Parenting Through A Flare (Tips I Use When Flaring)

Parenting is hard, don’t let anyone tell you any different. As parents, we want to do our absolute best for our kids. We are plagued with doubt as to whether we are doing the right thing! It can feel like an uphill battle that you are never thanked for, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Bearing in mind how tough parenting is for someone who doesn’t have a chronic illness, imagine how hard and challenging it is for someone who does. Flares happen anytime, anywhere occasionally without warning, which are physically and mentally draining. For me when a …

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. …

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 …

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 …

How A Bad Doctors Appointment Can Put You Off

Finding a doctor who is understanding about your chronic condition can be a struggle.  The number of GP’s I’ve seen or stories I’ve heard from others about doctors not listening or helping is shocking!  I wrote previously about My Chronic Illness and GP’s  Where I spoke about the lack of support I was receiving by my doctor.  Shortly after writing that piece I moved practice and found a doctor who I felt got my condition and was helpful.  That is until one day, they don’t seem to be as understanding as you first thought.  They make you feel like you’re …

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 …

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 …