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
How do you continue to live life to the full when your health limits everything you do? I have found two things really help me live a fulfilled life despite uncertainty, pain and disappointment
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?
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've been singing it over the past few days as the lyrics and melody are so uplifting: With tuppence for paper and strings, You can have your … Continue reading “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”….Dreaming Dreams Despite Disability
You know that feeling when you are completing a jigsaw puzzle only to find that a piece is missing? It’s a devastating moment. Your stomach turns just a little. All that work, all that effort, all that anticipation of a final outcome. A completed picture was the awaiting reward but it’s been snatched away from … Continue reading Finding Your Way Through A Chronic Illness Conundrum
I was loading my dishwasher this morning and fighting with a plate that refused to fit in. It wasn't really the plates fault. I was in severe pain and trying to get the task over as quickly as possible. I was also trying to fit way too much into this particular load.....as you do!! So … Continue reading “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way”….Is It Really That Easy?
Living with chronic and disabling disease requires a complete change of lifestyle, a complete change of thinking. Gone are the days of waking up in the morning and jumping out of bed to have a quick breakfast, get showered and dressed, head to work or some fun planned day full of anticipated activities. Losses are … Continue reading Living A “Simply Special” Life