When we think of Chronic Disease, we wouldn't usually have happy thoughts or find ourselves looking forward to a bright future. Fear, horror, uncertainty and grief are generally the normal response. However, the reality of living a chronic illness life can be quite liberating, as I've surprisingly found over the past 7 years. One of … Continue reading You’ve Created A “Chronic Illness Career”….Don’t Forget To Have A Weekend!
I love life's little challenges. I love problem solving and turning obstacles into opportunities. I love putting a positive spin on what would otherwise be a very negative situation. I've always done this, both in my personal and my working life. So, chronic disease really wasn't going to change my approach to finding a way … Continue reading The Non Negotiable Chronic Illness Rule
When we have chronic illness, our minds are quickly programmed to think about all the things we can no longer do. Doctors, allied health professionals, family and friends, can easily feed us messages which concur with our “I can’t do it” mindset. Don’t get me wrong, there is lots we can’t do when living with … Continue reading “You Sound And Look So Well!!”
"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 … Continue reading Self Talk….”It’ll Do” And Other Chronic Illness Chat Lines
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
This week the world is mourning the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Closer to home, I am mourning the death of my precious Dad. The Royal Family and I are worlds apart on so many levels, yet grief is something no one escapes in this life. At the end of the day we … Continue reading As The World Mourns…
"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like, and celebrating it for everything that it is" – Mandy Hale What an insightful quote! There is so much simplicity to it yet it is full of depth and wisdom. When we live with Chronic Illness, it's very easy to … Continue reading It’s Time To Let Go Of What You Think Life “Should” Look Like!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading and editing some of my older blog posts. I’m no where near finished but it’s been such a worthwhile exercise so far. I’ve enjoyed reliving my journey, and discovering how much my writing style has changed, since I started blogging over 6 years ago. I’ve also … Continue reading My Mini Musings
Every now and again it's really good to stop and take stock. The end of the year, and the lead up to Christmas, is a perfect time to let go of a few things and make some space to slow down a little. After all, it is the season of "Comfort and Peace", as opposed … Continue reading Blogging Off Until After Christmas!
I have a “Now or Never” philopsophy to life that sometimes gets me into trouble. Well, let’s face it….always gets me into trouble! Living with a physical progressive disability involves a lot of pain, lack of mobility and extreme fatigue every day. This kind of disease is constant. It doesn’t ebb and flow with flares. … Continue reading My Latest Podcast….A Pushing And Pacing Approach With Chronic Disability