Thursday, November 9, 2023

The 5 Love Languages – A Tool For Improving Communication in Relationships

Communication is key in relationships - especially when one partner is living with a chronic illness. In this article I explain how my husband and I used "The 5 Love Languages" quiz to better understand each other and improve our communication as a couple. 

The 5 Love Languages – A Tool For Improving Communication in Relationships

 💕Need even more info on this subject? Check out the "Relationships & Intimacy" section, under the heading "Living" on! 💕

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Top 10 Tips for Lupus Pregnancy Planning and Success

🤰Have any questions about lupus and pregnancy? 🤰Below you'll find our top 10 doctor-reviewed tips for lupus pregnancy planning and success!

Top 10 Tips for Lupus Pregnancy Planning and Success


Thursday, October 5, 2023

Book Review: Fair Play

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)


30 Ways to Entertain an Active Toddler When You’re (Chronically) Ill

Moms don’t get to be sick. 🤒 And yet, we’re only human, no matter how much we’re trying to be superwoman! Here are 30 activities to get you and your toddler through a sick day or flare while being a chronically awesome parent:

30 Ways to Entertain an Active Toddler When You’re (Chronically) Ill


Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Mamas Facing Forward Children's Book Reviews

Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of motherhood with chronic illness is helping your children understand what is going on with your body and encouraging acceptance about how your illness may impact them. How can you help them develop empathy about what you're experiencing, especially if your illness is invisible? Where's the line between being honest and making them worry? What's the best way to address their concerns in kid-friendly language? This is a topic that will likely need to be an ongoing discussion in your family - and sometimes reading a book together can help!

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

3 Strategies for Parenting With Chronic Illness

Here are three strategies for parenting with chronic illness:

Strategy 1: fill your own cup first. ☕ 

Strategy 2: plan in advance! 🗓️

Strategy 3: connect for support! 🫶