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Need some help explaining your chronic illness during medical appointments? I've created a free Chronic Illness Resume that might help.

About a week ago I was reading an article written by a woman with type 2 diabetes who outlined the - all too familiar - problems experienced when explaining your chronic illness to a new doctor or specialist.

She mentioned that someone had recommended using a Chronic Illness Resume and this helped her to better communicate her past treatments, struggles, and personal experience with her illness that she knew wouldn't be represented by her medical history and lab results.

Overall, she felt it improved her ability to communicate & collaborate with the newest member of her medical team and ultimately improved the level of care she received.

As someone with multiple mental health issues, it crossed my mind that it could even just be helpful to have a reminder of important questions that might be easily forgotten during an appointment.

I couldn't find a chronic illness resume template online, so I ended up creating one that you can download for free. It's a single-page, editable PDF that's based on the suggestions outlined in the article and you can download it here:

Free Chronic Illness Résumé | Bearable

If you think there are ways I could improve it, I'd love to hear your suggestions too.

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Free Chronic Illness Résumé | Bearable

Your Chronic Illness Résumé When you're visiting a new doctor, therapist, or specialist for the first time, it can be overwhelming to remember everything
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My dad makes too much money to qualify for at home care assistance for my mom, but not enough money to be able to afford to hire someone. With working 2 jobs and having to come home every break to help my mom , he experiences major caregiver burnout. Does anyone know of any resources I can look into to help him out?

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Today is TimeToTalk day. It is a mental health awareness day. With all of the police shootings lately, I’m grateful for the Alachua County coresponders. I have schizoaffective and PTSD. I have been in many police encounters, that could’ve turned badly. I was introduced to the Coresponder’s when I moved up here two years ago. The Coresponder’s are a police team of a police officer, and a social worker. They’re teamed up and drive together on high risk emergency calls of clients who have had frequent Baker Acts. This police team not only handles emergency calls, but also builds a rapport with the client in need to create a trust that enables safer and fewer future interactions. The co-responders also try to help the client get the services that they need. For example, my team of Co-Responders, Deputy Dan and Nicole, introduced me to the Gainesville Opportunity Center (GOC) where I have become an active member. The GOC is s mental health clubhouse where the members and staff work together to do the jobs necessary to run the clubhouse. I have found meaning and belonging as a clubhouse member, which has resulted in me not having returned to inpatient hospitalization since joining the GOC. New opportunities have been presenting themselves in my life since moving to Alachua county and being afforded services I didn’t have before, thanks to the advanced system this county has to help people. I am in the process of training a service dog as well. My life has improved tremendously and I am very grateful to live in this progressive county. #TimeToTalk #mentallyillandpolice #Safety #resources #gratituide

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I am currently reading a helpful Oprah podcast episode from Super Soul Sunday, it helps sometimes to put my life into perspective by hearing other people’s life stories and knowing that I’m resilient doing my best where I currently am at while working towards where I want to go.

#Oprah #Podcasts #MentalHealth #Comment #suggestions #thanks #Christmas #selfhelp #audio #resources

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What he/she/they/you think of me is None of my business, and here is why:

We all know the #struggle it is to #Love ourselves, to even find and hold onto #Selfworth is a great challenge fr most of us. In a civilization saturated by a culture corporate/business model norm that our worth, our #value is based on #Productivity and we come to define productive as getting dressed, brushing our teeth, COOKING, and the true miracle- going for a #Walk . The opinions of those who can not “walk a mile in our lives” COMPLETELY lack any value to us. Oh, you will encounter fakers who will mock our lives, as if they have given it thought. However, when you whisper to their bravado the reality their minds are too small to absorb it. A shout on f how dramatic you are!
Again, the opinion of him/her/they or them is utterly meaningless. Only YOU know your truth, your effort given your #resources . Our remaining #resources whether it be #Fibromyalgia , #Asthma , #MajorDepression , #AnxietyAttack , #longcovid , #ChronicFatigue , or one f the many combinations of #AutoimmuneDisease with so much else, NO ONE knows how much is in our tank on any given day, r the #courage it takes to #rest !!!!

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