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    This post be a trigger for some so warning ....... #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #SkinCancer #Anxiety #Depression

    I have been feeling really low & down with all of this then I came across some of these photos.

    I thought maybe instead of thinking I cannot take anymore ,I should actually think look at what I've come through and still here.

    #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #SkinCancer #COVID19 #longcovid #Anxiety #Depression #Selfcare #PTSD #Parenting #GeneralParenting

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    It’s not what the world takes away from you that matters, it’s what you do with what you have left that counts

    Every day we wake up and have a (even in the times of most adversity) or let things bring you down until all you can do is frown. Feeling sorry for yourself gets you nowhere, making the most of what you have builds character, confidence and gives us a chance for a reason to smile. Every day I have to make this choice, I pride myself in having a positive attitude and when I find myself focusing on all the things that have brought me down, instead being thankful that I survived it all...but there are some days when I fail...its a lifelong journey and every day that starts with a smile is a success. Some days it takes part of the day of allowing myself to suffer that I then can hopefully shift to remembering that I am thankful for all the blessings I have in my life to be grateful for! I choose to smile today!

    #ChronicPain # #ChronicIllness #physicalpain #peripheralneuropathy #backpain #neckpain #Migraine #chronicvestibularmigrain #ChronicDailyHeadache #Headache #COVID19 #covidlonghaul #Disability #mentalhealthe#SocialAnxiety #Anxiety #Depression #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Bipolar2Disorder #BipolarDepression #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #Shingles #Bronchitis #Pneumonia #PTSD #Acceptance #Happiness #Selflove #Selfcare #relief #EmotionalHealth #physicalhealth #strength #MightyMinute #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #MentalHealthHero #MightyTogether

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    Feeling a million things yet I feel as though I'm numb ....... #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #longcovid #CheckInWithMe #Cancer

    I'm not even sure if that makes sense, I'm not really sure of anything right now!today I was told that my urgent referral to get the swollen lump lymph node in my neck may take upto 6 weeks !ive had it since Sept last uear and was palmed off numeroustimes till last week my specialistsaid she was very concerned(and that is being classed as urgent)Due to my previous cancer and treatment before Covid hit and now to the way this is being handled and considering I had Covid and was hospitalised for nearly 6 weeks and since have been suffering Long covid issues I know how serious it is.But I felt so angry that I'm already dealing with all my usual issues,then this catheter in,still retaining, slipped disc so on crutches to get about and everyday and night I am worried sick about if this lump is serious !and now thinking I may have to feel like this for however many weeks/months and then even if it is serious the care at the moment chemo/treatments most people are having to wait months to get anything started due to the way it's all been since covid.I am angry at my body for failing me in the first place ,for getting to this ,I'm angry at having to feel like I'm begging someone to help or listen ,I feel like I've prepared for the worst now anyways and what hope is there to have !I know hospitals and staff have and do do their best and I'm not saying anything against that I'm just frustrated that myself and millions of others and people way worse off than me are suffering even more even when it's serious or terminal. I'm scared ,I'm angry ,I'm frustrated and then I just feel numb because right now I'm here and I'm a Mummy I have to just be as ok as I can which is difficult enough at the minute ........

    #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Insomnia #Upallnight #SkinCancer #Cancer #Anxiety #longcovid #loveyourself #Bekind #Selfcare #Toxic #Abuse #youmatter #beyou #CheckInWithMe

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    Another sleepless night..... #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Selfcare #Toxic #PTSD

    So it looks like another night of non stop ovethinking ,lying in bed trying not to think about all the things I can't seem to stop thinking about !!

    Really wish I could just shut off certain thoughts, memories, things coming into my head .

    #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Selfcare #longcovid #loveyourself #Bekind #Insomnia #Upallnight #SkinCancer #Endometriosis #COVID19 #longcovid #PTSD #AloneTogether #Parenting #GeneralParenting #IfYouFeelHopeless

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    How has CFS affected your dating and love life?

    From employment to body image, dating to maintaining personal relationships, we know chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms can affect life in many different ways (both good and bad). Stigma, lack of public understanding, and the impact of your condition on your confidence and self-image can all be challenging to navigate in relationships.

    How has CFS affected your ability to date and explore romantic relationships? Let’s share and help one another in the comments below. 💖

    #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Relationships #COVID19 #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #AutoimmuneDisease #Spoonie #Fibromyalgia #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #Migraine #Depression

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    Really felt this today ..... #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Selfcare #CheckInWithMe #Insomnia

    Soo today wasn't a great day either. I really had all these ideas that I wanted to get myself up and try and spend quality time with the kids and even just go to the park area across from our home ,but after good intentions and going to local shop really briefly it literally hit me ,I could hardly move with the pain in my back and legs even using the crutches,I felt ad though walking while feeling the catheter iwas like something pulling at my insides every step I took,I felt anxious ,I felt my self start to have a hot flush in panic, while trying to remind myself I was fine and I would be OK. I literally felt in a daze for the next few moments until we got back to the car and then back home where I had to go for a shower and then right back to bed because I was in agony , luckily enough they were still able to go out to the park and play and have some fun but I just felt like such a failure like my body is completely failing me and I'm failing ad a mum.I can't even do the simple things I used to do with them now without a struggle or pain getting in the way .I got myself so upset and I just had to remember that it's just a bad day & even though it seems there's a lot justnow it's not a bad life.My two kids are amazing and healthy and hopefully and I'm sure in ways they don't see me in the way I see myself.I have decided I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself right now because I cannot handle the fails.Im going to take it moment by moment and day by day and if I manage to do something I wanted and was happy about then I'll be proud of myself and if not then il try again tomorrow. I'll try anything right now to keep myself from being back in that dark heads pace which is absolutely no good for me or my family. ♥️It was a bad day for me but I have plenty to be thankful for and my kids got more time with me than they have past few days and I even managed it out of bed and to go out to shop with them so I'll be thankful i managed that 😊 ❤️

    #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Insomnia #Upallnight #SkinCancer #Endometriosis #COVID19 #longcovid #loveyourself #Bekind #Anxiety #Depression #Selfcare #PTSD #Parenting #GeneralParenting

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    Today's not a good day !! #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Anxiety #Depression #Selfcare

    So today just isn't a great day ! Just can't snap out of this head space I'm in . In constant pain ,having so many issues with the catheter so hoping that this week they will do the #suprapubic catheter to see if its any easier and stops some of the problems.Struggling to get around even with the crutches, can't sleep and really anxious and worrying while waiting for the emergency ultra sound to check my lymph nodes to see if anything has came back (previous skin cancer) so just feeling constantly anxious. Just feeling really rubbish today and then silly because I know there's people way worse off than me and my issues probably seem so irrelevant 🙈but just can't get out of this negative head space today .

    Anyways hope everyone is having a good weekend would love to know what your all upto ??

    #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Insomnia #Upallnight #SkinCancer #Endometriosis #COVID19 #longcovid #loveyourself #Bekind #Insomnia #Selfcare #Anxiety #Depression

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    I'm really trying , but it's such a struggle...... #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #SkinCancer #Selfcare

    So I got out of hospital I am still on long term catheter which nurses are coming in most days to check etc ,but my bladder is rejecting it so it's only draining little bits ,my stomach is still bloating as I'm retaining alot and the pain is causing more pressure on my spine,I am in constant pain, I've never felt so damaged through everything I've dealt with till now,Had my emergency app with dermatologist specialist yesterday and she's not very happy especialky with ky history of skin cancer etc so she's put through for an urgent ultra sound scan to be done on my lymph nodes to see what it is and if needs to be removed. The waiting is causing me so much anxiety and my head keeps slipping to dark places like what if it is serious and I won't be here for the kids and tunns of other crazy things .I'm trying to keep focused on little things crafty things I enjoy or organising what I can while sitting on my pressure cushions or in bed ,but dealing with the worrying while in so much physical pain ,using crutches, literally can't do anything unaided ,,trying to keep things as normal for kids as possible, teying to be the best mummy i can right now when im literally falling into pieces and waiting to see if I have to have a suprapubic catheter interested into my stomach because of these issues everything is just too much right now .

    #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Insomnia #Upallnight #SkinCancer #Endometriosis #COVID19 #longcovid #loveyourself #Bekind #Selfcare #Catheter #AloneTogether #Parenting #GeneralParenting

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    Are Our Kids Experiencing Post COVID Long Anxiety?

    Part 1 of 3 Here we are, almost 3 years post the COVID-19 virus pandemic that shut down our world instantly and has kept us in a state of uncertainty about many of the parts of life that we took for granted. We lost our freedom to leave our homes, interact with others and move around our community and environment without worrying about catching a virus that had the potential to be deadly. We all experienced a large scale and collective level of feeling nervous, worried, and scared about the present, the future, our health, and the health of others. We also worried about the availability of basics such as food and toilet paper.

    Let’s start with the definition of a pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) definition is “a worldwide spread of a disease” with the COVID-19 pandemic being our 21st pandemic (Pitlik, 2020). Due to the speed of the spread of the virus, it was believed that the way to contain and confine was to shut down and create isolation. Humans are social creatures and in need of interaction with others on a consistent basis. The rise of a “virtual” world allowed for many to keep their jobs and for education to seemingly continue. However, the short-term and long-term effects of isolation have created havoc on our mental health.

    During this time, anxiety set in for many. defines anxiety as the following: “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt of one’s capacity to cope with it.” It is also defined as an “apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill.” Anxiety is at an all-time high leaving mental health providers with waitlists.

    How is Anxiety Manifesting Itself Presently?


    Many of our children, teens, and young adults are still avoiding school, social situations, or participating as members of a team for a sport or activity. What can be heartbreaking for parents is that our children may have actively participated in these arenas pre-pandemic and did not know how to “re-enter” so many didn’t. They once had interests and now they seem to have few. Many of our kids have found a strong interest in video games because they don’t require face-to-face interaction and there is escape and submersion in a virtual and highly engaging electronic world. I have heard way too often from parents in my practice that their child or teen has very few “real” friends and friends from the video game domain; however, these friends don’t live locally making their interactions exist only in the virtual world.

    Many of our kids found interest in more sedentary activities that have had the negative consequence of weight gain. Dr. Johnson, of the Johnson Center for Health, indicated that the quarantine change in lifestyle created weight gain; however, the long-term effect of the virus may have resulted in physiologically-based excessive hunger and increased appetite. This may have also created new, unhealthy habits where our kids ate due to boredom rather than due to hunger. In the long run, the change in eating habits has created a change in appearance and ease of movement that has further created avoidance for our children and teens to participate in school, socialization, sports, and activities.

    For many of our teens and young adults, their friendships changed over the pandemic as there were varying levels of comfort in attending school or socializing which created a change in the social groups and friendships. Thus, our teens have had to create new friendships; however, the problem came to be when their peer group was small to begin with, and there weren’t other children with whom to create new friendships.

    Hanging in High Mode

    Many anxious people start their day with a high residual level of anxiety that runs in the background. As the day goes on, that level of anxiety continues to peak and wane as different situations are encountered that result in a feeling of “I can’t handle this,” or “This isn’t safe.” For a student in school, thoughts such as the following can heighten anxiety over the course of the day:

    • I can’t solve these math problems.

    • Everyone must think I’m so stupid for that answer I just gave.

    • I can’t read this.

    • I don’t know the answer to this test question.

    • This is so much work – I can’t finish it.

    • I should have done better on this quiz.

    • I hope the teacher doesn’t call on me.

    • She thinks my hair looks stupid.

    And even when our children and teens have a moment or two where things in life are cruising along smoothly, they often sit with a high level of anxiety for fear of what’s to come. Many fear that if they let their guard down, they will be blind

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