I thought my body couldn't possibly surprise me anymore. I thought I had a good handle on the reality of my diseases and on so many levels I do! I wrote a blog post recently, called "Sending The What Ifs Of Life Packing" It's all about focusing on "What Is" rather than "What If". So … Continue reading “Do I Get Fries With That?” Dealing With Chronic Illness Side Dishes!
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine, especially when chronic illness turns the simple act of going to bed, into a circus act. I'm no poet, but as my husband and I recovered from last night's antics over our morning coffee, our conversation ignited a tiny bit of poetic creativity: As I lay me down to … Continue reading As I Lay Me Down To Sleep….Who Am I Kidding!!
You're probably wondering what on earth the title to this blog means. How can you be "Blissfully Broken"? No I haven't gone mad.....ok, maybe just a little! I'm just 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 was once called "Stoic", when I was working, because of the way I got on with my chronic health issues without fuss. I was always cheerful, smiling and putting others first. I kept working full time with that stoic attitude and nature, until my body physically would no longer let me. Even with a … Continue reading Stoic By Nature…..Just Not For A Moment!
How many times have you said, "No worries, that's as easy as......." I know I've said it countless times during my life. In fact that's how I used to live my life. Everything was seemingly easy and if it wasn't I could quickly convince myself it was. I had a positive can do, absolutely, yes … Continue reading It’s Never As Easy As……
Years ago, when I was much younger, 22 to be precise, I was involved in the restoration of a historic church building. It had been left derelict for years. To see it returned to its original glory as a place of worship was amazing. After the restoration was completed, I would visit the church on … Continue reading How Sweet it is to Trust in Jesus
It's nearly 3 years since my left femur snapped in two. Those first two years I can barely remember. It's a blur of surgery after surgery, hospital stay after hospital stay, recovery after recovery. Actually recovery is probably the wrong word because I haven't recovered. My left femur is still broken. It's officially diagnosed as … Continue reading The Next “Leg” of My Journey
I don't often write about the ins and outs of living with a stoma but today I'm making an exception. The life of an Ostomate is in general a mystery to most people. Let's face it, you don't usually think about having a stoma or researching what it might be like to have one, unless … Continue reading Thank goodness…It wasn’t me!
I've had a week of surprises. I should be used to the unexpected by now and generally I am. I take the shocks and twists and turns my body throws at me in my stride most days, most weeks. This week felt different though. Two weeks ago I felt a snap in my left foot. … Continue reading From Chaos to Calm
I've made mention of my Colostomy (fondly named Rudolph) throughout my blog, but I realised that I've never really told the full story of why I have a stoma. Since 2014 my life has been overtaken by the story of my broken femur and subsequent genetic bone disease diagnosis. In many regards … Continue reading My Stoma Story