How my chronic illnesses affect my everyday life
Emotional Autoimmunity
by Kerry Jeffery
1M ago
Today (June 19th, 2024) marks 4 years since my Type 1 diabetes diagnosis which makes this the perfect time to talk about how my chronic illnesses affect my everyday life.  In this podcast I open up about each of my 4 different autoimmune diseases, the impact they have on me, what's changed  what ongoing issues I still have and how I deal with them. This includes how it's affected my sleep, diet, social life, friendships, relationships and the many ways in which it has changed my life.  I also share a peek into my daily chronic illness management, my health goals, typical medi ..read more
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Why this isn't a 'you' thing.
Emotional Autoimmunity
by Kerry Jeffery
1M ago
One of the big, missing pieces in supporting people with chronic illness is that there is so little acknowledgment that becoming chronically ill changes peoples lives and that this creates complex emotional issues that are in fact, completely normal.  The typical experience is that you get your diagnosis (or not) and leave the doctors office with no idea what to do next and how to even start to cope with how much your life and self have changed and no recognition of just how lost, confused, afraid and overwhelmed you are feeling.  The one thing I see consistently with every single ..read more
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Chronic illness, jealousy and envy.
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
2M ago
One of my main objectives both with my podcast and my work, is to educate and validate the very normal emotional experiences and issues that come with becoming chronically ill.  The feelings of jealousy and envy are the ones we don't talk about because it creates so much guilt and shame to even admit them to yourself, let alone to others.  Watching your friends doing all the things that you can no longer do, feeling so jealous and envious that you need to stop using social media because it makes you cry or shaming yourself because you sometimes resent your partner for how they are ..read more
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Dealing with anxiety and the 'what if' thoughts.
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
2M ago
Anxiety and dealing with constant 'what if' thoughts are something that every human has to deal with as our brain is  trying to interpret our environment for potential threats to try and keep us safe.  But when you live with chronic illness, you will experience new levels of fear that create specific types of anxiety that non chronically ill people never need to think about.  The anxiety of living in a body that is unpredictable and no longer feels safe and can make you experience pain, fatigue and disability at any time.  The anxiety of not being believed, not feeling s ..read more
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How to maximize your chances of getting the support you need.
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
3M ago
When you live with chronic illness, you can feel so very alone which makes getting support more important than ever.  What's often shocking though is discovering just how little support is actually out there! There is so little knowledge about chronic illness in our communities, families, medical and social support systems that you can end up feel judged, blamed, isolated and left to fend for yourself.  You can feel guilty for what your illness is doing to others, worry about letting others down and feel so overwhelmed and anxious because you don't know how to get doctors to help ..read more
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Everything you need to know about brain fog and what you can do about it
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
3M ago
If you live with chronic illness and autoimmune disease, then you understand just how frustrating and debilitating brain fog can be.  From the embarrassment of forgetting simple words, losing your ability to concentrate and focus or reading the same lines over and over again and still not being able to take it in, brain fog can have a significant impact impact on our work, relationships, study and motivation.  But what is brain fog exactly and what is its important relationship to stress and anxiety? What role does inflammation play with brain fog and how does it affect your cogni ..read more
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What people who live with chronic illness most want you to understand
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
4M ago
This episode is a collaboration between myself, my clients and my social media community.  We all know that one of the biggest issues we face is the lack of understanding about what chronic illness is and the ongoing impact it has on those of us living with it.  In this episode I share what those of us with chronic illness most want people to understand and trust me, everyone who contributed to this did not hold back! This podcast is a great one to share with your friends, family, partners and chronic illness communities so make sure you listen and share and if you want to help me ..read more
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Self-Pity, Self-Compassion and Toxic Positivity
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
4M ago
There is no denying that when it comes to chronic illness, there is a huge gap in peoples understanding of just how much it changes your life, energy and ability.  So when it comes to trying to share your feelings, doubts, fears and sadness about your experiences of living with chronic illness, you are  so often met with toxic positivity responses like 'at least it's not cancer' or 'you just need to be more positive'. Many of the normal emotional experiences that come with chronic illness are so often wrongly interpreted by others as self-pity which feels dismissive, judgmental and ..read more
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Rest and Guilt
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
5M ago
When you become chronically ill, one of the biggest challenges you will face because of how the disease so often limits your energy and ability, is an increased need for rest. In fact, rest is an essential component of responsible chronic illness management.  Yet so many of us struggle with embracing rest because of ongoing issues of feeling guilty about the amount of rest we need, anxiety about everything that is being left undone and fear of being judged as lazy or selfish.  And if you are resting while still feeling guilty, ashamed or anxious, then you can't get any benefit fro ..read more
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Managing your energy with chronic illness
Emotional Autoimmunity: Dealing with the emotional issues of chronic illness
by Kerry Jeffery
5M ago
The hallmark symptom of all chronic illness is without question, the fatigue.  Every time I ask my community which symptom they most wish they could eliminate permanently, fatigue tops the list.  It is debilitating, disabling and usually coincides with things like brain fog, pain, anxiety and depression.  So it's no surprise that learning how to manage the energy you have is one of the most important challenges those of us with chronic illness face.  Your level of functionality depends on which energy stage you are experiencing now and how much you can resist the tempta ..read more
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