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 …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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 …

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 – 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 …