For those of us with Chronic Diseases, who are disabled to a point where getting out and about is difficult, our phones can be our lifeline. Many of us can no longer work and have given up exciting and rewarding careers because of our health. Connecting with others through blogging, writing, managing or participating in online support forums, provides opportunities to connect with the wider community, in a meaningful way, from our homes or hospital beds.
Memories are strange things. They can arrive when you least expect them. They can bring amazing joy or they can startle you. They can cause you to quietly reflect. You can be caught smiling for apparently no reason to others around you. You can feel melancholy. You can cry when you least expect it. Memory … Continue reading A Drive Down Memory Lane ~ An Unexpected Emotional Road Trip
Late last year, 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'm a huge fan of pacing. It's number one on my list of key chronic illness/ pain management strategies. Pacing doesn't remove symptoms or take all my pain away. It does help to reduce some discomfort and reduces the risk of me causing an escalation of more crippling issues. Well, usually it does that!! My … Continue reading Sometimes A “Sick Day” Is Necessary, Even If You Are Already Chronically Ill
As a New Year gets under way it's usual to think about the year ahead and set goals both for your personal and business life and perhaps plan holidays or other adventures. I did that for years. It's summer in Australia and generally known as a holiday month. Schools are closed and many businesses are … Continue reading Plans? What Plans?
One of the hardest things about living with a chronic illness, is learning that life has to be paced. No more jumping out of bed and embracing the day with the energy of a netball team. I know that sounds like an extreme analogy but that is how I used to live. I had that kind … Continue reading Embracing Chronic Illness In a “Deliberate” Way
A friend recently posted a question in a Facebook Group, about ways to gain freedom in life, so you can choose how you want to live it. "What has most helped you to gain freedom in your life to choose exactly how you want to live it?" Jayne Bailey My response was one word. Acceptance. … Continue reading Is Acceptance Just Resignation?