Injun Tourist Trap and many others) to the ‘Historic Fair’ you see here where mostly white ppl (and no indigenous ppl) play dress up as fur trappers and Indians and perpetuate misinformation based on scant if any research this needs to stop. What you see as fun is harmful and wrong. Native cultures are not your costume, your hobby, your casual source of fun and they do not only exist in history textbooks. You may think your thoughtless caricatures are just for fun but in fact they are an act of erasure. Native Americans are still here and to mock them on the land that was stolen from them in ignorance or ignoring the context of genocide and colonialism is anything  but harmless. (Plz note that I am part native Hawaiian not Native American but obviously it is still important to call these things out when we see them. Education and representation are the most important things) #culturalappropriation #thrivingandsurviving #mycultureisnotacostume #mycultureisnotatrend #nativeamerican #misrepresentation #caricature #indigenousrights #racism #puremichigan
Today is the last day of our northern Michigan/UP trip and while the nature here is beautiful and the beach combing has been phenomenal, I feel it is my duty to call out the casual racism I have also seen on my trip here. From the Native American themed camp grounds to the shops selling ‘Indian curiosities’ and obviously not run by native peoples (shoutout to you Honest Injun Tourist Trap and many others) to the ‘Historic Fair’ you see here where mostly white ppl (and no indigenous ppl) play dress up as fur trappers and Indians and perpetuate misinformation based on scant if any research this needs to stop. What you see as fun is harmful and wrong. Native cultures are not your costume, your hobby, your casual source of fun and they do not only exist in history textbooks. You may think your thoughtless caricatures are just for fun but in fact they are an act of erasure. Native Americans are still here and to mock them on the land that was stolen from them in ignorance or ignoring the context of genocide and colonialism is anything but harmless. (Plz note that I am part native Hawaiian not Native American but obviously it is still important to call these things out when we see them. Education and representation are the most important things) #culturalappropriation  #thrivingandsurviving  #mycultureisnotacostume  #mycultureisnotatrend  #nativeamerican  #misrepresentation  #caricature  #indigenousrights  #racism  #puremichigan 
This. Right. Here! 
Makes it all worth it 😍
This. Right. Here! Makes it all worth it 😍
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ya girl is officially 16, and definitely not any sweeter (thx nat for sharing this bday celebration with me) <3 #h2hoes #dolphinimpersonator #celinedion #thrivingandsurviving #skinnydipping
Talkin' bout my girls 🎶
Part of my why and half..👭🏼
The reason I work so hard👩‍👧‍👧
The reason I can't give up 🙅🏼‍♀️
The reason I want to pull my hair out 🤦🏼‍♀️
The reason I love so hard 🤟
The reason I'm the woman I am today 💃 
The reason I believe in myself 🙌
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#mygirls #daughters #thrivingandsurviving #faithoverfear #myloves #lylaharloe #calleighgrace #mywhy #thereasonIthrive #gorgeous #momofgirls #momofboys #hunter #levi #wifetoanawesomehusband #hestherealmvp #ilovethemall
Talkin' bout my girls 🎶 Part of my why and half..👭🏼 The reason I work so hard👩‍👧‍👧 The reason I can't give up 🙅🏼‍♀️ The reason I want to pull my hair out 🤦🏼‍♀️ The reason I love so hard 🤟 The reason I'm the woman I am today 💃 The reason I believe in myself 🙌 • • • • • • #mygirls  #daughters  #thrivingandsurviving  #faithoverfear  #myloves  #lylaharloe  #calleighgrace  #mywhy  #thereasonIthrive  #gorgeous  #momofgirls  #momofboys  #hunter  #levi  #wifetoanawesomehusband  #hestherealmvp  #ilovethemall 
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 🙌
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#jesus #blessed #thrivingandsurviving #wonthedoit #strong #mama #ibrushedmyhair
I been waiting for this email 😍 
I have pushed myself for something I am passionate about 💪
I am super thankful! 
#payday #thrivingandsurviving #happymomma #tuesdaysaremyfavorite #yassss
John Lennon or Albus Dulmbdore?? #lmk .
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Found this in my Snapchat memories and it’s too good not to share.
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Do you ever see old pictures of yourself and realize just how much hair you’ve actually been losing? Cause this does it for me 😭💇🏼‍♀️.
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I know “it’s just hair” and in the grand scheme of things it’s not the most devastating part of chronic illness but it’s still kinda devastating sometimes. .
#johnlennon #albusdumbledore #youreawizardharry #snapchat #curlyhair #tbt #chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #hairloss #ddd #cfs #ic #crps #me #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage #thechronicillnesslifestyle
John Lennon or Albus Dulmbdore?? #lmk  . . . Found this in my Snapchat memories and it’s too good not to share. . Do you ever see old pictures of yourself and realize just how much hair you’ve actually been losing? Cause this does it for me 😭💇🏼‍♀️. . I know “it’s just hair” and in the grand scheme of things it’s not the most devastating part of chronic illness but it’s still kinda devastating sometimes. . #johnlennon  #albusdumbledore  #youreawizardharry  #snapchat  #curlyhair  #tbt  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #hairloss  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #crps  #me  #anxiety  #depression  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #thechronicillnesslifestyle 
Mini vacays are the perfect dose of *get me the hell outta here* medicine.
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...To reset and remember that there’s a life outside of the four walls we spend so much of our time in. Wether it’s a hospital bed, doctors offices, or bedroom being chronically ill, to be frank, is so fucking depressing.
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Getting away for a moment, feeling the sand beneath your feet, the sun on your face cooled by the ocean breeze... it is the perfect combo to remind ourselves that there’s life beyond those four walls.
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Often times we’re prisoners to our illnesses and sometimes we just have to get out and remember there’s a whole fucking world out there. That we can still have a life. Still be who we want. Do what we want. (Easier said than done, I know).
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Some of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much recently. I don’t have an exact reason. I think I’ve been in the depths of a functional depression cycle recently. Being numb to all of this sickness bullshit. Maybe blocking out the reality of my illness. But I’ve also been enjoying life. Just going through the motions but letting my illness take a backseat and enjoying life and events and people this summer. Idk how to explain it.
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Slowly but surely I’m getting back to being able to focus on the things that make me feel like I’m living for me and not for my illness. Things that I enjoy doing and focusing less on the doctors and diagnoses and injections etc. I’m still going to all of my appointments and PT but I’m trying to focus on the enjoyable parts of life.
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Thanks for hanging in there with me ❣️.
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#summer #vacation #thechronicillnesslifestyle #thestruggle #chronic #depression #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lupus #crps #me #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage #chronicillnesscommunity 
#lifehacksforchronicillness #dontstopgetitgetit
Mini vacays are the perfect dose of *get me the hell outta here* medicine. . ...To reset and remember that there’s a life outside of the four walls we spend so much of our time in. Wether it’s a hospital bed, doctors offices, or bedroom being chronically ill, to be frank, is so fucking depressing. . Getting away for a moment, feeling the sand beneath your feet, the sun on your face cooled by the ocean breeze... it is the perfect combo to remind ourselves that there’s life beyond those four walls. . Often times we’re prisoners to our illnesses and sometimes we just have to get out and remember there’s a whole fucking world out there. That we can still have a life. Still be who we want. Do what we want. (Easier said than done, I know). . Some of you have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much recently. I don’t have an exact reason. I think I’ve been in the depths of a functional depression cycle recently. Being numb to all of this sickness bullshit. Maybe blocking out the reality of my illness. But I’ve also been enjoying life. Just going through the motions but letting my illness take a backseat and enjoying life and events and people this summer. Idk how to explain it. . Slowly but surely I’m getting back to being able to focus on the things that make me feel like I’m living for me and not for my illness. Things that I enjoy doing and focusing less on the doctors and diagnoses and injections etc. I’m still going to all of my appointments and PT but I’m trying to focus on the enjoyable parts of life. . Thanks for hanging in there with me ❣️. . . . #summer  #vacation  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #thestruggle  #chronic  #depression  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lupus  #crps  #me  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #chronicillnesscommunity  #lifehacksforchronicillness  #dontstopgetitgetit 
What a weekend! 
Blessed doesn't even begin to describe it all 💛

We worked hard this weekend, and got a lot accomplished 💪
But is it really work when you have this view?? 😍

#livingmybestlife #withthebestfolksaround #thrivingandsurviving #sunflowers
“Lou, so if I sign up with you, I can FOR REAL make $1,400 in my first 14 days? From my phone📱??” 🤷🏼‍♀️ Girl Yes! 
You read that number right.... but let me spell it out for you. ••One Thousand, Four Hundred Dollars•• 💰 
AND get your next month FREE! 
AND feel better than you have physically in awhile!

Are you ready? Go for it 👉 I’ll show you how! 
WAIT🛑 I also have $25 that belongs to the next 2 people who want to start living their best life! 🙌🙌 #loveit #myjourney #helpingfolks #livehappy #thrivehappy #thrivingandsurviving #momofgirls #momofboys #wifetoanawesomehusband #hestherealmvp #mydream
“Lou, so if I sign up with you, I can FOR REAL make $1,400 in my first 14 days? From my phone📱??” 🤷🏼‍♀️ Girl Yes! You read that number right.... but let me spell it out for you. ••One Thousand, Four Hundred Dollars•• 💰 AND get your next month FREE! AND feel better than you have physically in awhile! Are you ready? Go for it 👉 I’ll show you how! WAIT🛑 I also have $25 that belongs to the next 2 people who want to start living their best life! 🙌🙌 #loveit  #myjourney  #helpingfolks  #livehappy  #thrivehappy  #thrivingandsurviving  #momofgirls  #momofboys  #wifetoanawesomehusband  #hestherealmvp  #mydream 
"They tried to bury me, but they didn't know I was a seed!" 🌻

I worked hard today! At one point I was doing 5 different things at once at work. Then I came home, washed dishes and played with Calleigh Grace (which involved a lot of running 😂) #thankful #grateful #blessed #seed #groweveryday #bloom #noshade #thrivingandsurviving #feelgoodsticker #mommasgotthis #awesomehusband #therealmvp
I work hard in everything I do! 
Things dont always go as planned but I will not give up! 🙅🏼‍♀️ Praying for big things in the future for my family and I. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
The Lord and I are working on some stuff... 🙌

Stayed tuned! 👀
#momofgirls #momofboys #busymomma #thrivingandsurviving #faithoverfear #makingmoves #nevergiveup #buildyourfuture #groweveryday #trustthelord
wakes up at 1pm.....still tired. 
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happy Monday my homies! I took a little detox from ig and haven’t really posted. I’ve been training, working, sleeping 😊, & just living my best life 💯
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training legs & glutes today 🍑(won’t be able to walk after. It’s fine, I’m fine)
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Save dat cash moneyyy ⤵️
@skywearthreads | NIKKI15
@ftfcommunity | 'nikki'
@CampusProtein | 'NicoleSilver'

#girlswholift #girlswithtattoos #girlswithmuscles #bodybuilding #protein #healthy #strongissexy #fitfam #cardio #fitnessmotivation #fitspo #gymlife #body #glutes #booty #athletic #eatclean #edwarrior #committofit #weightlifting #gymflow #gains #ftfambassador #healthylifestyle #teamcp #campusprotein #rep #shredforsummer #shoulderboulders #legday
wakes up at 1pm.....still tired. ____________________ happy Monday my homies! I took a little detox from ig and haven’t really posted. I’ve been training, working, sleeping 😊, & just living my best life 💯 ____________________ training legs & glutes today 🍑(won’t be able to walk after. It’s fine, I’m fine) ____________________ Save dat cash moneyyy ⤵️ @skywearthreads | NIKKI15 @ftfcommunity | 'nikki' @CampusProtein | 'NicoleSilver' #girlswholift  #girlswithtattoos  #girlswithmuscles  #bodybuilding  #protein  #healthy  #strongissexy  #fitfam  #cardio  #fitnessmotivation  #fitspo  #gymlife  #body  #glutes  #booty  #athletic  #eatclean  #edwarrior  #committofit  #weightlifting  #gymflow  #gains  #ftfambassador  #healthylifestyle  #teamcp  #campusprotein  #rep  #shredforsummer  #shoulderboulders  #legday 
life is way too short for bad vibes #thrivingandsurviving
Pretty girl wanted to help momma pick a flavor 💛
We went with chocolate 🍫
"Start 'em young, raise 'em right" 👌 Steps done! 
#lifestlyemix #shakeshakeshake #threestepsdone #thrive #thrivemomma #thrivingandsurviving #readyfortoday #fitish #chocolate #nutrition #momofgirls
Busy, busy day! 
Priced Appliances(with 4 kids!!): ✅Stove
✅Microwave
✅Fridge
✅Dishwasher
Added additional netting to chicken pens 🐣🐥
Washed dishes🍽
Fed the family🍔
And washed a load of laundry 🧥

I'm a little tired, but this stuff is AMAZING! Momma is about to sleep so hard! Natural sleep aids for the win! 💤💤💤 #thrivingandsurviving #rest #sleep #alwaysbusy #alwaysthankful #bedtime #mommatired #Goodnight
Busy, busy day! Priced Appliances(with 4 kids!!): ✅Stove ✅Microwave ✅Fridge ✅Dishwasher Added additional netting to chicken pens 🐣🐥 Washed dishes🍽 Fed the family🍔 And washed a load of laundry 🧥 I'm a little tired, but this stuff is AMAZING! Momma is about to sleep so hard! Natural sleep aids for the win! 💤💤💤 #thrivingandsurviving  #rest  #sleep  #alwaysbusy  #alwaysthankful  #bedtime  #mommatired  #Goodnight 
Since starting #thrive I've felt 💯× better than I did without it.
I would be so 😴 by the time I got home and didn't ever understand why?! I was over feeling like 💩, so I decided to jump on board and I am so glad that I did! I know this little one appreciates it too! 👌 Simple Steps, endless possibilities! 
Thank you, Thrive🔥#livingmybestlife #withthebestfolksaround #momofgirls #momofboys #thrivingandsurviving #thrivemomma
I had never heard of NeuroEndocrine Cancer before my diagnosis so time to spread some awareness 🦓🦓 thanks @teamnatfoundation for these awareness bracelets! My battle bracelets #showyourstripes #neuroendocrinecancerawareness #NETawareness #notallcancerispink💖 #futuresurvivor #thrivingandsurviving
Y'all! Let me tell you about my morning! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I get to work and I'm excited I got a good parking spot in the garage. All my stuff is in the passenger seat. I get out, hit unlock and walk around to the other side. I go to open the door and 💥BOOM💥MY DOORS ARE LOCKED AND MY KEYS ARE IN MY PURSE... IN THE SEAT! And now I am late for work  even though I am at work! 
I tell you that because I want you to know that before now, I would have lost it. I would have cried 😢 and had several mini panic attacks. I have horrible [internal] anxiety. I will not do new things alone. It is horrible and sucks! 🙅🏼‍♀️ ✋But wait, because of that little sticker on my hand... I was able to laugh about it! Handle my mess like a CHAMP 💪 and not have any stress about the situation. I went to corporate security, called the locksmith, met them at my car and then went to work. For that I am soooooo very thankful. 🙏🙏 #peace #mysticker #thrivingandsurviving
Y'all! Let me tell you about my morning! 🤦🏼‍♀️ I get to work and I'm excited I got a good parking spot in the garage. All my stuff is in the passenger seat. I get out, hit unlock and walk around to the other side. I go to open the door and 💥BOOM💥MY DOORS ARE LOCKED AND MY KEYS ARE IN MY PURSE... IN THE SEAT! And now I am late for work even though I am at work! I tell you that because I want you to know that before now, I would have lost it. I would have cried 😢 and had several mini panic attacks. I have horrible [internal] anxiety. I will not do new things alone. It is horrible and sucks! 🙅🏼‍♀️ ✋But wait, because of that little sticker on my hand... I was able to laugh about it! Handle my mess like a CHAMP 💪 and not have any stress about the situation. I went to corporate security, called the locksmith, met them at my car and then went to work. For that I am soooooo very thankful. 🙏🙏 #peace  #mysticker  #thrivingandsurviving 
Well if this isn’t the damn truth.

I took a break from posting for the last 2-ish weeks. I had one of the worst physical and mental flares I’ve had in a long time. Last week I barley made it to work and by Wed. I could barely left my bed for the rest of the week.
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I was hurting in ways I can’t even explain. Pain just takes so much out of a person. But I will say this...
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These chronic illnesses are just as much of a mental battle as they are physical ones.
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And sometimes we have to shut off the world, put our heads down, and simply survive. I survived this flare. And I did that by putting my healing first.
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Above work, above doctors and physical therapists, bosses, family and friends, social, and even from parts of myself.
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I turned off the parts of me that told myself I should be doing more - all of the anxiety and self doubt, guilt and hatred. Or at least I tried to.
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I allowed myself to simply exist through the pain. (Not like I really had a choice but you know what I mean). Medicine, ice, bed, darkness, silence. Whatever I needed to get through it.
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And that’s okay. That’s allowed. That’s what I owed myself. That’s what I had to do to get to the other side of the chronic illness cycle.
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I’m back at work, I’m back on here, back to doctors appointments (today I had 6 injections - 3 lower back and 3 in neck/shoulder. Tom. ent and audiologist).
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Most importantly, I’m starting to feel like a human being again, like myself again.
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The best way I can describe it to a well person is when you’re getting over being the sickest you’ve ever been, where you actually thought you might die for a minute there, and then you finally recover and start to feel like a human being again.
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The best way I can describe it to a chronically ill person is, well, I don’t think I have to. Although, we all deal with and process illness differently I think we all understand the struggle I’m describing.
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So right now I’m actually focusing on not focusing. On not puting pressure on myself to jump back into every single thing I *think* I need to be doing. I’m letting myself heal in peace and in time 👌🏼
Well if this isn’t the damn truth. I took a break from posting for the last 2-ish weeks. I had one of the worst physical and mental flares I’ve had in a long time. Last week I barley made it to work and by Wed. I could barely left my bed for the rest of the week. . I was hurting in ways I can’t even explain. Pain just takes so much out of a person. But I will say this... . These chronic illnesses are just as much of a mental battle as they are physical ones. . And sometimes we have to shut off the world, put our heads down, and simply survive. I survived this flare. And I did that by putting my healing first. . Above work, above doctors and physical therapists, bosses, family and friends, social, and even from parts of myself. . I turned off the parts of me that told myself I should be doing more - all of the anxiety and self doubt, guilt and hatred. Or at least I tried to. . I allowed myself to simply exist through the pain. (Not like I really had a choice but you know what I mean). Medicine, ice, bed, darkness, silence. Whatever I needed to get through it. . And that’s okay. That’s allowed. That’s what I owed myself. That’s what I had to do to get to the other side of the chronic illness cycle. . I’m back at work, I’m back on here, back to doctors appointments (today I had 6 injections - 3 lower back and 3 in neck/shoulder. Tom. ent and audiologist). . Most importantly, I’m starting to feel like a human being again, like myself again. . The best way I can describe it to a well person is when you’re getting over being the sickest you’ve ever been, where you actually thought you might die for a minute there, and then you finally recover and start to feel like a human being again. . The best way I can describe it to a chronically ill person is, well, I don’t think I have to. Although, we all deal with and process illness differently I think we all understand the struggle I’m describing. . So right now I’m actually focusing on not focusing. On not puting pressure on myself to jump back into every single thing I *think* I need to be doing. I’m letting myself heal in peace and in time 👌🏼
...plus attend all my drs appt, make it to PT, research diagnoses that doctors don’t take the time to explain... Should i keep going?
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#thestruggle #thechronicillnesslifestyle #chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lupus #crps #me #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness #dontstopgetitgetit
...plus attend all my drs appt, make it to PT, research diagnoses that doctors don’t take the time to explain... Should i keep going? . . . #thestruggle  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lupus  #crps  #me  #depression  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness  #dontstopgetitgetit 
Vlog pt 1 shluts consists of two shady ladies inhabiting the golden hour #thrivingandsurviving #goldenhour #hitthestankyleg #mileycyrus #hoedownthrowdown
No matter how hard I work, I guess I’ll always be the “fat girl” 🤷🏻‍♀️🤘🏽#fatgirlproblems #iguessthatsallyoucancomeupwith #thrivingandsurviving #shitdontphaseme #hardworkpaysoffs #baddestfatgirlyouknow #ThickaThanASnicka #AndYouLoveSnickers
Hello peeps, old and new followers! This is us, Jess and Dan. We’re sweaty😓 sweary 🤭 and tired 😑 ! 
It’s been a emotional few weeks! Well, few years 😂 but hey we KEEP ON KEEPING ON like in that song by that man! 😉 
Thanks to everyone who has joined in the fun of the vegan pin comp! It’s gone wild! I don’t know how I’m going to pick! (Is there a quick way of doing it! HALP! 😂)
I’ve actually been drawing AGAIN today! Which is amazing, as I really haven’t had the drive to do anything for a long time! 
Yaaaas! And look at Dans long hair!! Back on track! 
We’ve done a wee update on our justgiving page! 🤗
Who thinks I should actually make “Keep on keeping on” in to a tee! I want one!!
#keeponkeepinon #braincancersurvivor #braincancerawareness #gbm #stage4cancer #thrivingandsurviving
Hello peeps, old and new followers! This is us, Jess and Dan. We’re sweaty😓 sweary 🤭 and tired 😑 ! It’s been a emotional few weeks! Well, few years 😂 but hey we KEEP ON KEEPING ON like in that song by that man! 😉 Thanks to everyone who has joined in the fun of the vegan pin comp! It’s gone wild! I don’t know how I’m going to pick! (Is there a quick way of doing it! HALP! 😂) I’ve actually been drawing AGAIN today! Which is amazing, as I really haven’t had the drive to do anything for a long time! Yaaaas! And look at Dans long hair!! Back on track! We’ve done a wee update on our justgiving page! 🤗 Who thinks I should actually make “Keep on keeping on” in to a tee! I want one!! #keeponkeepinon  #braincancersurvivor  #braincancerawareness  #gbm  #stage4cancer  #thrivingandsurviving 
When you have so many plans but pain and fatigue kick in...
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So I was planning on posting this as a funny, “haha,” #relatable , quick post but today the struggle is so real.
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Thankfully, I don’t have to be at work until later today but I had all of these plans and errands to run before work that I can’t do now.
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I woke up in such bad pain. Everything hurts from my head down to my toes but my lower back pain and the pain down my legs are especially out of control.
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I was instantly mad and anxious when I woke up with thoughts of, “how am I going to get all my shit done when I feel like this?” “If I stand up are my heels going to break and my legs give out?” “how can I push through this pain so I can get done what I need to get done??”
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But the reality is I’m not. I can’t. All I can do is lay here and allow this to be my reality today. To manage it the best I can from where I am.
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Today I can’t try to fight it. I can’t pretend it’s not happening. All that’s going to do is send me into a bad space mentally. Pushing through won’t “make me stronger” today. It will deplete my energy and body even more.
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Eventually, I’m going to have to get up and force myself to go to work but until then I need to rest. And I need to be okay with that bc that’s all I can manage today.
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Instead of being mad at myself for “only being able to” go to work for a half day I need to look at it as an accomplishment. Instead of focusing on what I can’t get done today I need to focus on what I can get done today.
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It’s so frustrating being 25 years old and not being able to fully function or live the life I want to. But getting worked up about it right now while I’m in so much physical pain isn’t going to help.
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My goal right now is making it to the bathroom to brush my teeth and downstairs to get breakfast so I can take medication.
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Triumphs, no matter how small they sounds, are still triumphs. So today I’m *trying* to focus on every little victory. No matter how small.
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Hope we’re all able to focus more on the triumphs than the losses today ❣️.
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#hope #holdonpainends
When you have so many plans but pain and fatigue kick in... . So I was planning on posting this as a funny, “haha,” #relatable  , quick post but today the struggle is so real. . Thankfully, I don’t have to be at work until later today but I had all of these plans and errands to run before work that I can’t do now. . I woke up in such bad pain. Everything hurts from my head down to my toes but my lower back pain and the pain down my legs are especially out of control. . I was instantly mad and anxious when I woke up with thoughts of, “how am I going to get all my shit done when I feel like this?” “If I stand up are my heels going to break and my legs give out?” “how can I push through this pain so I can get done what I need to get done??” . But the reality is I’m not. I can’t. All I can do is lay here and allow this to be my reality today. To manage it the best I can from where I am. . Today I can’t try to fight it. I can’t pretend it’s not happening. All that’s going to do is send me into a bad space mentally. Pushing through won’t “make me stronger” today. It will deplete my energy and body even more. . Eventually, I’m going to have to get up and force myself to go to work but until then I need to rest. And I need to be okay with that bc that’s all I can manage today. . Instead of being mad at myself for “only being able to” go to work for a half day I need to look at it as an accomplishment. Instead of focusing on what I can’t get done today I need to focus on what I can get done today. . It’s so frustrating being 25 years old and not being able to fully function or live the life I want to. But getting worked up about it right now while I’m in so much physical pain isn’t going to help. . My goal right now is making it to the bathroom to brush my teeth and downstairs to get breakfast so I can take medication. . Triumphs, no matter how small they sounds, are still triumphs. So today I’m *trying* to focus on every little victory. No matter how small. . Hope we’re all able to focus more on the triumphs than the losses today ❣️. . #hope  #holdonpainends 
Appreciation post 🙌🏼...
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Living with chronic illness often means learning to tuck parts of ourselves away.
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We hide the parts of ourselves that are struggling. As a result, we end up hiding some of our greatest attributes...
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Our strengths, our empathy and compassion, our determination. We owe it to ourselves and the people around us to express our struggles so we can show our strength. To allow people to connect with us in ways the majority of the public doesn’t talk about.. about concepts not many people open up about.
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I’m so thankful for this platform. Being chronically ill, we often live in a world of judgement and doubt but this platform reminds me that I’m not alone in this lifestyle.
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Our pain is real. Our symptoms are real. Our struggles are real. But so is our strength... Our triumphs. Our community.
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Thank you all for sharing your lives with me and with this community. There are so many people/spoonies that give me the confidence to tell my story bc of how transparent and honest they are about theirs. Thank you for letting me feel safe enough to share mine.
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#appreciationpost #thankyou #chronicillnesscommunity #chronicillnesswarrior #chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lupus #crps #me #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness #thechronicillnesslifestyle
Appreciation post 🙌🏼... . Living with chronic illness often means learning to tuck parts of ourselves away. . We hide the parts of ourselves that are struggling. As a result, we end up hiding some of our greatest attributes... . Our strengths, our empathy and compassion, our determination. We owe it to ourselves and the people around us to express our struggles so we can show our strength. To allow people to connect with us in ways the majority of the public doesn’t talk about.. about concepts not many people open up about. . I’m so thankful for this platform. Being chronically ill, we often live in a world of judgement and doubt but this platform reminds me that I’m not alone in this lifestyle. . Our pain is real. Our symptoms are real. Our struggles are real. But so is our strength... Our triumphs. Our community. . Thank you all for sharing your lives with me and with this community. There are so many people/spoonies that give me the confidence to tell my story bc of how transparent and honest they are about theirs. Thank you for letting me feel safe enough to share mine. . . . #appreciationpost  #thankyou  #chronicillnesscommunity  #chronicillnesswarrior  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lupus  #crps  #me  #depression  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness  #thechronicillnesslifestyle 
Had all the fun celebrating this birthday milf this weekend 🎉💃🏼You’re the best sister there ever was! I don’t think there is anyone else in the world I could see everyday and not get sick of 😍 I don’t know what I would do without you...wanna go on a walk and get lunch tomorrow? 😉#BIRTHDAYWEEKEND #29for29 #wedidntreallygetinafight #ilysm #milf #momgoals #palmsprings #itisyourbirthday. #cloves #beerme #thrivingandsurviving
🌱Life Hack:🌱 a sleep aid that actually works and isn’t medication 🙌🏼.
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#Repost @unforeseen_truth with @get_repost
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I adopted a new little friend today! This is Blossom and hopefully she will help me sleep a little better🐰.
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I am all about trying new things and this is one!
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I know people will say “why not just put the spray on your pillow?” I get into some weird shapes while sleeping and my pillow is all over the place🤣.
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When I asked Hannah if this product really works she said, “it really does, I personally couldn’t live without mine now!” Thanks for sharing Hannah❣️
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#nosleep #fightingforsleep #sleepbetter #sleepeaze #jellycatbunny #anxietyhelp #sleep #easemybrain #chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #chronicallyill #eds #migraine #pots #pcos #lyme #lupus #crps #ddd #me #spoonies #thrivingandsurviving #strongerthanyouraverage #sickerthanyouraverage #thechronicillnesslifestyle #lifehacksforchronicillness
🌱Life Hack:🌱 a sleep aid that actually works and isn’t medication 🙌🏼. . #Repost  @unforeseen_truth with @get_repost ・・・ I adopted a new little friend today! This is Blossom and hopefully she will help me sleep a little better🐰. . I am all about trying new things and this is one! . I know people will say “why not just put the spray on your pillow?” I get into some weird shapes while sleeping and my pillow is all over the place🤣. ・・・ When I asked Hannah if this product really works she said, “it really does, I personally couldn’t live without mine now!” Thanks for sharing Hannah❣️ . . . #nosleep  #fightingforsleep  #sleepbetter  #sleepeaze  #jellycatbunny  #anxietyhelp  #sleep  #easemybrain  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #chronicallyill  #eds  #migraine  #pots  #pcos  #lyme  #lupus  #crps  #ddd  #me  #spoonies  #thrivingandsurviving  #strongerthanyouraverage  #sickerthanyouraverage  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #lifehacksforchronicillness 
Adulting is taking a kid to a concert at your old stomping grounds. Had on zero makeup, wore tennis shoes and a cardigan, drank water, and made sure nobody blocked the kid’s view... but I still bust’ a move or two. 💃🏻 #StillGotIt #CantTakeThePCBOuttaMe #GetsMeEveryTime #ClubLeVela #AyoAndTeo #Chaperoning #HoldMySauce #ThrivingAndSurviving
Just your friendly reminder that you’re worth it no matter how much your body or mind tells you otherwise.
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Some ppl may say, “posting on IG isn’t going to help anyone.” But isn’t this where it starts? With connecting. With reminding each other that we’re not alone and encouraging each other that we can get through it. bc we’ve gotten through it before and we’ll get through it again. With spreading the word and letting people know we care.
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Not everything has to be a grand gesture especially bc sometimes all we’re capable of, especially being continents away from each other, is reminding each other that there are people out there feeling the same or struggling the same way they are.
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Can’t it start with small gestures? With making a statement? Stating that we are not alone.
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Conversation is how we spread the word. How people start to understand mental illness and chronic illness. In my opinion, anything is better than nothing at all.
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Sometimes all it takes to turn someone’s day around is to tell them, “I believe you,” or “I believe in you,” or “I know you’re not making it up.” Anything reassuring to remind each other of our authentic selves. To stop the self doubt and self hatred we all feel sometimes.
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So don’t forget that you’re a boss ass bitch and that you can conquer it all. I believe in you.
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You matter. I matter. We matter.
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#youmatter #wematter #twloha #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety #thechronicillnesslifestyle 
#chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lupus #crps #me #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness
Just your friendly reminder that you’re worth it no matter how much your body or mind tells you otherwise. . Some ppl may say, “posting on IG isn’t going to help anyone.” But isn’t this where it starts? With connecting. With reminding each other that we’re not alone and encouraging each other that we can get through it. bc we’ve gotten through it before and we’ll get through it again. With spreading the word and letting people know we care. . Not everything has to be a grand gesture especially bc sometimes all we’re capable of, especially being continents away from each other, is reminding each other that there are people out there feeling the same or struggling the same way they are. . Can’t it start with small gestures? With making a statement? Stating that we are not alone. . Conversation is how we spread the word. How people start to understand mental illness and chronic illness. In my opinion, anything is better than nothing at all. . Sometimes all it takes to turn someone’s day around is to tell them, “I believe you,” or “I believe in you,” or “I know you’re not making it up.” Anything reassuring to remind each other of our authentic selves. To stop the self doubt and self hatred we all feel sometimes. . So don’t forget that you’re a boss ass bitch and that you can conquer it all. I believe in you. . You matter. I matter. We matter. . . . #youmatter  #wematter  #twloha  #mentalhealth  #depression  #anxiety  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lupus  #crps  #me  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness 
Living feels good... Tomorrow shall come and the fight will be worth the bad days, tears and all that has been! ♥️ #mentalhealth #recovery #sicknotweak #tomorrowwillcome #anxiety #depression #mentalhealthmatters #happiness #thrivingandsurviving
Note to self: don’t wear a dress when you’re going to get trigger point injections in your lower back #awkward ....
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I ended up having to wear this surgical gown and wrap a sheet around my hips 🤦🏼‍♀️🍑.
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#triggerpoint #injections #lowback #thechronicillnesslifestyle #brainfog 
#chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lupus #crps #me #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness
Note to self: don’t wear a dress when you’re going to get trigger point injections in your lower back #awkward  .... . I ended up having to wear this surgical gown and wrap a sheet around my hips 🤦🏼‍♀️🍑. . . #triggerpoint  #injections  #lowback  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #brainfog  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lupus  #crps  #me  #depression  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness 
Finally back on the grid after losing my phone & dignity & feeling extra thankful for the most amazing weekend with some of my favorite ladies in the 🌎! Thank you for spending one of the most epic weekends tearing up SOBE with me. Not quite sure how I’ll ever be able to repay you, but maybe we just make this an annual thing. Love you all more than you’ll ever know💛💛
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#thebuckstopshere #southbeach #miami #imonaboat #girlsweekend #bachelorette #thrivingandsurviving #livingourbestlife #clevelandermiami #hydebeachmiami #livmiami #roséseason
Finally back on the grid after losing my phone & dignity & feeling extra thankful for the most amazing weekend with some of my favorite ladies in the 🌎! Thank you for spending one of the most epic weekends tearing up SOBE with me. Not quite sure how I’ll ever be able to repay you, but maybe we just make this an annual thing. Love you all more than you’ll ever know💛💛 . . . #thebuckstopshere  #southbeach  #miami  #imonaboat  #girlsweekend  #bachelorette  #thrivingandsurviving  #livingourbestlife  #clevelandermiami  #hydebeachmiami  #livmiami  #roséseason 
Weld life = Good life 
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One thing we don’t need to do is listen to our illnesses when they tell us that we’re “too much” to put on other people. That we “don’t deserve” relationships, roommates, friends, families of our own one day, or even a future at all.
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That we “shouldn’t be” asking for help, or that we “should be” biting our tongues when it comes to expressing our pain or being honest about how much shit we’re going through.
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We’re so used to trying to block out judgement from other people in regards to our chronic illnesses that we often don’t think about blocking out the judgment we put on ourselves bc of chronic illness.
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There’s such a fine line between not letting your illness make all your decisions for you and not making decisions that will cause your illness to flare.
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All it takes is one wrong move (literally) to set you back months and months of hard work. The fear of that alone is enough to make anyone hesitant and cautious. We do that out of necessity.
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BUT...
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We don’t need to be our toughest critics.
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I catch myself saying those things and feeling that way about myself and it’s not okay. It’s not even accurate. It makes sense that we start to internalize the doubt and rejection we’ve received from others bc of our chronic illnesses- our doctors, friends, peers, even families. Of course, we’re going to have moment of doubt after years of being misdiagnosed and undiagnosed.
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We NEED to break that cycle of self doubt and of being so hard on ourselves.
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We all need to remind ourselves that none of those thoughts are true. We are enough, we’re important, we matter, and especially the fact that we deserve everything we would deserve if we weren’t sick.
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We don’t need to be our worst enemies in a world that still has so much growing, understanding and accepting to do.
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#breakthecycle #proudofyou #selflove #loveyourself  #thechronicillnesslifestyle 
#chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lupus #crps #me #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness
One thing we don’t need to do is listen to our illnesses when they tell us that we’re “too much” to put on other people. That we “don’t deserve” relationships, roommates, friends, families of our own one day, or even a future at all. . That we “shouldn’t be” asking for help, or that we “should be” biting our tongues when it comes to expressing our pain or being honest about how much shit we’re going through. . We’re so used to trying to block out judgement from other people in regards to our chronic illnesses that we often don’t think about blocking out the judgment we put on ourselves bc of chronic illness. . . . There’s such a fine line between not letting your illness make all your decisions for you and not making decisions that will cause your illness to flare. . All it takes is one wrong move (literally) to set you back months and months of hard work. The fear of that alone is enough to make anyone hesitant and cautious. We do that out of necessity. . BUT... . We don’t need to be our toughest critics. . I catch myself saying those things and feeling that way about myself and it’s not okay. It’s not even accurate. It makes sense that we start to internalize the doubt and rejection we’ve received from others bc of our chronic illnesses- our doctors, friends, peers, even families. Of course, we’re going to have moment of doubt after years of being misdiagnosed and undiagnosed. . We NEED to break that cycle of self doubt and of being so hard on ourselves. . We all need to remind ourselves that none of those thoughts are true. We are enough, we’re important, we matter, and especially the fact that we deserve everything we would deserve if we weren’t sick. . We don’t need to be our worst enemies in a world that still has so much growing, understanding and accepting to do. . . . #breakthecycle  #proudofyou  #selflove  #loveyourself  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lupus  #crps  #me  #depression  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness 
🌱Life Hack:🌱a butt pillow/cushion/pad - whatever you want to call it - is the only way I’m able to sit for long periods of time 🙌🏼.
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I got this one at KMart and I take it with me basically everywhere - work, drs appts, etc.
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It’s not fashionable but it gets the job done 🍑.
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I purchased it shortly after my second herniated disc and it really does make a difference.
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#buttpillow #miraclebamboopillow #cushion #backpain #posture #buttpads #chronic #herniateddisc #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #chronicallyill #eds #migraine #pots #pcos #lyme #lupus #crps #ddd #me #spoonies #thrivingandsurviving #strongerthanyouraverage #sickerthanyouraverage #thechronicillnesslifestyle #lifehacksforchronicillness
🌱Life Hack:🌱a butt pillow/cushion/pad - whatever you want to call it - is the only way I’m able to sit for long periods of time 🙌🏼. . I got this one at KMart and I take it with me basically everywhere - work, drs appts, etc. . It’s not fashionable but it gets the job done 🍑. . I purchased it shortly after my second herniated disc and it really does make a difference. . . . #buttpillow  #miraclebamboopillow  #cushion  #backpain  #posture  #buttpads  #chronic  #herniateddisc  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #chronicallyill  #eds  #migraine  #pots  #pcos  #lyme  #lupus  #crps  #ddd  #me  #spoonies  #thrivingandsurviving  #strongerthanyouraverage  #sickerthanyouraverage  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #lifehacksforchronicillness 
When you planned on getting so much done over the weekend but instead channeled your inner Michael Scott...
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Idk about you but I’m heading into another week semi unprepared and I’m not even mad about it. I barely left my bed. I didn’t get to do all of my laundry or meal prep or run errands. *and that’s okay* Even if I wasn’t okay with it there’s no turning back now so what’s the point of feeling guilty about it? Sometimes r&r trumps everything else and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
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With my mom recuperating from her surgery/hospital stay and with the wedding being over this was the first weekend I could finally just rest.
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I had to use my cane at work every day last week and was in massive amounts of pain (so proud of myself for getting through it not gonna lie 💪🏼) and I really just needed to take care of myself. I had to miss my friends bday/going away party on Friday and coffee with another friend on Saturday but sometimes you just have to listen to your body, take your meds, use your aids (cane, ice, tens unit, etc.), and rest.
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As much as the fomo sucked it really was necessary especially after a month of non stop chaos. I’m so thankful that my friends were understanding and didn’t make my feel like shit for having to cancel #therealmvps .
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#michaelscott #rest #weekend #theoffice #thechronicillnesslifestyle 
#chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lupus #crps #me #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness
When you planned on getting so much done over the weekend but instead channeled your inner Michael Scott... . Idk about you but I’m heading into another week semi unprepared and I’m not even mad about it. I barely left my bed. I didn’t get to do all of my laundry or meal prep or run errands. *and that’s okay* Even if I wasn’t okay with it there’s no turning back now so what’s the point of feeling guilty about it? Sometimes r&r trumps everything else and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. . . With my mom recuperating from her surgery/hospital stay and with the wedding being over this was the first weekend I could finally just rest. . I had to use my cane at work every day last week and was in massive amounts of pain (so proud of myself for getting through it not gonna lie 💪🏼) and I really just needed to take care of myself. I had to miss my friends bday/going away party on Friday and coffee with another friend on Saturday but sometimes you just have to listen to your body, take your meds, use your aids (cane, ice, tens unit, etc.), and rest. . As much as the fomo sucked it really was necessary especially after a month of non stop chaos. I’m so thankful that my friends were understanding and didn’t make my feel like shit for having to cancel #therealmvps  . . . . #michaelscott  #rest  #weekend  #theoffice  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lupus  #crps  #me  #depression  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness 
EXCITING NEWS ||
I’ve been drafted by the NY Yankees. I want to thank not only God, but also Jesus and my friends and family for the support. ASH CASH HAS MADE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES. #21 #thrivingandsurviving
EXCITING NEWS || I’ve been drafted by the NY Yankees. I want to thank not only God, but also Jesus and my friends and family for the support. ASH CASH HAS MADE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES. #21  #thrivingandsurviving 
Walking to the bus stop on our very last day of first grade! Lil Micah and me chatting about our summer time excitement... and down I look and there’s a sweet heart waiting for us! We miss him so much and there’s no words that can describe the pain our hearts carry having to live this life without daddy. BUT!!! We are living, we are thriving, we are healing, we are growing, we are finding our new normal and these sweet reminders tell us we aren’t alone. We love our daddy angel! #heswithus #loveistheanswer #healinglove #heartseverywhere #followyourheart #thrivingandsurviving #daddyangel #sweetreminders #lastdayofschool #happysummertime #herewego #growingwithgrief #lovefromthebeyond
Walking to the bus stop on our very last day of first grade! Lil Micah and me chatting about our summer time excitement... and down I look and there’s a sweet heart waiting for us! We miss him so much and there’s no words that can describe the pain our hearts carry having to live this life without daddy. BUT!!! We are living, we are thriving, we are healing, we are growing, we are finding our new normal and these sweet reminders tell us we aren’t alone. We love our daddy angel! #heswithus  #loveistheanswer  #healinglove  #heartseverywhere  #followyourheart  #thrivingandsurviving  #daddyangel  #sweetreminders  #lastdayofschool  #happysummertime  #herewego  #growingwithgrief  #lovefromthebeyond 
All of this made 120 oz of juice. I am new to juicing but I love what it can do for my health. What combinations of juice do you like and work well together? .
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#juice #juiceforlife #freshjuice #healthylife #eatmoreplants #eatforlife #goodfoodgoodforyou #healthymind #lovelife #fruitsandveggies #drinkup #lotsofveggies #juicetothrive #juiceforhealth #healthybody #thrivingandsurviving #juicy #drinkyourveggies #juicing #thecubejuicer #lovemyjuicer
A big part of living with chronic illness is accepting the fact that you can’t do things like you once did. It takes a long time come to terms with that and even after you do, sometimes you still try to fight it. You still don’t want to accept it.
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But once you do, once you embrace the new lifestyle, you learn to be proud of yourself for being able to do it - to survive a wedding weekend, to work, to make it to your dr’s appointments and PT, or even just reach for your water bottle so your elbow doesn’t hyperextend and your shoulder doesn’t fall out.
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It’s a constant fight to diminish thoughts like, “if you can’t do it right don’t do it at all,” or “what’s the point?” Instead be proud of yourself for what you can accomplish - for getting through it. Whether it’s making it to the bathroom to brush your teeth, or making it through 14 hour day - be proud of yourself for it.
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Validate yourself when others aren’t even capable of realizing how hard you had to work just to function like a “normal adult.” TRY because, as cliche as it sounds, you’ll never know what you are capable of if you never try. Nothing in life is perfect whether you’re sick or not. Be proud of yourself for every. single. victory. and more importantly every. single. attempt.
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9 times out of 10 people won’t even realize that you’ve messed up anyway. (And even if they do who cares. They don’t know how much strength it took for you to show up). Chronic illness teaches up to grow and to adapt. You know you’re capable of it because you’ve done it so many times before - that’s how we survive and how we thrive.
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So stop looking at your actions as “mess ups” and start looking at them as triumphs. You did it. You’re doing it - you’re trying. You’re putting in effort. Do it imperfectly.
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#proudofyou #justdoit #thechronicillnesslifestyle 
#chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lymedisease #lupus #crps #me #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness #dontstopgetitgetit
A big part of living with chronic illness is accepting the fact that you can’t do things like you once did. It takes a long time come to terms with that and even after you do, sometimes you still try to fight it. You still don’t want to accept it. . But once you do, once you embrace the new lifestyle, you learn to be proud of yourself for being able to do it - to survive a wedding weekend, to work, to make it to your dr’s appointments and PT, or even just reach for your water bottle so your elbow doesn’t hyperextend and your shoulder doesn’t fall out. . It’s a constant fight to diminish thoughts like, “if you can’t do it right don’t do it at all,” or “what’s the point?” Instead be proud of yourself for what you can accomplish - for getting through it. Whether it’s making it to the bathroom to brush your teeth, or making it through 14 hour day - be proud of yourself for it. . Validate yourself when others aren’t even capable of realizing how hard you had to work just to function like a “normal adult.” TRY because, as cliche as it sounds, you’ll never know what you are capable of if you never try. Nothing in life is perfect whether you’re sick or not. Be proud of yourself for every. single. victory. and more importantly every. single. attempt. . 9 times out of 10 people won’t even realize that you’ve messed up anyway. (And even if they do who cares. They don’t know how much strength it took for you to show up). Chronic illness teaches up to grow and to adapt. You know you’re capable of it because you’ve done it so many times before - that’s how we survive and how we thrive. . So stop looking at your actions as “mess ups” and start looking at them as triumphs. You did it. You’re doing it - you’re trying. You’re putting in effort. Do it imperfectly. . . . #proudofyou  #justdoit  #thechronicillnesslifestyle  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lymedisease  #lupus  #crps  #me  #depression  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness  #dontstopgetitgetit 
I #found a #rose #bush #growing in the #back of a #parkinglot today. I #guarantee the #groundskeeper had #noidea it was there but it was #thrivingandsurviving.
Cabin weekend 2018 did not disappoint thanks to this fun fam of mine #yunk #lit #flossing #thrivingandsurviving
#pilea update: this baby is growing like there's no tomorrow! Her babies have tripled in size, one of which is alllmost ready to propogate. 😁 #proudplantmama #thrivingandsurviving
The very best kinda day ❤️🎉 Buddy ate his weight in sand and Hadley tried to drive us to Big Owls #thrivingandsurviving #nonapsmorecandy #auntcarolmakingshitweird
Just a reminder that taking care of your health isn’t just a “girl thing” 🙄 all of us, men and women alike must make a conscious decision to strengthen our immune systems and be mindful of what we fuel our bodies with 😬  Remember It’s never too late to improve our health! #healthiswealth #mymorningroutine #thrivingandsurviving
Just a reminder that taking care of your health isn’t just a “girl thing” 🙄 all of us, men and women alike must make a conscious decision to strengthen our immune systems and be mindful of what we fuel our bodies with 😬 Remember It’s never too late to improve our health! #healthiswealth  #mymorningroutine  #thrivingandsurviving 
What sort of things should we talk about?/skull geography, thriving & surviving #skull #skullgear #thrivingandsurviving #seagrave
#thrivingandsurviving #vivalaslindsay #bachshitcray I couldn’t even begin to narrow down my favs of our Vegas extravaganza ❤️❤️❤️
Hey ladies/men this is my first thread you don’t have to like it just please read it and see one of the struggles i have gone through in my life and hey if you’d like even share your story in the comments.. #threads #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #thrivingandsurviving #strivingandsurviving
God, I love this man.
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@ansoltys @andyj811 #thrivingandsurviving
Story of my life as a Virgo. Any other virgos out there? 🌏 👩‍🎤 #virgo♍️ #artist #gogetters #thrivingandsurviving
If this is wrong I don’t wanna be right. #priorities .
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The Public Health major in me wants to scream at how much plastic this is but this is a wet dream for the chronically dehydrated part in all of us.
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#hydrate #water #chronic #chronicillness #pain #chronicfatigue #eds #hypermobility #migraine #headache #pots #pcos #ddd #cfs #ic #lymedisease #lupus #crps #me #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #spoonies #me #thrivingandsurviving #sickerthanyouraverage #strongerthanyouraverage 
#lifehacksforchronicillness #thechronicillnesslifestyle
If this is wrong I don’t wanna be right. #priorities  . . . . The Public Health major in me wants to scream at how much plastic this is but this is a wet dream for the chronically dehydrated part in all of us. . . . #hydrate  #water  #chronic  #chronicillness  #pain  #chronicfatigue  #eds  #hypermobility  #migraine  #headache  #pots  #pcos  #ddd  #cfs  #ic  #lymedisease  #lupus  #crps  #me  #depression  #anxiety  #mentalhealth  #spoonies  #me  #thrivingandsurviving  #sickerthanyouraverage  #strongerthanyouraverage  #lifehacksforchronicillness  #thechronicillnesslifestyle