Fifteen Ways to Survive the Holidays with Chronic Illness

courtesy pixabayAs a person with multiple chronic illnesses, the approaching holidays, and all the busyness that usually accompanies them, are a time for me to re-access and re-adjust which activities occupy my time.

Although I would love to involve myself with all the things I enjoy, it is not going to happen. Not with the limitations these illnesses impose. So, I have a choice. I can listen to my body and slow down when I need to, or not listen, plow ahead at full speed, and suffer the consequences. I try to listen.

Notice I said, try.

Two big triggers for my flares are stress and not enough deep, restorative, sleep.

Both seem to be a given for even those without health limitations when major holidays roll around. They are magnified for those with chronic illnesses.

In days gone by I decorated for every holiday. Right down to the shamrock candy dish with pale green mints. Not so any more. Just getting Christmas cards mailed and decorations on the Christmas tree have been major accomplishments some years.

With that in mind, here are fifteen tips which might help deal with holidays and chronic illness.

  • Make spending time alone with God number one on your daily to do list.
  • Do what’s most important first. Prioritize.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Stop when you get tired whether you complete what you set out to do or not.
  • Fatigue is real. It’s not all in your mind.
  • Give yourself permission to skip some activities.
  • Every meal does not need to be an elaborate occasion.
  • Ask for help when necessary.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Soaking in a warm tub of Epsom salts is not being selfish.
  • Quit beating yourself up for not having a perfectly clean home.
  • It’s okay to admit you can’t do everything you used to do.
  • As much as possible, avoid people and situations that increase your stress.
  • Understand what is essential and what is not.
  • Don’t cave into others’ expectations of what you should do.

Each person is different. What works for me may not work for you and vice-versa. If you have any other tips on how to lessen the impact of holiday stress, I’d love to hear your ideas.

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Mark Hall’s Surgery Went Well

Mark HallAccording to the Christian Post, Casting Crowns’ lead singer, Mark Hall, is out of surgery, and all went well.

Praise, God!

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With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Please Pray for Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall

Mark Hall

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

Friends, I’ve just been made aware lead singer with Casting Crowns, Mark Hall, will have surgery March 11th, 2015 to remove his right kidney due to a solid mass presumed to be cancerous.

Please lift Mark, his family, and Casting Crowns up to the Great Physician for peace, comfort and complete healing. Thanks.

Quoting from his announcement that he released on the group’s Facebook page, the singer states,

 

“Hey Casting Crowns Family, I would appreciate your prayers.

Doctors found a solid mass in my right kidney about a week ago. They are 90% sure it’s cancer and they are going to remove the entire kidney next Wednesday, March 11th. They believe the cancer is contained in the kidney, which is also a great hope. They will know more once it is out and Pathology can see it.

I’ll be in recovery for a month or a little longer because of the surgery. Please pray for healing and for God’s peace for my family.

Praising Him in This Storm,
Mark Hall”

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With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Immeasurably More

Isaiah 40At the end of February, I had the opportunity to visit Tuskegee, Alabama, and research the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II archives, at both Tuskegee University, and the National Park Service.

During the trip, there were bumps…Shields Up!

There were blips...The Battle is the LORD’s.

And there was the incredible gift of not just a piece of pie, but the entire bakery…More Pie, Please.

Major grace-drops.

Though there were detours to my plans and unexpected events, the thing that remained constant – besides the eggs and sausage at the hotel breakfast – is the fact God is, and always will be, in control. Amen?

God is sovereign. He goes before us and levels mountains and fills in valleys to make our paths smooth. None can stand against our LORD. His grace is all sufficient.

The things we may view as aggravations and annoyances, God can use to show us his power. To prove, once again, he is working in our lives. We just need to keep looking for his hand at work, and praise him. Not just when he shows up and shows out, but when he speaks in quiet ways, as well.

Even when the lessons God is teaching us may be hard, disrupt our plans, or cause us discomfort, I’m discovering we need to look at them as lessons to be learned. Which hopefully, we will allow to draw us closer to Jesus.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:20-21 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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