How do you continue to live life to the full when your health limits everything you do? How do you cope with waiting for a reprieve in symptoms when the reality is, no reprieve is coming? I’m not going to say there are easy answers to these questions because there definitely are not. It’s hard. … Continue reading A Full And Fulfilled Chronic Illness Life
If you love the original Mary Poppins movie, you will be very familiar with one of the songs sung by Dick Van Dyke, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” I love the lyrics and melody. It conjures up happy childhood memories. I had the Mary Poppins album and would play the LP in my bedroom, on … Continue reading Dream A Little Dream With Me
As a New Year arrives it’s usual to think about the year ahead and set goals, both for your personal and business life, and perhaps plan holidays or other adventures. I did that for years. It’s summer in Australia and generally Christmas to the end of January, is known as the holiday season. Schools are … Continue reading The Dreaded New Year Question….Do You Have Plans?
It's New Years Eve. 2020 is literally around the corner! A new year awaits. Will it be a good year, a difficult year, a happy year, a sad year? One thing is certain, none of us really know. As I look back over my life, every year has had highs and lows. Mostly my life … Continue reading You Don’t Have To See The Whole Staircase
When you've lived with chronic disease for a while, you'll inevitably arrive at a stage in your journey, where you feel you've come full circle. Perhaps, you feel you are constantly going around in circles. This is often the experience many patients have when first seeking a diagnosis. It can be a confusing and distressing … Continue reading Riding The Chronic Illness Carousel
I can’t believe today, on the 11th November, my beloved stoma, affectionately called Rudolph, is turning 6! For those of you without a stoma it may seem a strange thing to celebrate. While it was life changing, it was also life saving and I will be forever grateful for the day of my stoma surgery. … Continue reading Happy 6th Stomaversary to Rudolph and Me!
When you've lived with Chronic Illness for a number of years, at some point, you adjust to a new way of living. You eventually find a new norm. While you might expect a few highs, lows and some disease flares along the way, generally life evolves into a settled and comfortable pattern. Until it suddenly, … Continue reading “Would You Like A Second Opinion?”… Surreal And Scary!