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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 »


Empathy is a choice and it is a vulnerable choice, because in order to connect with you, I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling’ – Dr Brene Brown, Professor in Social Work at the University of Houston.

Photo by simpleinsomnia

Photo by simpleinsomnia

I was thinking about why so many people lack in empathy. I considered how beneficial it would be if more people were empathetic when meeting prospective partners with chronic illnesses, particularly fibromyalgia.

When I first moved to London I was keen to make new friends. I had met other people from around the globe who had come here for new opportunities and fresh starts. One of them was a guy I went out with. He too had come here seeking something. He was running away, like me. We were not so different from each other. Yet he lacked in empathy when I told him I live with fibromyalgia and depression.  Despite proclaiming his feelings for me, he ran the other way once I made the revelation. View full article »


Photo by Kevin Dooley

Photo by Kevin Dooley

My Mama Claire has never been wrong.

Years ago when I was suffering terribly from severe pain in my feet and legs, she instructed me.

“Run the water as hot as you can take it, pour a good bit of Epsom salts in there and soak in the tub” she said.

In conjunction with other remedies like regular ginger tea, magnesium supplements and light exercise, I found great relief in Epsom salts baths. Now it is a regular routine which I swear by and encourage other fibromyalgia patients to take up.

Named after a spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, these God-sent salts are actually a mineral of magnesium and sulphate. Magnesium is useful for many ailments including chronic pain, so it’s no wonder Epsom salts offer relief for pain conditions, as it is easily absorbed through the skin. View full article »

Useless doctors


Image by Mike Licht

Image by Mike Licht

“Swollen feet and ankles are not an emergency, you can wait until next week to see your GP” said the doctor in a flat tone on the phone.

Never mind the pain and discomfort with walking or trying to get my shoes on my ballooned feet.

It really bothered me to think that every time I have been to the GP in the past years they take a non nonchalant attitude towards my health.

Requests for referrals to the Fibromyalgia clinic or for help with health issues that are affecting my day to day life have equally been treated with a casual ‘do more exercise’, ‘eat healthy or ‘try breathing exercises.’

Never mind I do all of these already or that my test for inflammation in the body came back with a high reading. Whenever I can I try to take charge of my health by using natural techniques or remedies so when I reluctantly drag myself to the seemingly purposeless surgery, it is because I really really need help. View full article »

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