I was once called "Stoic" when I was working, because of the way I got on with my chronic health issues without fuss. I was always cheerful, smiling and putting others first. I kept working full time with this stoic attitude and nature, until my body physically would no longer let me. Even with a … Continue reading Stoic or Stupid?
Some challenges in life hit us so hard, as we never saw them coming. Such challenges don't allow us the luxury of preparing ahead of time. They give no warning. They simply arrive! My "acute" spinal collapse , would prove to be one of the hardest challenges I have ever faced, and I've documented a … Continue reading Hard Work In Hospital
Pain can’t just be ignored. Disease can’t just be ignored. People with disease and pain can’t just be forgotten. I’m not alone in suffering horrific daily pain. So many in society struggle every day. Some manage to work or interact with the wider community in some way. Others like me, live a permanently reclusive life … Continue reading A Peek Through My Window Of Pain
You’re probably wondering what on earth the title to this blog post means. How can you be “Blissfully Broken”? No I haven’t gone mad…..ok, maybe just a little! I’m 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
For 8 days in November 2017 I lay in a hospital bed basically writhing in pain. Rewind to the beginning of that 8 day period and I was being rushed to hospital in an ambulance as my left leg, the one with the non union femur fracture, was like a wooden block and it would … Continue reading A Hospital Stay To Remember…..Or Perhaps Forget!!
I have just had the night from hell. Pain has soared through every bone, muscle and joint in my body as my bone disease attacks from every angle. I woke from a deep sleep screaming at 2am, causing my husband to jolt upright and run to my side. I couldn't move any limb. I was … Continue reading Joy in the Morning
Yesterday I had a really interesting appointment with my Orthopaedic Surgeon. An interesting appointment indeed! It was one of those when you just don't know whether to laugh or cry. My husband and I have a great relationship with my Surgeon and he knows I understand the ins and outs of my bone disease as … Continue reading To Laugh or Cry?
I'm nearly 4 weeks post surgery and this time around seems so much harder than all the others. I think the main reason for that is because I was only 8 weeks post surgery on my broken leg when I had this rod inserted into the other leg. Having 2 legs with titanium rods from … Continue reading 4 week and counting