Sharing health and wellness advice and coaching techniques to help you rebuild and renew your life after a serious health issue
You’ve got a deadline looming. You are aware of it. But maybe there are other important things also with deadlines attached to them competing for your attention. You’ve been focusing on those other things to finish them. But the deadline for that ONE thing arrives and...read more
This week I continue the theme of recovery in the context of illness focusing on how to respond to people when they ask questions or make comments. In this recovery series, I initially focused on the assumptions which lace the recovery process due to society’s...read more
Accessible loos for invisible disabilities – They’re coming to a supermarket near you #AccessibleLoos4InvisibleDisabilities
Today I had planned to publish a post on how to respond to people’s questions about your recovery, which would have been the last in a blog series on recovery. You can read the previous two posts here and here. However something happened in the meantime and I’d love...read more
This week I continue the theme of recovery in the context of illness. Last week's blog post focused on the assumptions which lace the recovery process due to society's interpretation of recovery: a) To have (the use, possession, or control of something) restored b) To...read more
I was once out for a drink with someone who also has Transverse Myelitis (TM) and the bartender asked her why she was using a stick. My friend briefly explained TM and the bar girl responded, 'Oh, but you have recovered.' My friend hesitated then replied, 'Yes.' In...read more
Imagine this. You, your child or another family member have recently been very ill. To use an idiomatic expression, it has 'knocked you for six'. The illness took you by surprise and changed your everyday routine maybe for months on end. It may feel like you don't...read more
I sit here wondering, questioning and even worrying about the short and long-term impact of the historical referendum on 23rd June, which may lead to a possible #Brexit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. I had a blog all prepared and almost ready to go but...read more
You could be living with a long-term medical condition or had a serious illness or injury and feel you have adjusted to the changes it brought to your life. But then as you are doing something, the enormity of the difference in your life now may suddenly come flooding...read more
During the week of 9-15 May, the #BigConversation took place about death and dying. This is the kind of conversation that can happen at any time though and so I am contributing to it this week. I take a broad view of death with a focus on how we are living our lives...read more
After living with a long-term condition, serious illness or injury for a period of time, have you ever taken a decision that feels momentous to you in some way? Maybe you committed to doing something physically challenging. Or you just redid your CV and completed a...read more
This blog has been inspired by several individuals I've recently spoke with regarding the impact of their illness/condition on themselves, their mothers and acceptance (or not) of the situation. This is their story, the story of a daughter to her mum. It can equally...read more
My last post was supposed to be the final one in my blog series on the difficulties we experience when asking for help. But after posting it, I attended a class on neediness for a course I am taking and was struck by a link between neediness and asking for help. So...read more
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