“Where There’s A Will There’s A Way”….Is It Really That Easy?

I was loading my dishwasher this morning and fighting with a plate that refused to fit in. It wasn't really the plates fault. I was in severe lower back pain and trying to get the task over as quickly as possible. I was also trying to fit way too much into this particular load.....as you … Continue reading “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way”….Is It Really That Easy?

Where’s The “Off The Charts” Rule Book?

(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?

Bigger Isn’t Always Better In Life

Bigger isn't always better in life. I'm not talking about weight size or the size of your bank balance or home, I'm talking about bigger bones. If you research bone disease on "Dr Google" you'll find copious amounts of information about Osteoporosis, low bone density and the importance of having good healthy bones. Try researching high … Continue reading Bigger Isn’t Always Better In Life

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

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

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

Apparently Life Won’t Stand Still, Even If My Legs Won’t Work!

I recently saw one of my favourite Specialists. I always look forward to seeing this particular Specialist. We have become good friends and enjoy chatting about all things French. She is mad about France as am I. With me being born on Bastille Day and also loving French decor, the food and the language, well … Continue reading Apparently Life Won’t Stand Still, Even If My Legs Won’t Work!