What Does It Mean to Maintain Wellness When You Are Not Well?
I get a lot of emails asking me to include outside-sourced wellness articles on my site. While I never have a problem sharing someone else’s site if it fits with CC’s goal, I do have a problem with the whole “maintaining wellness” idea. I think a lot of editors and bloggers forget that most of Chronic Curve’s audience is not well and therefore is not maintaining wellness like a normal person would, but is maintaining chronic illness the very best they can.
We’re managing daily injections, weekly infusions, x-rays, MRI’s and CT Scans, and appointments with multiple specialists. That advice about how to manage taking 3 vitamins during your morning routine is not relevant.
I cannot post sources that aren’t tailored to the sick because what it means to exercise and eat well for healthy people is usually significantly different than what it means to exercise and eat well for the chronically ill.
Example? Exercising every day for 60 minutes benefits an average health person with no health problems. Exercising the same way for someone with CFS/M.E. or RA or really any other disease might pose serious consequences the next day or put damaging force on diseased joints and cause fatigue that puts one in bed for days.
Example? A diet for a well individual might not take into consideration foods that cause inflammation or help decrease inflammation. To promote a wellness article not tailored to chronic illness would be counterproductive to many of you.
No illness is the same, no wellness regimen is the same for every disease, and I cannot post information that does not stress that point and stress that exercise and diet for a chronic illness be discussed with a physician first and foremost.
Your health is no joke; one online article cannot dictate how you choose to diet, exercise, and maintain your chronic illness. It can only give you questions to bring to your doctor and some food for thought. No pun intended.
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- toomanystarstocount answered: This has been on my mind a lot lately. As we try and get a diagnosis I’m realizing just how much my idea of “healthy” may need to shift soon.
- nursingmonkeymomma answered: i agree, “maintaining wellness” does not apply to chronic illness because by definition you are not “well” if you are chronically ill.
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