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    Walking The Invisible Illness Line

    I’ve been bed-bound for the better part of three months now since I had a cardiac episode due to medication induced hyperthyroidism. I’m grateful I no longer need a wheelchair and can manage a 5 minute walk with the dogs and my husband in the evenings. But for the greater part of the day, I’m still stuck in bed.

    I’ve watched so many documentaries, movies, and TV shows. And as much as I enjoy reading, cognitively; it’s become a challenge to spend the whole day focussing on small type. I find audio books to be more akin to auditory noise rather than being enjoyable, so that rules these out. Which makes the discovery of downloadable learning TV apps something of a revelation.

    I recently downloaded Coursera and I’ve been learning about learning and memory, which is both interesting and useful—in that I have the gene for early onset Alzheimer’s disease. So keeping my brain challenged in doses I can manage, will hopefully help to stimulate my brain to keep creating healthy new neural connections. Next I’ll probably do some courses on mythology but it’s a comfort to know I have a way of keeping myself occupied in a way that is good for my brain health, and my mental health. Because all that free time can make my thoughts spiral at times—which I think is natural, and to be expected.

    We are creatures of habit, yes. But we all also want to feel like we are leading meaningful lives, and I think this is the cruelest part of being chronically ill.

    Whatever you enjoyed before gets taken away. Then come the doubters… the doctors, the comedians, the social commentators and painfully, family members, or so called friends—all eager to stick their claws into you when you are at your most vulnerable. And there’s only so many times you can hear the empty words “get better soon”, or “have you tried yoga or meditation” before it starts to erode away at your soul. The truth is I think there is no way to successfully walk the invisible line of trying to make the best of your lot, and convince people that you are also chronically ill.

    The line itself is so faint, as to be invisible to most.

    Society wants you “whole” or in hospital… there isn’t much room, or understanding, for anything in between. We have to learn to accommodate the grief that comes with being socially maligned, which is something I still struggle with almost every day, alongside having to advocate for myself to get assistance to manage my health. These burdens, social, mental, monetary, access to healthcare, loneliness, and more—are not challenges that any person should have to face alone.

    But if I have learned anything in life, it is that there is always power in knowledge. So while I continue to try and navigate the invisible illness line, I’ll be learning about myths and poetry, and continue to take comfort in other people’s autobiographical tales of misery. Because being chronically ill is a tragedy, and as the saying goes misery loves company.

    #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #MyCondition #ChronicFatigue #InvisibleIllness #Thoughts #AlzheimersDisease #Grief #Loneliness #selfcare #Disability #InvisibleDisability #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis

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    Thank you for joining us as we support each other with our multiple health challenges! We appreciate you being a part of our community. This group was started with the intention of being a place where members can empathize with each other, find support and offer support to others. We love watching as this has been happening, but we think we can get even stronger! Please consider commenting or responding to other’s posts and responses even more. Even if it’s just a ❤️ or a 👍... or respond with a comment. This really helps us to feel supported and encourages people to post more.

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    The Benefits Of Alternative Medicine For Alzheimer's Disease

    According to recent medical study, the usage of medical marijuana may play an important role in slowing the growth of the dreadful Alzheimer's disease. The major constituent, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), decreases and prevents the creation of neural protein deposits deep within the brain. These deposits are the primary cause of this degenerative neurological disease. Medical marijuana dispensaries limit the production of these protein deposits or sticky amyloid plaques, which cause neuronal damage, hinder memory and cognition, cause severe memory loss, and cause confusion, irritability, mood swings, spatial disorientation, and speech issues.

    Alzheimer's disease is a deadly disease that destroys brain cells, resulting in memory loss, dementia, and impaired motor functions, as well as lower cognition and social skills. In the United States, Alzheimer's disease is one of the top 10 causes of death among the elderly. According to research, medical cannabis is an effective medication treatment for Alzheimer's disease and some of its symptoms.

    While Medical Marijuana (MMJ) is legal in some places in the United States, all medical marijuana card holders must purchase Medical Cannabis from a legal dispensary. A medical marijuana dispensary can also assist a patient in obtaining their medical marijuana card.

    Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative condition characterised by a progressive deterioration in memory and cognitive ability. It is an incurable and deadly disease that often affects persons over the age of 65. MMJ inhibits the development of the neural enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which causes the accumulation of toxic protein deposits in the brain and lowers the quantity of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter.

    While alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and nicotine limit and block the formation of new brain cells, recent clinical research by Scripps Research in San Diego reveal that marijuana increases neuron proliferation. This feature, together with supervised and monitored distribution through multiple medical marijuana dispensaries, significantly supports its medicinal usage.

    A variety of prescription medicines are also known to inhibit the formation of new brain cells. Aside from doing the exact opposite, medical cannabis from dispensaries reduces tumour development and inflammation in clinical trials on over 50% of lung cancer patients. Patients discover significant comfort from their Alzheimer's symptoms by visiting a regulated dispensary and receiving optimal amounts of Medical Marijuana to alleviate their symptoms.

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    I hope your all well today!! #LivingWithAlzheimers #alzheimers #AlzheimersDisease #Dementia #DementiaWithLewyBodies #LewyBodyDementia

    If you have dementia, please join me at Living With Alzheimer’s. A group to support one another!

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    Diagnosed with dementia? #LivingWithAlzheimers #alzheimers #AlzheimersDisease #Dementia #DementiaWithLewyBodies

    If you or you know someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, there is a group to give and receive support from others with the diagnosis. Join me at Living With Alzheimer’s.😁❤️