The Cloud That Never Clears

Since starting this blog I’ve talked about my Rheumatoid Arthritis and living with an invisible illness. What I have talked less about is how my RA effects my eye. I thought about why that was and I think it’s because I have had eye problems for so long now, 25 years, that it has become…

Your Illness, Your Journey, Your Life

Being diagnosed with an illness is hard, it is the unknown. You go from being healthy to labelled overnight. Okay, so it isn’t exactly overnight. You often live with symptoms for a long time before formal diagnosis, years for some people. Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune illnesses are often misdiagnosed or dismissed in the early…

Learning acceptance through yoga

One of the hardest things I have found when it comes to living with Rheumatoid Arthritis is the disconnection between your mind and body. It has at times felt like my mind and body were pulling in different directions. Some days my mind is raring to go, ready to take on the world but my…

The Retreat Series: Day 1

Firstly it is a good job that I announced that I would be blogging daily about this detox, if I hadn’t I wouldn’t be blogging today. The headache is sooooo bad! Having done a shorter more gentle detox last year I knew about the headaches and possible side effects to detoxing but I had ‘conveniently’…

Finding my (running) feet with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Life starts at the end of your comfort zone Running is so far past the end of my comfort zone, it isn’t even in the same county! I have, for reasons unbeknown to me, signed up to complete the Birmingham Half Marathon. Having never been a runner, not even before my diagnosis of RA, I…

Ability within DisABILITY Mingle

This event is an informal networking event for those living with autoimmune illness in the West Midlands. I am starting a network for those living with autoimmune illness in the West Midlands. The network is aimed at those of working age living everyday life with autoimmune illness, from Rheumatoid Arthritis to Diabetes and everything in…

Food and Flares

Nutrition and diet can be a minefield and having said that this post is purely based on my experiences with diet and food groups. You only have to turn on the TV to know this. One minute we should be drinking a glass of red wine a day, the next we are drinking too much?…

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…

An interview with Tom

Name: Tom Age: 32 Interests/hobbies: poker, live music, sport What is your disABILITY? Super Ventricular Tacchiochardia (SVT), Type 1 Diabetes Do you think having a disABILITY can be seen as a positive thing? Strangely, I have never seen myself as having a disability. I have had diabetes since I was 18 months’ old and SVT…