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Surviving Christmas with Chronic Illness

Christmas is a busy, crazy time of year even to a healthy person. When you add chronic illness to the mix christmas can seem daunting at best. The key to surviving Christmas is working with your chronic illness not against it. Below I give some of my tips for getting through Christmas. Start Christmas shopping… Continue reading Surviving Christmas with Chronic Illness

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A Good Day Does Not Mean I’m Pain Free

I wake up and I'm still in pain My body is stiff and aching I get up feeling the pain ease a little I don't feel too bad today ... I manage to shower and wash my hair I may even be able to dry it today It's a very rare day indeed Today is… Continue reading A Good Day Does Not Mean I’m Pain Free

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My First Two Weeks Taking CBD Oil

My fibromyalgia had been getting to me a lot recently. The endless pain and fatigue was getting me down. I had no social life even with my family as I would just stare blankly at the TV all evening, having used all my brain power during the day at work. I had had CBD Oil… Continue reading My First Two Weeks Taking CBD Oil

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Cancelling Plans Because of your Health

Everyone cancels plans from time to time Sometimes you can't be bothered, can't afford it or just don't want to go But with chronic illness sometimes your choice is between today and tomorrow You learn to prioritise some plans over others ... Sometimes you have to cancel to ensure you can attend another activity Other… Continue reading Cancelling Plans Because of your Health

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Chronic Illness: Managing Symptoms Naturally

When it comes to pain and illness, I find doctors just give you tablets and send you on your way thinking it will fix everything. However I have found often the side effects of medications can be worse than just the symptoms they help manage. The side effects can add extra symptoms I really cant… Continue reading Chronic Illness: Managing Symptoms Naturally

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Chronic Illness: My New Normal

I don't like my new normal I now have to spend my days off resting Just so I can continue the endless cycle Of pain and fatigue 24 hours a day ... I long for what my life used to be When the pain wasn't constant When the fatigue was manageable When I could achieve… Continue reading Chronic Illness: My New Normal

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Tips on Pacing when you Live with Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness, you soon learn it flares up mostly when you overdo it. The key problem is that every day the level of activity before overdoing it can vary drastically. I have been trying to remind myself to pace but it can be especially hard when I'm having a good day. On… Continue reading Tips on Pacing when you Live with Chronic Illness

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My Fibro Life

For Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on 12th May, I'm raising awareness by sharing my fibro story up to this point. I have been blogging about my experience with chronic illness and particularly fibromyalgia since July 2018 and ironically this is also my 100th post, so a good time to reflect on my fibro life. Fibromyalgia is… Continue reading My Fibro Life

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My Disney World Holiday with my ‘Conjoined Twin’ Fibromyalgia

Basically anywhere I go, my frenemy fibromyalgia goes too We are like conjoined twins unable to separate Like a leech it sticks to me, disgusting and unwanted And I cannot escape it no matter what I try I recently went to Disney World Florida for the first time and it was everything I hoped for… Continue reading My Disney World Holiday with my ‘Conjoined Twin’ Fibromyalgia

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The Importance of ‘Me’ Time

Sometimes life gets so busy you don't have a chance to take a minute for yourself; to put yourself first and think about your needs and wants. Other people become the priority, and you push yourself too far without realising. Sometimes you just have to say no and take some 'Me' time. Take a step… Continue reading The Importance of ‘Me’ Time