Calling authors who live with a chronic illness!

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One of my 2020 goals for simplychornicallyill is to review 6 books from WordPress bloggers who live with a chronic illness (or three).   Currently, I have two publications on my to-review list,  but I am searching for three more books to read this year.  My first review of 2020 was The Shadow Boxers by Kim Johnson & Karen Anderson and you can find my thoughts here.

So, if you are a chronically ill  and have published a book, or know of a WP blogger who is chronically ill, please send them a link to this post.  All I need is the title of your book and I will purchase it with my own funds, give you a review on this blog, and hopefully help bring more attention to your work.

Thank you in advance for the chance to assist another chronically ill author.


` wendi is author of 3 books and you can check them out here.

living our best life – physical activity

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Welcome friends and thank you very much for stopping by today.  This week my question has to do with physical acitivity.  This is a tough area for many people with chronic illness since there are some that respond poorly to exercise.  No matter what  illness label you hold, fatigue is always a side effect making exercise something that takes a lot will power to overcome the desire to climb back into bed.

We read, watch, and are told that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle which can lead to guilt and disappointment when we cannot participate in the physical activities that we were once able to enjoy.

So, this week’s question is, What physical movement do you participate in? 

Over the years I have been able to do as little as, yay! I walked up and down the stairs today or to the mailbox.  Currently I am able to take my dog on a short walk, walk in the park, get on the treadmill or exercise bike but have discovered that 30 minutes is about my limit or I pay for it the next day.

Please take a moment to share what works for you.  I am sure many of us are looking for new ways to move our bodies.  Thank you!


  • We are not providing any medical advice, only ideas of what works for us.


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Here is my question for all of you, have you ever published your work?

If you have a book that is available to purchase please leave it in the comments below and leave a link to where it can be purchased.

I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into publishing and I want to provide another platform for you to get your work “seen.”

WordPress has such an amazing group of people and I know we all want to help each other and support each other to the best of our abilities.

PLEASE don’t be shy and PLEASE take a moment to look at the messages below to see what your fellow WP bloggers have been ups to.  Thank you so very much!


~ wendi is the author of 2 books, you can view them here, thank you.

summer edition

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I am excited to announce that we have another book available on Amazon, Frugal Seeds Summer Edition, 101 Ways to Enjoy Summer with Your Kids for Little Money.  This was a true labor of love as the ideas inside this e-book are how I have enjoyed summer with my kids through the years.

I would be humbled if you would check it out.  Free to read with KindleUnlimited and 99 cents to download.

we need to have a little fun

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Of course we all want to have fun!  Wouldn’t it be GREAT to feel well enough to really, I mean REALLY enjoy a day out or a hobby or a trip?  I know chronic illness effects people differently, but I am guessing if you are reading this blog, you are more like me, “good days” are few and far between and “good” is a very relative term.

Living with chronic illness is hard and some days, really hard.  It can literally suck the joy out of life.  Always being in pain and putting so much physical effort into doing what needs to be done to make it through the day wears on your soul, making it difficult to find happiness.

Hobbies and recreational activities are so important as it gives us time, outside of our own minds.  They can bring joy, positive thoughts, good memories, self-confidence and feelings of accomplishment.  I know that wading through brain fog, pain and discomfort is extremely unpleasant but it is so important to find just one thing….. something new that you can enjoy, even if it is only on your good or better days.

For those who can’t leave home, endless skills can be learned through the internet.  You can explore how to make different types of ethic food, learn a new language, start a blog or YouTube channel , send cards or letters to someone who could use a pick-me-up, attend a religious service, learn to draw or paint, start a stamp collection, meditate, learn to knit, sew or create a loom hat.

For those of  you who can leave your home you could take a free class at a local library, try yoga or Tai Chi class, go see a play or concert, visit a farmers market, sign-up for a class at a local college, join a book club, visit a park, take a walk down your street or volunteer.

You can bring  positive changes into your life just by adding one new activity that brings you joy.

Until next time…..