Laughter is the Best Medicine
In the first issue of The Pillow Fort Magazine:
- 46 beautiful, individually designed pages
- 19 submissions (articles, photography, comics and more) from young people around the world with chronic illnesses
- Just some of the things inside: travelling with chronic illness; improving your mornings; yoga stretches; adjusting to temporary remission; the effects of invisible illness; the fantasy of fresh starts; and readjusting dreams.
This magazine has been several months in the making and I’m confident it won’t disappoint!
Get your copy here and please share widely! 

In the first issue of The Pillow Fort Magazine:

- 46 beautiful, individually designed pages

- 19 submissions (articles, photography, comics and more) from young people around the world with chronic illnesses

- Just some of the things inside: travelling with chronic illness; improving your mornings; yoga stretches; adjusting to temporary remission; the effects of invisible illness; the fantasy of fresh starts; and readjusting dreams.

This magazine has been several months in the making and I’m confident it won’t disappoint!

Get your copy here and please share widely! 

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Finally find medication that works… Allergic to it.”]
I jumped through all my insurance company’s hoops and finally got to try Lyrica for my fibromyalgia!  It started working and I felt better than I had in years - I was so excited; I felt like I had a new lease on life.  Then my face exploded in hives.  My doctor had to prescribe me cortisone before I could even wash my face again…

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Finally find medication that works… Allergic to it.”]

I jumped through all my insurance company’s hoops and finally got to try Lyrica for my fibromyalgia!  It started working and I felt better than I had in years - I was so excited; I felt like I had a new lease on life.  Then my face exploded in hives.  My doctor had to prescribe me cortisone before I could even wash my face again…

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Too depressed to do homework/Overdue homework triggers depression”]

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Too depressed to do homework/Overdue homework triggers depression”]

The Pillow Fort Magazine - a new magazine for young people with chronic illnesses.
Would you like to write for The Pillow Fort magazine? 
First issue theme: New Beginnings
First issue deadline: 14th December 2013
Please share widely!
www.thepillowfort.co.uk/magazine.pdf

The Pillow Fort Magazine - a new magazine for young people with chronic illnesses.

Would you like to write for The Pillow Fort magazine? 

First issue theme: New Beginnings

First issue deadline: 14th December 2013

Please share widely!

www.thepillowfort.co.uk/magazine.pdf


[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “New symptoms appear… the day after a doctors appointment.”]

Every time. Then I’m left wondering if I should make a new appointment or just hope it goes away on its own.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “ASK CHEMIST HOW MUCH NEW MEDS WILL COST / GET CHARGED DIFFERENT AMOUNT ANYWAY”]
Me: Hi, can you tell me how much this prescription will cost before you make it up?
Chemist: Sure. That one will be $36.90 or if you want a generic brand it’ll be $21.10.
Me: Thanks, I’ll take the generic brand.
When I come back to pick it up…
Chemist: Ok, that’s $36.90.
Me: Oh, sorry, I asked for the generic brand.
Chemist: This one is actually just like the generic brand…
Me: Yeah, but you said the generic brand would be $21.10.
Chemist: This is for three boxes. Your prescription has special approval for three boxes.
Me: What? I know it’s for three boxes. I asked how much it would be and you said it was $21.10 for the generic brand. I asked for the generic brand.
Chemist: You have a special prescription for three boxes.
Me: I know. That’s why I asked how much it would be.
Chemist: It’s $36.90.
Me: …Ok, I guess.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “ASK CHEMIST HOW MUCH NEW MEDS WILL COST / GET CHARGED DIFFERENT AMOUNT ANYWAY”]

Me: Hi, can you tell me how much this prescription will cost before you make it up?

Chemist: Sure. That one will be $36.90 or if you want a generic brand it’ll be $21.10.

Me: Thanks, I’ll take the generic brand.

When I come back to pick it up…

Chemist: Ok, that’s $36.90.

Me: Oh, sorry, I asked for the generic brand.

Chemist: This one is actually just like the generic brand…

Me: Yeah, but you said the generic brand would be $21.10.

Chemist: This is for three boxes. Your prescription has special approval for three boxes.

Me: What? I know it’s for three boxes. I asked how much it would be and you said it was $21.10 for the generic brand. I asked for the generic brand.

Chemist: You have a special prescription for three boxes.

Me: I know. That’s why I asked how much it would be.

Chemist: It’s $36.90.

Me: …Ok, I guess.

bunnika:

So recently I did a thing. It’s a play on the whole “Live Fast, Die Young” deal. I am happy with the thing.


My friend drew this a while back for me when chronic illness cat was getting me through the roughest days. 

oh mY GOD THIS IS SO CUTE!!!!

My friend drew this a while back for me when chronic illness cat was getting me through the roughest days. 

oh mY GOD THIS IS SO CUTE!!!!

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Try to watch meteor shower. Unsure if streak of light is shooting star or visual anomaly from brain damage.”]
I had a 5cm benign brain tumor removed in January. I’m recovering well, but there was definitely some brain damage, especially in my visual processing. The entire world has a drop shadow now.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Try to watch meteor shower. Unsure if streak of light is shooting star or visual anomaly from brain damage.”]

I had a 5cm benign brain tumor removed in January. I’m recovering well, but there was definitely some brain damage, especially in my visual processing. The entire world has a drop shadow now.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Cant’ tell if chest pain is heartache or actual chest pain”]
my girlfriend broke up with me two days ago and I’ve been having this problem since then. It doesn’t feel like my normal chest pain, but I can’t tell if it’s a new symptom or if this is just what heartache feels like.
Whatever it is it sucks.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Cant’ tell if chest pain is heartache or actual chest pain”]

my girlfriend broke up with me two days ago and I’ve been having this problem since then. It doesn’t feel like my normal chest pain, but I can’t tell if it’s a new symptom or if this is just what heartache feels like.

Whatever it is it sucks.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat. Text reads: “Involuntary muscle spasms? You need an MRI. Now lie absolutely still…”]
I’m not sure what’s wrong, so I don’t even know if it’s chronic for me, but I figure enough people with involuntary movements would have this experience that it’s worth putting out there.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat. Text reads: “Involuntary muscle spasms? You need an MRI. Now lie absolutely still…”]

I’m not sure what’s wrong, so I don’t even know if it’s chronic for me, but I figure enough people with involuntary movements would have this experience that it’s worth putting out there.

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: Feeling well enough to sort through bills and write checks? Prednisone Hand Tremor kicks in.]

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: Feeling well enough to sort through bills and write checks? Prednisone Hand Tremor kicks in.]

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Hold on, I just need to clear my throat… Spend next five hours coughing up lung fluid.”]
As soon as I feel that rattle in my chest I know I’m in for a long night…

[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Hold on, I just need to clear my throat… Spend next five hours coughing up lung fluid.”]

As soon as I feel that rattle in my chest I know I’m in for a long night…

mochakimono:

Not swallowing the medication fast enough and you get the full taste

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