I had the opportunity to take two online courses created by Esther Smith called “A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Illness” and “31 Days of Expressive Writing for Chronic Illness and Pain.” As a chronic illness sufferer, I am always actively searching for classes and other ways to educate myself about my medical condition. I applaud Esther Smith for being a chronic illness advocate and for her work in raising awareness as well as offering educational opportunities for chronic illness sufferers.

“A Complete Guide to Pacing for Chronic Pain” is a self-paced individual course that educates chronic illness sufferers on the benefits of pacing and how to implement a pacing system to avoid burn out and ultimately a flare up. The course materials are presented in various forms, including videos, articles, spreadsheets, and a discussion forum, to ensure compatibility with various types of learners. A major benefit of this course is that the information will continue to be accessible to the user after completion of the course to reference as necessary. The knowledge that I have gained from this course has helped me tremendously with coping with my chronic illness. I have chosen one of the pacing systems and have implemented it in my daily life. I am able to track my daily tasks and how much energy I expend to avoid burn out and a flare. Implementing this pacing system in my life has been a game changer.

The “31 Days of Expressive Writing for Chronic Illness and Pain” is a individual course that you can complete over the course of thirty-one days or at your own pace. The course is broken down into several categories and each category has several prompts for you to write about. The user is instructed to write a response to each prompt for ten to fifteeen minutes. I enjoyed the freedom that this class afforded me to put my uncensored thoughts on to paper in private. This course challenged me to respond to some tough questions and was very cathartic.

The portal for both online courses was well-organized and user friendly. I highly recommend these courses for chronic illness sufferers. I plan to take more of Esther Smith’s courses in the future.

Here is the link to the courses:


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