Calming Chronic Illness Turbulence With A Spoonful of Strength

Sometimes, all I need is a spoonful of strength. Living with a chronic disease reminds me of some of my previous plane trips. I’d start off full of nervous anticipation with a little fear of what lay ahead once on board. There were some smooth passages and then all of a sudden we’d hit almighty … Continue reading Calming Chronic Illness Turbulence With A Spoonful of Strength

Shining a Light on Living with Chronic Pain

Unrelenting levels of pain, excruciating pain, day in day out is isolating, exhausting. It's so hard to describe to others who have not experienced this kind of life altering agony. I know there are so many people who suffer enormous pain each and every day, who perhaps can’t find their voice to explain it or … Continue reading Shining a Light on Living with Chronic Pain

Surgery Can’t Come Soon Enough!

My Spinal Specialist appointment went well. I think that's the best description under the circumstances. I managed to walk to his office using my walker and I thought I was doing well. As I entered his room I smiled as brightly as possible. However the pain in my eyes and my inability to move faster … Continue reading Surgery Can’t Come Soon Enough!

A Cheerful Approach To A Chronic Situation

  A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30 It's a gorgeous morning. The sun is shining, the birds are singing. I can hear children playing in the local schoolyard and a cool gentle breeze is blowing through my bedroom window. I'm resting on my bed … Continue reading A Cheerful Approach To A Chronic Situation

Taking A “One Day At A Time” Philosophy With Chronic Illness

"Trigeminal Neuralgia.....what on earth is that?" That was my reaction when I was hospitalised in May 2014 with the most severe right-sided face pain that I had ever experienced in my life. I had been trying to cope with it for 3 weeks with strong pain killers. I was thinking it was just another idiosyncrasy special … Continue reading Taking A “One Day At A Time” Philosophy With Chronic Illness

Living A “Simply Special” Life

Living with chronic and disabling disease requires a complete change of lifestyle, a complete change of thinking. Gone are the days of waking up in the morning and jumping out of bed to have a quick breakfast, get showered and dressed, head to work or some fun planned day full of anticipated activities. Losses are … Continue reading Living A “Simply Special” Life