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Hi, my name is iswimandspin. I'm here because I’ve recently been diagnosed with EDS and am eager to learn more about how to #thrive and connect with others.

#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #AutismSpectrumDisorder #OCD #EatingDisorder #Grief #EhlersDanlosSyndrome

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That affirmation would work well for everybody at the Thrive Upstate centers because thriving is what we're all about.


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#Loneliness with #chronicilness #struggles

I've been sat here reading a few #articles on here about loneiness and chronic illness, ways to combat it like joining a yoga class (physically impossible) meeting a friend for a coffee what if you only have a few friends and they're always busy. I feel I'm the one always reaching out to do things and I'm the one that's sick for once I'd love a message of lets have a movie day at yours and chill on the sofa with snacks. I feel the more I try the more abandoned I feel, I do have a good family but that's not the same as having q partner or laughing with friends. I'm 32 this year and whilst I'm happy for the #milestones family members and #Friends reach in life each one just reminds me of how time is passing me by and I'm alone 90% of the time. I try my hardest to stay positive but at the end of the day we all need that interaction, comfort etc to #thrive more as humans. I'm just putting mt thoughts out there today as ite a sunny bankholiday in the UK amd o can't help but think of a time I would have been sat out in the sun with friends having drinks and lunch somewhere but instead I'm totally #alone .


Because lllness Doesn't Come With Instructions-Free Summit

I've been working so hard this past year to create a summit for those like us living with chronic illness... I've been living with a rare chronic illness for 12 years, a progressive muscle weakness disease called dermatomyositis, and been homebound for more than 20 months with a flare.. and in between monthly infusions, I recorded interviews with 60+ experts! Well, a year later, it's finally around the corner.. "How to Thrive With Chronic Illness and Limited Energy" starts this Friday-on 7/10: Chronic Disease Awareness Day! I am feeling excited, empowered, anxious and proud and reminded that we can continue to contribute, have value, identity and thrive while dealing with whatever is thrown our way... and if you are interested in the free 2-week online summit, here's the link: and let me know what YOU are proud of, or how you feel you've contributed and continued to make a difference and thrive while living with chronic illness... are you ready to thrive? lis #thrive


Today is a how are you going to #thrive?

We all have ups and downs, but if your still here you are #thriving believe it or not. The Good Lord put you here for a reason. Remember your #Disabled.

For me that's remembering to rest. I have pushed myself too far and need rest. GOD is telling me to slow down.


SO HOW ARE YOU #thriving

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small progress is still #progress

there are days when my only accomplishment is dragging myself out of bed, and surviving the day. I haven’t had a day like that in weeks. I get plenty of sleep and I can toss and turn as much as I want, without having to worry about waking anyone up. no one except me has slept in my bed in two years and eight months. I was #depressed from mid-2018 to mid- to late 2019. I had #SuicidalIdeation from late 2018 to mid-2019. I feel like I’m waking up from a dream. was I even really #living or was I simply #Surviving? even if I was only surviving, I wasn’t doing a very good job.

now, I want to #thrive, and I’m setting myself up nicely, preparing myself for the next low. but there are still days when I just break down and sob. I let it all out and sleep it off. and the next day, I feel better.

the difficult part is when I sleep and sleep and sleep, but don’t start feeling better. the weight of the world breaks my heart. if I lose hope, I know it’s going to be a long journey back to okay. just okay. because look at the world we live in. it SHOULD break our hearts. people are alone, people are dying, people are making desperate choices in an attempt to save their families and themselves. how can it NOT break your heart? #justice #Civilrights #Ramblingthoughts


why do some people thrive and some people struggle to survive?

I don’t know that this is a question, per se, feels more like a thought in the form of a question. This is my question as I notice how things around my house are breaking, wearing out, etc and I’m not fixing them. I’m letting them go. I’m noticing I’m always focused on what I can’t do and others seem to not do that. I’m held down by my own pessimistic thoughts. I don’t want to just survive. I want to thrive but I don’t know how... #thrivenotsurvive #thrive #livelife #optimistic #Depression #Anxiety


An open letter to my anxious self...

An open letter to my anxious self,

I see you.

I see you trying your best…

I know that whilst you feel anxious most of the time it’s not obvious to those around you because you are regarded as someone who is upbeat, positive and who “has it all together”. I know that because of this you often feel quite isolated with your anxiety and wonder who to talk to about it for fear of looking weak in front of colleagues or worrying friends and family members.

I know you have learned to push it down and carry on regardless but you are aware that it’s always there…

…you wish it wasn’t.

You can go from feeling like you’re winning at life to wondering why you bother and who are you to do what you do anyway!

You will speak with apparent confidence whilst internally worrying if you’ve said or done the wrong thing…it’s exhausting!

You worry that you might pass your anxiety onto your children or that you will negatively impact the relationships in your life that matter most to you.

You don’t like taking meds, even though you can see that sometimes this is necessary.

Despite this you still light up when a great song plays on the radio. Sometimes you sing along. Sometimes you don’t.
Sometimes you dance like a child in the rain…
And sometimes you don’t…

I see you.

I see you smile when your kids are laughing together.

I see your eyes that still light up when your husband talks to you and I know you wonder how he didn’t leave already.

I see you on your good days and bad and I want you to know something…

You’re not alone…
You ARE beautiful…
You DO matter…
You haven’t let anyone down…
You didn’t fail…
And you are perfect just as you are!

Sometimes you have it all together and sometimes you don’t…and that’s OK!

I see you…

…you’ve GOT this!

#Anxiety #selfdevelopment #mindset #mindsetbreakthrough #winningatlife #thrive #thriveinspiteofanxiety

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Better days

Last week was awful My anxiety was through the roof and I felt like everything was falling apart I went away last weekend and came back feeling so refreshed . Sometimes we just need to decompress and breathe This is a different week and Ia m ready to take on whatever is thrown at me This is how I #thrive
#ThriverThursday #LymeDisease #ChronicIllness #Anxiety