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    We are in need of a new co-leader for our group. Please see info below. We need someone to encourage, empower, support & be there for other members!

    We are currently looking for a new Co-Leader for the Multiple Health Challenges group. We have grown quite a bit and just passed 1,500 members. In the past co-leaders have been golden, really helpful for me when I got sick or burnt out and had to step away for a few days. I am looking for someone to welcome new members, comment or respond to most posts or other comments, make new posts to the group every once and a while, and preferably someone who has physical and emotional health challenges so they can best relate to and understand where other members are coming from when they post or comment.

    It is important for the group to have two distinctly different voices to support people because people might relate more to one of us. What is a really good situation is if we both respond to the same posts, welcome new members from different perspectives and provide voices for people that are accessible and relatable. There is a commitment needed that you monitor activities on the group regularly and can respond pretty quickly.

    Offering your own posts provides more content for the group…and when posts pose a question they keep things moving forward. I can assist and support by offering to look at your new posts for feedback and editing before you post if you would like it, comment on your posts to get the responses going to best support your efforts, help finding memes or images, and support you if we are dealing with someone struggling …. Like sounding suicidal or being manic…and I will check in to make sure you are happy and comfortable!

    I look at potential leaders' history of posts and/or comments that have helped and supported others in the past. Willingness to be honest and open about your own health challenges is crucial to best support people. A co-leader works together with me for some new posts and drafting new questions and is concerned about the well being of all members and can empathize with their paths.

    You will get access to the Community Leaders group and your name will have a “Group Leader” tab next to it up top on your comments and responses so I think people pay attention especially to your activity and wisdom shared from personal experience. Would you consider joining me on this journey? Let’s have a DM chat to discuss this! Thanks for considering taking on this role!

    #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #ChronicPain #Chronicpainwarrior #Disability #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #Bipolar2Disorder #Bipolar1Disorder
    #Stigma #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ADHD #Autism #Dementia #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #Cancer #TraumaticBrainInjury #BrainInjury #LossOfAParent #Grief #SuicideSurvivors #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #DistractMe #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #MightyQuestions #DownSyndrome #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #Deafness #neckpain #BackPain #CongestiveHeartFailure #Migraine #COVID19 #PeripheralNeuropathy #LymeDisease #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #Headache #Stroke #help #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Fibromyalgia #Disability #thankful #grateful #EatingDisorders #CocaineDependence #drugaddict #alcoholic #PTSD #EmotionalHealth #physicalhealth PainAcceptance #Acceptance #relief #Selflove #MightyMinute #MentalHealthHero #TheMighty #RareDisease #MightyTogether


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    How do you combat stress?

    Hi Friends,

    What a year it's been, my stepsons father passed unexpectedly and so we've been dealing with that, it hasn't been long since my own father died, so it's been weird. A dear friend (like a mom to me) is also not doing well. Art has been my saving grace through everything going on lately, and I'm lucky to have a few commissions at the moment to keep my brain busy. Before painting, when i was trapped in bed, i used to meditate a lot. What are some ways that you use to combat stress? I sure could use any advice! (my latest painting below) #Stress #Anxiety #Art #ArtTherapy #spinalcordstimulator #BackPain #SpinalStenosis #neckpain #ChronicMigraines #PsoriaticArthritis #Depression

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    Working again

    I'm in bed from pain, so thought I'd catch up here. This is one of the latest paintings I've done. I've started doing portrait commissions again too! Such a big step for me since i haven't in over a decade! I'm already in over my head, but I'm very happy to be working again. 😁 Thinking of myself last year this time, stuck in bed almost all the time and so depressed. It's just something I never thought I'd be able to do again. Thank you to all the mighty cheerleaders that have helped me to start living again! 💙 #FailedBackSurgery #spinalcordstimulator #SpinalStenosis #BackPain #neckpain #ChronicMigraines #PsoriaticArthritis #Depression #MiniStroke #AnkylosingSpondylitis

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    Just another new introspective piece

    Finding that painting again is really helping me cope with my chronic pain :) #ChronicPain #chronicmigraine #BackPain #neckpain #SpinalStenosis #ArtTherapy #Art #Depression

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    Back to painting

    Hi Mighty Friends! I'm back, but i had a couple of good months! Got to travel and visit my new nephews, got to some museums and had a good summer. How was your summer? I'm going to a neurosurgeon soon because of my neck issues. Always something, isn't it? Glad to be painting again, though, it really helps. #PsoriaticArthritis #BackPain #spinalcordstimulator #Art #ArtTherapy #neckpain #SpinalStenosis #chronicmigraine #ChronicMigraineSyndrome #Anxiety

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    Fantasy Island

    I did this sketch last week, does anyone remember the old tv show, Fantasy Island? Mr. Roark is a favorite of mine, especially since the actor Ricardo Montelban, persevered through a back injury. 💙 Anyhoo, I've been watching shows from my childhood for anxiety relief. Hehe. Off to my 1st neurologist appointment of the week! Hoping everyone has as good a day as they can. 🦋 #Backinjury #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #AnkylosingSpondylitis #BackPain #neckpain #SpinalStenosis #Art #ArtTherapy

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    If you could eliminate one of your daily symptoms forever, which would you choose?

    Here in the Multiple Health Challenges Community we all live with more than one health condition, and most of these conditions come with some level of daily symptom management.

    So we want to know: If you could eliminate ONE of your most bothersome symptoms (forever! goodbye! we won’t miss you!) Which one would you choose and why?

    (I would say goodbye to the Neuropathy pain that catches up to me every night…because it affects me enough that it is constant and there every night, and it can make it hard to get my mind off of it and then fall asleep.)

    P.S. Hope you’re having a gentle no symptom day!

    #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #Disability #BackPain #neckpain #PeripheralNeuropathy #Migraine #ChronicDailyHeadache #Headache #COVID19 #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #PTSD #HIVAIDS #PhysicalTherapy #Insomnia #MightyMinute #MightyTogether #RareDisease #MightyBookClub #MentalHealthHero


    What pillow(s) do you ask use? #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #neckpain #ChiariMalformation #Sleep

    I'm feel like I need to become a pillow manufacturer if I want to ever find a pillow I'll like. So what is everyone here using? I want something firm and that will support my neck and big head 😜

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    I find that it is a continual part of my journey to try to hold on & stay afloat…w/ my chronic pain it is a true challenge but I try hard every day

    We are fighting invisible battles others can’t see and sometimes TRYING can just be DOING THE NEXT RIGHT THING, not worry about what others can say who don’t understand chronic pain and who sometimes judge and demean us. But we can ignore them and be gentle with ourselves, to love and believe in ourselves. This is a lifelong journey and I often have to try to do so one day at a time. I know pain, I know struggles and I hear you, I believe in you, and can relate. I’ve been there and I have hope and believe we all can survive and thrive, overcome challenges, and become stronger!

    I am a fighter, I am a warrior, and so are you. Just being here and trying to find others walking the same path means you care about yourself and want to feel better! … and many times if we try hard enough we will succeed! If we try hard enough the sky's the limit, it starts with self love then continues into good self care, and learning and believing how to love ourselves. Some days I have to try very hard to love myself and be gentle with myself, but it’s so worth the effort!

    Most days I try to stay positive, try to hold on, try to stay afloat, try to find my flow and balance, try to not let my pain take over and be the only thing I think about. I try to welcome each day with hope, optimism, promise and know that I am capable of doing more than my body tells me I can do. I feel it more those nights, the pain can catch up with me…but I must give myself credit, to acknowledge what I've accomplished. The hardest thing is to be motivated and fight through the pain when my body just wants to stay stuck here sitting.

    But being active doesn’t just lift my spirits … It also provides periods, even just moments, when I don’t think about my pain. And my doctor says that walking and exercising actually helps my body even though my mind tells me it is going to feel much worse, that I will be bringing on more pain.

    It’s a daily battle to get out and go for that walk. Yet that is the very thing that partially helps… even though I fear that it will hurt. My mind tells me that exercising will just make me hurt more at the end of the day…but I have ways I can practice self care, ways to treat the pain…so I try to believe I can do so, that l have been through worse. I try to just get through the days knowing I have just Done The Next Right Thing. I went for that walk, I got to the gym, or just simply got out of bed and took a shower. I've practiced self care that shows I love myself. Yes, I TRIED but I succeeded beyond my wildest imagination!

    #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #ChronicDepression #ChronicMigraines #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Bipolar2Disorder #BipolarDepression #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #Sobriety #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #PTSD #Disability #Pain #PainAcceptance #BackPain #neckpain #COVID19 #Migraine #Headache #Grief #LossOfAParent #Acceptance #Selfcare #Selflove

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    When do you feel brave? When do you feel strong? When do you feel smart? Or share when you would like to feel braver? feel stronger? feel smarter?

    Being courageous and taking acts of faith requires self love. From self love we can do more self care. Then we can look for the moments when we have felt braver, stronger or smarter….and can start letting ourselves dig deep and find our inner strength that we all have. Without it we may not still be here today. Even when I’ve been physically weak and felt like I can’t do more, contribute more or just show up, l’ve learned to dig into the power I was born with. Over the years I’ve found myself losing my ability to do things I used to do (a lot) but I try to turn to my inner strength, trust, faith and realize that I’m a Warrior and I wouldn’t have survived all these years if I hadn’t tapped into my emotional strength and fought for my life, fought to overcome fear, worry, sadness, depression, lack of confidence and fought to try to ignore other’s judgements and negative thoughts. (Many of which are just my projections!)

    These challenges have had me fighting stigma, misunderstanding, and ignorance (lack of knowledge and facts) But I’m still here sharing what I’ve learned along the way. I have acquired strength I never knew I had which I’ve gained along my path. I’ve survived being HIV+ since the 80’s; survived Covid which had me hospitalized and then in rehab for two weeks to basically learn to walk again; survived living a life with the ongoing challenge of being Bipolar; and survived dealing with being an addict. (but I have 10 years sober.) I only survived because I had the support of family, friends & professionals and I learned to accept their support, often only when I got the courage to ask for help. But my best support is what I found deep inside me that I never knew (or believed) I had. Over time I have learned to trust myself and just take one new day at a time, one challenge at a time, & fought through one time dealing with pain at a time. I long to do this more and more and bring it to my continuing journey of building self love!

    YOU ARE ALL WARRIORS TOO! You have taken the risk to join The Mighty, and to join this group to find connections, learn from others and then in the process have made the intention to better yourself as a person and/or not be alone. You go to Doctor’s appointments, although often begrudgingly, in hopes of feeling better. You have survived so much because you all do have inner strength, courage and smarts you were not only born with, but have these powers from what you’ve learned along your paths of survival! So be courageous, be strong, be smart, and you will continue to survive an thrive and take leaps of faith!

    #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #HIVAIDS #PTSD #longtermsurvivor #Disability #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #COVID19 #Migraines #Headache #BackPain #neckpain #PeripheralNeuropathy #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #Grief #Acceptance #Selflove #Selfcare #MightyMinute #MentalHealthHero #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #Happiness #MightyTogether

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