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 to … Continue reading Caring For The Carer
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.Louisa May Alcott (Author of “Little Women”) I always think we have a choice when faced with “storms of life”.We can bunker down and wait for the storm to pass, or we can continue to live, albeit with impediments, and find a way … Continue reading Sailing Through Storms
If you're disabled, or live with chronic illness, you will understand the importance your allied health team play in keeping you functional. They are integral to your overall care and well being. They often become more than medical professionals, they become friends over time as they visit you at home, perhaps weekly or monthly. You … Continue reading Podiatry Panic
What a week! Parts of Australia, in South East Queensland and New South Wales, are experiencing catastrophic flooding. It's due to an extreme, unpredictable weather system we are calling a "rain bomb". One reporter said the rain was of "biblical" proportion and I have to agree. I was lying in bed listening to it's intensity … Continue reading Just Because It’s Over, Doesn’t Mean It’s Over
Everyone wants to present the best version of themselves. We all have an image of how we’d like to look and often the image in our mind, falls short of the reality we see in the mirror.Of course some mirrors give a very distorted view. I have in my home what I call “naughty and … Continue reading Body Image….A Love Hate Relationship
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine, especially when chronic illness turns the simple act of going to bed, into a circus act.I’m no poet, but as my husband and I recovered from last night’s antics over our morning coffee, our conversation ignited a tiny bit of poetic creativity:As I lay me down to sleepMy naughty … Continue reading As I Lay Me Down To Sleep…. Who Am I Kidding!
If at first you don't succeed….. Christmas Day Crisis Christmas Day was pretty much a right off for me. I was so unwell with a stoma blockage which caused many issues, including my pain medication not being absorbed. On Christmas Day I always like to wear a new outfit. It's been a long time tradition … Continue reading “If At First You Don’t Succeed….”
Love is a beautiful thing and never more so when it has ripened and flourished. On the 15th December, my husband and I will have been married 26 years, and on Christmas Day it's 27 years since our engagement. The Facebook post below sums up my love for Peter. Like all couples we have our, … Continue reading Our 26th Wedding Anniversary
I was once called "Stoic" when I was working, because of the way I got on with my chronic health issues without fuss. I was always cheerful, smiling and putting others first. I kept working full time with this stoic attitude and nature, until my body physically would no longer let me. Even with a … Continue reading Stoic or Stupid?
“Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la” Is it? Do you feel jolly or do you feel exhausted, stressed? Do you feel overwhelmed by your chronic illness, which refuses to understand Christmas is fast approaching, and you really could do with feeling healthy for the festive season? … Continue reading Decking The Halls With Comfort And Joy