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Journaling for Health & Convo


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Sylvia Donley discusses Journaling for Health and Conversation. Sylvia explores gratitude, release, creative, meditative, food and dream journaling. She also discusses different kinds of journaling and how it can be used to monitor your health & symptoms and using that to have conversations with medical professionals.

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About Sylvia Donley:

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Sylvia Donley, BScN MN is the past president of the Calgary Neuropathy Association.  Sharing her knowledge and personal experience has become a passion and focus for Sylvia.  She believes in the importance of connecting with those living with neuropathy, their family, friends and health care providers.   Sylvia joined the Calgary Neuropathy Association as a member in 2008 and became President of the Association in 2010 when founder Val Shaw-Lewis stepped down.  It has been important to Sylvia that the CNA belong to its members and encourages their involvement.  Sylvia worked as a RN completing her BScN following an impact injury to her knee.  Post-op, Sylvia was diagnosed with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy).  RSD is a fairly rare neurological disorder more recently referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).   Sylvia has also been rear ended (motor vehicle accidents) several times with both structural and nerve damage to her spine causing nerve damage to the right eye (Third Nerve Damage) and RSD to the right arm.  It was after the first car accident that Sylvia obtained her Masters in Nursing.   

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More about Journaling:

Journaling can be a valuable tool for individuals living with peripheral neuropathy, offering a means of pain management, symptom tracking, and emotional processing. By regularly documenting their experiences, thoughts, and feelings, individuals with neuropathy can gain valuable insights into their condition, identify patterns, and better understand how various factors impact their symptoms.

One of the primary benefits of journaling for pain management is its ability to provide a sense of control and empowerment. Living with chronic pain can often feel overwhelming and unpredictable, but by keeping a pain journal, individuals can take an active role in managing their symptoms. By tracking the intensity, duration, and triggers of their pain, they can identify factors that exacerbate or alleviate their symptoms, empowering them to make informed decisions about lifestyle changes, treatment options, and self-management strategies.

Journaling also serves as a valuable tool for tracking symptom progression and treatment effectiveness. By documenting changes in symptoms over time, we can identify trends and patterns that may indicate disease progression or response to treatment. This information can be invaluable for healthcare providers in assessing the effectiveness of current treatments and making adjustments as needed. Additionally, journaling can help us identify and communicate our needs and concerns more effectively during medical appointments, leading to more personalized and comprehensive care.

Journaling can have significant emotional benefits for any of us with peripheral neuropathy. Chronic pain can take a toll on mental health, leading to feelings of frustration, anxiety, and depression. Journaling provides a safe and private outlet for expressing and processing these emotions, reducing stress and promoting emotional well-being. By reflecting on our experiences and achievements, we can cultivate a sense of gratitude, resilience, and hope, which are essential for coping with the challenges of living with neuropathy.

In summary, journaling is a powerful tool for people with peripheral neuropathy, offering benefits for pain management, symptom tracking, and emotional well-being. By regularly documenting our experiences and insights, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of their condition, take an active role in their care, and cultivate resilience in the face of chronic pain.

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