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 …

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

Hello and welcome back to another Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability post. I am so thankful for each and every one of the participants who have shared their chronic illness and disability journey with me and my readers. Today’s post features Sheryl of A Chronic Voice. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? Hello, my name is Sheryl and I come from Singapore. I blog over at achronicvoice.com, covering topics on chronic illness, mental health, and general wellness. My aim is to share about life from different perspectives, in order to instill empathy across all …

New Month, Same Old Same, But Plans Are Afoot

It feels like 2019 is running away from us. I swear it feels like we were just celebrating the new year, looking forward to new adventures, setting goals and making plans. Next think we know it’s half the year has gone and we (meaning me) aren’t any further forward in the goals I’d set myself or following through on the plans I’d hoped to make. Please tell me I’m not the only one?? Hello June – My Plans and Hopes This month I’m hoping to get back into posting more on here and my social media. The last few months …

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

Hello and welcome back to Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disabilities. Today’s post features Pamela. A fellow spoonie who has previously featured on Parenting In Pain. Introduce Yourself And Tell Us A bit About You? I live in Langford, BC, just outside of Victoria. I’m happily married to my amazing husband Ray and we are proud parents of 2 grown kids and three wonderful grandsons. I’m a blogger who writes about Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Invisible Illness at pamelajessen.com  I also write for The Mighty, The UnChargeables, PainResource.com and various independent publications.  In addition to blogging, I’m …

Life Update – April 2019

Every now and then it’s nice to get to know or have a catch up with the person behind the blog. There’s been some changes in my life and I wanted to share with you all a little life update. Nursery Life It’s been a bumpy road getting Alex settled into nursery life. He’s always enjoyed going but he was having some issues sharing and playing with others. Now he’s starting to make friends and get involved with class activities. At the moment we are on the Easter holidays (I know it’s early!) he keeps asking to go to nursery …

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. …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …