October 4, 2016

Summer Wrap-Up: October

Summer Wrap-Up: October Board Blog

vacation-finalWhat an amazing, Chronically Awesome, Summer! Summer can be our opportunity to get out of the house, stretch out our sore joints and get some much-needed sunshine. For some of us, Summer is that time to vacation. What is a vacation? For each of us, a vacation can mean something different.Vacation is from Latin vacatio(n-), from vacare be unoccupied. A break from routine is probably the one thing that vacation has in common for all of us. Here is a summer wrap-up from your Chronically Awesome Board.

How do you break from routine?

Do you take time from work to stay home and get the rest you need? To get things done at home that you have been avoiding or had not time or energy to do? Maybe you get to take a vacation or a few vacations!?

Tammie and JulesI know that I was able to do a lot of all of the above. Not only was I able to go to Hawaii with my husband and to take a road-trip with my sister to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival with my parents, but summer holds my annual week at the Disney Grand Californian with my mother. All of this while doing some very exciting things for The Chronically Awesome Foundation.

You must be looking at that list and wondering how I had the energy to do these things. To be honest, I am wondering the same thing. I am going to give you the best answer I have. To be the best Chronically Awesome patient you can be you have to juggle more balls in the air than the average person. If you have ever met a juggler you may have noticed that they are always practicing.

Being sick takes practice.

I am going to tell you more about that later, but I want you to think about that and let us know: How have you practiced being sick so that you have been the best Chronically Awesome Patient you can possibly be?

Meanwhile, we just finished up Invisible Illness Week. Take a look at the blogs on our front page and you will notice that we had some participation with the traditional 30 Things post. In fact, more and more bloggers are writing to me with blogs for our site. Why not get on board and send us your blog?

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. This is the week we work on knocking out stigma. Mental Health is as common and cancer yet it is not okay to talk about mental illness? I just don’t get it!

mesothelioma tweet chatWe continue to work with our friends at The Mesothelioma Center. Just last week we co-hosted a tweet chat. You can look forward to more tweet chats from Chronically Awesome.

We hope you had a wonderful summer and that you met the summer goals that you set for yourself. Now that we are into fall, the season of color and gratitude it is time to think about what you are grateful for and how to show those you love that you are grateful for them.

We look forward to a great fall working with and for you, and to picking back up on the work of sending you the support and news you need.
For your Chronically Awesome Board,
“Walk gently, and be brave.”
― Eleanor Brownn
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