May 22, 2017
Join us on Chronic Chronicles as we welcome Sarah Grathwohl from is the 2017 Featured Partner working with Chronically Awesome to bring you important health information about addiction, what addiction is and is not, what co-occurring conditions are, and much more. Join us on Monday to hear more. We are excited to welcome Sarah, she is an advocate for mental health and addiction treatment.
March 13, 2017
Do you take care of your heart? Do you know what it takes to keep your heart healthy for years to come? If you have not been caring for your heart let's get started so your heart can care for you.
February 27, 2017
It is hard to set boundaries, to say no or to draw that personal line in the sand where you say "that is enough, thank you" or know when to let people in and how to keep people from crowding your space. It is also hard to let the boundaries down and ask for help when you need it. Even harder, when someone offers that help, how do you let your guard down and accept it. It is a lot to talk about because it is a lot to take.
February 20, 2017
Rare Disease Day is February 28th. Join The Chronically Awesome Foundation as we shine a light on those diseases that need more research and funding and help support those patients living with rare disorders.
February 13, 2017
So, you are Chronically Awesome, you tell people that your condition feels like you always have the flu, and then you get the flu. How do you deal with that? How do you avoid that?
February 6, 2017
It has been a long winter break but we are back. Let's talk about what we have been up to, what we will be up to, and then let's have a chat about nutrition and it's importance for the Chronically Awesome.
December 5, 2016
It is hard to deal with difficult people, hard stop. When you are chronically ill feels like the weight of that issue becomes ten times heavier. We are not sure if a person is difficult or if they are being difficult because of their "judgement" or feelings about how our illness impacts the social situations and other aspects of life around us. And maybe they think WE are the difficult people. Sometimes we are. Tough topic at the holiday season.
November 21, 2016
Holidays while Chronically Awesome can be stressful. Today we will talk about ways to pace yourself to better enjoy yourself this holiday season.
November 7, 2016
Do you have a superhero? What superpower do you wish you had? What would you do with your power? What superpowers do you already have?
October 31, 2016
Today we will talk about some ideas to get you through rough times. Depression, pain, irritability, whatever it may be there are ways to "self sooth". Let's work together and come up with the things that help.
October 24, 2016
Why do people do good things? Is kindness hard-wired into the brain, or does this tendency arise via experience? Or is goodness some combination of nature and nurture?
October 17, 2016
Fall is upon us and Winter is coming so how do we prepare for the coming seasonal changes?
October 10, 2016
Did you know that today is World Mental Health Day? #WorldMentalHealth #MentalHealth #FirstAid The theme this year is "Psychological First Aid" Today on our show we will talk about the steps of Psychological First Aid: LOOKLISTENLINK And what you can do to get and give Mental Health First Aid We need Mental Health First Aid after traumatic events, natural disasters, war, and terrorism. Not only the victims of these events may require Mental Health First Aid; first responders and soldiers are often in need of psychological need. When our bodies are broken we never forget first aid, we should never forget that we need first aid for our mental health too!
October 3, 2016
Today is National Day Without Stigma. There are so many illnesses that are shrouded in stigma. Mental Illness, Neuromuscular diseases, any disease that makes us different amongst our peers. Today we will talk about stigma, the impact, and how to simply "GET OVER IT".
September 26, 2016
Some of us have stories about chronic illness that you would never know or understand by simply looking at us. This is Invisible Illness, this is Chronic Illness. Join us to discuss 2016 Invisible Illness Week: This Is Chronic Illness
June 21, 2016
Summer is here and the time is right for getting out and stretching those weary bones. Today we will talk about how to get started and maintain a healthy exercise program that is fun, easy, and safe for the chronically awesome.
June 14, 2016
Sometimes we need to step away and take a beat. Today is one of those days.
May 24, 2016
It is Lupus Awareness Month and time for us to cover lupus! Join us as we discuss this autoimmune disease that impacts 1.5 million Americans.
May 17, 2016
One in Five Americans has a mental health issue. That is a statistic that cannot be ignored. Everyone has someone in their family that has a mental illness yet stigma still exists. Let's bust some stigma today!
May 3, 2016
Today we will talk about Crohn's Disease. The symptoms, diagnosis, and support available for Crohn's patients. The exact cause of Crohn's disease remains unknown. Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications. Today you will learn the facts, and we will dispel some of the stigma causing myths that surround Crohn's and related illnesses.
April 26, 2016
Did you know that doctors diagnose an estimated 3,000 cases of mesothelioma annually in the U.S.? Caused by asbestos exposure, there's no cure for mesothelioma and the outlook is generally poor. Listen as Donna Kay and Jules interview Cara Tampot, social media specialist and friend of The Chronically Awesome Foundation in our relationship with The Mesothelioma Center, our first partner in The Chronically Awesome Partner program.
April 19, 2016
Upcycling, Recycling, Crafting, making the old new and useful again. Today we are going to have some fun by getting our creativity flowing, our clean-up going, and maybe something useful or pretty out of what is already in your house!
April 12, 2016
This autoimmune version of arthritis is chronic and progressive. It is extremely painful. Many think that it has the same symptoms and issues as other arthritis conditions. Today we will discuss the difference between the two.
April 5, 2016
Also called affective disorder, a psychological disorder characterized by the elevation or lowering of a person's mood, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
March 25, 2016
Let's talk about the average day in the life of someone with chronic illness. You may learn that we are not lazy, we do not just lay around, that we are productive #Chronically AWESOME people!
March 18, 2016
With the time change and managing doctors and meds and other difficult time management issues it is time to put your Chronically Awesome skills to work. This week we are going to help you do that.
March 2, 2016
Today on Chronic Chronicles we are talking about #RareDiseases. Why? Because February 29th was #RareDiseaseDay and because there are over 1300 rare diseases which means that men, women, and children all over our nation are living with illnesses that have little or no treatment available to them, few peers, and few doctors that know anything about their illness. Join us at our usual Bat Time and Channel! 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern
January 27, 2016
Being a woman and being #ChronicallyIll has it's own particular set of hurdles and challenges. Today we will discuss the several issues that face being female and #ChronicallyAwesome, from pregnancy to how our cycles impact pain and more to how we are seen differently by health care professionals
January 20, 2016
CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.These statistics seem to be rising, and are a particular risk for the chronically awesome.
January 13, 2016
Exhaustively studied by the NIHM, the sensitive amygdala has been shown to contribute to chronic pain, IBS, anxiety, PTSD and more. The NIH and NIHM have also learned that the amygdala is subject to neuroplasticity -- it can be changed! How? Mindfulness Meditation!
January 6, 2016
Have you ever had anyone tell you to lie about being chronically ill? "Don't tell our family you are sick", "Just say you have the flu, people should not know you are depressed". According to a recent LA Times OP/ED, and something we agree with, "The pressure to report that you're OK when others check in with you is so strong â?? who has time for a real conversation today, especially one about something so unpleasant? â?? that many chronically and invisibly ill people fail to find the support they need." Today we discuss the ramifications of not being you, and the benefits of being you in the face of illness.
December 9, 2015
Piggy Backing on Jules' recent WEGO HAChat and her flight to see Donna Kay, the ladies of Chronic Chronicles will talk about travelling while Chronically Ill. If you have not had a chance to get the transcript of Jules HAChat, we will pin it for you, and elaborate on Jules notes as well as other tips from Donna Kay and around the web.
December 2, 2015
CRPS/RSD is a chronic condition, not a life-threatening one. Living with CRPS/RSD offers many challenges to those who are affected by it. Challenges include difficulties with diagnosis, coping strategies after diagnosis, caregiver concerns, differences in the problems faced by adults and youths, insurance, workmanâ??s compensation and other issues.
November 11, 2015
Thanksgiving is on it's way. Today we are going to talk about giving and receiving: Thanking and Helping. Grateful: feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness. How many times have you been at a restaurant and heard someone grunt at the waitress when she set the plate in front of them? What happened to thank-you notes? What about giving back? Helping others or giving. Did you know that giving back, either by volunteering or donating has both physical and psychological benefits? It's TRUE!!! Let's get on this thing, and let's start today!
November 4, 2015
Happy 150th episode to Donna Kay and Jules! The stages of grief are not something that happen just when you experience the loss of a loved one; you can go through denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance when chronic illness strikes. Today we will discuss the stages of grief, and give you a sixth and final stage: hope.
October 28, 2015
It doesn't matter how you do it, but moving is very important for your Chronically Awesome body. We are going to talk about myriad ways to move that body of yours in a safe way.
October 14, 2015
Does music calm the savage beast of chronic pain? Depression? Anxiety? Can music make you feel more awesome? We think so, and we are going to share some of our music and thoughts with you on the subject.
October 7, 2015
October 4-10 is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the theme is "I Am Stigma Free". How can you be stigma free? Learn the facts about mental health. This week we will help you learn some key facts.
September 30, 2015
It is Invisible Illness Week and we are honored to have Lisa Copen of Rest Ministries with us to discuss Invisible Illness, Invisible Illness Awareness and the Invisible Illness Week movement. Visit for more information.
September 23, 2015
Invisible Illness Week is September 28- October 4th. One of the great traditions of Invisible Illness Week is the 30 Things Meme. The ladies of the chronicles will share part 2 of their 30 things with you this week and talk about why these questions and answers are so important. Join the chat to share your answers and discuss Invisible Illness with us.
September 16, 2015
Invisible Illness Week is September 28- October 4th. One of the great traditions of Invisible Illness Week is the 30 Things Meme. The ladies of the chronicles will share their 30 things with you this week and talk about why these questions and answers are so important. Join the chat to share your answers and discuss Invisible Illness with us.
September 2, 2015
Many Chronically Awesome patients are prescribed Corticosteroids due to their powerful anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties. That is FANTASTIC if that was that. That is however not that, the side-effects of steroids are common complaints amongst even the most awesome of us and include mood swings and weight gain. Today we are going to talk about steroid use for chronic pain and autoimmune disorders and how to cope with the side effects.
August 26, 2015
The kids in school, maybe you are working, he s/o is working, you have doctor appointments and meds to remember, a house to clean and pets to care for. You are not your only commitment. How do you balance being Chronically Awesome and Awesomely Present for the things you must be present for? Let's find out!
August 12, 2015
Do you ever need some extra motivation? A reminder of the date and that the rent is due? Someone to sit with you while you do the laundry so you don't quit? THAT is your accountability partner!
August 5, 2015
We don't always feel like getting up, getting showered, and getting dressed do we? Well, we have a little tip around here, sort of an unwritten rule: get up, and at least get dressed. However, when you are looking good, you are going to feel better. That is why we are here today to talk to you about ways to boost your self esteem, get into a look that is good for you (ladies and gentlemen), and pamper yourself while you are at it. Trust us, you will feel good just listening to us.
July 31, 2015
Who are you? â?ª#â??Authenticityâ?¬ Join us today at 10 AM on the Left Coast/ 1 PM on the "Right" Coast for our â?ª#â??ChronicallyAwesomeâ?¬ Chat Are you living as your authentic self or has something happened (or is something happening) in your life that is forcing you to live in some way that does not allow you to be you? Today we are going to talk about how to take off the mask, how to live your true life, and how living your authentic self will make your life and your health better.
July 24, 2015
Being Chronically Awesome means taking the ill out of Chronic Illness and replacing it with Awesome. Being positive is good for your health. Having a positive attitude is also good for the people around you. No one wants to be around a Debbie Downer! In this episode we will talk about the impact of being positive and the impact of those downers in our lives.
July 17, 2015
What do you do when it all happens at once? When the week really hits the fan and you don't feel like you can make it through? It happened for Donna and Jules this week, now we can tell you what we did so you can use our tools for when it happens to you!
July 8, 2015
What will you do this summer? We have some ideas that won't be too hard on the Chronically Awesome but will keep you going while the weather is fine.This is the time to try and get out and into the sun while you can!
July 1, 2015
" Franklin P. Jones said, â??One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know someone is listening.â?? What Mr. Jones did not realize is that there are times when one gets tired of hearing oneâ??s voice. I would like to explain why. Perhaps in the process I will explain a common and, frankly really f#%*ing annoying misconception of OCD." from WhatTheJules, Confessions of a Reluctant Activist The blog of Jules Shapiro June 30, 2015. Today: OCD, OCD and Intrusive Thoughts, The Common Misconceptions of OCD: Let's do this thing today!
June 24, 2015
Recent events have us thinking: When tragedy strikes and our televisions are non-stop terrible news, how does it impact those of us that are sensitive to triggers such as violence? How do we deal with the fear and anxiety that comes with the repetition of anything from man-made to natural disasters?
June 3, 2015
When something happens out of the blue it can stress anyone out, but we are Chronically Awesome, and stress can impact us more than others. What happens and what can we do about it.
April 8, 2015
Sometimes our family is the best, other times we wish we had more support. Today we will talk about how to work with our family issues and our chronic illness
April 1, 2015
From advances in medical science to wearable technology and apps that record everything from the steps you take and the moves you make, tech is watching you and helping with pain and regenerating or stimulating the things that go ouch or make our hearts skip a beat. Technology is everywhere in health and working to keep the chronically awesome more and more awesome!
March 18, 2015
When you are #ChronicallyAwesome (or, gasp: Chronically Ill) it can be hard to exercise, we get it, we really do. Today we will talk about the challenges, the pain, and give you some creative ideas for exercising with different types of chronic illness.
March 11, 2015
In just over 70 countries around the world, the practice of daylight savings springing forward and falling back has us convinced that two nights a year we are losing or gaining an hour of sleep. The fact is that neither of those two things are really happening, but a whole lot more is going on. Listen up, you will be amazed.
March 4, 2015
On Friday, March 6th at 10AM Pacific/1PM Eastern we will be broadcasting via a Google+ Hangout. We hope you join us. Listen here for topic info and for Jules getting a little weird. Visit for link information on Friday morning. The show will be viewable afterward at
February 25, 2015
Do you procrastinate? Forget to pick-up meds until the last minute or you are out? Don't make necessary follow-up's with your doctor or get those lab tests you were supposed to do? What about bills? Ugh, right? Let's talk about why we do it and how to get on the right track.
February 18, 2015
Today we will continue our Chronic Pain Series with Part 2: Pain Management. With so many laws and complications these days, we will share some of what you can expect in pain management and how to navigate the world of controlled substances; the DEA and the inconsistancies of drug laws. (mic drop)
February 11, 2015
Living with, thriving with, surviving with Chronic Pain
January 28, 2015
Believe it or not, you have become an expert! You have had test A and procedure B, C and X. You also know enough about empathy to write a book. So, when your not chronically ill friend or family member has to have a test or procedure that you have had, or have heard about many, many (many) times, suddenly you find yourself in the position of no longer being the one in need, but the one who can help! HOW AWESOME IS THAT? We think it's #ChronicallyAwesome! Thus our topic: Helping Others:Tests & Procedures #chronicallyawesome
January 14, 2015
â??Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.â?? â?? Shannon L. Alder Recently we lost sportscaster Stuart Scott to cancer. Before he passed he said, " When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live." That made us ask ourselves: What mark do we want to leave on this world while we are here? When I go, I do not want people dwelling on how I went, but how I lived.
January 7, 2015
Are resolutions for you? Are they for anyone? Today we are going to talk about how to get the new year off like a walk in the park instead of that likely destined to fail shot from a canon. You can do anything you set your mind to, it's a matter of how soon you think you need it done! Hint: Have you noticed that it's a New Year's BABY? (baby steps baby steps baby steps)
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