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…

You can’t have it all- I disagree.

Who says you can’t have it all? Forget the glass ceiling at work. What about the glass ceiling in life? As women we have been conditioned to believe we can’t have it all. As a women I feel like I am expected at some point in life to make a choice; a career or a…

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…

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…

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…

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…