Every morning I wake up thinking, “Today will be a better day” Everyday, for more years than I care to count, I finish the day feeling battle weary. Every night I close my eyes to sleep, clinging to the hope that sleep will be renewing and I will wake up feeling refreshed. Every night I … Continue reading Maybe Tomorrow Will Be Better….Clinging To Hope
What if? What if my pain is worse tomorrow? What if I can’t sleep? What if I have a reaction to my new medication? What if my condition worsens? What if I contract COVID-19? What if my friends or family won’t understand why I need to continue to self isolate when pandemic restrictions are lifted? … Continue reading Sending The “What Ifs” Of Life Packing
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
In 2018, as the New Year approached, I decided to dare to dream and wrote a blog post, Let's Go Fly A Kite. The idea was to list a few things I would love to do but felt were way out of reach or were just pure imagination. I also had a small realistic list. … Continue reading My Very Own “Escape To The Country”
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!
I wrote this blog post well before self isolation, quarantine and lockdown were common words in our vocabulary. As we enter a new world, dictated to us by COVID-19, my chronic illness life and the lives of so many disabled with chronic disease, may now be better understood. One of the ways those of us … Continue reading Home Sweet Home…My Chronic Illness/COVID-19 Sanctuary
"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
"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like, and celebrating it for everything that it is" – Mandy Hale What an insightful quote! There is so much simplicity to it yet it is full of depth and wisdom. When we live with Chronic Illness, it's very easy to … Continue reading Letting Go Of What You Think Life “Should Be”
A while ago I wrote a blog post titled "Hair Loss..It Does Matter Even If It Doesn't". I was starting out on my hair loss journey when I shared this chapter of my story. Back then, I was able to get hair cuts and use hair colour, to cover the early stages of alopecia. Fast … Continue reading Wigs, Hats, Scarves, Or Au Naturale?
You would be forgiven for thinking this is a Valentine's Day post given the title I've chosen. Please rest assured it's not. It's a continuation of my musings about acceptance being the gateway to a new life. Acceptance is not a sad resignation, it's the pathway to peace, happiness and freedom from prolonged grief. For me … Continue reading Old Loves, New Loves