I never imagined feeling so excited about receiving an email with the subject header: "Your Wig Is On It's Way" I am, surprisingly, incredibly excited. It's time to embrace what has been one of the most challenging consequences of my chronic illness. Last year I began to face significant hairloss. To say it was confronting … Continue reading Wig On It’s Way!
I've decided one of the hardest things, about being medically retired, is working out what day of the week it is! Every morning I wake up and need to look at my phone, or the pain medication dispenser on my bedside table, to work it out. If it's the day after my medication dispenser has … Continue reading What Day Is It?
My beautiful Dad passed away 8 weeks ago. The initial weeks after his passing saw me encompassed in raw grief. The kind of grief constantly creeping up on you, and opening the flood gate of tears, when you least expect it. The kind of grief where you grapple to make sense of it all. When you … Continue reading “Good Grief!”
We all make decisions every day. Big decisions, small decisions. Some we are aware of and some are just automatic. When I had reasonable health, I would spend my days making business and personal decisions without much effort. Some might have kept me awake at night but not many. I never had to think about … Continue reading Along Came Chronic Illness And Life Turned Upside Down
In 2018, as the New Year approached, I decided to dare to dream and wrote a blog post, Let's Go Fly A Kite. The idea was to list a few things I would love to do but felt were way out of reach or were just pure imagination. I also had a small realistic list. … Continue reading My Very Own “Escape To The Country”
"It'll do" "It's good enough" "You're doing so well" " Good job" "Time to rest" "Not going to happen today" "Maybe tomorrow" In my previous life, by which I mean life before chronic illness, I always had a whole range of "self talk" language helping me achieve my goals. They were all positive, affirmative statements … Continue reading Self Talk….”It’ll Do” And Other Chronic Illness Chat Lines
I can remember as clearly as if it was yesterday, sitting in the dining room of our family home, staring at the plaque on the wall. We’d had it for years and the words always provided me with a sense of comfort and security. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence … Continue reading Hope, Faith And Our Need For Dreams To Come True
"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like, and celebrating it for everything that it is" – Mandy Hale What an insightful quote! There is so much simplicity to it yet it is full of depth and wisdom. When we live with Chronic Illness, it's very easy to … Continue reading It’s Time To Let Go Of What You Think Life “Should” Look Like!
You would be forgiven for thinking this is a Valentine’s Day post given the title I’ve chosen. Please rest assured it’s not. It’s a continuation of my musings about acceptance being the gateway to a new life. Acceptance is not a sad resignation, it’s the pathway to peace, happiness and freedom from prolonged grief. For me … Continue reading Old Loves, New Loves
Sometimes the path ahead in life can seem a little unclear. Sometimes we are faced with a range of life choices, almost too many, which often complicate matters and require a great deal of thought....too much thought!! Sometimes we have limited choices, none of which are particularly helpful, so instead of moving forward we feel … Continue reading What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do!