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Holiday Survival Guide for Chronic Illness Sufferers!

The holidays can be a joyous time for so many.  Those that suffer from chronic illness can find the holidays overwhelming.  Every day is a struggle just to survive and then the pressure of everything surrounding the holidays starting from Thanksgiving till New Year’s can cause an already depressed chronically ill person to be devastated.  They know they can’t keep up and do everything that they would like to with their families and friends.  It’s not that a chronic ill person is antisocial; they just don’t have the energy to do day to day things and the holiday’s puts enormous pressure on the person who can barely make it through each day. 

Here is A Survival List for Those Who Suffer from Chronic Illness.

  • Learn and discipline yourself to pace yourself. You do not have to keep up with every activity that is going on.  Do things at your own pace.  If you can’t do something tell yourself that it’s okay and let it go.
  • Plan ahead. Write out a list of events coming up and carefully analyze what is a priority and what is not.  From there you can decide what you want to do the most.  Do not be persuaded by others that you have to do something.  Think for yourself and know that again whatever decision you make is right for you.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you would like to cook something special, but do not have the energy to do so ask a friend or family member to help you prepare your special dish.  If you have trouble walking do not hesitate to ask someone to help move you with a wheelchair.  There’s nothing wrong with being in a wheelchair.  If sitting up for long periods of time tires you do not be afraid to ask if you can lie down and rest for a while.  Whatever you need ask for help.
  • Be realistic. Know your limitations.  Do not attempt to do something that is beyond your physical capabilities.  Many people who are chronically ill have trouble with this concept.  They want to still be able to do the things they used to.  You don’t have to.  Look at your life realistically.
  • Get enough sleep or rest. The winter months can be hard on a chronically ill person to begin with and you need to make sure you get adequate sleep or rest.  Remember you do not have to make excuses or apologize to anyone for your loss of energy.  Always be yourself and people will either accept it or they will reject it, but what they think is really none of your business.  You live what is right for you.
  • Eat real food. Processed and foods filled with chemicals are not good for an already chronically ill body.  It’s tempting to eat lots of the holiday goodies, and it’s okay to have some, but keep it to a small amount.  You need all the strength you can get and do your best to eat whole healthy foods.  Protein foods increase your energy.  Remember carbohydrates bring down the energy. 
  • Shop online! One of the best inventions in the world has been the Internet for shopping.  Amazon Prime can be a godsend for those who are chronically ill.  You can have packages sent direct to your loved ones and be wrapped with a note from you.  Think of all the energy you save by doing this.  Also it saves on car usage and gasoline.  If you want you can have your purchases sent to you and have the fun of wrapping and decorating the packages how you would like to.  This is one of the fun projects you can do that gives you enjoyment and you can do it at your own pace!
  • Do not feel guilty! Because you cannot do all the things you want to and you may not be able to attend an event that is important to a family member or friend, do not let it get you down.  Do not feel guilty.  You have a chronic illness and you are doing the very best that you can.  Say out loud every day “I Am Doing the Best I Can” and eventually you will start believing it and not feel guilty when you have to say no.
  • Stretch your muscles. You may not be able to exercise, but you can stretch your muscles and that will help keep them limber.  Before you get out of bed each morning take time to stretch all of your muscles.  This is going to help you move better than normal.  If it’s possible do some light walking, but if you cannot stretching your muscles is going to improve your circulation.  Also it’s very important that every morning you do 5 minutes of deep breathing exercises.  Deep breathing increases the oxygen in the body and the brain and will help you to feel better.  It can reduce depression.  So remember breathe!
  • Learn to say NO! There is nothing wrong with saying no I cannot do this or that.  People may not understand, but that is their problem.  You have to realize what’s important for you and do not feel obligated to do something when you know that you cannot.  Doing this is going to empower you in your chronic illness and believe it or not people will start to respect the fact that you cannot do something.  No is a powerful word.  Use that power.
  • Listen To Music! Music speaks to the soul and can help you feel peaceful and relaxed.  Choose whatever music makes you feel good.  It can be Christmas music, classical music, or rock and roll.  Let the music take you to different places!  This is a great way to relax and enjoy the season.

I know that these tips will help you get through the holidays better than ever before.  The reason I know is I live with chronic illness and I’ve had to learn to do these things throughout my journey in life.

I wish you the very best holiday ever!

If you need encouragement and help contact me and I will give you guidance that will give you the tools you need to move forward during the holiday season.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

A Message for Spiritual Workers with Illnesses

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Recently I posted a message about spirit guides.  From that I have received many messages from other spiritual workers who expressed how they’re going through health issues, yet, they are still able to receive messages from their spirit guides. They are afraid to admit publicly that they are sick because they know the perception of them would be changed.

I believe that the world has a distorted view of people who are sick or chronically ill.  The world perceives chronically ill people as weak minded and even feeble.  That is not the case for so many.  It has been proven in medical studies that people who suffer from many hidden illnesses such as Fibromyalgia are Type A Personalities.  Type A means people who are extremely driven and self motivated.

For myself I have been self motivated throughout my life.  My parents were hard workers and my father was a successful small business entrepreneur.  I got my strong work ethic from them.  My father taught me lessons the hard way.  When I was eighteen years old he wanted me to start doing outside sales for his aerospace business.  I asked him how to do it because I had no clue and he said figure it out yourself.  So I proceeded to do that, and I brought him in large contracts from the military and private businesses.  That was how I became self motivated.  I enjoyed figuring things out myself.

I began to study metaphysics 35 years ago and always had psychic gifts.  I did not understand what I had until I started learning from metaphysics and developing my gifts.  Eventually I began working as a professional psychic and spiritual advisor.  My business grew steadily over the years even though I was bedridden due to an accident and had many chronic conditions such as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, Cystitis, and many others.

Over the past few years the economy has taken a big nose dive and only large companies seem to be profiting.  More small businesses are closing now than ever in history.  The small business person is being pushed out and that’s not good for the world.

All of this has affected my small business.  I’ve always kept my prices low for my readings, because I did not feel comfortable charging large sums because I understand how hard it is for so many people financially and I felt that I would serve them best, when they need help, by keeping my pricing low.

Now large corporate owned psychic businesses put out great advertising and there’s no way a small entrepreneur can compete with that sort of advertising dollar.  It has brought my business way down..  If I could go out and attend psychic fairs I would have a great deal of business.  I am limited strictly to the Internet.  I work all the time on social media such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, etc. with minimal results in terms of sales.  I have a large following and I know that people depend upon the messages that I deliver daily, but it has not translated into large sales.

Not a day goes by that I don’t receive a message from an individual from one of the social media’s telling me how much I have changed their lives and we have never spoken. This is what keeps me motivated.

If I was not bedridden I would get up and do any type of work available — be it cleaning houses or lawn mowing.  Unfortunately that is not possible as I have to pay people to take care of me.

My point in telling my story is that I do have spiritual gifts that I have used to help people for many years and having a chronic illness does not diminish this spiritual gift.  I find that I live more in the spirit world than I do in this third dimensional world.  I believe that most people who are spiritually gifted and suffer from physical problems tend to be more in spirit, as this is what sustains us.  So if you encounter a spiritual person who has chronic illnesses do not think that they cannot help you.  Their gifts come from a higher source.

I make it look easy lying in bed.  It’s not.  The monitor hangs over my head and it takes all my strength to work the mouse and keyboard.

I make it look easy lying in bed. It’s not. The monitor hangs over my head and it takes all my strength to work the mouse and keyboard.

I believe that what I have gone through has been for my spiritual growth.  I never would have known who I really was If everything would have gone smoothly in my life.  The challenges that I face would flatten most people and I keep going.

To all of you spiritual workers with chronic illness — Do Not Feel You Are Not Helping Others Because You Are – Far More Than You Know.  Keep going my friends.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

Visit me at: CherokeeBillieSpiritualAdvisor.com

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month!

may-12May 12 is the designated Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.  Throughout the month of May please share awareness about Fibromyalgia.  Several years ago Fibromyalgia was a disability categorized as “psychological”. Now it is recognized as a very real physical condition that affects every aspect of a person’s life.

It’s hard to understand how it feels to be told you are mentally having a problem when your body will not perform what you are asking it to do. How can that possibly be mental? Patients were, in effect, being told it was “all in your head.” I went through this with people I knew once I became unable to function because of Fibromyalgia.  Everyone wants to tell you that you just need to get up and do something and you will feel better.  They don’t understand you barely have the strength to make it to the bathroom and back. It is often hard to get emotional support from your family and friends.

Fortunately, the medical field has produced enough research to re-classify it as a true physical disability that is often paired with studies and treatments for arthritis and rheumatism. No longer can people say that it is in your head.

Fibromyalgia basically means pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It affects mostly women and up to 4% of the general population.

People with FMS have the additional stress and frustration in their lives of trying to explain (all the time) why today they can do almost anything and the next day they can barely get out of bed. Depression is a frequent side-effect of FMS and who can question it? Living with a body-wide toothache-like pain constantly is something only fellow sufferers can truly understand.

Niagara Falls will be PURPLE from 10:15 to 10:30 PM EST May 12th for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. You can watch this event live by Clicking Here

I have made a video showing what my life is like daily living as a bedridden invalid because of Fibromyalgia and an accident to my hips. Please watch this video because I believe it’s more powerful then words alone.

I need your support more than ever.  Find out why by Clicking Here

My prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this condition as I understand it well having lived with it for over 40 years. Please spread the word and let the world know about Fibromyalgia.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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A Message for Spiritual Workers with Illnesses

A Message for Spiritual Workers with Illnesses. Click Picture To Read Article

Recently I posted a message about my spirit guides.  From that I have received many messages from other spiritual workers who expressed how they’re going through health issues, yet, they are still able to receive messages from their spirit guides.

I believe that the world has a distorted view of people who are sick or chronically ill.  The world perceives chronically ill people as weak minded and even feeble.  That is not the case for so many.  It has been proven in medical studies that people who suffer from many hidden illnesses such as Fibromyalgia are Type A Personalities.  Type A means people who are extremely driven and self motivated.

For myself I have been self motivated throughout my life.  My parents were hard workers and my father was a successful small business entrepreneur.  I got my strong work ethic from them.  My father taught me lessons the hard way.  When I was eighteen years old he wanted me to start doing outside sales for his aerospace business.  I asked him how to do it because I had no clue and he said figure it out yourself.  So I proceeded to do that, and I brought him in large contracts from the military and private businesses.  That was how I became self motivated.  I enjoyed figuring things out myself.

I began to study metaphysics 34 years ago and always had psychic gifts.  I did not understand what I had until I started learning from metaphysics and developing my gifts.  Eventually I began working as a professional psychic and spiritual advisor.  My business grew steadily over the years even though I was bedridden due to an accident and had many chronic conditions such as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, Cystitis, and many others.

Over the past few years the economy has taken a big nose dive and only large companies seem to be profiting.  More small businesses are closing now than ever in history.  The small business person is being pushed out and that’s not good for the world.

All of this has affected my small business.  I’ve always kept my prices extremely low for my readings, because I did not feel comfortable charging large sums because I understand how hard it is for so many people financially and I felt that I would serve them best, when they need help, by keeping my pricing low.

Now large corporate owned psychic businesses put out great advertising and there’s no way a small entrepreneur can compete with that sort of advertising dollar.  It has brought my business to an almost complete standstill.  If it was not for old clients I would have no business.  I work all the time on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus 1, etc. with minimal results in terms of sales.  I have a large following and I know that people depend upon the messages that I deliver, but it has not translated into large sales.

Because of this impact and the will to survive I turned to asking for donations.  This has been the most humiliating thing I have ever done.  Believe me I am not happy about it, but if it was not for the donations I have received I would not be here now still delivering messages.  I much more prefer making money through my work.

If I was not bedridden I would get up and do any type of work available be it cleaning houses or lawn mowing.  Unfortunately that is not possible as I have to pay people to take care of me.

My point in telling my story is that I do have spiritual gifts that I have used to help people for many years and having a chronic illness does not diminish this gift.  I find that I live more in the spirit world than I do in this third dimensional world.  I believe that most people who are spiritually gifted and suffer from physical problems tend to be more in spirit, as this is what sustains them.  So if you encounter a spiritual person who has chronic illnesses do not think that they cannot help you.  Their gifts come from a higher source.

I believe that what I have gone through has been for my spiritual growth.  I never would have known who I really was If everything would have gone smoothly in my life.  The challenges that I face would flatten most people and I keep going.  That is my message to all of you spiritual workers who like me suffer from chronic illness.  Do not feel you are not helping others because you are – far more than you know.  Keep going my friends.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

If you have questions you need answered please contact me at CherokeeBillie.com

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month!

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month! Click picture for article
May 12 is the designated Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Throughout the month of May please share awareness about Fibromyalgia. Several years ago Fibromyalgia was a disability categorized as “psychological”. Now it is recognized as a very real physical condition that affects every aspect of a person’s life.

It’s hard to understand how it feels to be told you are mentally having a problem when your body will not perform what you are asking it to do. How can that possibly be mental? Patients were, in effect, being told it was “all in your head.” I went through this with people I knew once I became unable to function because of Fibromyalgia. Everyone wants to tell you that you just need to get up and do something and you will feel better. They don’t understand you barely have the strength to make it to the bathroom and back. It is often hard to get emotional support from your family and friends.

Fortunately, the medical field has produced enough research to re-classify it as a true physical disability that is often paired with studies and treatments for arthritis and rheumatism. No longer can people say that it is in your head.

Fibromyalgia basically means pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It affects mostly women and up to 4% of the general population.

People with FMS have the additional stress and frustration in their lives of trying to explain (all the time) why today they can do almost anything and the next day they can barely get out of bed. Depression is a frequent side-effect of FMS and who can question it? Living with a body-wide toothache-like pain constantly is something only fellow sufferers can truly understand.

I have made a video showing what my life is like daily living as a bedridden invalid because of Fibromyalgia and an accident to my hips. Please watch this video because I believe it’s more powerful then words alone.

I need your support more than ever. Click Here For More Information.

Niagara Falls will be PURPLE from 10:15 to 10:30 PM EST May 12th for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. You can watch this event live by Clicking Here

My prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this condition as I understand it well having lived with it for over 40 years. Please spread the word and let the world know about Fibromyalgia.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie
CherokeeBillie.com

Evolution of Fibromyalgia Awareness

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