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Chronic Illnesses and Disability on The Joyous LivingExcited to be part of my first linkup party for People with Chronic Illnesses.

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Sheryl of A Chronic Voice thanks to our mutual involvement in Facebook Groups such as Bloggers Growing Together and Chronic Illness Social Pod. She has a monthly linkup party with other bloggers with chronic illnesses and this August I am excited to join the linkup for the first time.

Sheryl provided 5 writing prompts and each blogger needs to write about at least 3 of the prompts. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading this and my stories might be encouraging for others who read this.

Prompt #1: LIMITING for People with Chronic Illnesses

Has the lockdown limited you in some way, or continues to do so? Or perhaps you could talk about the limitations in terms of accessibility in society and the workplace. Perhaps you find yourself confined to your home or to certain people, or you’re limiting your sugar or fried food intake! You could also be limiting screen time for you or your child, or trying to limit the amount of stress or pain in your life.

Due to my Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis, my pulmonary doctors have asked me to stay home. I can go out for doctor appointments and walk the dog in the morning (wearing my mask). But for the most part, my life resembles Rapunzel‘s locked up in my ivory tower. In many ways, my lockdown and isolation at home remind me of when I had to stay home 24/7 except for doctor appointments that required a Ventura Transit driver since I could not drive myself after my surgery for degenerative disc disease and cervical stenosis.

Perhaps now my friends and family might have an idea of what my life was like for a year?

Back then, my lockdown was medically necessary due to my own limits and weaknesses. Now, it is due to my lungs’ weakness and the fact that if I contracted Coronavirus, it could be very deadly for me due to my Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis. Getting put on lockdown despite physically being able to get out and about on good days is a difficult pill to swallow.

Prompt #2: STUDYING for People with Chronic Illnesses

Have you been spending the time at home studying or learning something new? Perhaps reading up on social media and blogging tips, new art or craft, perfecting a new dish or hobby? You might also be a student whose schooling life has been vastly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, or a teacher on the other side of it. You could even be studying how an animal, insect or nature behaves, a philosophy, mindfulness techniques, or researching about a topic.

This summer I bought 2 Pinterest courses by Jen (Digital SheEo’s Pinfinite Traffic Bootcamp; 15% off with Code: JOYOUS15) and Megan (Love Family Health’s Pinterest Ninja Course) that has really helped me rebrand my blog and create pins that are getting saves and clicks on Pinterest.

Prompt #3: WATCHING for People with Chronic Illnesses

You could be watching time fly by, watching your kids, or watching your diet. You could also be engrossed in a certain TV series or recommend a film to watch. Perhaps you’re keeping an eye on the news intensely, or trying to guard your thoughts. You could also be watching and learning from a YouTube educational or fitness series, or something else.

Anyone who knows me and reads this blog knows that I love British television and movies. I am super excited about two PBS series coming this autumn – Endeavour (August 2020) and Roadkill starring Hugh Laurie (November 2020).

In the meantime, I am watching Season 3 of Ekaterina (Season 1 is on Amazon Prime, Season 2 and Season 3 are on IMDb TV Channel). Season 1 is probably my favorite season so far because Catherine the Great is still likable before her rise to power. In Season 2 (spoiler), watching her terrible relationships with her two sons was heartbreaking and turned me off. All in all, though, it is a much more faithful series compared to HULU’s pathetic The Great which butchers history.

So there you have it. My first ever linkup with A Chronic Voice. I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse into my current life and that you enjoy getting to know other bloggers with chronic illnesses thanks to the linkup.

Cheers and Stay Healthy!

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