Ask UfYH: Taking Shortcuts

Q: I am often ill and overexertion makes me worse. When I’m having a bad time, the house gets squalid. Then when I feel better I CAN’T marathon, but slow and steady is slow. Are things like floor wipes and bathroom cleaning wipes really, really awful?

A: It’s really easy for someone to say, “Yes, those things are awful. Never use them.” But that’s not the whole story. It never is.  Read More Ask UfYH: Taking Shortcuts

Book Review: Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

When I was ten years old, I decided I would no longer eat pork. Partly brought on by the appreciation for the animal itself, I realized that I’d never much liked pork to begin with. Rather than say to people something like, “Well, I hate pork chops, but sometimes I end up eating sausage when my mom makes red beans and rice,” it was easier to eliminate it entirely.

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Six Years of Exhaustion: Living With Chronic Illness

Having lived with chronic fatigue syndrome for six years, and fibromyalgia for at least four years, I wish I could tell you that I’ve made peace with my illnesses. Though I’ve made progress in how I manage my symptoms, I still struggle with knowing that This will never go away.

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Ask UfYH: Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Q: I have a chronic illness that leaves me unable to stand for long periods of time (and sometimes even short ones). I get tired very easily, and too much physical exertion can result in an attack that lasts for days and requires me to take some really awful medications. I want a clean house, and I can’t afford to get someone in to help. Is there anything I can do, or should I resign myself to living in a dump? Read More Ask UfYH: Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Friday News Bites: Caitlyn Jenner, Health Breakthroughs + More

This week, this beginning of Pride month, these past few days… I wish I could say I am heartened by the ongoing discussion of human rights and LGBTQ issues, but I’m tired. I’m tired and I’m disheartened, and there is so much more work to be done. Let’s just get to the news and end with an amusing pig story, shall we?

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Ask UfYH: Where to Start When You Can’t Get to Everything

Q: Hi! When a person’s entire home is trashed, cluttered, disorganized, and dirty (two floors, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, for example) and they live alone with chronic illness and most likely won’t receive any assistance in cleaning, where/which room, in your expert opinion, is the most important place for them to start? Thank you for your answer and guidance.

A: Start with where you spend the most time. Read More Ask UfYH: Where to Start When You Can’t Get to Everything

Ask UfYH: Taking Shortcuts

Q: I am often ill and overexertion makes me worse. When I’m having a bad time, the house gets squalid. Then when I feel better I CAN’T marathon, but slow and steady is slow. Are things like floor wipes and bathroom cleaning wipes really, really awful?

A: It’s really easy for someone to say, “Yes, those things are awful. Never use them.” But that’s not the whole story. It never is.  Read More Ask UfYH: Taking Shortcuts

Ask UfYH: Cleaning With a Chronic Illness

Q: I have a chronic illness that leaves me unable to stand for long periods of time (and sometimes even short ones). I get tired very easily, and too much physical exertion can result in an attack that lasts for days and requires me to take some really awful medications. I want a clean house, and I can’t afford to get someone in to help. Is there anything I can do, or should I resign myself to living in a dump? Read More Ask UfYH: Cleaning With a Chronic Illness