Volunteer with Chicago Bridge Project! Come meet & speak with our fellow Chicagoans who are currently homeless

As a traveler you would be remiss to live in a new city or town and not truly get to know it from top to bottom the best you can in the short time you are there. One of the best ways to do so is to get away from the tourist traps and finely manicured areas, and go to where “the other half” lives. Volunteering with local agencies that do outreach to communities in need allows you not only to meet new people and make friends, but also to see the entire city if which you are a guest.

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The 5 hyper-sensitivities of Fibromyalgia; oh so much fun!

If you are like me, the curse of being able to smell horrible odors several minutes before your friends and family is something with which you are forced to live. When one of my “Fibro Kitties” uses the litter box I’ll know it long before my husband does. Its just another blessing from this “gift” […]

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Therapeutic Pets? He Was My Furry Companion.

Although this reads like a tribute to a missed cat, the reason I wrote it was to illustrate how important unconditional companionship can be to those of us with a chronic illness. Married or single, living with one’s parents, college roommates, or alone, there will be times when being alone for days at a time will happen. Family members and friends can get burnt out having to comfort us, but truly loved pets will not. My husband was so wise to point out that cats are the best companions for us because often taking a dog for a walk isn’t an option. Cats are much more self sufficient and can handle a little less attention while riding out a flare. Just remember to pay them back for how much of themselves they give by loving them, not overfeeding them, and having them visit a veterinarian regularly.

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