The Retreat Series: Day 3

So, it is becoming a bit of a theme, I don’t update my posts on the actual day. Here is day 3’s update. Throughout yesterday I felt pretty disengaged with the whole juicing process. I spent a lot of time on my own and didn’t really feel like speaking to people for the majority of…

The Retreat Series: Day 2

So, I didn’t write a post yesterday so I am providing an update now. Thankfully the headache from day 1 subsided and I woke up feeling pretty good! I found it easier to relax during my morning yoga and felt a lot more at peace. I had a back massage, a raw food demonstration and…

The Retreat Series: Arrival Day

You may already know from reading my post Food and flares that since my RA diagnosis I have taken more of an interest in nutrition and how foods can help or hinder us. This year I have taken the decision to go on a week long retreat to improve my understanding of nutrition and to…

Smoke and Mirrors

Social media is a fantastic way of reaching millions of people, a way of providing a community and a platform for sharing ideas and experiences. However, we have to take caution when considering our life in comparison to what we see via these platforms. We should view what we see on social media as the…

Spoon theory

A year or so ago I watched a TED talk on disability and something the speaker said really resonated with me. I cannot walk in your shoes, and you cannot walk in mine. It didn’t interpret this statement as a bitter, ‘you don’t understand’ kind of statement. I took this as completely true, true for…

R&R (Rheumatoid Arthritis & Relationships)

Chronic illness can impact both the relationship you have with yourself and the relationship you have with others. One of the things I found hardest when diagnosed with RA and the start of my eye operations was coming to terms with the fact that life wasn’t going to play out as I had imagined. In…

Managing your Mind whilst Battling your Body

In a nod to Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 I thought I would write a post on mental health. Mental and physical health are intrinsically linked. It is thought that as many as 1 in 3 people with chronic illness also have mental ill health. I wouldn’t want to do disservice to those individuals that…