A Chronic Voice: August Link-Up

Hi all! It’s that time of the month again where I join Sheryl from A Chronic Voice ‘s Link-Up. The August Link-Up focuses on the following themes;

  • Figuring
  • Completing
  • Boring
  • Cuddling
  • Chatting

So let’s dive in…


I’ve spent a lot of time recently trying to just figure things out. Often chronic illnesses cause you to have a lot of stationery or ‘stuck in bed’ time and it’s easy to get a bit trapped in your own head. I’ve spent a long time trying to figure out why all these health conditions keep hitting me and what I can do to make things better when often there is no reason. Sometimes we just get sick randomly, things happen which are out of our control and it’s better to just go with it then try to figure it out.


Ha! Completing things is the bane of many chronic sufferer’s life. You want to finish the book you’re reading but your brain is going fuzzy, you want to finish the workout but you can feel everything going to black. Many people are completionists, myself included and it drives me mad when my condition and fatigue means I can’t get things finished. One of my hobbies is cosplaying (making costumes from games and movies) which is a time consuming hobby and one I love to do but often lack the energy for. I used to be able to bust out costumes pretty quickly and get so frustrated with not being able to so easily now.


When you have a chronic illness it’s pretty easy to feel it’s taken over your life. What with the daily copings, doctors appointments and medication, sometimes you feel like your whole life is one big illness. I for one, get really worried that to my friends and fiance, i’m just straight up boring! I try to remind myself that I have a personality, hobbies and things I love which are important than my illnesses but it’s not always easy!



Cuddling is so important. Not only are long cuddles scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, but they help you center yourself and connect to other people. I appreciate a comforting hug from a good friend or my fiance but pet cuddles are also amazing. My two little cats offer lovely, comforting cuddles and really help when i’m low.


Given the nature of chronic conditions, it’s so easy to get isolated from people. Many conditions keep you inside or even stuck in bed and it can be hard to stay connected. Whether it’s just chatting on facebook, phone calls or actually meeting up with someone I try really hard to keep social and talking to people. Friends are the most important people in the world and a quick chat can change your mood right around.

These August Link-Up topics have been great to ponder. Thanks as always toΒ A Chronic Voice!Β You can read July’s Link Up Here


Ruthy xo

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4 thoughts on “A Chronic Voice: August Link-Up”

  1. Thanks for joining us again, Ruthy, it was fun to read your entry! πŸ™‚ I wish I had costume making skills like you…I’m not good with craftwork heh πŸ˜‰ And yes, I love a good pet-cuddle, and you gave me some good food for thought with your figuring and completing prompts…going with the flow is truly the best way to go πŸ™‚

  2. I love your post it is so real but also positive! I find that cuddling is the best with my pet rabbits to calm me down and I also struggle to finish things to! Slowely but surely haha x

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