HOW TO GET ACTIVE WHEN YOU HATE EXERCISE

Let’s get something clear right from the start – I hate exercise, it’s way to akin to sport for my liking!  No, I will never be known as a gym junkie, you won’t see me sporting lycra and jogging down the road, and I am living proof that you can forget how to ride a…

THEY ARE SMALL WINS WHEN YOU HAVE CHRONIC PAIN

Who knew that one week pain free was considered a huge win by the medical profession? I did not, they are small wins when you have chronic pain! Two weeks ago I had nerve block injections at the base of my skull into my left and right side Occipital nerves. This included both the lesser…

HOW PRAYER ASSISTS IN RECOVERY

I am a Christian who suffers from mental health problems and chronic pain. At times I’ve found myself feeling lost and questioning both the strength of my faith and my own worthiness. It was something I felt alone with, but it turned out many others have felt downhearted themselves too and turned to me with…

WHEN ANXIETY COMES TO STAY

It has been a while but my old friend, Anxiety, has come to stay again. Oh yes, she has come for a visit every now and again but normally only fleetingly – it has been quite some time since she arrived with her bags packed and demanded room and board. I wish she would leave,…

FOCUSING ON OTHERS WHEN I AM ANXIOUS HELPS ME TOO

Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is, have you considered what the gift is that you have been given in this life? I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently pondering what mine is, it has been hard for me to figure out what I was put on this earth to be…

I DO NOT WANT PITY, BUT I HOPE FOR UNDERSTANDING

A commonly expressed opinion is that those who talk about mental health problems are doing so for pity or attention. It is assumed that only these things could be a solid enough reason for speaking about something so taboo and uncomfortable. Please let me speak for myself, and possibly on behalf of many others, so…

WHAT IT IS LIKE TO EXPERIENCE “APPOINTMENT FATIGUE”

It has been almost 3 years, three years on May 28 to be precise – three years since my car spun and flipped, causing spinal damage along with chronic muscle and nerve pain. Three long, painful, exhausting years of being bounced from one doctor to another, referred to one health professional then the next, scans,…

TRYING TO BE A GOOD PATIENT HAS MADE ME A TERRIBLE ONE

What kind of patient are you? Are you forthright and make sure that you receive the treatment you need, or do you fade into the background, quietly hoping that someone will read your mind? I am the latter. When it comes to seeking medical treatment I am a wallflower, quiet and overly meek, so frightened…

KNOWING WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST CAN BE HALF THE BATTLE

There is something that can be very hateful about labels, the stigma that comes with them is not helpful to anyone and can sometimes box someone into a corner. Not everyone wants, or even needs a label, often I think that people should be just allowed to be different and quirky without being put into…

THIS SIMPLY MEANS THAT MY MIND NEEDS TO REST

Here I am today, writing about not being able to write. The irony is not lost on me. There are at least three topics that I desperately want to share stories on, but every time I start to write, the words just won’t come. They are stagnant and boring, not full of the passion I…

THINGS TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR SMILE

Some days, smiling seems as though it is simply not possible. No amount of cheer will “cheer” me up, no amount of laughter will make me laugh, and positive quotes about “choosing happiness” make me want to punch something sooner than suddenly be cured of the doldrums! And do you know what? That is OKAY!…

SIX OF THE LIES MY PAIN TELLS ME

I live with chronic pain, some days it is bearable, relegated to the back of my mind, the occasional sharp twinge to remind me it is there, but able to be ignored for the most part. Other days it is loud and screams lies at me, lies that tell me horrible things and rob me…