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 …

Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A My Story

Shining the spotlight on chronic illness and disability is a series I created to give others like myself, who live with chronic illness or disability an arena to get their voices heard.  To show the world exactly what it is like to walk a mile in our shoes.  The series officially started at the beginning of November with a number of participants submitting their answers and more to come.  I thought that I would take the time to answer the questions and let me retell my story.  Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?   Hey. I’m Nicola. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

What I Carry With Me To Help Manage My Chronic Pain – Guest Post

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 …

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 …

When Chronic Illness & Mental Illness Gang Up On You

If you’ve been around these parts for a while you’ll know that I suffer from both chronic illness and mental illness. Although you wouldn’t be wrong to think that my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety are part in parcel with the chronic illness, you’d be both right and wrong. Although I’ve been plagued with depression most of my adult life, being diagnosed with chronic illnesses has made living with depression a little more difficult. It’s hard not to let the symptoms of my illnesses gang up on me and make me feel worthless and a terrible mother. A while …

You Behind The Illness (Tag)

I’ve spoken in the past about my chronic illness, touching on how it has changed my life for almost a decade (Has it really been that long?)  Although sometimes I don’t feel like myself anymore, deep down I am still the same person I was back then. Yes there may be homes when I feel defeated, and seem close to giving up on my hopes and dreams. Those dreams however are still there lingering in the background.  When Natalie of Surviving Lifes Hurdles tagged me in the You Behind The Illness tag, I was excited to take part in the …