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 …

The Changing Seasons (How To Cope With Chronic Illness In The Colder Months)

As the seasons change, the sometimes drastic shifts in weather conditions can have a huge impact on people, (especially those with chronic illnesses). Which can affect them mentally, with conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) to physically with the rapid weather changes causing differing degrees of widespread pain and headaches. Many patients with chronic illnesses such as Hyperthyroidism. Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia can find it hard to regulate their own body temperature meaning that the changing seasons for them is more challenging than for most. As they are unsure from day to day how their body will react to …

Costochondritis – How It Really Feels. 

If you're an avid reader of this site, it is no secret that I have a few chronic conditions that have plagued me for several years.  I have spoken several times about my various illnesses which you can read about in My Chronic Illness & My Story.  When I mention one illness in particular many people have never heard of it, they don't know what costochondritis is or what it really feels like when you are experiencing what can only be described as a debilitating pain that feels like you could possibly be having a heart attack. What is costochondritis?  Basically …

Invisible Illness – My Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Story

For over 4 years I have been living with the confirmed diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Hyper-mobility Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. All of which are considered invisible illnesses. Due to the fact the the symptoms are not visible to others. Like many who live with invisible illness it took several years for doctors to listen to and believe me. This is my story. The Long Road To Diagnosis My fibromyalgia symptoms first began in 2009. After an emergency trip to the hospital that eventually resulted in an operation on my right eye. I began to experience wide spread pain, tender points …