Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 2/2)

In a previous post I looked at the philosophy of the slow living movement and what I think it can offer the chronic illness world…or more specifically what chronic illness warriors could offer the slow living movement. As far as I am concerned, many of us are slow living champions, and the rest of theContinue reading “Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 2/2)”

Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 1/2)

In an earlier post, I wrote about some concerns I have with the world of self-care, and how I have been learning about a philosophy and approach to life that hopefully does away with that term altogether – slow living. Since writing that post, I have been reading more about the slow living movement andContinue reading “Slow Living for Chronic Illness (Part 1/2)”

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”

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”

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?”

Monthly Gratitude & Chronic Illness – July 2020

I have decided that at the end of each month, I am going to summarise 3 things that I am especially grateful about, so that I stop and really take notice of the good things in my life, no matter how small it may seem. Number 3 – My bed It is the most comfortableContinue reading “Monthly Gratitude & Chronic Illness – July 2020”

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 2/3)

As I transformed my health in recent years to get on top of my chronic condition (ankylosing spondylitis), exercise became an increasingly meaningful part of my big picture. I have been learning how to eat well, and move well, the latter of which is the main focus of these current posts. When it comes toContinue reading “My Unshakeable Rules for Exercise (Part 2/3)”

4 Free Health Sites and Podcasts I Recommend for Fellow Spoonies

Being chronically ill is expensive, so I have always prioritised finding free resources that help me to learn about my condition and achieve the chronically fabulous life I really want. Here are the top 4 sites/podcasts that helped me to achieve my weight-loss and healthy living goals: Overall Health Stuff I really like the resourcesContinue reading “4 Free Health Sites and Podcasts I Recommend for Fellow Spoonies”