frida kahlo

30 Things About my Invisible Illness You May Not Know

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

One Lovely Blog Award – 7 Random Facts About Me

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

A summer day with disabling chronic pain

                            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

Disabled from chronic pain, I am questioning my faith.

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.

Have your hobbies changed since you have 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?

When Pain Flare-ups Cause Panic

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

The journey of chronic pain

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