Chronically Jill
Chronically Jill Nordic Skiing

Finding Freedom on the Nordic Track

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about compassion, freedom, kindness, and love not only to others, but to yourself as well. Today in Mount Hood, on the Teacup Lake Nordic Ski course, I was able to say hello to my personal freedom and show myself the absolute love I deserve by enjoying something I […]

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EaseArthritisPain

How To Increase Dexterity to Relieve Arthritis Pain

  Last night in Oregon, we received our first rainfall of Autumn, which meant a constant reminder that I have Arthritis. Since we have the awful forest fires going, this rain was a blessing. The ashes have calmed down in the air quite a bit. It wasn’t until I was driving home from a Taco […]

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Raspberry Chocolate Bar with Heart in Center

Chocolate Making & Choosing Happiness over Grieving

Today at a team building activity, I was able to create new memories and, most importantly, celebrate my late mother’s birthday on a sweet note by doing one of her favorite things, indulging in chocolate and learning about artisan chocolate making! Throughout my life I have been enrolled in various therapies. Chemo therapy, art therapy, […]

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Remicade/ Infiximab Infusion Day Reflections

Remicade infusion Every 30 minutes The pulse vibes through my arm wrapped tight to catch the count with the clock on her wrist and twitch goes the pulse from a finger counting my numbers for Remicade a static I am Every hour goes the medicine the push carries it through my veins taped tight to […]

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How I Stay Organized with a Chronic Illness

If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I have to stay organized ALL the time. Since I’m always running out of spoons (aka energy), I am constantly forgetting where I put things, when I put them there, and why I moved it in the first place. From a young […]

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What does synovial fluid do in an Arthritis Flare Up?

What is synovial fluid?  Synovial fluid is a lubricant lies within your joints and protects your bones from clashing together when you’re moving. When you injure yourself, there is often swelling to protect yourself even more. However, with Rheumatoid Arthritis, your disease fills up the joint quite excessively to “protect” yourself. Since the disease is […]

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A Low Impact Sport for Arthritis

Swimming has been a popular activity since 4000 BC. Some of our most cherished written documents, such as the Bible, and rich stories, such as the Iliad, have featured swimming throughout their text. Cave drawings of specific strokes have been found and Roman’s elaborate bath houses have been noted. Romans used their bath houses for […]

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Krill Oil Supplement Study Evaluation

The research of Collogen-Induced Arthritis (CIA) into rodents with controlled krill and fish oils was conducted to find less harmful medicinal approaches to treating chronic diseases such as degenerative joint disease and rheumatoid arthritis in human patients. CIA and RA are similar in the sense that they have an autoimmune Th1 environment (2). There are […]

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