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I'm Annette Leonard, speaker, coach, and sick person who believes that my illnesses do not define me. If health is the absence of disease and wellness is the presence of wholeness, then no matter what your disease status, we can work toward your wellness, your wholeness. Join me and others on the path back to wholeness at with these Moments for Chronic Wellness. Whether you are a person experiencing chronic illness or are someone who loves or serves people with chronic illness I have great resources to share with you here on this channel and on my website AnnetteLeonard.com

I'm Annette Leonard, speaker, coach, and sick person who believes that my illnesses do not define me. If health is the absence of disease and wellness is the presence of wholeness, then no matter what your disease status, we can work toward your wellness, your wholeness. Join me and others on the path back to wholeness at with these Moments for Chronic Wellness. Whether you are a person experiencing chronic illness or are someone who loves or serves people with chronic illness I have great resources to share with you here on this channel and on my website AnnetteLeonard.com
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I'm Annette Leonard, speaker, coach, and sick person who believes that my illnesses do not define me. If health is the absence of disease and wellness is the presence of wholeness, then no matter what your disease status, we can work toward your wellness, your wholeness. Join me and others on the path back to wholeness at with these Moments for Chronic Wellness. Whether you are a person experiencing chronic illness or are someone who loves or serves people with chronic illness I have great resources to share with you here on this channel and on my website AnnetteLeonard.com

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Episode 074: How Do You Cope With Disappointment?

12/4/2019
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What happens when we do all the right things; we manage our time, energy, diet, inputs, and outputs, and yet we still don't feel well enough to do that thing we were hoping and looking forward to doing? When disappointments happen -- how do we roll with them? When we don't get to attend the weddings, the holiday gatherings, when we don't get to say goodbye to a loved one? What then? In order to protect myself, I want to limit the impact of the pain. And yet, if we numb the pain, we also numb...

Duration:00:04:51

Episode 073: How Do You Cultivate A Rich Inner Life? Chapter 6

12/3/2019
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Duration:00:04:36

Episode 072: How Do You Cultivate A Rich Inner Life? Chapter 5

12/2/2019
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How can Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" be instructive in cultivating an inner life? What might a virtual artist date look like? What sources of online inspiration can I find to feed me? How do I use magazines and periodicals to seed and feed my inner life? I can visit the MOMA from my couch, which is a fortunate thing about being sick in the digital age.

Duration:00:05:10

Episode 071: How Do You Cultivate A Rich Inner Life? Chapter 4

11/29/2019
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When external markers of worth, as well as the difficulties of living with chronic illness are pulling at our spirit, some of the way to restore ourselves is by developing a rich inner life. Whether or not you are an artist, Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way," can feed our creator-selves. What are you doing to feed your creative-self? How can morning pages unlock our inner life? What possibilities can arise when we clear out the mental clutter in such a way?

Duration:00:05:58

Episode 070: How Do You Cultivate A Rich Inner Life? Chapter 3

11/28/2019
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As my energy and capacity are decreased, developing a rich inner life has become much more important. What role can podcasts and audio books play in seeding my imagination? What ideas excite you? How can you tap into resources that will spark inspiration in you? *RadioLab is the podcast name I couldn't remember in the video*

Duration:00:05:46

Episode 069: How Do You Cultivate A Rich Inner Life? Chapter 2

11/27/2019
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How do we more actively engage our mind, spirit, and heart space? If this is all I have to look forward to -- do I want to keep living? These are some of the questions I'm examining today as I start to consider the question: How do we cultivate a rich inner life? How does our life pre-illness impact our ability to re-define ourselves in chronic illness? These are among the questions I'm looking at as I discuss the question: How do we cultivate a rich inner life?

Duration:00:05:51

Episode 068: How Do You Cultivate A Rich Inner Life? Chapter 1

11/26/2019
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Do you feel trapped in a prison of your own body? How do you find something rich and meaningful in the midst of your suffering? What is the "life of the mind?" and how do we generate that? Can I generate a place that provides me refuge and solace? With so much that is out of my control -- what is under my control? These are some of the questions I'm examining today as I start to consider the question: How do we cultivate a rich inner life?

Duration:00:05:13

Episode 067: How Did You Get Your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis? Chapter 5

11/25/2019
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Today I'm concluding my look at how I got diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). After taking short-term disability and staying home for more than a month to try and recover I was ill equipped to be still sick and returning to work full-time. Thus began my quest to find bodily healing. The idea that something could transform my disease state kept me fueled initially and led me to big questions like: What's the difference between accepting my illness and giving up?

Duration:00:04:25

Episode 066: How Did You Get Your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis? Chapter 4

11/22/2019
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In this episode, I'm continuing to talk about how I got a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) diagnosis. After visiting with the infectious disease specialist and learning that I had chronic Epstein Bar, I was now in the territory of CFS. I was really resistant to the diagnosis. It felt invalidating as a label. Aren't we all tired? Have you felt like you needed to explain your diagnosis? I had the great good fortune of having a short-term disability benefit at work. I took leave and went to bed...

Duration:00:05:15

Episode 065: How Did You Get Your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis? Chapter 3

11/21/2019
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In today's episode I talk about what happened after six-months of limping along. With CFS, and other diagnoses of exclusion, it's tricky to find physicians with experience and willingness to treat us. I was fortunate enough to land one of these doctors as my primary care physicians. She referred me to an infectious disease specialist who dug into my medical history and ran comprehensive screening analysis. He found recent exposure to Epstein Bar Virus and based on the work-up he'd done, it...

Duration:00:05:08

Episode 064: How Did You Get Your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis? Chapter 2

11/20/2019
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In today's episode I talk about trying to push through the mono I'd contracted. Barely able to function, unable to get refreshing sleep, clearing my evenings so that I could just fall into bed after work, taking a couple of days off every couple of weeks to just sleep, I was working with my doctor to address symptoms. As I rounded on the six-month mark of illness I was feeling desperate and unable to cope with this unrelenting health picture.

Duration:00:04:28

Episode 063: How Did You Get Diagnosed With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Chapter 1

11/19/2019
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In today's episode I talk about the origins of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many years ago I got mono. Here's what happened when I found out I was sick.

Duration:00:03:17

Episode 062: How Do You Manage Your Food Needs And Chronic Illness? Convenience Foods

11/18/2019
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It can be so difficult to feed ourselves when we are sick. The challenge of getting and preparing food is real and ongoing. Have you done food elimination diets to know what works and doesn't work for your body? Do you ever find yourself without fresh food in the house? In these times, what are the staples -- the convenience foods, I keep when making a meal is impossible and when all else fails.

Duration:00:04:31

Episode 061: How Do You Manage Your Food Needs And Chronic Illness? Food Delivery

11/15/2019
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It can be so difficult to feed ourselves when we are sick. The challenge of getting and preparing food is real and ongoing. Today I talk about food delivery. While it does require money and access, it can answer part of the question about how I get myself fed. How often do you use these services? Are they available in your town?

Duration:00:03:18

Episode 060: How Do You Manage Your Food Needs And Chronic Illness? Food Swap

11/14/2019
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It can be so difficult to feed ourselves when we are sick. The challenge of getting and preparing food is real and ongoing. What friend of family member do you know who cooks? Can you or someone in your household cook once a week or so? How can you increase the available food options without increasing the workload? What barriers to getting good food in my house can I remove? In this episode I'm discussing these questions and I include info about one of my go-to crock pot meals.

Duration:00:04:43

Episode 059: How Do You Manage Your Food Needs And Chronic Illness? Meal Prep Kits

11/13/2019
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It can be so difficult to feed ourselves when we are sick. The challenge of getting and preparing food is real and ongoing. Having meal prep kits can be part of the solution -- pre-proportioned, prepared ingredients, and recipes delivered to your home. Do you have someone in your home who could manage 15-30 minutes of cooking to make 2-4 servings of food? When looking to remove barriers to healthy food options, how realistic are these kit meals for you and your household? I explore the pros...

Duration:00:05:56

Episode 058: How Do You Manage Your Food Needs And Chronic Illness? Groceries

11/12/2019
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It can be so difficult to feed ourselves when we are sick. The challenge of getting and preparing food is real and ongoing. What barriers to getting good food in my house can I remove? If I can afford the fee, what does is available in my town for grocery pick-up or delivery? Without the stamina to be able to grocery shop, these services are revolutionizing what's possible for me with chronic illness. They are giving me better access to fresh food at convenience prices. Even if I'm not well...

Duration:00:05:03

Episode 057:How Do You Manage Your Food Needs And Chronic Illness? Asking For Help

11/11/2019
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On the many days when I'm not well enough to shop for and prepare food for myself, it becomes an even higher stakes resource. Relying on others becomes a necessary part of how I meet this basic need. How do/can I rely on others? Being clear and specific about what I need, helps others help me. What's easiest on my loved ones, also turns out to also be easiest on me - here's how. Given what short supply my energy is, how can I receive food from others without having to also receive visitors?...

Duration:00:04:45

Episode 056: How Do You Deal With The Isolation Of Chronic Illness? Connecting Online

11/8/2019
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Often living with chronic illness includes solitude. In these times when we are feeling physically broken and tremendously isolated, it is hard to remember that we are not alone. How can you connect with others dealing with the same things you are? What if you don't yet have a diagnosis? What do you stand to learn or gain from forums or chat rooms shared by others managing similar circumstances? Regardless of whether your illnesses are common or rare, you can find others who are in the same...

Duration:00:05:21

Episode 055: How Do You Deal With The Isolation Of Chronic Illness? Creature Comforts

11/7/2019
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One thing I cannot downplay about makes my life possible is my marriage. My wife gives me support, help, and love, and makes many more things available to me that wouldn't be if I lived alone or were having to navigate this journey without a partner. One of the things that she enables is having dogs. How does having dogs help with my body and spirit? What do animals have to offer to those of us with chronic illness? When coping with isolation, how can pets help address our needs? These are...

Duration:00:05:31