How to Find the Right Doctor When Living With KLS

How to Find the Right Doctor When Living With KLS

Every KLS case is similar yet so different. What may help one person, may not work for another. The brain is so complex not every person’s reaction to a treatment is going to be the same. You may need to experiment with different medications and dosages to help you with your symptoms. That is why it is so important to find a good, compassionate doctor who is right for you. Finding the right doctor needs to be a top priority. Once you find the right doctor that is willing to work with you, your quality of life may improve, your health care will improve, you will feel safe sharing information, and you will know that your doctor cares about you. Finding the right doctor for KLS is not going to be easy. It will take effort and patience. A good way to begin your search is to use information from your current doctor’s experience. If you are seeing a doctor at the moment and are unhappy with the care you are receiving, ask yourself these questions. 1) What do I like about my doctor? 2) What don’t I like about my doctor? 3) What type of environment do I want? Writing down your likes and dislikes will provide you with a good list of what you want in a doctor.

How to Find the Right Doctor When Living With KLS

How to Find the Right Doctor When Living With KLS

Because KLS is rare, it may be difficult to find a doctor who knows about KLS. A good starting point is going to the KLS Foundation website and looking at the Doctors Familiar with KLS page to see if there is a doctor in your area familiar with the disorder. Here is the link: http://klsfoundation.org/doctors-familiar-with-kls/

If there is no one on the doctor’s list in your area, try calling one of the doctors closest to your area from the KLS Foundation’s list and ask for a doctor’s recommendation in your area. Or you could ask if that doctor would be willing to see the KLSer. You could search for a Sleep Specialist or a Neurologist in your area. Many Neurologists and Sleep Specialists are interested in rare conditions and would love the opportunity to work with you. Another suggestion is to ask for referrals in the KLS support groups. You can join the KLS Support group by clicking here: KLS Foundation Facebook Support Group. There may be a KLSer in your area who will know of a doctor familiar with KLS.

Doctors see many patients throughout the day, so you need to be prepared and ready for your appointment. When scheduling your appointment to see a doctor, ask how many minutes your appointment will be. Try to schedule enough minutes to get through all your concerns. Be prepared with a list of questions you want answered. An example might be, “What medication can relieve this symptom?” Be prepared to write down important points. Ask the doctor to write down any treatments, symptoms, medications, etc. you may want to research for yourself so that you can decide if that is the approach you would like to take. Having someone with you at your appointment is very important. That person will be your second set of ears and will be able to catch things you may have missed. Remember-you are the expert on KLS. You know your symptoms, your body, and your experiences. The doctor knows treatments. After you decide on a treatment together with your doctor, be sure to evaluate how that treatment is working. Stay on top of your medical decisions and be proactive in your care.

I hope you found this post helpful! If you did, please leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!

With Love,

Alanna

P.S. If you haven’t purchased the Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) Guidebook, you can do so here: http://alannawonglife.com/shop/klsguidebook/ 

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N-StyleID Medical ID Band Giveaway!

N-Style ID

N-Style ID

Medical ID alert bands can be considered as one of the most helpful tools that an individual suffering from a medical condition can have. It can show others that the wearer is suffering from a specific health condition. N-Style ID bracelets are the most popular type of medical ID alert band that can be found in today’s world. Many people are aware about the fact that a medical ID bracelet can save the life of a person, and it is helpful for a person living with a condition to have a medical ID band! I have teamed up with N-StyleID.com to giveaway a credit of $75! You can enter the contest below! Keep reading on to learn more about N-Style ID.

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The medical ID bracelets at N-StyleID.com are available as men’s bracelets, women’s bracelets teens bracelets and kids’ bracelets. Therefore there is something for everyone in their collection of medical ID alert bands. Why do you need to purchase medical ID alert bands from N-Style ID? The medical ID bracelet has the ability to hold all the important information about your condition. There is a wide range of bracelets to choose from. There are sleek, modern, casual, fashionable, fun, hip, and classy bracelets to choose from! There is a medical bracelet for every occasion! The medical ID bracelets are made out of stainless steel and other related materials. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about their look or durability. And the prices are very reasonable! Everyone can afford a band from N-Style ID! The bracelets come with FREE engraving which is a huge bonus when purchasing a Medical ID band. N-Style ID also makes bands for non-medical people. If you are going on vacation and taking your kids, it would be smart to pick out one of their non-medical ID bands so that if anything were to happen, they have contact information on their stylish ID bracelet. Check out their kids selection of bands here: http://www.n-styleid.com/children.html

N-Style ID

N-Style ID

More than 100 million people in the U.S. alone live with a chronic condition! Medical ID bracelets play an important role in society and every person who has an illness could benefit by purchasing one. N-Style ID is the perfect place to shop for medical ID alert bands, and you can purchase from them without any hesitation. I hope you choose N-Style ID when purchasing your medical bands/ID bands! If you haven’t already entered the contest at the top of this page, be sure to do so! It’s your chance to win a $75 credit to N-Style ID! Good luck! Also, be sure to connect with N-Style ID via social media if you haven’t already done so! The following are their social media channels: BlogFacebook. Pinterest. Twitter. Google Plus.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

With Love,

Alanna Wong

7 Tips to help with sensitivity to light and noise

tips7 Tips to help with sensitivity to light and noise

There are many chronic conditions in this world. In a recent centers for disease control and prevention article, they stated that “As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—have one or more chronic health conditions. One of four adults has two or more chronic health conditions.” You can read the full article here: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/ I know that my condition comes with sensitivity to noise and light. I’ve also heard of other chronic conditions experiencing symptoms of sensitivity to noise and light too. I want to share with you some tips that I have found to be helpful coping with these symptoms.

Watch TV and movies with subtitles if you are sensitive to noise. When I was ultra-sensitive to noise, my caregiver (my mom) would set the TV to where she would watch it with subtitles. That helped keep my brain quiet and she was still able to watch TV. It’s important to keep your mind calm and quiet when dealing with sensitivities to noise.

Identify your triggers. You may only be bothered by certain noises, so it’s important to know your triggers. Whether its programs with suspenseful music or big crowds of people, you will need to know what noises bother you so you can limit them. Do your best to limit and avoid the types of noises that are triggers.

When going outside, where sunglasses. If you are sensitive to the light, it is critical to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. I am giving away a free pair of black polarized Bamboo Hybrid Sunglasses. You can enter to win them here: Polarized Sunglass Giveaway – 2 Winners and here: Brand Name Sunglasses/Prescription Glasses Giveaway – 8 Winners! 

Keep your cell phone on vibrate. Instead of having a ringer, you can put your cell phone on vibrate. This will help limit the noise.

Draw the curtains. During the day, the sun can get very bright in some homes. If it gets bright and you are sensitive to light, it’s helpful to draw the curtains so that you do not have a sun glare.

Be honest. If your symptoms are acting up and you are with others, it’s best to be honest. Explaining your situation will most likely be of benefit to you because the people around you can be more sensitive and understanding. People may not understand you facial reactions to the stimulation around you. Just being in the sunlight can cause my eyes to tear.

Don’t have multiple things on at once. When you are home by yourself, or in the car, you have complete control over the noises, so be sure to limit them. Don’t have the TV and music on at the same time. Limit your noise. Focus on one thing at a time instead of having multiple noises and devices on. It will lead to a more peaceful and quiet environment.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment below with any other tips you have if you are sensitive to noise and light! And be sure to enter to win a pair of sunglasses here: Polarized Sunglass Giveaway – 2 Winners and here: Brand Name Sunglasses/Prescription Glasses Giveaway – 8 Winners! 

With Love,

Alanna Wong

5 Reasons Why You Should Track Your Progress When Living With Chronic Illness

Track Your Progress

Track Your Progress

5 Reasons Why You Should Track Your Progress When Living With Chronic Illness

It is so important to track your progress and milestones when living with a chronic illness. Whether you decide to track your treatment plan, health, fitness, emotional well-being, food intake, etc., tracking your progress will be beneficial to you and your health. Below I share with you 5 reasons why tracking your progress is so important! I also have a surprise for you in this article so be sure to read the whole article!

Tracking your progress will let you know if your plan is working for you. This will help you be able to tell over time if something is helping you in your health or making things worse. If your plan is not working, you will be able to make changes. You want to know if something is helping you or making you worse and the only way to know is to track it.

Tracking your progress shows you how far you have come since tracking your first goal. Seeing your progress and how far you have come since setting a goal gives you an instant boost of confidence!

Tracking your progress helps you stay focused on the positives instead of negatives. It is very common to forget your milestones if you do not keep track of them. Keeping a log of your progress will help you reach your milestones. Tracking your progress will show you what you have accomplished so far! Seeing what you have accomplished will make you feel good about your progress! Misfit is a great way to help you stay focused on your health and fitness goals. I am giving away a free Misfit tracker to help you keep track of your goals. You can enter the contest here: http://woobox.com/z67oms

Tracking your progress tells you what is helping you the most. When you track your progress you are able to know what is helping you most and what isn’t. You can then eliminate what isn’t helping and stick with what is helping you.

Tracking your progress keeps you motivated. Tracking your progress keeps you motivated to keep going! When you see your successes, it makes you want to work that much harder to attain your next milestone!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Please comment below to let me know you were here! If you would like a personal activity and sleep monitor that is stylish, enter here: http://woobox.com/z67oms

With Love,

Alanna Wong

 

 

2015 Hypersomnia Conference

2015 Hypersomnia Conference

2015 Hypersomnia Conference

2015 Hypersomnia Conference

I am so pleased to announce that the Hypersomnia Foundation is hosting the 2015 Hypersomnia Conference! The theme of the conference is, “Building Our Future Together!”  I am honored to be speaking about KLS at the conference!

The conference will be held on Friday July 17, 2015 – Saturday July 18, 2015 at Emory Conference Center Hotel. Emory Conference Center Hotel is located at 1615 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.  Tickets are on sale NOW!  To register, click on the following link: http://www.hypersomniafoundation.org/about-us/annual-hypersomnia-conference/2015-hypersomnia-conference/

See video below:

Please share this event with anyone you know that could benefit from this event! And be sure to “like” the Hypersomnia Foundation Facebook Page if you haven’t already done so. You can “like” the page here: https://www.facebook.com/Hypersomniafoundation Thank you to Jenn Beard, Chair of the conference committee for the 2015 Hypersomnia Conference, for the information! 

With Love,

Alanna Wong

12 Tips for Living With Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS)

Living With KLS12 Tips for Living With Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS):

Environment: Create a physical environment that promotes safety and reduces fear. The goal is to promote feelings of security and belonging for the KLSer. Try to keep the environment very quiet with minimal stimulation. Some ideas for the caregivers are to: 1) put your phones on silent. 2) Draw the blinds so that it is not bright in the room. 3) Watch television with closed captioning so that there is no noise. 4) Let the KLSer sleep. Avoid trying to wake him/her up or keep him/her awake. KLSers need their sleep. 5) Make sure the KLSer stays hydrated.  [Read more…]

Living Bold Despite Living With KLS!

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support!

Living Bold Despite Living With KLS! 

I am blessed to have such an amazing support system! Gratefully, I have gone from not having many friends to building a community of supportive people! I thrive on their messages of strength and hope. I have recently entered a contest for people living bold despite living with a health ailment. If you have a moment, do you mind voting for me? I would so appreciate your vote! You can “vote” for me once a day through August 8th. You can vote here: http://woobox.com/9v5v9b/vote/for/4216554Through my journey, I have discovered that when you give, you receive and if you ask, you shall receive. I am grateful for the people I am connected to! Thank you! 

 

 

With Love,

Alanna

P.S. If you haven’t read the introductory section of my book about my 15 year battle with Kleine-Levin Syndrome, you can read it here: http://alannawonglife.com/real-life-sleeping-beauty/ 

Alanna Wong Featured On Invisible Disabilities Association Non-Profit Website

Invisible Disabilities Association

Invisible Disabilities Association

I am honored to be a part of the Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) community! I connected recently with Wayne Connell, Founder of IDA and his wife Sherri. I am grateful that we have crossed paths! I love IDA’s mission: “The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.” I am honored to be an Invisible Disabilities Association Guest Blogger for their website and to have joined the IDC Welcome Team! Through my journey, I have discovered that when you give, you receive. I am grateful for the blessings in my life and the inspiring individuals I am connected to! My most recent blog post on IDA’s website is about sharing your illness openly. You can read the article here: http://invisibledisabilities.org/invisible-no-more/sharing-illness-others-alanna-wong/

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did enjoy it, please share it with your friends and leave a comment below! I love hearing from you!

All the best,

Alanna Wong

P.S. If you haven’t checked out The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA)’s I encourage you to do so here: https://www.facebook.com/InvisibleDisabilities

“Imagine” by: Alanna Wong

Imagine

Imagine

“Imagine” by: Alanna Wong

Imagine if we never left a fallen family member behind.

Imagine if we see someone where they are in the exact moment and not where we expect them to be.

Imagine if we show others compassion by putting ourselves in their shoes.

Imagine if we love each other unconditionally and not just show our love when it’s convenient for us.

Imagine if we forgive ourselves for our wrongdoings and we forgive the people that have hurt us.

Imagine if we accepted all ailments in this world even if it’s an illness we can’t see.

Imagine if we just did one of these things how much better the world would be!=

You belong! Let’s start with acceptance!

Share this video with your friends and family members if you or someone you know needs acceptance! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did enjoy it, please leave a comment below! I love hearing from you!

All the best,

Alanna Wong

p.s. If you haven’t read the introductory section of my book about my 13 year battle with Kleine-Levin Syndrome, you can read it here: http://alannawonglife.com/real-life-sleeping-beauty/ 

 

Value Your Loved Ones

Value Your Loved Ones

Value Your Loved Ones

Value Your Loved Ones: 

Have you ever asked yourself why you should value your loved ones? There are many reasons to be given, but I would like to share the most important, and especially, why you also need to be there for them when they need you the most.

Life is a journey of ups and downs. Therefore, it’s completely normal for your loved ones to have you as someone they can count on when the going gets tough. This is a good time for you to show what a good friend you are, as it would hurt them to see you turn your back when they need you. A good way to show that you value them is by staying close and helping them out. It can be challenging for you to stay committed and not walk out, but it also would break them apart to see you turn your back; therefore, you shouldn’t just walk away.

They need you to keep believing. I recently read a quote that says: “We live in a society where too many people make family a disposable commodity”, and I think the quote couldn’t be any truer in today’s society. Unfortunately many people with life struggles are being left behind and not supported in the way they need to and should be. You really must be there when it’s important because it shows you value them.  [Read more…]

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