How can we practically deal with the "Great Expectations" of an upcoming medical appointment?It happens to all of us with chronic illness. We look at our calendar and see an appointment looming in the future. It offers such promise. We feel a little excited at the prospect of what may come from it.Hope. It offers … Continue reading Great “Medical” Expectations!
My beautiful Dad passed away 8 weeks ago. The initial weeks after his passing saw me encompassed in raw grief. The kind of grief constantly creeping up on you, and opening the flood gate of tears, when you least expect it. The kind of grief where you grapple to make sense of it all. When you … Continue reading “Good Grief!”
When we have chronic illness, our minds are quickly programmed to think about all the things we can no longer do. Doctors, allied health professionals, family and friends, can easily feed us messages which concur with our “I can’t do it” mindset. Don’t get me wrong, there is lots we can’t do when living with … Continue reading “You Sound And Look So Well!!”
(In loving memory of my precious Dad, who passed away peacefully on Easter Monday) One of my earliest childhood memories is being on the passenger ship "Aurelia". I was 3 years of age and embarking on a journey that would change the entire course of my life. I was migrating from the United Kingdom to Australia … Continue reading A Carousel Of Memories And Moments
Sometimes the path ahead in life can seem a little unclear. Sometimes we are faced with a range of life choices, almost too many, which often complicate matters and require a great deal of thought....too much thought!! Sometimes we have limited choices, none of which are particularly helpful, so instead of moving forward we feel … Continue reading What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do!
There are times I yearn to write but words fail me. Is it because I am overthinking? Is it because I'm too tired and in too much pain? Or is it because if I wrote what I needed to write, it may be too raw, too much for my readers and even too much for … Continue reading Straight From My Heart
As I wake to a beautiful Christmas sunrise in Australia, I soak in the peace and quiet and reflect on how blessed I am to live in such a lovely country. While I'm used to a chronically ill isolated life, I'm so aware a COVID Christmas crisis is affecting so many lives globally and within … Continue reading Christmas COVID Crisis – Can Christmas Really Be Cancelled?
I’ve been indulging in Christmas Movies over the past couple of weeks. They have never really been my thing but the more I watched, the more I fell in love with the beautiful locations they are filmed in, the Christmas scenes and to my surprise, the scripts aren’t half bad. Sometimes a little predictable but … Continue reading Christmas Connections
I don’t generally suffer from anxiety. It doesn’t mean I don’t get stressed. Of course I do. We all do. My overall health situation rarely stresses me. I accept it is what it is, and I’m continually adjusting my life to accomodate it. Pain however, when it's at unrelenting levels day after day, does cause … Continue reading Dancing To The Beat Of My “Chronic Illness” Drum