Advice from Diane


 Taking care of yourself while helping others is a difficult thing to do when you’re in pain.


  • Get organized
  • Make some things about you
  • Get other people out of your way
  • Be yourself around others


These words I have heard my whole life; it’s not about you or is it? We have to take care of ourselves in order to help others

Get Organized

  • Organized your mind— As someone with a chronic illness, you are always busy doing something.
  • I couldn’t stay focus or remember day to day activities, like going to doctor appointments or what time I was supposed to be there.
  • I finally started using my smartphone to help me with everything.

It’s About You

Take time for yourself. As advocates we try and do it all.  

  • Just sit and relax your mind for a few minutes a day.
  • Take a walk around Washington, DC, or read a book. It does wonders.

It took me years to get to this point. I have one hour a day just for me.

Just Stop

Sometimes people can drain you. They seem to take your power away. We have to let them go. 

  • Get rid of these toxic people.
  • We have to take care of our mental and emotional health.
  • Learn how to build resilience to stress and just let it go.

“I am me.”

We are all different. Time for yourself, might be different from what I think. There are people who love being around other people and this relaxes them. I can just walk around Waldorf, MD or Washington, DC and it takes me to another world.

As I said before, it takes time to get into a routine. If you fail the first time, then try it again. None of us are perfect.

We Are in This Together — And Never Alone — Who Is in Your Tribe? 

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