I thought my body couldn't possibly surprise me anymore. I thought I had a good handle on the reality of my diseases and on so many levels I do! I wrote a blog post recently, called "Sending The What Ifs Of Life Packing" It's all about focusing on "What Is" rather than "What If". So … Continue reading “Do I Get Fries With That?” Dealing With Chronic Illness Side Dishes!
My title might suggest a study in economics but rest assured it is not where I am heading with this. The Law of Diminishing Returns Refers to a point at which the level of benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested. When you live with chronic illness, over time your expectations, … Continue reading The “Chronic Illness” Law of Diminishing Returns
"Shall we, shan't we?" "Do we need that? Should we part with those?" "Will this piece fit? Oh no, it will just look all wrong there!" A year ago, this conversation had been on a continuum between my husband and I for weeks. Yes, we were moving house and it was the reason why we … Continue reading Letting Go ~ Out With The Old, In With The New
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 that" mindset. Don't get me wrong, there is lots we can't do when living with … Continue reading How Can I Do That ?
"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 Letting Go Of What You Think Life “Should Be”
I'm tired.....so tired! I'm not depressed, I'm not sad, I'm just tired. My body is exhausted from fighting with itself daily. It can't even get a divorce from it's rare disease and walk away to a struggle free life. I'm just tired. Tired of medication. All the planning and administration, that goes into a meals … Continue reading It’s OK To Be Tired
I've been indulging in Christmas Movies over the past couple of weeks. They have never really been my thing but the more I watched, the more I fell in love with the beautiful locations they are filmed in, the Christmas scenes and actually, the scripts aren't half bad. Sometimes a little predictable but often the … Continue reading Christmas Connections
I can’t change my health situation but I can always change my mindset and I have deliberately choosen to embrace my new life.
I love that friends, family and even neighbours often think of me and ask how I am, or say they hope I am feeling better. It lets me know that I am cared for and not forgotten, even though my disease has pretty much caused me to live the life of a recluse over recent … Continue reading Not All Stories Can Be Champagne And Roses
I can’t believe today, on the 11th November, my beloved stoma, affectionately called Rudolph, is turning 6! For those of you without a stoma it may seem a strange thing to celebrate. While it was life changing, it was also life saving and I will be forever grateful for the day of my stoma surgery. … Continue reading Happy 6th Stomaversary to Rudolph and Me!