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Viv Patient Expert

Austin, Texas
I am disabled with CFIDS/FMS. My mission to help people advocate for themselves and take control of their health challenges. My goal is to reach as many people as possible and share my own personal tips, tools, and pain management experience. I admire people that are able to deal with chronic... Full Bio
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Attitude makes a difference by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone, It has been awhile since I have visited my Grandchildren and I miss them! There has been little to no time to spend with my twin girls and their birthday is ... Read on »
B12 for the Brain and Central Nervous System by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I have been spending time organizing my medications and vitamins. I figured this was a good time to mention the importance of vitamin B12. Previous research indicated B12 a ... Read on »
Balancing Life and Our Priorities by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Lifestyle adjustments are the decisions and actions we take to enable us to manage and take control of our health challenges. I have found that I have had to sim ... Read on »
BE HONEST by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I wrote this on June 10, 2004 At this moment I don't want my family and friends to see me, because I do not think they would understand. I grieve for my previous id ... Read on »
Being Real by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone, Today I would like to share my thoughts on life and the many things we experience. Being real is one of the most important, yet difficult, things to do at c ... Read on »
Benefits of Diaphragm Breathing by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone, Breathing in special ways, such as diaphragm breathing, has three important benefits 1. It relaxes all the muscles of the chest and ... Read on »
Breaking an unhealthy habit by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Today’s topic is smoking. Tobacco use may be the toughest unhealthy habit to break. Good news, it is not an impossible habit to break. When it comes to quitting, everyon ... Read on »
Buying or Selling a House/Home by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hi Everyone, Do you ever think about the possibility of selling  your current home. Some people opt to sell their home to advertiser's that note "We Buy Homes". I don't kno ... Read on »
Can You Improve Your Pacing? by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome As you read this post you will think I am repeating myself. Well, I am. Why? Because I know I struggle with pacing myself and I believe you do too. The experie ... Read on »
CFIDS doesn't just impact the life of the people who have the illness. It affects everyone who... by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I know from my own experience that this illness affects your family, friends and lifestyle. You have to learn to PACE yourself. The main challenge I have found is acceptin ... Read on »
Checking in and continuing to heal by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hi Everyone, Just wanted to say hello and let you know I am still trying to heal. Loosing a spouse is truly difficult. The heartache is difficult to describe. I will never ... Read on »
Checklist: 11 Ways to Ensure Proper Pain Management by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Don't wait until chronic pain is too severe to treat. Pain is easier to prevent than treat. Begin to understand the kinds of medications that you might take if you begin t ... Read on »
Cheer You Up Award by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone! I just started to look at some sites and noticed I was awarded the You Cheer Me Up Award! Wow!!! I know there are many bloggers' tha ... Read on »
Child Safety Tips by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome These tips are for people that have children in their lives. * Talk to your child about safety without making them too scared of people and how to handle themselve ... Read on »
Chronically Ill Unite September 14 to Blog About Invisible Illness Issues by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone, I want to acknowledge this important week and will be reminding people about my tools and tips. Please share your story too. Here is a small capti ... Read on »
Cognitive Behavior Therapy..Is it for You? by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Cognitive behavior therapy is basically used to help people understand their emotions and thoughts. Patients are asked to keep a journal or notebook handy so they can write ... Read on »
Comment Moderation/ Update on Health by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone, There has been some inappropriate information or comments left on my site and I would like to apologize for those individuals who felt the need to le ... Read on »
Comment Moderation/ Update on Health by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone, There has been some inappropriate information or comments left on my site and I would like to apologize for those individuals who felt the need to leave t ... Read on »
Consequence of eating certain foods by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello Everyone, One of the many challenges I deal with is IBS. I have successfully kept it under control and not suffered from IBS symptoms. When I started to eliminate foo ... Read on »
Consider this thought by Viv Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Speak kind words and you will hear kind echoes. Read on »