Birthday reflections

The last month or so has been a real toughie. No matter how much I rest I don’t seem to have any ‘good days’ at the moment. It was particularly frustrating on Saturday as it was my Birthday (I’m a Valentine’s … Continue reading

Hold onto hope

If you suffer from a chronic illness, I am sure you’re familiar with the question…’will I ever get better?‘ I have asked myself this question many times over the years I’ve been poorly. POTS has changed my life completely – … Continue reading

A look back at 2014 and hopes for 2015

2014 has been one of the toughest of my 25 years. I have been ill with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome since January and the journey to a diagnosis and acceptance was incredibly difficult. From January through to July – I … Continue reading

With gratitude, comes happiness

I was speaking to a friend the other day about gratitude. I was having a moment when I was appreciating how amazing it is to be able to see. I have many moments like this. My friend turned to me … Continue reading

Beach Therapy

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Cousteau.

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I’m back in Cornwall, woohoo! Only for two weeks but it’s so nice to be home! For those of you who don’t know, I live in Cornwall with my boyfriend but I had to move back in with my family in Gloucestershire earlier this year temporarily as all of my medical care is there. On Friday we made it to the beach which was my aim for the trip down here. It was a little tricky as you can’t push a wheelchair across the sand, so I had to get out and walk (slowly hobble) to the waters edge. I only lasted a few minutes stood right by the sea but those moments were so lovely. We then had a lovely lunch at the beach cafe which overlooks the ocean. The beach is one of the things I miss the most about Cornwall. I love the smell of the salty water, the wind on my face, the gentle roar of the waves – they make me feel so calm and peaceful. Going to the beach is a kind of therapy for me, a chance to stop for a moment and appreciate what I have, to forget my worries and anxieties and be in the present moment.

“The cure for anything is salt water, sweat, tears, or the sea.” Karen von Blixen-Finecke.  

Sometimes it’s just so frustrating

I want my blog to be a positive space but today I feel like opening up and revealing some of the realities of living with a chronic illness. Sometimes it can be so frustrating.  I’ve been ill with Postural Orthostatic … Continue reading

Small achievements from my week in Cornwall

          Last Monday I went down to Cornwall for just under a week to spend some time with Paddy and his parents, who very kindly drove me down. For those of you who don’t know, I live … Continue reading

Taking control using food… six months on

In March this year I decided to look beyond medicine to help me fight my chronic illnesses, and embark on a health food journey to heal my body using diet. See how my journey started here – Taking control using food … Continue reading

Pain management:Dealing with the psychological & emotional effects of living with chronic pain

I’ve had chronic pain since October 2008. That’s a hell of a lot of days in pain! I’ve learnt a lot since my condition began on how to manage pain psychologically and I want to share what I have learnt … Continue reading