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: 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…

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…