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Wearing  a Mask by me

Wearing a Mask by me

It’s Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

Every effort no matter how small goes a long way in raising awareness of this little understood chronic condition.

If you didn’t know, fibromyalgia is a neurological condition that inflicts a crap load of symptoms onto patients. Symptoms include chronic muscle pains, debilitating exhaustion, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome – sensitivities to noise, bright lights, chemicals, certain medications and foods, depression and anxiety, cognitive impairments also known as fibro fog, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and dizziness. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

If you need help in explaining to someone how fibromyalgia affects your life or the life of someone you love, you can direct them to my blog where there’s loads of information, explained in simple terms.

I’ve compiled 8 simple facts about fibromyalgia to help you explain what it is to someone who doesn’t know. View full article »


Holding hands by Robert Flake

I have really been down. But it helped when I remembered where I was two years ago, and I felt like some people need to hear it to be encouraged.

When dismayed, no one wants to hear that everything will be ok. Sometimes we let the darkness consume us, partly because we become complacent and we start embracing it.

I’ll say it anyway, everything will be ok. And just so you know, I am writing this for myself too.

Two years ago I was living the worst year of my life. I never thought I’d ever experience anything worse than what I had survived before, but there was a new kind of ‘worst’ taking form in my life.

I was on a steady decline, tumbling too fast without any brakes. View full article »

Dare to dream


Photo by Charisma Jonesford

Photo by Charisma Jonesford

“And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up” – Stephen Hawking, April 2015

I’ve always admired Stephen Hawking. His story is a powerful one. It is one of courage and perseverance. 

Speaking at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, through a 3D Hologram from Cambridge University in the UK, he offered this powerful advice.

Within each of us there is a powerful story, even if you might not realise it. And no matter how insignificant you think you are, one day your story will encourage someone else to keep plodding on. I could not have said it any better. It means everything that you do not give up. View full article »

Pins and pain


Photo by Brett Weinstein

Photo by Brett Weinstein

As I write, there is a single pin under my feet.

Actually, it could be a needle or something… I don’t really care what it is. All I know is it’s sharp and it hurts, darn it.

Ok, so not literally, but I tell you, it sure feels like it!

I was carrying on with some work online, when all of a sudden this sharp, distressing pain poked the sole of my feet so hard, that the pain shot right up to my chest! then my chest started itching! :-/

Fibromyalgia can be so weird at times.

It’s so so hard sometimes… View full article »


Photo by Marcy Kellar

Photo by Marcy Kellar

‘I think therefore I am’ – René Descartes

Today I was reminded of the power of conditional thinking.

We live in a world where we can easily be manipulated by the overload of information at our fingertips. It is imperative that we don’t subscribe to ways of thinking that are to our detriment.

Easier said than done when the masses are following a line of thinking. It is never easy to defy the odds. Still, history is replete with examples of winners who dared to defy the odds against them, ending up victorious ultimately. View full article »

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