Do you receive our emails into a different folder?

Are your emails from CCI Support going into your Gmail Promotions folder? Find out how to shift them back into your main folder here: Move an individual message to a different tab There are two ways to move a message from the Promotions (or other) tab to Primary (or...

Charlottes Blip

Wow I am glad to see the sun shining again, spring is finally here and it has to be one of my favourite seasons of the year. As always, we have been so very busy supporting members, advocacy, setting up a regular in-house mindfulness clinic, photoshoots, new...

Online dating – Myth Busting

Last year I wrote an article on using online dating to find personal connection from the comfort of your own home. We had interest from members about this so I thought I would add a little more on the topic. It is hard to meet people when you live with a chronic...

AGM 2020

The Complex Chronic Illness Support AGM is coming up. You can find out more information here!!

The brain the changes itself book review

Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science. Author: Norman Doidge Over the years I have been interested in the science of brain plasticity and the ability of the human brain, at any age, to learn and grow new neural connections. In this book...

Morgan’s Musings – Pacing

Pacing I love swimming. Being in the water is like sweet relief for my body. I feel weightless and wonderful. Getting out is hard. It’s like walking into a solid wall. The air itself feels like molasses, and my body is barely able to hold itself up. Because swimming...

Morgan’s Musings – Reframing – language and thought

Reframing – language and thought Positive Reframing can be thought of as the skill of seeing the upside of every situation. Yes, a skill. And just like any skill, it can be learned. When this was first suggested to me, I thought “Nah. Nope… No. Way. My illness drains...

SunLive: When ‘the horrible monster’ called on Kaye

SunLive article and video can be found here: https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/206191-when-horrible-monster-called-on-kaye.html “Yeah, yeah, we know that.” Bev Dickson has just been reminded of some desperately dark times in her daughter’s 30-year struggle with ME,...

The Weekend Sun: When Matt thought he was going crazy

“It’s great to be able to help people, especially my lifesavers, who helped me out of the darkest place I have ever been in.” Matt Appleton’s giving back – a 40-year-old living with ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome, who’s now a volunteer field officer working with...

SunLive: Burning the candle at both ends?

SUNLIVE article can be found here: https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/183324-burning-candle-at-both-ends.html Her body spoke louder than she did. Each arm movement felt like a heavy sack of potatoes and each step felt like walking with lead boots. It was a near paralytic...

SunLive: Highlighting an invisible illness

SUNLIVE Article can be found here: https://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/99641-highlighting-an-invisible-illness.html She’s vivacious and irrepressible. You’re immediately drawn to her.  Cassandra Grey’s also gorgeous – a looker with smarts – and if life hadn’t cut her such...