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'm a huge fan of pacing. It's number one on my list of key chronic illness/ pain management strategies. Pacing doesn't remove symptoms or take all my pain away. It does help to reduce some discomfort and reduces the risk of me causing an escalation of more crippling issues. Well, usually it does that!! My … Continue reading Sometimes A “Sick Day” Is Necessary, Even If You Are Already Chronically Ill
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29 v 11 ( New International Version) I love this verse of scripture. I can’t think of a better verse to meditate upon at the start of a … Continue reading A New Year Promise – Hope In The Midst Of Delights and Despair
As a New Year gets under way it's usual to think about the year ahead and set goals both for your personal and business life and perhaps plan holidays or other adventures. I did that for years. It's summer in Australia and generally known as a holiday month. Schools are closed and many businesses are … Continue reading Plans? What Plans?
As Christmas and year end comes around, I’m in a reflective mood. It’s been a great year for me from a writing perspective. I've enjoyed networking with other bloggers within the chronic illness blogging community. I've also connected this year outside of the chronic illness world, with lovely Christian women through Grace Girls and the … Continue reading My Writing Year In Review
I can't believe on the 11th November my beloved stoma, affectionately called Rudolph, is turning 5! 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. Something … Continue reading Happy 5th Stomaversary to Rudolph and Me!
Ok, so the title probably sounds a little more dramatic than where I'm going with this.....but maybe not!! My regular readers will know I generally have a positive outlook on life, despite my disabling pain and crazy bone disease. I have accepted my circumstances, I love the things I can do and I don't stress … Continue reading Chronic Illness Catastrophe Days – How Can We Survive These?