(In loving memory of my precious Dad, who passed away peacefully on EasterMonday) 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 with … Continue reading A Carousel Of Memories And Moments
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact our lives globally, important personal milestones and celebrations still scatter our calendars. Events we looked forward to and perhaps been planning to celebrate long before COVID-19 became part of our daily vocabulary. Often these events, such as birthdays and anniversaries, or soon to arrive Easter, are opportunities for … Continue reading Easter Celebrations COVID Style
I can remember as clearly as if it was yesterday, sitting in the dining room of our family home, staring at the plaque on the wall. We’d had it for years and the words always provided me with a sense of comfort and security. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence … Continue reading Hope, Faith And Our Need For Dreams To Come True
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12 v 12) Is it possible to have patience in the midst of affliction? No matter the cause of affliction, no one wants to stay in a state of pain or distress or turmoil. Our immediate response in any traumatic event is to want it over … Continue reading Prayer, Patience Purpose and Pain
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
We all know the saying; "When life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade" It conjures up the notion of strength, determination, optimism, resourcefulness, resilience. All characteristics I've drawn on to deal with the "chronic illness lemons" continuously thrown at me. My lemons often feel like tennis balls in one of those practice machines. … Continue reading This One Is All About Handling Lemons
As 2019 is coming to a close, I have been reflecting on my writing year. I've so enjoyed blogging plus writing articles for The Mighty So this blog post is simply to say "Thank you"! Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing my work on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for reaching out … Continue reading Thank You To All My Readers….My Top 2019 Blog Posts And Articles As Voted By You!!
I wrote this article in February 2018. I was just starting to write a new article this week, on a similar theme, and realised this one says it all. The title I had in mind for a new blog post was “Accept and Adjust”. Accepting our chronic disease isn’t enough. We need to take the … Continue reading Is Acceptance Just Resignation?
Sometimes, all I need is a spoonful of strength. Living with a chronic disease reminds me of some of my previous plane trips. I’d start off full of nervous anticipation with a little fear of what lay ahead once on board. There were some smooth passages and then all of a sudden we’d hit almighty … Continue reading Calming Chronic Illness Turbulence With A Spoonful of Strength