Bigger isn't always better in life. I'm not talking about weight size or the size of your bank balance or home, I'm talking about bigger bones. If you research bone disease on "Dr Google" you'll find copious amounts of information about Osteoporosis, low bone density and the importance of having good healthy bones. Try researching high … Continue reading Bigger Isn’t Always Better In Life
I love life's little challenges. I love problem solving and turning obstacles into opportunities. I love putting positive spins on what would otherwise be a very negative situation. I've done that all my life, both in my personal life and my working life. So, chronic disease really wasn't going to change that about me. It's … Continue reading When All Else Fails….Just Cancel The Day
Many people with Chronic Illness require full time Carers. Often that role is filled by loved ones. Our husbands, wives, life partners, siblings, parents, children, even grandparents. Watching a loved one suffer is just so confronting. No one wants to see someone writhing in pain or watch the person they're caring for lose their ability … Continue reading Caring For the Carer…..It’s Not All About Us.
Life isn't always straight forward. A bit of a cliche I know, but it's so true! 3 years ago I sat in pain with 2 broken legs, recovering from 2 major surgeries 8 weeks apart. I was facing a future filled with so many "unknown" elements. At that moment, "Life isn't straight forward", is what came … Continue reading The Twists And Turns Of Chronic Illness
One thing chronic illness guarantees is uncertainty. No matter how much we might like to think we have things under control, our bodies, our diseases, always find a way of creating times of chaos, confusion, fear and uncertainty. Sometimes it happens on a daily basis, sometimes every few months or just unexpectedly out of the … Continue reading Facing An Uncertain Future
I love turning over the calendar at the beginning of a new month. I have a pretty wall calendar in my study so I can anticipate revealing a new picture on the 1st day. It's a symbolic act in some regards, of saying goodbye to the old month, the good and the bad. I like … Continue reading In Sickness And In Health…..The Seasons Of Life
There are times in my chronic illness adventure when I'm not sure what my next move should be. Symptoms worsen, test results reveal disease progression and my energy and desire to fight wanes. My medical team is very concerned but also cautious. Intervention can make things worse and every time I have surgery I'm never … Continue reading Chronic Illness Chess – Attack or Surrender