Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

The health values of blowing up a balloon that I never guessed at.

Yesterday I put a link to a study looking at the clinical value of blowing up a balloon as part of a physio regime.  Here’s the full study so you can have a read, https://cdn.fbsbx.com/v/t59.2708-21/11247331_10206896100830742_1499992545_n.pdf/The-value-of-blowing-up-a-balloon.pdf?oh=ab4845a2b0e63f52d2cf69af38ffcac0&oe=58AC9EB6&dl=1 but if you want the highlights…read on. I’ve known The North East Body Mechanic (NEBM AKA Steve) for a few months… Continue reading The health values of blowing up a balloon that I never guessed at.

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

The realities of life with chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

I have ME/CFS, PBC and fibromyalgia, these are all invisible health conditions that have both visible and invisible implications to my day to day life through the symptoms of chronic pain and chronic fatigue. These symptoms both sound pretty innocuous, and saying you’re in pain and tired doesn’t really sound like much, so I’d like… Continue reading The realities of life with chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

Being visible РHate crimes and invisible disabilities 

My invisible illness became visible when I started using my walking stick and I still might not “look sick” but there’s something there that makes people stop and think. To ask why I use it, to move out of my way in the street, open doors and help me carry things. I’ve found people to… Continue reading Being visible – Hate crimes and invisible disabilities¬†

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses · Personal

My journey with my mental health, and some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

As it’s World Mental Health day on 10th October I thought I’d share my journey with mental illness with you.  I’ve suffered with depression on and off since I was a teenager which has been closely linked to my physical health problems and long periods of high stress. I get to a stage where I’m… Continue reading My journey with my mental health, and some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

Meal hacks for living with chronic illness

I’m not going to talk about how to eat for your health, to heal yourself through food or supplements. I want to talk about the day to day realities of trying to feed yourself when you have a chronic illness and are limited due to fatigue and pain. Really good days: On really good days… Continue reading Meal hacks for living with chronic illness

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses

Benefit fraud and the effects on the perception of invisible illnesses

OMG!!! No wonder people are complaining about benefit cheats and fake sickness claimants and people with #invisibleillnesses get abuse! I’m watching Benefit Britain: life on the dole and the tone of the narrator is horrific! “She has fibromyalgia which she CLAIMS causes severe pain” he also uses the same sarcastic tone for a woman who… Continue reading Benefit fraud and the effects on the perception of invisible illnesses

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses · Positivity

20 things I hate about having a chronic illness!

I know I’m all about positivity and try to keep a smile on my face and see the good in everything, but of course I get annoyed sometimes so here are some of my pet hates about being ill and having an invisible illness. I hate it when…I have to throw food out because I… Continue reading 20 things I hate about having a chronic illness!

Health and Disability · Invisible illnesses · Personal

Why being told I should take opiates freaked me out…

I’m reading Jenny Lawson’s book Furiously Happy at the minute. She’s actually hysterical! I read her first book in a few hours and kept having to make notes about things I wanted to write about myself that she’d brought up. She’s a blogger who has a number of invisible illnesses and I saw her books… Continue reading Why being told I should take opiates freaked me out…