As 2021 is coming to a close, I like to take time to reflect on my writing year. I’ve so enjoyed blogging plus writing articles for The Mighty. I launched my Podcast in 2020, Medical Musings With Sam, which has proved to be a wonderful way to bring my blog posts to life. Thank You! So this … Continue reading Reviewing My Writing Year….Thank You For Reading, Sharing and Listening!
You know the feeling of needing a holiday. Time away from your own life realities, if even for a few days. You are probably exhausted from work, life events, health issues, end of year fatigue and numerous other reasons. My list of reasons for needing a holiday is not short! A Year To Forget 2021 … Continue reading A Holiday At Home – My Very Own Bed and Breakfast
I was once called "Stoic" when I was working, because of the way I got on with my chronic health issues without fuss. I was always cheerful, smiling and putting others first. I kept working full time with this stoic attitude and nature, until my body physically would no longer let me. Even with a … Continue reading Stoic or Stupid?
In the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas I love the Advent season. This is the season the Christian church celebrates in the lead up to Christmas. It's the start of the Church year and Advent Sunday marks the four Sunday's before Christmas Day. It's a season of reflection and expectation. Advent is latin … Continue reading Don’t Forget The Beautiful Season Of Advent
“Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la” Is it? Do you feel jolly or do you feel exhausted, stressed? Do you feel overwhelmed by your chronic illness, which refuses to understand Christmas is fast approaching, and you really could do with feeling healthy for the festive season? … Continue reading Decking The Halls With Comfort And Joy
I’ve been indulging in Christmas Movies over the past couple of weeks. They've been the perfect distraction from my recent hospital stay and disease progression. They have never really been my thing but the more I watch, the more I fall in love with the beautiful locations they are filmed in, the Christmas scenes and … Continue reading Christmas Connections
Chronic Illness takes many things from us. Some aspects of our diseases we can't control but there are some we need to find a way to overcome. Over the past 9 weeks I have felt like I was in captivity. I've felt like a prisoner in a body determined to suffocate me. I've even woken … Continue reading You’re Only A Prisoner If You Lose Hope
Chronic Disease is a tough cross to bear. There is no denying it. Having a cheerful disposition while writhing in pain, or dealing with news of a chronic illness diagnosis, may sound like an impossible dream. I can see my readers nodding and saying "you've got that right Sam!" Stay with me on this though..... … Continue reading Giving Thanks and Being Kind, Despite Pain and Chronic Disease
Some dates are forever etched in our memories. I have a few but one is a day I will never forget October 6th 2014. It was the day my femur broke. It was a life changing day. A day that would start me on a journey with a rare bone disease, so rare that even Specialists … Continue reading One Step, Two Steps…..Will There Be A Third?
On the 14th October 2021, after 5 weeks bed bound in hospital, due to my “acute” spinal collapse and bone disease progression, I was finally allowed home. I was sent home via ambulance as my condition hadn't improved. I still couldn't sit or stand for more than 2 minutes at a time. Walking with a … Continue reading Overwhelmed and Under Prepared