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It’s All In Your Head

Anyone who copes with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Fibromyalgia (FM) knows there are people out there with all sorts of theories about what’s wrong with them. We’ve heard it all: You’re just depressed. If you’d exercise more, you’d feel better. The insulting “it’s all in your head.” And on and on.

The worst insult is probably: Everybody gets tired.

We know that! Before we got sick, we just got tired, too. But this fatigue is far beyond anything I (or most of the rest of us) would wish on anyone. If you can imagine how you feel on the worst day of having the flu, you can imagine how somebody with CFS feels on a good day.

That’s why it took me more than two months before I could get past the opening line to read the article I’m about to recommend.

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Loneliness and Your Immune System

Coping with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, CFIDS) and Fibromyalgia makes it difficult to maintain a social life and network of friends. Not only are we sick and tired, we are often left or forced by our symptoms to remain at home alone. Studies done by  Carnegie Mellon University and the American Heart Association  concluded that social isolation and loneliness can impair the immune system. Conversely, a social support system may actually strengthen the immune system.

For more information:

Being a loner reduces immunity and heart health


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pammy the pencil a character in the Writing Woes comic strip and the Chronic Illness Realities Comic StripPammy is the main character in two comic strips by Pamela Rice Hahn, the first of which is the Writing Woes comic strip. Pammy is a writer who is also disabled because of chronic illness and chronic conditions, so she also appears in the Chronic Illness Realities comic strip.

 The Everything Low-Salt Cookbook Book: 300 Flavorful Recipes to Help Reduce Your Sodium Intake by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything Diabetes Cookbook: 300 Creative and Healthy Recipes That Put the Fun Back into Cooking by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything One Pot Cookbook: Delicious and simple meals that you can prepare in just one dish; Burst: 300 all-new recipes! 2nd edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
The Everything Improve Your Writing Book 2nd Edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours  by Pamela Rice Hahn and Ph.D. Dennis E. Hensley

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