Thursday Health Thoughts: Resources for Young Spoonies

February 28, 2013

Definition of Young Spoonies ("Chronicittles"):
health tips, support, and encouragment for those who are in their twenties and thirties and struggle with chronic illness

As I mentioned last week I wanted to pass on some wonderful resources for "chronicittles" (those who have chronic illnesses in their twenties and thirties). Being diagnosed with a chronic illness at any age can be extremely difficult but for those in their twenties and thirties when life feels like it is just beginning it can bring with it a host of different emotions, feelings, and various issues. I have found my faith in God is what helps me through each day. I am also thankful for the resources that others have suggested to me. It is always encouraging to know that you are not alone. Listed below is in no way an exhaustive list but I hope that you will find the following a helpful! If you have any resources that you could share~ please do in the comment section!

1. "Life Disrupted: Getting Real about Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties" by Laurie Edwards  - This book is wonderful. It is a must read for anyone who has a chronic illness in their twenties and thirties. It is packed full of encouragement and great resources. On the back cover it states: "Reading Life Disrupted is like having a best friend and mentor who truly knows what you're going through". Well stated. While the book came out in 2008, don't disregard it because the concepts are perfect no matter the year. Click HERE to purchase!

2. "Being Sick Well" by Jeffrey H. Boyd. - This book has been such an encouragement and while it is not specifically written for those in their twenties and thirties it will encourage and challenge anyone struggling with chronic illness to find joy despite having a chronic illness. Just a side note it states on Amazon that this book was published in 1868- it wasn't. *smiles* You can find it HERE!

3. "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" by Kris Carr. - She was in her late twenties when she was diagnosed with cancer. Her tips are wonderful no matter the illness. She is great and you can find the book HERE! She also has several other books that I think are phenomenal and you can find them all HERE!

4. "God on Mute" by Peter Grieg. - This book is wonderful especially for those who are struggling with the the silence of God with chronic illness. Grieg shares his wife's story of struggling with severe epilepsy and from the first page you know that this is written by someone who just gets it. you can purchase it HERE!

Chronic Grace Series:
Book #1- 12 Things to Pray (For Yourself, A Loved One, A Spouse, The Parents, The Children, and The Caretakers Dealing With Chronic Health Conditions) 

Book #2- 12 Things to Do (For Yourself, A Loved One, A Spouse, The Parents, The Children, and The Caretakers Dealing With Chronic Health Conditions During the Holiday Season)

If you are looking for all of my books, including those with a focus of Lyme Disease click HERE.