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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Positives of Pain

Most people will have experienced pain at some point in their life; toothache, a headache, blisters maybe? But do most people know what it is like living with pain? I can’t remember living without pain. This might sound dramatic, far fetched even but it is true and is a reality for the 1% of the…