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…

Autumn 🍂 why this is my favourite season

Today I had my first Spiced Pumpkin Latte (now available as vegan) of the ‘season’ and whilst I was drinking it, it got me thinking about Autumn. I have never really spent much time over the years reflecting on the seasons or settling on a favourite. I have previously found that I just drift between…

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…

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…

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…

Unconscious Bias

What is unconscious bias? Every day all of us make countless decisions without even realising we are doing it. At any given moment, we can be assaulted with 11 million pieces of information. Because our brains can only process about 40 items efficiently, we need to rely on shortcuts and past knowledge or experiences to…