You’re probably wondering what on earth the title to this blog post means. How can you be “Blissfully Broken”? No I haven’t gone mad…..ok, maybe just a little! I’m musing about my life as it stands today. When chronic illness is complex it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We can be diagnosed with so many adjunct … Continue reading Blissfully Broken
I woke up this morning with no great expectations of what my day would hold. I had no plans, no appointments and was not unhappy about what many would consider a boring day ahead. My day started like any other. Pain, pain meds, try and get out of bed, try again and again. Eventually grab … Continue reading My 2 Minutes Of Fame!
Stepping away from the noise of Social Media, reading a book, listening to music or just sitting quietly, can feel like heaven. Suddenly the birds outside can be heard tweeting, rather than Twitter chirping at you with a notification on your phone.
"Something isn't right. This is a new pain, a new discomfort. I feel like something is stuck in the middle of my abdomen, just below my ribs......plus I look 6 months pregnant!" This is the conversation I had with my husband just over a week ago. He was so concerned by what he was witnessing … Continue reading Another Day, Another Diagnosis
For 8 days in November 2017 I lay in a hospital bed basically writhing in pain. Rewind to the beginning of that 8 day period and I was being rushed to hospital in an ambulance as my left leg, the one with the non union femur fracture, was like a wooden block and it would … Continue reading A Hospital Stay To Remember…..Or Perhaps Forget!!
Hi Everyone ,I've done it...I've taken a leap of faith and started my Podcast.My new Podcast, Medical Musings with Sam, is now live on Spotify, Podcasters and my host app, Anchor.It includes the trailer and Season One with five full episodes. I'm so looking forward to sharing an audible version of my most popular blogs … Continue reading I’ve Launched My Podcast!!….Introducing “Medical Musings With Sam”
Some dates are forever etched in our memories. I have a few but one is a day I will never forget October 6th 2014. It’s the day my femur broke. It was a life changing day. A day that would start me on a journey with a rare bone disease, so rare that even Specialists would … Continue reading Healing Comes In Many Forms…..Even With A Progressive Disease
It's official! My spine is full of shenanigans and my Specialists can't quite find a way to fix it, not without creating even more shenanigans. My spine is completely unstable at l4/l5. L3/l4 isn't far behind it but the pain I experience from the severity of the instability at l4/l5, smothers pain I would be … Continue reading Spinal Shenanigans….It’s A Little Complicated
(As published on The Mighty) What are the rules for living with a chronic illness or rare disease? Where can I find the rule book to help me manage, especially when all my symptoms are flaring and are "Off The Charts"? This is the question my husband and I have been contemplating over recent weeks. How do … Continue reading Where’s The “Off The Charts” Rule Book?
Life isn't always straight forward. A bit of a cliche I know, but it's so true! 3 years ago I sat in pain with 2 broken legs, recovering from 2 major surgeries 8 weeks apart. I was facing a future filled with so many "unknown" elements. At that moment, "Life isn't straight forward", is what came … Continue reading The Twists And Turns of Chronic Illness Life