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

Hello and welcome to another instalment of Shining The Spotlight. A series where I give others with chronic illness and disabilities the platform to talk about their illness or disability to help raise the awareness of their condition or disability.   Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? Hi, my name is Amanda Gene. I’m 30 years old, and I have a disability and mental illness blog.  Chronic illness(es)/disabilities I have? I have a visual impairment called Nystagmus, which is where my eyes move continuously. I have night blindness. I also have Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia. My symptoms/condition began? I was born 12 weeks early at 28 weeks gestation and I weighed 1 pound 5 ounces and was […]

2019 A New Year, New Adventures and Challenges Lie Ahead

We are only a few days into the new year! My brain still thinks its 2018 not 19. When my brain eventually catches up with the rest of the world. it will realise that we have a whole new year of adventures and challenges are ahead of us. When I was looking towards the new year and the new goals I wanted to set for myself. I never expected to be spending it in the midst of a really bad pain flare. I knew my new year would be starting with my dancing the night away, taking shots with pals but I’d hoped that I would be able to stay up for the bells and have a nice New Year’s […]

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 […]