Living with chronic illness – 5 tips for newly diagnosed

Living with chronic illness – 5 tips for newly diagnosed Being diagnosed with a chronic illness, like multiple sclerosis, can be devastating. In this post I let you know my experience after being diagnosed and the 5 tips to help you. “Just keep doing what you are doing”. That is exactly what I was recommended to do by my neurologist …

Merry Christmas

Christmas and chronic illness

Christmas is coming Christmas, or any holiday time, is usually a cause of stress for people with chronic illnesses. One thing that we need in life is big changes from our usual routine. This stability creates a balance in our illness. Any deviation in this can lead to unpleasant consequences. Negative Triggers In my life, I have always tried to …

Purpose

Finding ‘Purpose’ when you have a Chronic Illness

Purpose When you have a chronic illness you can struggle to find a purpose in life. A reason to get up in the morning. If you are well you probably have a job that you go to 5 days a week. This gives you a focus in life. Not everyone enjoys their work, but it still gives you something to …

Why you should listen

Why I always listen

Why listen? The hardest thing to do when you are suffering is to “Listen”. Your body is sore, uncomfortable. You are tired, fatigued. Stress and anxiety are your constant bedfellows, and depression looms in the near distance. With your mind and body shouting at you constantly, this noise can stop you from listening. Why is “listening” important? Firstly? There are …

Cope pain

Living with Chronic Illness – How I cope with pain

Coping with pain Meditation has become part of my daily routine. I have a room downstairs that I use, and I look outside while I try and focus on my body mapping routine. Today I was in the middle of my routine, looking at the trees, and suddenly my eyes became painful. Was this a shock, no. Was this common, …

Bad Day

Living with chronic illness – Bad Day

Bad Day Last Sunday was a really bad day for me. If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen my post on Monday about how I was dealing with these doldrums by using meditation, and journaling. The previous week I had been having troubles with work. My fatigue was draining me of energy, and trying to get more …

Get Support

Tip 4 – Get Support

Get Support? It is my illness. I can manage it on my own. Don’t interfere with my life, you don’t know what it is like. These thoughts have spun around my head so many times in the last 25 years, I have lost count. It can be lonely when the people around you don’t understand what you are going through. …