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Janelle Meraz Hooper is an award-winning independent author with five books published in the novel, romance, and short story genres. She is from Oklahoma but now lives in Washington State. Her website is: You can also read her short stories, essays, and other writings at The Blue Rose Bouquet. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at: invites you to read about Janelle Meraz Hooper’s systemic lupus and arthritis experience:

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Slow Going T-Shirt and Gift Idea Designs

slow going t shirt and gift idea designs broken leg crutch crutches forearm crutches cane quad cane funny t shirt humor injury it's better to be slow going than to be not going at all mobility novelty t shirt stick figure t shirt quotes quoteMake a statement, raise awareness, and prove that you’re getting beyond the frustration that accompanies whatever slows you down with these upbeat

It’s better to be slow going than to be not going at all!

t-shirt and gift idea designs.

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Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a disorder caused when a patient has a pulse rate that is too fast when the patient stands. Symptoms include headache, rapid heartbeat, lightheadedness with prolonged standing, chronic fatigue, chest pain, and other nonspecific complaints. Many diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia also suffer from this disorder.

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Excerpt from:

10 natural remedies that can save your life
10 Natural Remedies That Can Save Your Life

by James F. Balch (Doubleday, April 1999)


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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is also sometimes referred to as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), is a condition characterized by the primary symptom of a prolonged, persistent debilitating fatigue not relieved by rest and not directly caused by other conditions. In general, a diagnosis for CFS requires that the tiredness is severe enough for at least a 50% decrease in the patient’s ability to participate in ordinary activities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describes CFS as a distinct disorder with specific symptoms and physical signs, based on the exclusion of other possible causes.

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My Amazing Crunchless Abs

Exercise While Sitting Down

by Pamela Rice Hahn

bounce-back exercise chairNote: I wrote an initial article about the Bounce Back Exercise Chair in 2005 while working as the guide for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome site. Getting a chair for myself has been my goal since that time and I now finally have one! I’ve had mine for a week, and I can tell a difference already; it’s especially helped lessen some of my lower back pain. … Now for the article:

Maintaining or improving one’s physical fitness is difficult for a healthy person. It’s even more so for those with Fibromyalgia, and especially so for those who are exercise intolerant because of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Although it doesn’t promise an easy solution, the Bounce Back Fitness Chair does provide a safer fitness alternative. Because it combines the function of low-impact aerobics while the user is seated in a comfortable chair, anyone with balance or most other mobility problems can perform the exercise.

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Meditation and Pain Management

Meditation Techniques Can Provide Pain Relief

Article by David L. Hebert

Meditation, in its simplest form, is simply a way of calming your inner mind and bringing it into balance with your body. This balance can let your body ease its way into providing you with relief from the pain associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other disabling conditions.

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In Dr. Lapp’s words:

This Cochrane review study is a sore subject!

I obtained a copy of the entire review, and it is just horrible. The author examined 9 studies, accepted only 5, and none were from the USA. Here are some of the problems:

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Exercise May Help Those with CFS

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which is sometimes also referred to as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E. or ME), is an autoimmune illness characterized by prolonged, devastating fatigue. A new study may provide hope for those who suffer from this disabling condition. According to researcher M. Edmonds with the Cochrane Collaboration research group, patients who participated in a three-month program of exercise therapy that consisted of 30-minute exercise sessions several times a week had improvement in both their energy levels and their quality of life.

Addendum: Many patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome suffer from exercise intolerance. Therefore, be sure to see Dr. Lapp’s response to this study.


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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
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