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!
So, it’s here again…Valentine’s Day. Special for some, annoying for many and a day to completely ignore for others. What we can celebrate today are “love stories”. They don’t necessarily have to be romantic love stories. We can recount stories of love shown from friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances or even a stranger. We can just … Continue reading Love It Or Loathe It….Valentine’s Day Is Here Again
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 How Can I Do That?
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
I was loading my dishwasher this morning and fighting with a plate refusing to fit in. It wasn't really the plates fault. I was in severe lower back 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!! … Continue reading “Where There’s A Will There’s A Way”….Is It Really That Easy?
(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 Where’s The “Off The Charts” Rule Book?