Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disabilities Q&A with Iris

Hello and welcome back to Shining The Spotlight series. A series where I’ve been showcasing posts from others who have chronic illness and disabilities to attempt in raising awareness of our varying illnesses and disabilities. Today’s post features Iris from The Dreaming Panda. Before I had you over to Iris. I want to take some time to thank each and every participant who has taken part in Shining The Spotlight, and to everyone who has read, shared and commented on the posts so far. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?   My name is Iris, but most people …

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 …

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. …

How Chronic Illness Has Changed Me & Why I’m Ok With It, Kind Of

Finding out i had a chronic illness, was a huge adjustment to me. My life changed almost overnight. I went from a fun loving girl who enjoyed nights out with friends, days out into the city with David to a hermit like version of myself who wouldn’t go on day trips because I didn’t know how long it would take me to get sore and tired and want to come. I stopped going out with friends for similar reasons. It has taken some time to come to terms with my life changing because of illness and I’m okay with it, …

When My Illness Affects My Child

Having lived with fibromyalgia for several years I am used to the disappointment that comes when I’ve made plans and have to cancel because I’m either too exhausted, too sore or have concentration issues. What I am not used to is the way it affects my child’s life. His activities and chances to meet and play with other kids his age. Take today for example we go to gymnastics on Wednesday mornings he gets to spend time with his big cousin, play on the spring floor, the apparatus and the trampoline. But because I am in so much pain and …

Positive GP Appointment 

For many people the thought of a GP appointment fills them with dread and anxiety, the fear that they will be judged for their weight or lifestyle choices, prevents many from seeking help from a GP when they are unwell.  I speak from experience.  Until very recently I had never had a positive GP appointment, I always left feeling that I had wasted their time ad resources, that they never really listened to what I was saying, that they were more interested in seeing patients as quickly as possible and getting them out the door.  I have previously written about …

Fat Girl Walks Into A Gym

It sounds like the start of a joke but it’s not!  I am said fat girl and yesterday I walked into a gym for the first time. (Technically the second but the last one doesn’t count as I didn’t use any of the equipment.) And it wasn’t as nearly as intimidating as I thought it could possibly be.  I was encouraged by my GP to join a gym under a scheme called Active Forth which is run by Falkirk Community Trust. The scheme helps people with many conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, CFS, anxiety and depression to become more active …