The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling with Chronic Illness

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling with Chronic Illness


Recently, I was invited into the iHomeschool Network, a group of the best homeschool bloggers on the planet! {I may be a little biased… but just know that they are all great!} I couldn’t be more honored to be apart of such a great group of talented writers and homeschool moms! So, now that you know this… you’ll be seeing more posts similar to this one… on this blog… joining the group of other iHN bloggers. Plus, more reviews and giveaways! YAY!


If you are a new reader to my blog… you may not be aware that I am homeschooling through chronic pain {and illness}. I deal with a couple chronic conditions while still homeschooling my two kids. While writing about my condition and how I cope with it, I learned that there are a lot of moms {and some dads} who are homeschooling their kids, while dealing with chronic illness and/or pain, as well.


If you are homeschooling your kids while dealing with chronic pain or illness, then this post is for you… and know that you are not alone! If you don’t feel you need this post, while I welcome you to read on, then maybe you’d like to read about the 5 things you can do for a homeschooling mom with chronic illness… and just offer your friend or family member support… and share this post with them. Also, check out 10 ways to encourage a home-bound friend thanks to Happy Brown House.


**Book for caregivers: When Someone You Love Has a Chronic Illness by Tamara McClintock Greenberg**


I really hope this Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling with Chronic Illness, blesses you. Feel free to email me or leave your comments at the bottom of this post.



Things you can do for yourself:


  • Rest! Get lots of rest. And tell yourself that it’s okay to rest.
  • Take deep relaxing breaths! Less oxygen to the body and brain can cause more stress on the body which leads to more pain and swelling. Also, try meditation, yoga, or another light exercise {doctor permitted}.
  • Put your feet up! Or better yet, lie down. Swelling tends to be in extremities. Putting your feet up can lower that swelling and put the fluids where they belong.
  • Drink lots of water! This also gets rid of excess fluids in the body. It flushes the system.
  • Get a message! Messages are very relaxing for tired and achy muscles and joints. If it hurts too much, skip the message.
  • Ask for help! The hardest thing for me to do is release the household demands to someone else. But in order to rest… I need to give some of my duties as a homemaker to someone else.
  • Eat a healthy diet! Studies have shown that eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts… can actually eliminate some symptoms of many chronic illnesses. Personally, I’ve been able to go off of all preventative pain medications because I’ve added healthy foods full of magnesium {which lowers swelling} and I take vitamins every day {doctor directed and researched by me}.


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Find Support:


It’s very hard to make it through any illness without the loving support of another. But finding some who also suffers the same affliction is invaluable. I have one friend who has the same condition as I do… and she also homeschools. Actually, when I was thinking about homeschooling, she was a great encouragement… and that continues both ways now. Here are some areas to find support from those with the same condition or illness.



Recommended reading for encouragement:


Here are some words from people who also deal with chronic illness or pain… on how they cope with their daily struggles. There are some insightful ways to explain things to others and how to overcome your own self… and to not be defined by your illness.



Recommended Books:


One of the side effects of dealing with chronic pain or illness can be depression. We just get sick of being sick. And tired of being tired. These books have a lot of wisdom on how to stay encouraged while dealing with your symptoms and treatments.


  • Finding Joy in Depression by {my friend} Amanda Pelser: “Finding Joy in Depression is a story. It’s a story of facing depression and learning to manage it day by day.” ~ Source  Hear what I thought of this book… HERE. It’s really not just for those who suffer depression!



  • The “Too Tired” Series from Foundations Press: “Our “Too Tired” series is perfect for women who struggle to keep up with everything — because, frankly, they’re just worn out! The strategies are practical, so you’ll feel better fast.” ~ Source  Books include: Why Am I So Tired, How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep, Help Me with My Hormones, Time Management for Tired Moms, Sick and Tired, Financial Fatigue, and To Exercise or Not.





Tell Your Children:


Don’t keep secrets from your kids to “protect” them. Share with your kids what’s going on with Mommy or Daddy. They can learn to have compassion and learn servanthood… beyond many other things during this time. God has a plan. Don’t stand in His way. Explain to them what is going on, what treatment is going to look like, and how they can help. {Check your library for these books.}






Ideas on how to deal with “Mom sick days” from other homeschooling moms:


Listen to what other homeschooling moms do when they are sick. Not all are dealing with chronic sickness, but the ideas on what they do on their sick days could help you on your really bad days.



My last bit of advice is to create an environment in your home that encourages independent study. There are so many curriculum choices on the market, that you can give rid of all of the ones requiring a “meeting time” {we did just that this year}. Giving your kids their work… with a list of things to get done… or use a workbox system. Having them work independently doesn’t mean they are teaching themselves! It just means they come to you with questions but also try things… teaching them a sense of accomplishment… in doing things on their own.


If you’re interested in reading more “Ultimate Guide” posts… see the ULTIMATE list… HERE.


P.S. As I was writing this post… a wave of high swelling and head pressure came over me {dang summer humidity}. I had to decide if it was worth to continue on this project or just ask the nice ladies at the iHN if I could decline my post. But thanks to the great community on our Facebook page… who answered my question… “Do you homeschool with a chronic illness? If so, what’s the best advice you can give to someone else?” {Please click to see what they had to say! There is some good advice there.} I was able to get it finished up before the deadline. Thank you ladies for your encouragement!



Many {pain-free} days growing and learning in Him,


  1. FloridaKris says:

    Hello, I found your blog after I started my own about homeschooling with pain or illness. I hope you are doing well.


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