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Photo by Sheri

I must confess. I have a love-hate relationship with Summer (please don’t smack me).

After much consideration, I decided to risk writing this. Of course I don’t want to offend all the summer lovers who count down the days to the season.

I feel guilty. But the awful truth is that I suffer in hot temperatures.

Already, I’ve had to stock up on my water retention tablets.

My limbs start swelling. My ring was stuck on my finger some days ago, because my fingers ballooned. Meanwhile, I was compelled to squeeze my puffy feet into my shoes which are now tight (thankfully at least my feet can get into my shoes at the moment- knock wood).  View full article »


Originally posted on Alisha Nurse:

Fresh turmeric Fresh turmeric

Cinnamon, ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory foods that provide great natural pain relief for chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.

I would definitely say they should be included in one’s diet if one battles a behemoth like fibromyalgia.

My family has long used these ingredients to treat a host of symptoms from colds, pain, internal cleanses, digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome. For instance, my grandmum would always recommend boiling a generous amount of grated ginger root and bringing to boil for colds or pain filled days. I don’t subscribe to using pre-packaged teas for these purposes as I don’t believe they provide the full benefits of using the ingredients fresh.

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Photo by Jason Eppink

Photo by Jason Eppink

Ouch! my finger caught a splinter!

I forgot how much these tiny buggers can hurt.

I spent endless amounts of time poking at it trying to pull it out. I used baking soda, then hydrogen peroxide to try and draw it out. Eventually, it came out. My sore finger will be ok.

But it made me think, how little things can hurt us so much in life.

Recently someone tried to use my illness as a weapon against me, to manipulate and inflict pain. It hurt a lot because I had trusted the person enough in the past to share about my condition and fight with them.  View full article »


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 »

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