Setting Goals or Creating Dreams is Important when Living with a Chronic Illness

2015 Goals Calendar

2015 Goals Calendar

Setting Goals or Creating Dreams is Important when Living with a Chronic Illness

It is so important to have dreams and set goals in life when living with a chronic illness. My dreams have kept me alive and my goals help me to get to where I want to go. I am very fortunate that I was able to receive a 2015 Goal Journal to review. This journal is going to help me focus and stay on target with my goals for the next eighteen months. I want to share with you 10 reasons why it’s important to set goals when living with a chronic condition! You can check out the goal planners here: All Types of Planners Store or Goal Planners Store [Read more…]

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/

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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…]

Six Steps to Build your Self-Esteem and Confidence

Believe In You!

Believe In You!

Six Steps to Build your Self Esteem and Confidence

Many of us are struggling, and many of us are facing challenges. They may be physical, mental or emotional. Maybe you have suffered some kind of loss in your life, your health, a job or maybe friendships. This can have an impact on your self-esteem and confidence which you need in order to heal, improve and enjoy a better quality of life. Confidence and self-esteem make a tremendous difference in your life and the lives of those around you. I have provided some tips that I have found to be helpful to me on building self-esteem and confidence while you are struggling, and I would like to share them with you. [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Commitment

commitment

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Commitment

In my latest post, I shared the importance of having hope when surviving chronic illness. You can read about that here. The seventh quality that is crucial when surviving chronic illness is commitment. Staying committed to your loved ones is a critical component when dealing and healing through chronic illnesses. You need to be committed to stick out the fight for recovery with your loved ones. Commitment helps families get through the toughest of times. [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Hope

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Hope

In a previous blog entry, I discussed the meaning of acceptance. If you’re interested you can learn more about surviving chronic illness through acceptance here. The sixth quality one must consider when surviving chronic illness is hope. If you are left with nothing else, you must then hold on to hope. While I still lingered in my darkest days, I held firmly to hope. It is what kept me moving forward. Maintaining your hopes and dreams during times of trials and tribulations is a vital part of conquering them.
What does hope mean to the person that is living with a chronic illness? [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Acceptance

Acceptance

Alanna Wong writes about surviving trauma through acceptance.

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Acceptance

Today I am continuing my series on the seven qualities needed to survive chronic illness and overcome struggle. The first quality I wrote about is resilience, the second is strength, courage is the third, the fourth is love which brings us to the fifth quality, acceptance.

The fifth quality that a person needs when surviving chronic illness is acceptance from the people around them. Acceptance is extremely important when surviving chronic illness and overcoming a struggle. I never really knew the importance of acceptance until I personally experienced going through a traumatic experience. When you go through a tough time you begin to learn who accepts you and who doesn’t. Learn to appreciate and acknowledge the people who do not judge you in a negative way. Ask yourself, “Am I acknowledging and respecting that person’s kind treatment?” Or am I trying to find acceptance in people who are not able to give me the acceptance that I need.  Keep the ones who accept you close to you. If someone doesn’t accept you during your hardship, it may be time to move on.

So what does acceptance mean?  Acceptance is welcoming. It is letting go of your disappointments. It is seeing the positive. Acceptance is loving the person in the state that they are in and not trying to change or fix them. Acceptance is not blaming. It is not demanding. Acceptance is understanding. Acceptance is inclusion. Acceptance is love. Acceptance is what every person needs especially when going through a traumatic experience. Acceptance is checking in with the person that is struggling. Acceptance is sharing a moment in life together. Acceptance is being kind. Acceptance is having time. Acceptance is approval. Acceptance is sticking around.

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 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/ 

SURVIVING CHRONIC ILLNESS THROUGH LOVE

Surviving trauma through love

Surviving trauma through love

Surviving chronic ilness through love: The fourth quality you need when living with a chronic illness  is love. Without love there would be no healing. This brings me to the question; what is love? Because of having lived with a rare neurological condition for the past 15 years, my definition of love has expanded. Love used to be a warm fuzzy feeling. It used to be happiness. It used to be acceptance. It used to be joy. It used to be laughter. But today it means that and a whole lot more. Love means time. It means giving of your time not for a few minutes or for a few hours but for days, weeks months and years. It means being there for your loved one when they are at their lowest point in life. It means wiping their tears and soothing their pain. It means knowing who your loved one truly is even when no one else does. It means quitting your job to take care of your loved one. It means going to work to take care of your loved one. It means being an advocate for your loved one when he/she isn’t able to advocate for themselves. Love means not giving up on your loved one. [Read more…]

SURVIVING CHRONIC ILLNESS THROUGH COURAGE

SURVIVING CHROcourageNIC ILLNESS THROUGH COURAGE

I want to share with you a third quality that is very important to have when surviving chronic illness-Courage. Surviving chronic illness through courage is a quality that has gotten me through the toughest of times! Everyone possesses courage. Courage can be developed through adversity. I’ve always said it’s not what you go through that makes you the person you are, it’s how you react to the situation that you’re dealt with that makes you the person you are! Courage and Strength go hand in hand. You can read about the quality of strength here in my previous post. [Read more…]

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