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By Gloria Williams

By Gloria Williams

In the lead up to Depression Awareness Week in April, I am raising funds for Depression Alliance (DA), a charity which supports people living with depression.

I’ve directly benefited from DA, and know lots of other people living with depression who can testify to the same.

Back in 2013 when I experienced one of the darkest periods of my life, and tried to end my life, a majority of the support I received was from Depression Alliance and friends I had made through it. Following two hospitalisations, it was that support which helped me through. View full article »

Fight on

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th” – Julie Andrews


I’ve been in a dark, frightening pit. 

And from feedback I’ve been getting from readers and other fibromyalgia patients, lots of our friends out there are struggling too.

I’m trying to deal with yesterday’s traumas, plus today’s longstanding problems, including my health. My knees have gotten so weak and sore, and I have a flare of other fms symptoms. All winter, the hot water and heating in this flat have hardly worked, so I’ve been grappling with keeping the flu at bay. Finally, everything came crashing down. The flu has come wanting to knock me over, coughing hurts everything, my head wants to explode, and the pain is unbearable.

I’ve been struggling to get out of bed. I’ve had to compel myself to imagine how beautiful it must look outside, when the rays of sun shine through my window.


I’ve had to force myself to walk, to lift my heavy legs, one after the other so that I can get things done. Persevere despite the intellectually challenged and inconsiderate people we cross daily.

I pushed myself to have more Epsom salts baths to help my painful body; To eat when chewing hurts, and my tummy turns with cramps from irritable bowel syndrome.

And I’ve had to force myself to remember that tomorrow will be better. It might not be tomorrow, tomorrow. But definitely tomorrow will be brighter.

I’ve thought of you and I wanted to remind you as well; that things might be bad and we might be flat on our faces, but it won’t last. It cannot last. Even the longest rope has an end.

The best part is, we don’t walk this road alone. It is scary and isolating being in a dark hole where there is no light. But we are never alone; And when we see that some of our friends have been able to rise up, we remember that we can too. We will rise too.

Gentle hugs:)

The Dark Side


I had to share this old post with you. The message is still timely.

Originally posted on The Invisible F:

Photo by My name is Randy Photo by My name is Randy

‘Welcome to the dark side’ is what my friend at work (right behind me) says to me when I pop around her ‘side’ of the office, demarcated only by a glass wall.

It’s a joke of course but what Lucy doesn’t know is that I already live on the dark side.

Living with a chronic condition is tough. An invisible chronic condition – tougher. Two invisible conditions? Well, welcome to the dark side.

I live with fibromyalgia and depression and anxiety. Living with the former is difficult for a number of reasons which are documented on my blogs on this site.

It is misunderstood, underestimated and invisible – making it even more misunderstood and underestimated. It is hard talking about fibromyalgia when people like to tell me how I feel and what’s not happening in my body, like they’re the ones trying to…

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The cycles in fibromyalgia

Photo by Alan Cleaver

Photo by Alan Cleaver

I sometimes feel like fibromyalgia can throw us into some destructive cycles.

Take for instance the issue with weight gain facing many of us.

A lot of the medications that we use to manage this chronic condition cause us to gain weight. Weight gain can also be attributed to lack of exercise due to the debilitating levels of fatigue, pain and lack of sleep.

Additionally, research suggests that certain hormone deficiencies in fibromyalgia might lower the body’s metabolism, thereby causing us to gain weight. View full article »

Talking mental health

By Gloria Williams

By Gloria Williams

Every year 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health illnesses, but are afraid to talk about them for fear of repercussions.

Mind and Rethink Mental Illness want to change this by encouraging people to spend at least five minutes a day having conversations about mental health.

In their Time to Talk Campaign, the charities say having a conversation is a good place to start, if we are to put an end to stigma.

It’s a commendable effort but I wonder how many people will take part and open their minds. View full article »


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