(Including a Health Update) 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 … Continue reading What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do!
I am so excited to share part two of my interview with Melissa on her podcast, "I Am Not My Pain Podcast". In case you missed part one, which includes my introduction to Melissa and how we met, here is the link to my blog post containing everything you need to know, including the Podcast … Continue reading Part Two of My Interview as a Guest on, “I Am Not My Pain Podcast”, with Host Melissa Adams
Some dates are forever etched in our memories. I have a few but there are two I will never forget. October 6th 2014 is the first. 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 … Continue reading A Year Later…One Step, Two Steps…Will There Be A Third?
(As published on The Mighty) What are the rules for living with a chronic illness or rare disease? Where can I find the rule book to help me manage, especially when all my symptoms are flaring and are "Off The Charts"? This is the question my husband and I have been contemplating over recent weeks. How do … Continue reading My Chronic Illness Rule Book ….(My Four Day Rule)
You know the feeling of completing a jigsaw puzzle only to find a piece is missing?It’s a devastating moment. Your stomach turns just a little. So much work, so much effort. So much anticipation of revealing a beautiful picture and this awaiting reward has been snatched away from you!Chronic and complex illness is so often … Continue reading Looking For The Missing Piece Of The Puzzle
I have neglected my Podcast since June last year for various reasons. I'm so happy to be back with my first episode for 2022. One of my goals ticked already! I hope you find it helpful as you start your own journey into 2022. Lots of love, Sam xx (My Podcast can be streamed on … Continue reading My First Podcast for 2022….I’m Back!
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
A week ago I had yet another spinal MRI, my second in three months. Something new happened on the left side of my lumbar spine a few weeks ago, which caused a massive increase in my disability. I can no longer stand for more than 5 or 10 mins at a time, even using aides, … Continue reading An Honest Chat With My Specialist….It Just Can’t Be Fixed!
My Spinal Specialist appointment went well. I think that's the best description under the circumstances. I managed to walk to his office using my walker and I thought I was doing well. As I entered his room I smiled as brightly as possible. However the pain in my eyes and my inability to move faster … Continue reading Surgery Can’t Come Soon Enough!