‘Stick’ At It

One of the biggest changes in my life, was the onset of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Update: Since writing this Blog post, my former diagnosis of Fibromyalgia has been changed.  I have, as of June 27th 2017, now conclusively been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. An Uninvited Change. Although I can…

Defeating Defeat

It felt like it was challenging me.  This grey lump of plastic with various pipes and accessories that lurks in the dark of the cupboard in our hall.  The purpose it has is to be a helpful household tool and yet it represented pain, difficulty and an innate ability to serve as an obstacle to the seemingly…

Identity Matters

Like many of my clients, I have sometimes been faced with considering my own identity.  Although I largely appear healthy and well, the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, in recent years, has certainly challenged my perception of myself and has tested every aspect of my life.  So, when I…

Green Friends

Sadly, a very dear friend of ours passed away this week, following her battle with an illness in the Leukaemia branch of Cancer.  She was very special to my Partner and I and so this has been a difficult week for us.  One thing that has helped, is to get outside to enjoy the restful qualities…

The Good Patient

Me…do Physiotherapy?!  Hmmmm.  I never thought that I would, but I am now well into my course of Physio.  It’s actually going very well.  When Physiotherapy was first suggested to me, by my Doctor, my immediate images were of Olivia Newton-John singing ‘Let’s Get Physical’ and images of 1980’s and 1990’s breakfast tv exercise Guru’s…

Disability and Cheesecake

I live with a chronic pain syndrome called Fibromyalgia.  It has been since developing this illness that I have become acutely aware of the need for chairs and seating to be provided in public places and in shops. Update: Since writing this Blog post, my former diagnosis of Fibromyalgia has been changed.  I have, as…

From Sheep to Theatreland

Theatreland.  Covent Garden. Some friends of ours own a couple of properties in Covent Garden and kindly offered us use of one of them; a delightful studio apartment in Neal Street.  A weekend away.  Perfect. I had noticed some anxiety rising at the idea of travelling on Public Transport.  This was largely due to the…