Notebooks and Glasses | Chronic Pain Blog gives real advice and tips and shares experiences of living a positive life with chronic pain and to help you do the things you enjoy. If you are wanting to learn how to cope with chronic pain, want to learn more because you know someone with chronic pain, or want to connect with like-minded people, then you are in the right place.

A bit about me

I’m Alice (Ali). I live in the north west of England with my partner, Miss C, and my two Westies, Milo and Wesley.


This is me, Alice (Ali)

What is my blog about?

I have a sitting disability caused by chronic lower back pain (coccydynia). My blog posts are my words and observations on living a positive life with chronic pain. I decided to start this blog to help others learn to cope with their pain, or better understand chronic pain, and live a positive life doing the things they enjoy.

I also have endometriosis, IBS and a hiatus hernia. The pain from these conditions is much less than my back pain, but I will be writing about these too.

I also write about the bigger picture of chronic pain on our health and wellbeing, including exercise, mental health, and gratitude.

And I want to help other bloggers learn more about blogging, so I write occasional posts about what I have learnt from creating, developing and writing my blog and website and share my tips and advice.

Why have I called my blog Notebooks and Glasses?

The title of my blog is a type of metaphor, but it also ties in with my belief that my pain should not be the focus of my life. I didn?t want anything related to the words chronic pain in my blog title.

Who is my blog for?

People with chronic pain and those who want to learn more about someone living with chronic pain, but anyone can read it and hopefully learn from it.

How can I solve your problems?

I’m not sure I can. But what I hope to do is share some of my experiences, and tips and advice about living with chronic pain.

Although it may feel like it in the beginning, life doesn’t stop when you have chronic pain. I want to write this blog to share things and hopefully inspire others to continue doing the things they enjoy.

My first blog post details what I will be blogging about, but the main themes will be around:

  • what I know and have learnt about chronic pain
  • staying positive and my everyday thoughts
  • my interests – food and drink, health and exercise, to name a few.

What should you do next?

Read my blogs posts and see what you think; get in touch if you want to work with me, and subscribe to my blog to get notified when I publish new posts using the box at the bottom of this page.

The main categories of my blog are:









You may agree or disagree with some of the things I write about, and this is ok. Everybody’s chronic pain journey is different. Feel free to comment or get in touch to share some of your own ideas.

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When are my blog posts published? 

At the moment I am publishing my main posts once a week, on a Sunday.

I am also doing a gratitude post every Friday, starting in May.

I may publish other posts ad-hoc.

Blog awards, nominations and communities

Annual Bloggers Bash Award nomination 2018 – Most Informative (Original Content) Blogger.





Bloggers Recognition Award.

Sunshine Blogger Award- June 2018

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Proud member of the Chronic Illness Bloggers Network.

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Keep in touch

If you would like to stay in touch and keep up to date with me and my work, you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

You can also email me at hello@notebooksandglasses.com 

Notebooks and Glasses photos and logo content

  • All photos taken and copyrighted to Alice
  • All graphics designed by Alice using Canva or Fontmania
  • Moleskine pocket notebooks
  • Superdry glasses

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