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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Thursday, October 26, 2023
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Thursday, October 5, 2023
We all know that running a household and parenting kids
requires endless emotional, mental, and physical effort! Unfortunately, without
an explicit negotiation of how the workload should be split, research shows
that women still do the bulk of childcare and domestic work, even in two-earner
families in which both parents work full-time! 🧹🧽 🍼
For moms in this community, of course, there's the added burden of living with a chronic illness. Taking care of your own health may require dozens of appointments, trips to the pharmacy, long phone calls arguing with your insurance company or copay assistance program, physical or occupational therapy, and more - not to mention a very legitimate need for down time to rest and care for yourself!
Based on copious research, interviews, and testing, Rodsky has developed a system that offers couples a way to divide up all domestic responsibilities - or "cards" - and, most importantly, to divide them FAIRLY. Rodsky encourages each mom to grab on to this mantra and repeat it again, and again, and again: "I do not have to do it all." Fair Play will help you learn how to make this mantra a reality within your own home.
Book Review: Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Here is a list of every children's book we have reviewed on our site in one place, to make it easier to browse all the options. All of these books could be considered resources for helping kids cope with having a parent with a chronic illness, and often they can be useful even if the specific diagnosis mentioned isn't your own. But please take a look at each individual review to find out if the book will be a good fit for your family!
Review of: Aunt Barby's Invisible, Endless Owie by Barby Ingle & Tim Ingle
Review of: How Do You Care For A Very Sick Bear? by Vanessa Bayer
Review of: How Many Marbles Do YOU Have? Helping Children Understand The Limitations of Those With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia by Melinda Malott
Review of: In My Heart - A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
Review of: Mommy Has To Stay in Bed by Annette Rivlin-Gutman
Review of: Mommy Sayang by Rosana Sullivan
Review of: Mommy's Going to the Hospital by Josie Leon
Review of: Mommy What's Wrong? by Jessica Hensarling
Review of: My Special Butterfly by Kelli Roseta
Review of: Noah the Narwhal - A Tale of Ups and Downs by Judith Klausner
Review of: Ravyn's Doll - How to explain fibromyalgia to your child by Melissa Swanson
Review of: Some Days (board book) by Caitlyn P.W. Jones
Review of: Some Days: A Tale of Love, Ice Cream, and My Mom’s Chronic Illness by Julie A. Stamm
Review of: What Does Super Jonny Do When Mom Gets Sick? by Simone Colwill
Review of: When Mommy is Sick by Ferne Sherkin-Langer
Review of: When Pete's Dad Got Sick by Kathleen Long Bostrom
Review of: Why Does Mommy Hurt? Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of Having a Caregiver with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, or Autoimmune Disease by Elizabeth M Christy
Review of: Wonder Mommy by Jennifer
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
But I also found a problem: the book started off talking about the possibility of having to change some of your medications before getting pregnant and then jumped straight to talking about being pregnant. But wait! If I stop my medications, won’t I flare? And if I’m in pain, how do I ever get pregnant in the first place? Is there a chapter missing from this book on trying to conceive while living with arthritis??
That’s the question I asked Iris Zink, a rheumatology Nurse Practitioner who recently wrote a book about intimacy and chronic illness with Jenny Thorn Palter. (The book is called “Sex – Interrupted” and you can read my review of it here!) Their book recommends a lot of alternatives to intercourse – which I think is generally great advice for for maintaining intimacy in a relationship while dealing with a chronic illness! But what if you want to start a family? If you’re trying to get pregnant, you kind of have to have sex!
Iris and I decided to have a discussion about a topic we haven’t seen
anyone else talking about: the challenges many women face in actually
trying to conceive while living with a chronic illness. I share my
personal experiences, and Iris shares her expert advice in this video!
Your immune system is supposed to protect your body, but if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it mistakenly attacks healthy joints, tissues, and organs—including the eyes and lungs. As a result, the chronic autoimmune disorder causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. It can also cause other symptoms including fatigue, appetite loss, and dry eyes.
RA affects 1.5 million Americans, and there is no cure. But it can be managed with medications and lifestyle modifications.
Women’s Health magazine featured four women – including Mamas Facing Forward founder Mariah Leach – who discuss being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, how they each cope, and what they’ve learned from living with RA.
Friday, April 2, 2021
You can view the news clip here.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Click below to read a review of "How Many Marbles Do YOU Have? Helping Children Understand The Limitations of Those With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia" by Melinda Malott.
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