Gratitude and Chronic Illness – August 2020

I have had an interesting month, characterised by a few ups and downs (mostly ups). The month started really strong and I have been feeling great, as my previous posts have detailed. The second half of this month has been a little wobbly, BUT, I am not concerned. In fact, I was far less frustratedContinue reading “Gratitude and Chronic Illness – August 2020”

How I Learned that Too Much Positive Thinking can be Harmful for my Chronic Illness

The need to think positive is emphasised in a lot of chronic illness articles, blogs and resources. The field of psychology has dedicated decades of research to the importance of positive thinking and what it can offer our well-being. While I agree that positive thinking has a vital role to play in living well withContinue reading “How I Learned that Too Much Positive Thinking can be Harmful for my Chronic Illness”

My Problem with Self-Care for Chronic Illness

Self-care is a major topic in the chronic illness/autoimmune world, and so it should be. The need to look after yourself, reduce unnecessary stress, and ensure you take time to pace and do activities you enjoy, is even more crucial when struggling with chronic illness. Often I have very little choice when it comes toContinue reading “My Problem with Self-Care for Chronic Illness”

How Blogging has Helped me to Fall in Love with My Chronically Ill Body

Well there is a title for a post I never expected to write! I started this blog only 1 month ago (yes, I know, I said I have a lot of catching up to do), because I yearned for a new adventure. Here I am, only 1 month into the journey and I am declaringContinue reading “How Blogging has Helped me to Fall in Love with My Chronically Ill Body”

Will my Chronic Pain Ever Go Away?

After my diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, I spent a lot of time with various health professionals, such as my rheumatologist, physiotherapist, general practitioner, a health coach and eventually a counsellor. I asked each of them, “Will my pain ever go away?” It is a question that many chronic illness sufferers ponder, even obsess over, whichContinue reading “Will my Chronic Pain Ever Go Away?”

My Typical Day Living with a Chronic Illness

Here is a basic rundown of what I usually experience over a course of a day, while I try to manage my chronic condition, ankylosing spondylitis, along with a good dose of anxiety (just to keep things interesting). I am sure there are a few people out there who can relate to the conversation thatContinue reading “My Typical Day Living with a Chronic Illness”

My Unshakeable Rules for Exercise (Part 3/3)

Well here we are! The countdown has finally arrived at the number 1 rule I try to live by for exercise. Managing my chronic illness (ankylosing spondylitis) is a daily challenge and regular movement (Rule 3) can really help alleviate pain and stiffness levels. There are also a lot of over-hyped trends about the bestContinue reading “My Unshakeable Rules for Exercise (Part 3/3)”

My Unshakeable Rules for Exercise (Part 1/3)

Whenever I exercise, I shake, tremble and wobble quite a lot; however, when it comes to the rules I live by to get me motivated in the first place, I am unshakeable (most of the time)! When living with a chronic illness the last thing you often want to do is exercise or just generallyContinue reading “My Unshakeable Rules for Exercise (Part 1/3)”

My 3 Favourite (Free) Exercise Channels on YouTube

Exercise is a major part of managing my condition of ankylosing spondylitis. It is quite an interesting condition because the more I exercise, the less pain and stiffness I experience, and yet if I move too much, my pain levels skyrocket and it can knock me around for days. It can be quite a balancingContinue reading “My 3 Favourite (Free) Exercise Channels on YouTube”

How I Achieved my Health Goals While Navigating a Chronic Illness (part 4/4)

Here I am, at the final question that helped me to gain the healthy life I needed after my chronic illness diagnosis. For those who have not read my previous posts, I am reflecting on the 4 questions that I used to set and achieve a range of health goals, including weight-loss: 1. How doContinue reading “How I Achieved my Health Goals While Navigating a Chronic Illness (part 4/4)”