Hemp Patch Review

Chronic pain caused by conditions such as Fibromyalgia very rarely reacts to pain medication. I know from my own experience and from talking to others who suffer from chronic pain, they don’t feel any relief from over the counter or prescribed painkillers. I’ve been looking into alternative methods that might help with some relief or allow me to cope with the pain. A friend tagged me on a Facebook post for CBD oil patches. I look into the ones I was tagged in. They looked promising, however, they were from an American company. I wasn’t sure about shipping costs etc. I looked on Amazon to see if I could find a similar product. As I searched, I found Hemp Patches […]

A Light In The Darkness – Lisa Sniderman – Book Review

For me reading isn’t that big a deal I’m not one to be found with my nose constantly in a book. When I do read I will tend to go for something that’s easy going and is normally non-fiction. I was recently given the opportunity to read and review a book about one person’s journey with chronic illness & disability. I jumped at the chance to read and review the book which is called A Light In The Darkness by Lisa Sniderman. Disclaimer – I was kindly gifted an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Lisa Sniderman also known by her stage name of Aoede is a singer-songwriter, playwright and […]

Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Lisa

Hello and welcome back to Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities. Todays interview is with the lovely Lisa Sniderman. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you I am Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, and author from San Francisco, and I obsessively create to heal. I combine expressive and teaching arts to inspire young adults and kids at heart to positively impact them. I create and record unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that I adapt to musical theater stage plays. I’ve been honored with more than 50 awards for my songwriting, audiobooks, and stage plays since 2012 all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis (DM), a progressive muscle weakness […]

Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Liz

Welcome back to another instalment in the Shining The Spotlight series. A series I created for people like myself who are living with chronic illness or disabilities, giving them a platform to tell their story. Todays post is brought to you by Liz from Despite Pain. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? My name is Liz and write the www.despitepain.com blog. I’ve lived with chronic pain all of my adult life. I’m married and live on a sheep farm in the hills of the Scottish Borders. I had to take early retirement from work when I was 28. I am now 52, feeling like 92 some days, older on other days. But I try to get through […]

Chronic Illness & The Grieving Process

Coming to terms with a diagnosis of a long term condition can be difficult. Our bodies and minds are attempting to adjust to the new situation we find ourselves in. We feel a loss for our lives prior to illness. In a way we might approach the loss like we would if we were grieving the loss of a loved one or relationship. Speaking from my own personal experience with fibromyalgia I went through and continue to go through the various stages of grief. The concept of grieving for your life before illness has been written about multiple times. Lisa Sniderman touches on it in her book A Light In the Darkness, as well as other chronic illness writers and […]

Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A With Lynley

Hello and welcome back to nicolajogston.com. Today I am sharing Lynley if Top Lady Talks Q&A for The Shining The Spotlight Series. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?  Hi! My name is Lynley Gregory and I’m a 51 year old retired teacher. Chronic illness(es)/disabilities I have? I became disabled 4 years ago following a spontaneous Sacral spinal fracture and subsequent nerve damage. This left me with chronic pain and weakness in my left hip and leg and I now use crutches and an electric powerchair to mobilise. After the fracture, we found out that I had severe osteoporosis and it was this that had caused the spontaneous fracture.  My symptoms/condition began? It all started during lesson 5 […]

February 2019 Decluttering Challenge

Living in a small 2 bedroom flat means that our options for storage is limited. We have to be creative with our storage solutions as well as what we can keep a hold of. Ideally I would have liked to start a decluttering challenge in January but with my chronic illness, getting back to a routine with nursery and life getting in the way I wasn’t able to start a purge of the house. Now that February is approaching I’m hoping to get a started, declutter and reorganise. Let’s Get Decluttering!! To make it less of a chore I looked on Pinterest for inspiration for what to and where to start decluttering. (I have a board for decluttering if you […]

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

Hello and welcome to another instalment of Shining The Spotlight series. Todays q&a is brought. to you by Jaime of I Told You I Was Sick Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?  Hello. I’m Jaime. I’m an autistic woman who received a late diagnosis of this developmental condition in 2015. I’m a content creator who specializes in making content around chronic illness, natural treatments, and life on the autism spectrum.  Chronic illness(es)/disabilities I have? I’m autistic, but I don’t consider it a disability, although it does cause a fair amount of issues living in a neurotypical (non-autistic) world. Like many on the autism spectrum, I see it as a different operating system, like the difference between a […]

Courage – My Word Of The Year

The concept of choosing a word or mantra of the year is fairly new to me. However in the world of bullet journalling and goal setting. Word of the year seems to be very popular. I found this article Word Of The Year Ideas For 2019 by The Goal Chaser very useful when it came to choosing my word and for understanding the concept behind focusing on one specific word to help a person achieve their goals. After some deliberation I decided my word of 2019 is courage. Some Words Stood Out. As I was reading through the article on The Goal Chaser, I had a few ideas of words that I might want to use, however I sat and […]

A Typical Morning In Our House

Mornings have never been my favourite time of the day. I envy the people who wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on the day. I never wake up feeling rested, paired with morning stiffness I can only describe as feeling like rigor mortis has began to set in. Getting started for the day is tough. Here’s how a typical morning in our house goes. Our very own human alarm clock Any family with young children know that the concept of a long lie is lost on them, it is in our house anyway. Normally the Alex will wake up anytime between 6:30 to 7am. He’s ready to get the day started, whereas my brain and body […]