For two years, before medically retiring, I was still holding out hope of being able to return to work eventually, despite being on Income Protection and battling one health hurdle after the other. The realist in me knew I was facing a very different life, as I began to lose my ability to walk any … Continue reading The Best Disability Advice I Ever Received Was Not What I Expected!
Category: A new direction
Just Treading Water
As a patient advocate, I am often called, inspiring, motivating, and full of strength despite my adversities. The truth is that most days, I am just treading water.
Reflecting on Resilience, Courage, and My Chronic Illness Journey.
What I didn’t realise was how much resilience and courage I would need to publish my memoirs and even just to blog about my chronic illness journey. I knew I wanted to share my story to help others, but to do so really does make you vulnerable.
My Book Is Turning One! My Year in Review as a Published Author!
I always knew releasing a book would be exciting but, in my naivety, I never expected it to be so exhausting and so emotional! It's been such a huge 12 months for me since having my book published. It actually feels like a lifetime ago in some regards, as my health complications became intertwined with … Continue reading My Book Is Turning One! My Year in Review as a Published Author!
You Have a Chronic Illness, but It’s Ok to Look and Sound Good When You Can. It’s Ok to Still be You!
I don’t want to be a prisoner to my disease. I want to scale whatever heights I can safely push, and ultimately I’m the only one who can decide my limits.
I’ll Be Back Soon
I'm 2 weeks post major surgery and recovering at home with the help of a "hospital at home" program and my beautiful husband. It's been one of the toughest surgeries I've had, and I just don't have the energy to write or record a podcast at the moment. I'm hoping that will change in the … Continue reading I’ll Be Back Soon
‘Twas The Night Before Surgery…..
It's 2.30 am, and I'm writing a blog post. I must be mad. I should be enjoying a good dream at this time of the early morning.
My Stoma Story Chapter Two….The Beginning of Blossom
**Includes Health Update** I decided I wanted a name that points to life, hope, and renewal. Something that makes me smile when I say it and gives me a sense of light heartedness.
Embracing The Chronic Disease Circle of Change
(Warning: Some images in this blog post may be confronting) My approach to any life changing event always starts with making time to stop and think. It’s crucial to be deliberate and focused when dealing with change.
What Does A “Chronically Ill Contented Life” Really Look Like?
Rather than expecting a perfect life filled with halcyon days, I choose to love and cherish the moments of my life where I can engage with some of the activities I enjoy.