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 Let’s Make Some Lemonade!
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 fall … Continue reading Your Ticket To A New Life…..(Let Go Of What You Think Life “Should” Look Like)
If you love the original Mary Poppins movie, you will be very familiar with one of the songs sung by Dick Van Dyke, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” I love the lyrics and melody. It conjures up happy childhood memories. I had the Mary Poppins album and would play it in my bedroom, on my … Continue reading A New Year….A Blank Canvas
2022 is upon us!A new year awaits. Will it be a good year, a difficult year, a happy year, a sad year?One thing is certain, none of us really know.This time last year, none of us knew how challenging 2021 would continue to be. I doubt a rampant, infectious virus, creating an ongoing and seemingly … Continue reading Our Tapestry of Life
As 2021 is coming to a close, I like to take time to reflect on my writing year. I’ve so enjoyed blogging plus writing articles for The Mighty. I launched my Podcast in 2020, Medical Musings With Sam, which has proved to be a wonderful way to bring my blog posts to life. Thank You! So this … Continue reading Reviewing My Writing Year….Thank You For Reading, Sharing and Listening!
You know the feeling of needing a holiday. Time away from your own life realities, if even for a few days. You are probably exhausted from work, life events, health issues, end of year fatigue and numerous other reasons. My list of reasons for needing a holiday is not short! A Year To Forget 2021 … Continue reading A Holiday At Home – My Very Own Bed and Breakfast
Chronic Disease is a tough cross to bear. There is no denying it. Having a cheerful disposition while writhing in pain, or dealing with news of a chronic illness diagnosis, may sound like an impossible dream. I can see my readers nodding and saying "you've got that right Sam!" Stay with me on this though..... … Continue reading Giving Thanks and Being Kind, Despite Pain and Chronic 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 was 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 … Continue reading One Step, Two Steps…..Will There Be A Third?
On the 14th October 2021, after 5 weeks bed bound in hospital, due to my “acute” spinal collapse and bone disease progression, I was finally allowed home. I was sent home via ambulance as my condition hadn't improved. I still couldn't sit or stand for more than 2 minutes at a time. Walking with a … Continue reading Overwhelmed and Under Prepared
One of my Facebook Forum members, Gina Baker, shared her story recently of living with Mitochondrial Disease. I was so glad she did as I knew very little about it and having a rare disease of my own, I am very keen to raise awareness of other rare diseases. I asked Gina if she would … Continue reading Shining The Light On Mitochondrial Disease