Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A with Anonymous

Hello and welcome to another instalment of my Shining The Spotlight series.  Today’s Q&A is with one of my friends who wishes to remain anonymous.  This is her story. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?  I am a 35 year old female homemaker with a ten year old, loving partner and dogs.  Chronic illness(es)/disabilities I have? I have Crohns disease which at first doctors thought was coeliac disease. I have problems with joints swelling which they think is  rheumatoid arthritis. I also have anxiety issues. My symptoms/condition began?  I was ill after a holiday to Majorca in 2004. I had really bad food poisoning and never got better. Running to the toilet, losing weight, constant stomach pain. […]

Shining the Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A with Kaye

Hello and welcome to the third instalment of Shining the Spotlight on Chronic Illness and disability. Today Q&A is brought to you by Kaye.  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts they are linked above.   Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? I’m a dual national, UK Aussie. I came over (on a two year secondment LOL) almost 20 years ago with my husband and 5 year old son, leaving family and friends behind, but trying to keep in touch as direct family members dwindle. I want my son – now 25, to know his UK cousins and aunts and uncles. I was a primary school teacher for 20 years and am now a writer. Chronic […]

Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A With Jenny

Hello and welcome to the second instalment of Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability.  A series of posts where guest bloggers answer questions about their illness or disability.  In the hope that we can shine a light on these illnesses and disabilities to raise awareness and let people see that because they are mostly invisible illnesses & disabilities, that they are in fact real. Today’s Q&A is from Jenny.  Jenny blogs over at Tripping Through Treacle.   Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?   Hi!  I’m Jenny and am 40 years old.  I am married with two kids, a boy and a girl and live in the East of England.  Until recently, I worked as […]

Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A With Ashley

Following on from the guest post by the lovely Pamela. I was inspired to shine the spotlight on as many illnesses and spoonies as I can. I want to keep the conversation of chronic illness and disability going and for everyone to get their story heard. I compiled a list of questions that I thought would give people the chance to talk about their illness/disability and how their life is affected by it. Three people might all have fibromyalgia for example but all three of them might have a different list of symptoms and deal with it differently. The first of this Shining A Spotlight On Chronic Illness Series is brought to you by Ashley. I’ll stop rambling on and […]

Prestige Luxury Hamper Review

As Christmas approaches, it is never too early to start planning on purchasing the perfect gift for that someone special in your life. A great unique idea for a present is a hamper. Hampers give a personal touch to a present. Instead of getting a gift that you know will end up at the back of the wardrobe or cupboard. There are so many varieties of hampers on the market, to suit everyone’s taste from food and drink to pampering products. Today I am reviewing a hamper that was kindly sent to me from Prestige Hampers. Prestige hampers  offer a wide range of hampers such as Cheese Hampers, Beer Hampers, Wine Hampers even Pet Hampers with a budget that will […]

Taking A Step Back

it is official, blogtober has broken me.  I tried my hardest to get a post out each and every day (I have managed most of it), life however got in the way.  Towards the end of last week I became disinterested and unfocused.  I wasn’t feel inspired to write.   Did I set myself up to fall? Probably.  I had a bunch of content prewritten which allowed me to take my mind off it for the first week or so.  When it came to writing the rest of my posts I wasn’t fully happy with the content I was publishing.  Stress levels were increasing, not just from blogtober but from life, which takes a physical toll as well as emotional. […]

What I Carry With Me To Help Manage My Chronic Pain – Guest Post – Blogtober 2018 – Day 27

Hello and welcome to day 27 of Blogtober.  Todays post is a guest post from the amazing Ali of Notebooks and Glasses.  Ali is sharing what she carries to help manage her chronic pain.   * * * I’m delighted to be featuring as a guest blogger for nicolajogston.com. Nicola and I met through our blogs and we both suffer from chronic pain. I write about my life with chronic pain at Notebooks and Glasses. Although I have reluctantly had to give up on my Blogtober challenge this year, I still wanted to write and submit my post for Nicola’s blog. Thank you for having me – and congratulations on your own Blogtober challenge. I am really enjoying reading your […]

Childhood Halloween Story – Blogtober 2018 – Day 26

When I was a kid Halloween wasn’t that big of a deal. We wouldn’t go trick or treating, there wasn’t a lot of choice for costumes and decorations that there is today. I remember vaguely of dressing up as a cat and possibly a clown at one point to go to a disco or something. The only Halloween story I can remember from my childhood does involve a fright and some blood though. I’m not sure how old I was, maybe about 7 or 8. It was Halloween night, it was dark (I’m not a big fan of the dark). I was at my nana and papas who lived a few doors down from my me and my mum. At […]

Ultimate Autumn Getaway – Blogtober 2018 – Day 24

Over the course of Blogtober you have noticed that I really do love autumn. Although I’ve only ever experienced it in Scotland, going to another country in the autumn is something I would like to do. Today for Blogtober I am going to be discussing my ultimate autumn getaway. New York, New York New York has been on my travel bucket list for a long time.  I’ve dreamt about seeing the lights of Time Square.  Looking over the cities skyline from the Empire State Building.  Taking pictures on the steps of The Met (thank for the idea gossip girl).  I want to pay respect to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and I want to soak in the atmosphere […]

The Scariest Thing I’ve Seen – Blogtober 2018 – Day 23

With halloween just around the corner what better way to celebrate it than talking about the scariest thing I’ve seen. In my almost 40 years on this planet I have seen some scary stuff, witness car accidents, visited haunted venues or watched a scary movie. However when I look back and recall a memory. There is one that stands out more than anything else!! I can’t recall my exact age at the time, I think I was about 6 or 7. It was one of the weekends I was staying at my fathers house. At some point during the course of my stay I watched a scary movie that he has rented from the video shop. That scary movie is […]