Good morning! This past Saturday, I partnered with HealthCentral on launching their Memo to Me project for patients with Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. It was great to meet and chat with the attendees and the wonderful folks at Remedy Health Media! I was also able to shoot a My Story segment for them about my Psoriasis. I'll let you all know when that is ready so you can view it on their website. Huge shoutout to the Remedy Health Media staff Randy, Kristina, Chris and Jens! Below is a photo with two great ladies at the Memo to Me event. Thanks, everyone, for a great day!
Memo to Me is a great way to increase awareness of and help others with your disease. The Memo is al about what you would tell your younger self about your disease, now that you've been living with it. HealthCentral will be curating these into a collection. I'll also let you know when these are available to view. If you have the opportunity to record one at a walk or race to cure, I encourage you to do it. You never know who you may be helping.
On Friday, the online version of the "Psoriasis Advance" article about my husband and me was released. You can read it here. You can subscribe to your own print versions of this great magazine with only a $35 donation to the National Psoriasis Foundation. To subscribe, click the photo below.
And, last but not least, Christmas is almost here. In case you are looking for some last minute gift ideas or someone is still shopping for you, check out my 2015 Spoonie Gift Guide here. Also, my tips for a pain-LESS holiday are here:
1. I rarely shop for holiday gifts in stores, anymore. Although I appreciate the extra walking, most times this is too much for my hips, knees, ankles and feet. I rarely need pain killers, but prolonged walking and standing do it to me every time. I plan ahead, make lists, consult my budget and try to take advantage of sales on opportune shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The sales only get better closer to Christmas, but I need time for things to ship;
2. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards! I no longer hand write my cards and envelopes. At one time I thought photo cards were just for those with children or for the lazy, but no longer! We watch for sales and order photo cards that highlight our personalities or what we've been doing over the past year. We also order coordinated address labels and I print address labels for our recipients. This may be lazy, but helps keep my hand from turning into The Claw; and
3. When I feel fatigue, vocal cord strain or pain coming on, I rest where I can, drink lots of tea with honey, elevate my feet and chill out with a Hallmark channel holiday movie, latest book club selection or take a nap with Chuck Bass, our cat, even if it is only for 20 minutes.