A Year Later…One Step, Two Steps…Will There Be A Third?

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?

“Grief is the price we pay for love.” Queen Elizabeth II

I awoke to the sound of rain pouring down, and the sky was as black as the ace of spades. My body, as is normal, was screaming at me, as lying in bed for 6 hours causes every joint to seize, and my broken bones burn. I slowly twisted my legs off the bed and … Continue reading “Grief is the price we pay for love.” Queen Elizabeth II

Live Your Best Life….And What Did Sam Do Next?

(This is an excerpt from Chapter Two of my book, My Medical Musings, A Story of Love, Laughter, Faith and Hope, available as an e-book or paperback through Amazon or ImagineWe Publishers. It also provides an update, as promised, to an earlier blog, "What Sam Did Next") How do you continue to live life to … Continue reading Live Your Best Life….And What Did Sam Do Next?

Can You Have A Chronic Illness And A “To Do List”?

How many times have you written a "To Do List" this week?How many times have you looked at the list and felt like it's an impossible dream?How many times have you felt useless because you've only ticked off a few items?How many times have you looked at the list and felt like it's been taunting … Continue reading Can You Have A Chronic Illness And A “To Do List”?

A Cup Of Tea Fixes Everything!

No matter what is going on in my life there is always a constant certainty….A cup of tea fixes everything!There is something strangely calming about putting on the kettle, taking out a pretty china cup or mug, anticipating sitting in a comfy chair and slowly sipping this hot delight.It may be coffee, or another beverage … Continue reading A Cup Of Tea Fixes Everything!

Self Talk….”It’ll Do” And Other Chronic Illness Chat Lines

It’ll do”“It’s good enough”“You’re doing so well”” Good job”“Time to rest”“Not going to happen today”“Maybe tomorrow”In my previous life, by which I mean life before chronic illness, I always had a whole range of “self talk” language helping me achieve my goals.They were all positive, affirmative statements like;“you can do it, you’ve got this, keep … Continue reading Self Talk….”It’ll Do” And Other Chronic Illness Chat Lines

The Most Important Decision When Living With Chronic Illness

We all make decisions every day. Big decisions, small decisions. Some we are aware of and some are just automatic. When I had reasonable health, I would spend my days making business and personal decisions without much effort. Some might have kept me awake at night but not many. I never had to think about … Continue reading The Most Important Decision When Living With Chronic Illness

Let’s Make Some Lemonade!

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!