Chronically Chill is creating wellness/chronic illness survival content, recipes & coaching.
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What is "chronic chillness?"
Chronic Chillness is a state of thriving regardless of whatever biological, emotional, psychological, or existential fuckery is trying to sabotage your thrive.

Isn't that for rich people and cedarwood wearing hippies?
I mean, yeah, but it doesn't HAVE to be. Chronic Chillness is totally attainable for:
* chronic illness patients
* high-performance-and-even-higher-stress human beings
* trauma survivors
* starving artists who destroy their bodies and minds to make things
* compulsive caretakers
* recovering codependents
* under-appreciated parents
* people who suck at meditation
* people who want to eat healthy but also don't
* people who have a contentious relationship with movement and exercise 
* and all the other misfits you'll find on The Island of Broken Toys! 

When we stop believing what our negative doctor (or toxic ex, or toxic boss, or well-meaning but totally uninformed parents, etc.) says we "cant" or "will never" do, and start working daily with the numerous evidence-based tools we DO have, chronic chillness is easy to maintain. 

That sounds like woo-woo nonsense.
Okay, yes. But also no. Just keep reading.  

So who's the androgynous girl in the photo?
That would be Kimberly, F.M.H.C.C wellness coach, rare disease patient, adaptive/para jiu-jitsu athlete, recovering journalist, and overall nerd. I've spent 3+ decades in a body that is literally a dumpsterfire--picture feeding tubes and life support level flames--thanks to some mutant genes that did NOT give me super powers. I've called some of the best and worst hospitals in North America home, and discovered that even at the highest level Quality of Life is not part of any treatment plan despite how much Quality of Life actually matters to...you know, the living. Eventually, I stopped putting my thriving in the hands of lab-coated men with no health problems and no understanding of my body or mind.

I threw myself back into school for functional medicine, read PubMed and medical journals the way kids read Harry Potter novels, investigated the habits of some of the most resilient people on earth, dove deep into polyvagal theory, connected with compassionate surgeons in Japan and ancestral healers in Mexico...and started getting better. Symptoms I'd had since childhood improved or disappeared, and I dropped from 22 medications daily to just 3. (Medications currently taken: One prokinetic, one immune system modulator, and one SSRN which down-regulates damaged nerves in my ENS. Transparency is ethical, y'all.)

I went from being a full-time bedridden patient to a person skilled at dumpsterfirefighting. In 2018 I started helping other people piece together what combination of things works for them the same way. 

Are you cured? 
Nope, and never will be. Which is totally okay. We don't have to be cured to be well.   

What do I get if I support your not being homeless through this page?
Chronically Chill helps patrons curate their own evidence-based health, symptom management, and recovery interventions using a combination of dark humor, functional nutrition, practical positive psychology, sports science, mindfulness, breathwork, bodywork, radical acceptance, client support sessions, and #realtalk common sense. It then empowers patrons via direct community so those interventions remain long term successes. All patrons help dictate what I research, write about, explain, interview healers about, and seek treatment interventions for. For those who need it, one-on-one coaching is available so that living well isn't so isolating. 

What health issues do you focus on? 
What ails you? But, more generally, content and conversation tend to focus on how to be:
* less stressed
* less inflamed
* less anxious
* less pained
* less depressed
* less overwhelmed 
* less unable to digest anything properly 
* less broke from medical bills
* less likely to fail at making necessary changes
* less bulldozed by doctors who are overprescribing and underlistening 
* less chronically ill and more chronically chill

Can you define "content?"
Think: Pep talks for cynics who hate pep talks but need pep talks, workouts created for people with differently abled bodies, workouts for people with perfectly able bodies that have a specific goal, recipes that heal the body and mind but don't taste like animal feed, breakdowns and updates on medical studies you're too busy to read but should know about, live weekly support group meetups, interviews with expert practitioners and healers, survivor stories from inspirational human beings, science-based tips for functioning better in a dysfunctional time, and functional coaching sessions with a practitioner who knows what it is like to be both a patient and a clinician.

Disclaimer:
There will also probably be more than a few photos or videos of my disabled rescued monster dog, Poet. His antics positively modulate immune function and dopamine production, so it's relevant.  

For additional information, watch the video. Alternatively, stalk me online on Facebook or Instagram @kimberly_kaye. 
Tiers
Samaritans
$5 or more per month

Samaritans contribute to the greater good by funding this work, but are already thriving so don't want or need any customized content.

Community Members
$10 or more per month

Community members read, watch, listen to, and hopefully apply all the tips, recipes, exercises, and techniques shared in this space. 

Surthrivers
$25 or more per month

Surthrivers get to request specific content of interest to them, and receive extra help with nutrition, exercise, recipes, research, motivation, or advocacy. They receive access to special group workouts and support sessions via Facetime or Skype, which make sticking to exercise, mindfulness, or wellness efforts easier. Their success stories and progress become the stories other members read about. 

Ghost Orchids
$50 or more per month

All previous benefits, plus one Ghost Orchid Arts' handmade, all-organic, cruelty-free, witchy-healing Ritual Bath or Body Scrub mailed to your front door every month. 

Clients
$150 or more per month

All previous benefits, plus a 60 minute one-on-one monthly coaching session to facilitate your specific wellness interventions. 

Goals
36 of 40 patrons
At 40 patrons I'll start streaming from the kitchen at least twice a month how to cook some of these amazing, gut-healing, brain-fueling, disease mitigating food/drink/teas I'm always waxing poetic about. How to find and source the ingredients even if you live in a food desert, how to prep them, and how to turn them into a mouth orgy that heals your body instead of leaving you feeling sad and hungry.
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What is "chronic chillness?"
Chronic Chillness is a state of thriving regardless of whatever biological, emotional, psychological, or existential fuckery is trying to sabotage your thrive.

Isn't that for rich people and cedarwood wearing hippies?
I mean, yeah, but it doesn't HAVE to be. Chronic Chillness is totally attainable for:
* chronic illness patients
* high-performance-and-even-higher-stress human beings
* trauma survivors
* starving artists who destroy their bodies and minds to make things
* compulsive caretakers
* recovering codependents
* under-appreciated parents
* people who suck at meditation
* people who want to eat healthy but also don't
* people who have a contentious relationship with movement and exercise 
* and all the other misfits you'll find on The Island of Broken Toys! 

When we stop believing what our negative doctor (or toxic ex, or toxic boss, or well-meaning but totally uninformed parents, etc.) says we "cant" or "will never" do, and start working daily with the numerous evidence-based tools we DO have, chronic chillness is easy to maintain. 

That sounds like woo-woo nonsense.
Okay, yes. But also no. Just keep reading.  

So who's the androgynous girl in the photo?
That would be Kimberly, F.M.H.C.C wellness coach, rare disease patient, adaptive/para jiu-jitsu athlete, recovering journalist, and overall nerd. I've spent 3+ decades in a body that is literally a dumpsterfire--picture feeding tubes and life support level flames--thanks to some mutant genes that did NOT give me super powers. I've called some of the best and worst hospitals in North America home, and discovered that even at the highest level Quality of Life is not part of any treatment plan despite how much Quality of Life actually matters to...you know, the living. Eventually, I stopped putting my thriving in the hands of lab-coated men with no health problems and no understanding of my body or mind.

I threw myself back into school for functional medicine, read PubMed and medical journals the way kids read Harry Potter novels, investigated the habits of some of the most resilient people on earth, dove deep into polyvagal theory, connected with compassionate surgeons in Japan and ancestral healers in Mexico...and started getting better. Symptoms I'd had since childhood improved or disappeared, and I dropped from 22 medications daily to just 3. (Medications currently taken: One prokinetic, one immune system modulator, and one SSRN which down-regulates damaged nerves in my ENS. Transparency is ethical, y'all.)

I went from being a full-time bedridden patient to a person skilled at dumpsterfirefighting. In 2018 I started helping other people piece together what combination of things works for them the same way. 

Are you cured? 
Nope, and never will be. Which is totally okay. We don't have to be cured to be well.   

What do I get if I support your not being homeless through this page?
Chronically Chill helps patrons curate their own evidence-based health, symptom management, and recovery interventions using a combination of dark humor, functional nutrition, practical positive psychology, sports science, mindfulness, breathwork, bodywork, radical acceptance, client support sessions, and #realtalk common sense. It then empowers patrons via direct community so those interventions remain long term successes. All patrons help dictate what I research, write about, explain, interview healers about, and seek treatment interventions for. For those who need it, one-on-one coaching is available so that living well isn't so isolating. 

What health issues do you focus on? 
What ails you? But, more generally, content and conversation tend to focus on how to be:
* less stressed
* less inflamed
* less anxious
* less pained
* less depressed
* less overwhelmed 
* less unable to digest anything properly 
* less broke from medical bills
* less likely to fail at making necessary changes
* less bulldozed by doctors who are overprescribing and underlistening 
* less chronically ill and more chronically chill

Can you define "content?"
Think: Pep talks for cynics who hate pep talks but need pep talks, workouts created for people with differently abled bodies, workouts for people with perfectly able bodies that have a specific goal, recipes that heal the body and mind but don't taste like animal feed, breakdowns and updates on medical studies you're too busy to read but should know about, live weekly support group meetups, interviews with expert practitioners and healers, survivor stories from inspirational human beings, science-based tips for functioning better in a dysfunctional time, and functional coaching sessions with a practitioner who knows what it is like to be both a patient and a clinician.

Disclaimer:
There will also probably be more than a few photos or videos of my disabled rescued monster dog, Poet. His antics positively modulate immune function and dopamine production, so it's relevant.  

For additional information, watch the video. Alternatively, stalk me online on Facebook or Instagram @kimberly_kaye. 

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Tiers
Samaritans
$5 or more per month

Samaritans contribute to the greater good by funding this work, but are already thriving so don't want or need any customized content.

Community Members
$10 or more per month

Community members read, watch, listen to, and hopefully apply all the tips, recipes, exercises, and techniques shared in this space. 

Surthrivers
$25 or more per month

Surthrivers get to request specific content of interest to them, and receive extra help with nutrition, exercise, recipes, research, motivation, or advocacy. They receive access to special group workouts and support sessions via Facetime or Skype, which make sticking to exercise, mindfulness, or wellness efforts easier. Their success stories and progress become the stories other members read about. 

Ghost Orchids
$50 or more per month

All previous benefits, plus one Ghost Orchid Arts' handmade, all-organic, cruelty-free, witchy-healing Ritual Bath or Body Scrub mailed to your front door every month. 

Clients
$150 or more per month

All previous benefits, plus a 60 minute one-on-one monthly coaching session to facilitate your specific wellness interventions.