On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross The emblem of suffering and shame And I love that old cross where the dearest and best For a world of lost sinners was slain So I'll cherish the old rugged cross Till my trophies at last I lay down And I will cling to … Continue reading Clinging To “The Old Rugged Cross”
"You better watch out You better not cry You better not pout I'm telling you why... Santa Claus is coming to Town!!" It's Christmas Eve!! I think it's always been my most favourite day of the Christmas period ever since I was a young girl. The excitement and anticipation of Christmas Day just around the … Continue reading It’s Christmas Eve……Chronic Illness Style
The past two weeks I have been flat out recording Podcast episodes and establishing my new venture, Medical Musings With Sam. Firstly I want to thank you all so much for your support. This has been one of the most rewarding, emotionally challenging adventures, I've ever tackled. Why? I think because it's caused me to really … Continue reading Looking Back To Look Forward
July 14th is Bastille Day. It also happens to be my birthday. I love all things French so I quite like sharing my birthday with such an important national day of celebration and remembrance for France. It is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. So What … Continue reading Breaking Free From A Birthday Bastillion
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 neighbours chatting as they enjoy a morning walk and a cool gentle breeze is blowing through my bedroom window. I'm resting on my … Continue reading A Cheerful Approach To A Chronic Situation
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 Life
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!
I love turning over the calendar at the beginning of a new month. I have a pretty wall calendar in my study, so I look forward to revealing a new picture on the morning of the 1st day. It's a symbolic act in some regards, of saying goodbye to the old month, the good and … Continue reading The Ups And Downs Of Everyday Life Plus An Extraordinary Event!
Many people with Chronic Illness require full time Carers. Often that role is filled by loved ones. Our husbands, wives, life partners, siblings, parents, children, even grandparents. Watching a loved one suffer is just so confronting. No one wants to see someone writhing in pain, or watch the person they're caring for lose their ability … Continue reading Caring For The Carer
"Shall we, shan't we?" "Do we need that? Should we part with those?" "Will this piece fit? Oh no, it will just look all wrong there!" A year ago, this conversation had been on a continuum between my husband and I for weeks. Yes, we were moving house and it was the reason why we … Continue reading Letting Go ~ Out With The Old, In With The New