Down Time

I made a rather rough sketch of myself on a day when I needed to find comfort and rest from the chronic pain that I suffer.  Sketching, and other forms of art, can be a therapeutic way to express oneself and to process how it feels to experience difficulties that are caused by illness.  I am currently…

Mindful Eating

Changing unhealthy eating behaviours can feel like an immense challenge.  Sometimes we may be so focused on the end goal, that we may lose site of the benefit of simply achieving a daily or weekly goal.  It is the small goals that lead us to the eventual ‘end goal’ that we are aiming for.  Let us look…

‘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…

Life Options

On Sky News today, there has been an interesting debate about organ donation and whether, here in the UK, we should switch from a system where you can choose to ‘opt in’ to donating your organs upon your death, as things currently work, or whether to switch to an ‘opt out’ of the organ donating…

Dark Times

The world has changed.  Away from the focus on Brexit, here in the UK, we have watched our American cousins go through their own version of creating political shockwaves.  I must admit to staying up into the small hours to watch the engrossing but, to my mind, uninspiring and opportunity wasting Presidential Debates. The good news is…

Dogs, Art and Writing

Our two little dogs, Oscar and Digby, are never far from my side while I work from home at my desk.  As I write, Oscar will often sleep in the foot-well of my desk, while Digby snoozes on the reading chair, beside the bookshelves in the next room.  I love this routine we have.  It…

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…