Home Sweet Home

Life can hold  many wonderful adventures.

Travel, work, days out, drives in the countryside, eating at wonderful restaurants and cafes, visits to family and friends.

The list is endless. The opportunities to broaden your horizons are plentiful.

What If You Are Housebound?

What if  you can’t do any of those things? What if you are housebound? What if your body is incapable of being out for longer than an hour a day, in fact only an hour every few days, on a good week, all being well?

What does life look like then?

What if the four walls of your home are your boundaries? What if looking out the window at a beautiful sunny day is the extent of your outlook?

What does life look like then?

For many people with chronic disease, life’s limitations are severe. Finding light and life, within the walls of their home, is perhaps one of the keys to survival. Perhaps finding such joy in the home is the key to a happy existence, in what would otherwise feel like a prison sentence.

How Do You Cope?

I am often asked how do I cope not being able to get out?

Comments such as “I wish you were able to do more”, or ” I would love to see you get to a cafe or spend a day out”, are said with true love and concern from friends who want to fix what can’t be fixed.

I want to reassure everyone, in particular those who are living with severe chronic illness, that a fulfilled and happy life can be found in the confines of your home.


Home Sweet Home

I love my home. It offers me security. It offers me comfort both physically and spiritually.

It is the place where I rest. The place where I laugh. The place where I cry.  The place where I pray.  The place where I sing.  The place where I muse with my friends on my phone.

You will be secure, because there is hope;  you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Job 11 v 18 (NIV)

It’s the place where I am enveloped by the love and care of my beautiful husband.

It’s the place where I write. The place where I think. The place where I eat.

It’s the place where I sit outside in the garden and admire the beautiful flowers. It’s where butterflies and birds visit me.

Home Sweet Home, is my world. It is a beautiful place and I love it.

I am content within it. I nurture it. I care for it. I potter in it. I express myself in it through interior decor that reflects the things I love.

It is my artwork and it brings me joy to be within it and surrounded by it.

The walls do not suffocate me. They allow me to live life as full as possible in a safe place.

It is priceless. It is life giving. It is my refuge.

It is my Home Sweet Home!

Take Care

Sam xx


If you’re looking for genuine support, care, understanding & friendship, you are so welcome to join my closed Facebook support forum , Medical Musings with Friends. It’s a safe place to connect with others living with chronic & complex diseases, who truly understand the daily challenges. A warm welcome awaits.

If you would like to read a little more about me here’s the link to My Story

14 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home

  1. This is a beautiful post. I travel full-time in an RV and I’m an RA sufferer. There are days that I’m “housebound” by my illness and my hobbies, interests, and small space are my haven. On the good days, I take full advantage knowing that me being mobile can dwindle down at any time. Being able to express finding joy in every moment, even the very painful ones, is inspiring. This post was inspiring. Take care, Dawn.

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  2. Wow, such a powerful and honest post. We just moved a week ago to a quieter city closer to my Hubby’s work and his family. The old place was just too much work and was both overwhelmed and more sick living there. This new place, even with the mountain of boxes in the living area is already home. I can take our dog across the street to the dog park and sit in the shade to either read or write, or I can chat with the other dog owners. They have already learned I need a seat and someone to re-leash Violet when it is time to go. If I can’t go, my niece is 5 minutes away and will take Violet and her own dog there. I feel all the things here that you mentioned. Knowing that I have to stay in a lot, this is definitely my Home Sweet Home.

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    1. Thanks so much Lydia, I am so thrilled that you have made the move to your “Home Sweet Home”. I can imagine how hard even the thought of moving would have been let alone actually doing it. It sounds like it was so worth the effort though which is fantastic. May it long be your perfect santuary xx

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      1. Thanks, Sam! Yes, it was difficult. I think the hardest part is having to sit and point to where things go while friends and family pack and then unpack your stuff. But when I sit on the balcony and watch people in the park or my cat and dog look out with me, I know I am home! I am so glad that you can see your home as a haven as well.

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