This blog pulls the curtain back on what it's been like to get chemo; but more importantly, it’s a commentary on grief, mental framing, and acknowledging the heavy impact of having a rare and long-lasting illness. This will resonate with anyone who has had to fight the medical system, chase down treatments, and undergo intense treatments that come with no promises! #autoimmuneencephalitis #cytoxan #cyclophosphamide #chemo
Adverse Babyhood Experiences (ABEs) are events such as illness in mother or baby during pregnancy, birth and infancy (preeclampsia / toxemia etc), a difficult or premature birth, birth by cesarean, forceps, vacuum extraction, needing intensive care and incubator care. Such events interfere with bonding and maturation and development of the nervous system. All are risk factors for autoimmune diseases such as Rachel Remen who has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). ABEs are risk factors for other ki
Adverse babyhood experiences (ABEs) Stress and trauma in pregnancy / the womb, at birth and in infancy is a risk factor for chronic illness because it influences the developing nervous system (ANS), immune system and other organs; shaped through epigenetics to affect risk for type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, asthma, autoimmune disease, IBD, ME/CFS, heart disease, high blood pressure / hypertension, thyroid disease. Mead. Chronic Illness Trauma Studies
When people ask 'what is chronic fatigue syndrome', they often think the answer has solely to do with fatigue. However, whilst there is a core set of symptoms, the extended list of symptoms is large and varies between patients.
If you or your loved one has a compromised immune system, it's worth taking the time to learn about #Evusheld. It provides protection against COVID infection for those who don't mount a full response to COVID vaccination. #immunocompromised #covid #protection
Links between chronic illness, trauma and the nervous system explain how life experiences increase our sensitivity to many risk factors for chronic illness to influence our health - these include infections, inflammation, toxins, mold, chemicals, stress and more. ANS, fight, flight, freeze; polyvagal. #autoimmune #chronicillness #me/cfs #ra #rd #ms #ibd #fibromyalgia #parkinson's #alzheimer's #IBD Chronic Illness Trauma Studies (CITS) _Mead
6 Types of Trauma increase risk for chronic disease and affect epigenetics, the nervous system and sensitivity to stress. Adverse life events include ACEs, discrimination, complex PTSD, prenatal stress and multigenerational trauma. Gene-environment interactions, Social nervous system, sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic, ANS, fight, flight, freeze; polyvagal. #autoimmune #chronicillness #me/cfs #ra #rd #ms #ibd #fibromyalgia #parkinson's #alzheimer's #IBD Chronic Illness Trauma Studies (
Adverse Institutional Experiences (AIEs) Tennis star Serena Williams gave birth to Olympia and developed symptoms of pulmonary embolism (clot in lungs). Despite past medical history of PE, recognizing the symptoms she was dismissed. This reflects systemic trauma, unconscious bias, discrimination in medical care - all of which are risk factors for chronic illness #autoimmune #bloodclots #ME/CFS #sjogren's #MS #fibromyalgia #heartdisease_CITS_Mead
While some effects of unresolved trauma include PTSD, hypervigilance, anxiety, fight, flight, freeze, not all effects are psychological. The belief that trauma and chronic illness are psychological is false and out of date. Supportive, nurturing life experiences and safety interact with genes and decrease risk for chronic illness. Help heal effects of trauma that are inherent with being human. #autoimmune #chronicillness #me/cfs #ra #rd #ms #ibd #fibromyalgia #parkinson's #alzheimer's #IBD Chron
Adverse Institutional Experiences (AIEs) Tennis star and Olympic gold medal winner Serena Williams experienced systemic trauma in maternal care after giving birth to her daughter Olympia. Microaggressions, racism, discrimination for gender, religion, color of skin, and more are risk factors for chronic disease. Mead. Chronic Illness Trauma Studies.
Adverse Multigenerational Experiences (AMEs) Supreme court justice Sonia Sotomayor has type 1 diabetes and describers a history of multigenerational trauma in her autobiography My Beloved World. Stress, trauma in our parents and grandparents' lives increase risk for chronic illness - type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, asthma, autoimmune disease, IBD, ME/CFS, heart disease, high blood pressure / hypertension, thyroid disease. Mead. Chronic Illness Trauma Studies