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Information, Validation, and Accommodation for the Chronically Ill

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Hello, I’m Jaime. Welcome to I Told You I Was Sick. Here you will find information, validation, and accommodation for those with chronic illness. 

Information – Well-researched, scientifically-backed articles about chronic illness, chronic pain, and invisible illness.

Validation – You’re not alone, and you’re not crazy. Even if your chronic illness hasn’t been diagnosed, I believe you, and I know you’re not making it up for attention!!

Accommodation – Advocacy, accessibility, and product recommendations to make living with a chronic illness a bit more…well, livable. 

My Reviews on The FayFarm Hemp Oil Healing Lotion & Warming Muscle Rub

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I have been given these products as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although these products were a gift, all opinions in these reviews remain my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion, and I loved it! This year, I’m back with two more reviews of their amazing products. One is a hemp oil lotion and the other is a warming muscle rub.

The Conditions I Live With

One of the things I love about CBD products is their versatility. I live with a multitude of conditions that would (and do) take several different medications to treat.


For one, I am autistic. Not that CBD oil would treat or cure that, BUT it has helped a great deal with other symptoms that go along with being on the spectrum in a largely neurotypical (non-autistic) world. For example, PTSD, OCD, and depression.


In addition, I also struggle with chronic neck and shoulder pain due to a car accident I was involved in 15 years ago. While the pain is not constant, when it does flare up, there’s not much I can do but pop some painkillers, put on the TENS machine, and pray for it to pass.


As if that wasn’t enough, I have trouble with digestion (common in autistics), and I also have sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts.


So, when I was offered another opportunity to try this company’s products, I was delighted!


First, some information about each product:

The Fay Farms’ Healing Hemp™ CBD Lotion

This lotion is designed to provide relief for neuropathy, nerve pain, eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and other autoimmune skin disorders. It contains soothing, calming, and healing ingredients created by nature.


For example, it contains chamomile, which is a powerful skin soother and anti-inflammatory. It also contains argan oil, which has been shown to reduce the signs of aging. In addition, this lotion contains 200 milligrams of hemp oil extract, which acts as a natural pain reliever, nausea reliever, and immune system regulator.


Full ingredients list:

Purified water, hemp oil, grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, argan oil, 200mg hemp oil extract, burdock, calendula, chamomile, chickweed, comfrey, licorice, nettle, plantain, St. John’s wort, essential oils, gluconolactone and sodium benzoate (a certified organic preservative).


Furthermore, this hemp oil is all natural and contains no phthalates and no parabens, so you can feel confident using this lotion on your skin each day.

The Fay Farm HOE Warming Muscle Rub

The muscle rub is designed to soothe muscle aches and pains with organic herbs, rich phytonutrients, both warming and cooling essential oils, and 50 milligrams of hemp oil extract. This muscle rub may also provide relief for cluster and tension headaches, as well as migraines. (Avoid contact with eyes.)


In addition to the healing hemp oil extract, this muscle rub also contains cayenne pepper, a powerful anti-inflammatory that has gained recognition in multiple medical journals. It also contains arnica, a homeopathic agent that provides soothing relief from muscle soreness and bruising.


Full ingredients list:

Sunflower, castor, herb-infused olive oil, beeswax, shea butter, menthol, camphor, 50mg hemp oil extract, cayenne pepper, arnica, essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, ginger, cassia, and clove.

My Experience With the Fay Farm Products

The Healing Hemp Lotion

The Healing Hemp Lotion has a refreshing and earthy scent with more than a hint of peppermint. It absorbs quickly, it’s not greasy, and I’ve been using it as an everyday lotion after getting out of the shower.


While this lotion doesn’t have the same effect as the Serenity lotion I reviewed last year, this one gives me a very light sort of calm feeling.


I have to say that I don’t notice a large difference in my skin, but that’s because it’s not full summer here yet. I have a feeling this will be very good to have around when I get heat rashes and sunburn (I only have to spend about 5 minutes in the sun to get a rash).


Furthermore, insects love me for some reason, and my immune system overreacts to their bites and stings, so I know I’ll be glad to have this lotion during the hottest months of the year.

The Warming Muscle Rub

I enjoyed using this from the first time I tried it. When I feel a muscle spasm coming on, I use a generous amount of the rub and massage it into my shoulder and neck, and it seems to stop it in its tracks if I get to in time. I would say the most primary scent in this is eucalyptus, which is very pleasant to me. This particular essential oil is helpful since I suffer from allergies and my chest tends to feel tight this time of year.


So, when I use it for my neck and shoulder, it helps ease some of my allergic discomfort, too. Bonus!


I have to say I didn’t feel any “warming” sensation on my skin, but since I use much stronger rubs like Tiger Balm and Icy Hot, this is probably why. One of the things I absolutely love about this rub is not the rub itself, but the tin it comes in.


It’s so easy to open!


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to use my weak hands to pry open a tin that’s vacuum sealed and wanted to throw it across a room in frustration. This tin is a simple screw top, so if you’re already in pain and irritable, what’s supposed to help you won’t make it worse!


I’m undecided about the lotion since I feel I need to use it more, but I would definitely recommend the muscle rub!

Where You Can Buy Fay Farm Hemp Products

At present, Fay Farm does not sell their HOE/CBD line on their main website, so, if you’re looking for those, you can find them at this link


If you’re looking for the same products without hemp oil extract, visit this link.

The Top 4 Benefits of Gluten-Free Meal Replacement Shakes for Spoonies

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A gluten-free meal replacement shake can be very beneficial to your health, especially if you’re a spoonie who deals with frequent nausea, loss of appetite, flare-ups, and fatigue. While no meal replacement shake can take the place of a balanced meal, these shakes are absolutely perfect for those really bad days when you just can’t eat.


Here are the top 4 benefits of a gluten-free meal replacement shake for spoonies:

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Exercise With Chronic Illness – Why It’s Possible (And How to Do It Right)

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Important: These exercises might not be fit for all diseases, especially ME (due to post-exertional malaise). Talk with your doctor before starting any new fitness program.


Does the idea of exercising with a chronic illness seem impossible, maybe even ridiculous to you? You’re not alone. Exercising as a spoonie can be more than challenging. It can be frustrating, painful, and even a bit scary.


The good news is, there is an exercise program made just for people with chronic illness, and it’s something you’re going to want to learn more about!

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How Spoonies REALLY Feel About the Word “Cure” (And What Words Would Be Better Received Instead)

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Note: This insightful guest post was written for I Told You I Was Sick by Mary Gutierrez of www.healthyeatingexperts.com. She had asked me if she could write a guest post, and, after looking at some of her articles (which mention the word ‘cure’) I asked if she would write a post about why the word ‘cure’ might be offensive to some people with chronic illness (spoonies). She readily agreed, and this piece is above and beyond my expectations. Thank you so much, Mary!

Disclaimer: These quotes, collected and arranged by Mary Gutierrez, do not necessarily reflect the opinion of I Told You I Was Sick. They are simply posted as written by their original and respective authors, and those individuals have chosen to remain anonymous. (All photos are stock photos for the purposes of illustrating the emotion of the quotes. They are not images of the people quoted.)

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