I can’t change my health situation but I can always change my mindset and I have deliberately choosen to embrace my new life.
I can’t believe today, on the 11th November, my beloved stoma, affectionately called Rudolph, is turning 6! For those of you without a stoma it may seem a strange thing to celebrate. While it was life changing, it was also life saving and I will be forever grateful for the day of my stoma surgery. … Continue reading Happy 6th Stomaversary to Rudolph and Me!
Chronic Illness is a tough cross to bear. There is no denying it. Having a cheerful disposition while writhing in pain, or dealing with news of a chronic illness diagnosis, may sound like an impossible dream. I can see my readers nodding and saying "you've got that right Sam!" Stay with me on this though..... … Continue reading Optimist, Pessimist, Chronic Complainer and A Kindness Mindset!
A while ago I took the plunge and made a hairdressers appointment to get a shorter cut. Sounds pretty normal doesn't it but for me it was huge! Over the past 5 years, since my leg broke and following each major surgery, my hair has been breaking off in chunks. Not sure if it's gone … Continue reading Hair Loss….It Does Matter, Even If It Doesn’t!!
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 Tackling Decisions Chronic Illness Style
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
Disappointments come to us all. They are part of life. As hard as they are to endure they can make the special moments in life seem even more precious. They also often teach us valuable life lessons. Despite that knowledge, we still need to live through life's disappointments. We need to find ways to survive … Continue reading Dealing With Disease And Disappointment