You behind the illness (tag)

I saw that I was tagged in this blog post by Nicola at Nicola J Ogston and the title immediately grabbed my attention. My belief is that my pain should not be the focus of my life, so as much as I enjoy writing my blog and sharing my experiences about life with chronic pain, [...]

10 tips for new bloggers

This post contains affiliate linKs. I thought I'd write about something a little different to my normal blog topics. I've learnt a lot about blogging over the past few months and I wanted to share my top 10 tips to help other new bloggers. The world of blogging is huge. It can be quite daunting, especially [...]

What’s in my chronic pain survival kit

What’s in my chronic pain survival kit

This post contains affiliate links. Pain management is different for everyone. What helps one person doesn't always help another. In this blog post I list the things in my survival kit that I have and do to help with my pain management. My partner She is amazing, and in all honesty I couldn't cope without [...]

Bloggers Recognition Award

I have received my very first Bloggers Recognition Award nomination. I was very kindly nominated by Rachael at www.rachaelstray.blog who blogs about tips and tools on working in PR, the north east and much more. You can read Rachael's nomination post here. The rules for this award Write a blog post to show your award [...]

My 2018 Goals

Like most people I always try to set myself a New Year's resolution. This year I am doing it slightly different in that I have lots of smaller goals rather than one big one, and I have made them public by doing a blog about them. This will hopefully help me stick to them more than [...]

How I’m helping myself this Christmas

How I’m helping myself this Christmas

It's that time of year where we all have a million and one things to do. Having chronic pain and coping with daily activities can be challenging enough, but when you add the 'Christmas to do list' to the mix, then things can get that little bit tougher. Here are a few ways how I [...]

5 ways blogging is helping me

5 ways blogging is helping me

I've always been quite a closed book about certain things in my life, but with my blog I'm being totally open, honest and authentic about my chronic pain and how it affects me. One of my goals with blogging is to help others, but I am actually finding it is really helping me too. Here's [...]

Coccyx cushion: pain v embarrassment

Coccyx cushion: pain v embarrassment

This post contains affiliate links.  I've been using a coccyx cushion for over 5 years now. I don't have a coccyx anymore, but a cushion helps me when I'm sitting. I went out with some friends to a local Chinese restaurant last week and I decided to take my cushion with me and it's got [...]

I’m finally having some proper physio

I’m finally having some proper physio

This week I had two other opinions on my pain and how physio can help me. The first was really negative and deflating; the second had just as much bad news but was really positive. I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere. We'll start with the first opinionSo last Sunday I had my gym induction. [...]

How my chronic pain has changed me

I've had chronic pain for over 5 years now. I'd love to say that it hasn't changed me and that I'm still the old me, but this isn't true. It's not a bad thing that I've changed, but I know I'm different in some ways than before I started dealing with daily pain. It's bound [...]

5 things I’ve learnt at the gym

Yesterday I conquered one of my fears and completed my first solo session at the gym. In fact, while I was writing the first draft of this blog post I was still there, sat in the cafe area. Recovering. My glasses were still steaming from the sweat on my face. My workout Ok, it sounds [...]

10 ways to cope with chronic pain

10 ways to cope with chronic pain

Everyone’s pain is different and everyone copes in different ways. I’ve had my endometriosis pain for nearly 20 years and my sitting disability and other pains for over 5 years. During that time I have had to learn ways to cope with chronic pain rather than fight it and question why I’ve got it. Below [...]

My Italy holiday: Part 2

The day after I published Part 1 of my Italy holiday, our time in Rome took a dramatic turn for the worst. We found out that our return flight with Monarch airlines was cancelled because they went in to administration. It’s a weird feeling to know you’re stranded in another country. I didn’t know when [...]