I can cope with most things about my disability. I'm not saying it's easy, it's far from easy. I have though, over the years, developed a toolkit of chronic disease management strategies which I've written about previously. These help me greatly on a daily basis: My Chronic Disease Management PlanBody Behaving Badly) My pain is … Continue reading Sleepless Night Strategies
"Hello, you're back again, so nice to see you, how are you?" You'd be forgiven for thinking this warm greeting was being given by a friend, a colleague, or a local shop owner who I'd known for years. This was the greeting I received by the Radiologist at my hospital, when I arrived for my … Continue reading MRI Marathon
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!!”
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 Along Came Chronic Illness And Life Turned Upside Down
"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
“Life is too short, take nothing for granted” Catch phrases roll off our tongues at one time or another. I hazard a guess, they have a slightly different meaning for all of us. On my Facebook Support Group, we often have a segment called “Thankful Thursday". Members share a few things they are grateful for … Continue reading Life Is Too Short Not To Be Grateful !
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…
(In loving memory of my precious Dad, who passed away peacefully on Easter Monday) One of my earliest childhood memories is being on the passenger ship "Aurelia". I was 3 years of age and embarking on a journey that would change the entire course of my life. I was migrating from the United Kingdom to Australia … Continue reading A Carousel Of Memories And Moments
I can remember as clearly as if it was yesterday, sitting in the dining room of our family home, staring at the plaque on the wall. We’d had it for years and the words always provided me with a sense of comfort and security. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence … Continue reading Hope, Faith And Our Need For Dreams To Come True
"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!