The “Chronic Illness” Law of Diminishing Returns

My title might suggest a study in economics but rest assured it is not where I am heading with this. The Law of Diminishing Returns Refers to a point at which the level of  benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested. When you live with chronic illness, over time your expectations, … Continue reading The “Chronic Illness” Law of Diminishing Returns

A Carousel Of Memories And Moments

One of my earliest childhood memories is being on the passenger ship "Aurelia". I was 3 years of age and embarking on a journey that would change the entire course of my life. I was migrating from the United Kingdom (London) to Fremantle, Western Australia with my parents and my older brother. Fuzzy and Special Memories … Continue reading A Carousel Of Memories And Moments

Caring For The Carer

Many people with Chronic Illness require full time Carers. Often that role is filled by loved ones. Our husbands, wives, life partners, siblings, parents, children, even grandparents. Watching a loved one suffer is just so confronting. No one wants to see someone writhing in pain, or watch the person they're caring for lose their ability … Continue reading Caring For The Carer

“Whispering Hope, Oh How Welcome Your Voice”

I don't generally suffer from anxiety. It doesn't mean I don't get stressed. Of course I do. We all do. In general, my overall health situation doesn't stress me. I accept it is what it is and I'm adjusting my life accordingly. Pain however, when it is at unrelenting levels day after day, does cause … Continue reading “Whispering Hope, Oh How Welcome Your Voice”

A Full And Fulfilled Chronic Illness Life

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

Riding The Chronic Illness Carousel

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

“Would You Like A Second Opinion?”… Surreal And Scary!

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!