To help promote Invisible Illness Week I am sharing the MeMe: 30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know 1. The illness I live with is: Internal Disc Disruption/Derangement (IDD)2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 20123. But I had symptoms since: 20084. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Not being able to participate in even the most normal … Continue reading 30 Things About my Invisible Illness You May Not Know
I am honoured and thankful to Nicole, at Born a Lemon, for nominating me for a “One Lovely Blog” award! I still have a long way to go with my blog but this award encourages me to work harder at it. As per the award guidelines here are… 7 Random Facts about Me: I own a glittery ten-pin bowling ball with my old bowling name … Continue reading One Lovely Blog Award – 7 Random Facts About Me
I am stuck in bed yet again. Unable to feed myself. Unable to move. The sun beats outside my window. I hear people laughing as they walk by my condo building. I imagine all the things “normal” people are doing on this summer day…working, driving, exercising, playing, walking, dining out on patios, … Continue reading A summer day with disabling chronic pain
I am really struggling with the fact that I think I have finally given up on believing there is a God. I just can’t possibly understand the purpose of my housebound life. A life where my spine requires I eat my meals laying down, a life without the ability to have children (whether adopted or my own), unable to drive, go to the movies, grocery … Continue reading Disabled from chronic pain, I am questioning my faith.
Living with chronic pain would be a lot harder if I didn’t have pets. My two cats are the biggest blessings in my life as I deal with the challenge of a life with chronic pain. So often with chronic pain we are physically isolated from others. For me, I am rarely able to drive and I often can’t participate in social activities with friends … Continue reading How pets help with chronic pain
Like most people with chronic pain or illness, I have had to say goodbye to many beloved hobbies. Gone are my world travelling days, my biking adventures, and, often, even my waterfront strolls. So I have had to search out hobbies I can physically manage. My new hobbies have slowly evolved over the past few years. There are some I tried, like sewing, that ended up … Continue reading Have your hobbies changed since you have chronic pain?
Tomorrow my boyfriend arrives to visit me. He lives a 12-hour drive away from me and comes to visit every two to three weeks. Normally I would be very excited but I am in panic because I am having a major pain flare-up. I am mad that my pain has flared right before he is coming. My mind races about how disappointed he will be … Continue reading When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic
I have had a life-long passion for off-the-beaten-path travelling. By the age of thirty-five I had travelled to eighteen countries and my list of future trips was lengthy and included a camping adventure in Kenya and Tanzania. In October 2008 little did I realize when I stepped off the plane from a trip to Europe that this would be my last trip overseas indefinitely. Four days … Continue reading The journey of chronic pain
August 29, 2013 I have wanted to add a blog portion to my website for the past few years but each time I considered it, I believed that unless I was going to share a positive outlook on dealing with pain and disability, I should not write one. I knew that it would be impossible for me to put forward a rosy outlook so I … Continue reading Raw and truthful sharing about pain and disability