We Can Stay Stuck Or We Can Grow

Getting to the next level always requires ending something, leaving it behind, and moving on. Growth itself demands that we move on. Without the ability to end things, people stay stuck, never becoming who they are meant to be, never accomplishing all that their talents and abilities should afford them."Henry Cloud, Necessary Endings I love this … Continue reading We Can Stay Stuck Or We Can Grow

I’ve Launched My Podcast!!….Introducing “Medical Musings With Sam”

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”

Musings About My Future, While Waiting For The Morning Fog To Lift

I’m not talking about the weather, it is the most glorious day outside. I'm sitting in my favourite chair doing what I love most....writing. I really should make the extra effort to get out of my armchair, grab my crutches, grab my phone, grab my coffee and go outside……hmmm, can’t quite achieve that! Not with … Continue reading Musings About My Future, While Waiting For The Morning Fog To Lift

We All Need To Be Understood…Everyone Has A Story

How many times have you jumped to a wrong conclusion about something? How many times have you inadvertently assessed a situation from the entirely wrong angle? How many times have you completely misjudged someone? Without even realising it, we all easily do this on a regular basis. Tiredness, busyness, listening to others views and opinions, … Continue reading We All Need To Be Understood…Everyone Has A Story

“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?

Healing Comes In Many Forms…..Even With A Progressive Disease

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

Managing The Chronic Disease Curveball

At the start of a new week or month, I have a, “Celebrations Milestones and Memories” segment on my Facebook Forum, Medical Musings with Friends. The idea is to take a quiet moment, to think about what lies ahead. We muse about how we are feeling, what we are concerned about, what we are excited about. … Continue reading Managing The Chronic Disease Curveball

Spinal Shenanigans….It’s A Little Complicated

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

8 Years And A Million Journeys….A Guest Blog

I am really pleased to share a blog post from “The Little Cripple That Could”

This wonderful blogger is a good friend and member of my Facebook forum.

She inspires me so much as not only does she live with chronic illness, she also works full time as a Mental Health Nurse.

In this blog post she shines the spotlight on Mental Health and Mental Health nursing, as she reminisces about 8 years serving and caring for others in this amazing role.

I’d encourage you to read and share her insights and help raise awareness of Mental Illness.


Sam xx

The Anxious Optimist

Wow! Facebook memories! Why you gotta play me like that!?
I was just casually having a look through and BAM! ALL THE FEELS!

8 years ago today marks the first shift I ever worked in the Mental Health field. To say that it changed my life would be a ludicrous understatement.

Working in Mental Health Nursing, for me, was the beginning of a truly remarkable journey. And being invited on so many other people’s journeys. The incredible privilege of working alongside people at their most vulnerable is one I can hardly put into words.

The experience is one of raw human emotion. It was an experience of learning and growing. I truly grew up in those 3 months. Caring for people in their most vulnerable states is an immense privilege that you cannot understand fully until you have been there and felt it yourself.

It is one of loss and…

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A “Hallmark Moment”….In Chronic Illness Style

I love celebrating special occasions. I’m a real “Hallmarks moment” kind of girl. Always have been and I suspect I always will be. Cakes, balloons, lots of presents and good food. I love making the person who is celebrating their special day, feel like they are the most important and loved person in the world. … Continue reading A “Hallmark Moment”….In Chronic Illness Style