Tuesday, 18 October 2016

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us

This blog post is a little different from the ones I usually write but, I wanted to talk about something positive which is unfortunately quite difficult when talking about chronic illness. Sometimes all you need is some fresh air, a change of scenery and some good laughs to make you feel better, even if only for a week :)

Friday, 2 September 2016

Fibromyalgia, Its like having a hangover only without the party

Over the last months I have found it difficult to sit and think of something to write. I have found myself on countless occasions sitting and staring blankly at the laptop, having forgot the idea that had popped into my head only moments earlier. During the month of August I have found it hard to distinguish whether I am having a good day or bad day and my memory has dwindled from day to day.

On the 24th August my little brother turned 18. For ages I had been looking forward to celebrating my brother’s birthday as he was never old enough to come out with me when I was spending various nights after work drinking until the early hours, not worrying about how I would feel the next day. Unfortunately, now that things have changed, as much as I was looking forward to going out on a Saturday night, I was also dreading it. The weeks prior I had to try and save up as much energy as I could to at least allow me to stay out for a few hours. I had to come off my medication for the day so that I could at least have a few drinks without being riddled with unwanted side effects. Coming off one of my tablets for as little as a day can cause severe withdrawal, much like a drug addict going cold turkey but, I was determined not to spend the evening drinking soft drinks surrounded by people enjoying the effects of alcohol. We started off in Camden which was as far as I had planned to go but, my brother had a VIP booth booked in a club in central London and I didn’t want to give up just yet.
 I was surprised at how well I handled the evening as I managed to dance, sing, drink and feel like a relatively normal 22 year old woman for the first time in ages.

 However, the next morning I paid the price for having a great night as I spent the following day feeling exhausted, in pain and a far cry from what someone in their 20s should feel. If I was to listen to my body and not push myself to much then I would do even less than I am currently doing which, to be honest is not a lot. I am turning 23 in a week’s time and I don’t know whether I have much to celebrate. I hope that this time next year I will be in a better position, that by some miracle I will be cured and my life can go back to normal but, honestly I am not very optimistic.

Birthdays when you are chronically Ill tend to highlight the fact that you are still ill. This time last year I had just quit my job and was enjoying a break that I was hoping would allow me to bounce back. Instead a year on I am not in the best place physically or mentally and it is difficult not to feel upset about it. However, I will save my spoons for my birthday weekend and will enjoy celebrating with my loved ones :)

Sunday, 7 August 2016

As mad as the hatter, as lost as Alice ⏳

I have spent a lot of time recently feeling a bit lost... lost in my head... lost in my body... lost in life. Lost yet the clock is always ticking. There is so much going on around me that is just out of reach.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Summer heat? What is this torture?

In the UK we are currently in the middle of a surprisingly hot summer. I know i just said UK and hot in the same sentence. Usually by this time of the year we barely reach short wearing weather and we always need a umbrella handy for when the heavens open which we have all grown to expect.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

"I lost myself somewhere in the darkness"

“Life is funny, isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, just when you finally begin to plan something, get excited about it and feel like you know what direction you’re heading in, the paths change, the signs change, the wind blows the other way, North is suddenly south, and east is west and you’re … Lost.”

I miss the age when I believed that I would have my shit together by the time I was the age I am now. I can’t say that I ever had major future plans when I was in school because that would be far from the truth. When I was trudging through my teenage years my only concerns would be passing exams that now seemingly mean nothing and surviving double English without having a breakdown (all you English A-level people know the struggle).  School never really prepares you for real life.  The moment you walk out of school for the final time and enjoy that one last summer holiday, reality hits and shit gets real. I was one of the very few that didn’t follow the majority of my year to university. Almost every morning in form our teacher would be banging on about UCAS forms and university choices and as it was a waste of my time I often chose to stay in bed a bit longer and go in just in time for my first lesson. There was never really anything I was interested in enough to spend the next 3+ years learning about. I had always wanted to get straight into work and earn my own money. I was never bothered about getting a degree and to this day still feel the same. However, it has been almost 4 years since I left school and although I do have 3 years of employment under my belt, I can’t help but feel that I am back to square one. I have been unemployed for almost a year now and it is driving me crazy.  Recently I was contacted about a senior supervisor job in a new designer outlet but, due to my current situation, I couldn’t even bring myself to call them back.

I’m going to be honest, I have found my emotions running high the last few weeks. One minute I can feel fine and then I feel agitated, upset and frustrated which hits me off guard. I find myself worrying about the future.  But then I stop and remind myself that it will all take time to get used to. Re- building your life can be hard but, it will not happen overnight.  My Mum said to me a few weeks ago “If you want to be sad, be sad. We will ride it out with you. We will be here for you when you need picking back up as well as when you don’t.  Sometimes you just need to cry and then pick yourself up”. These were the words I needed to hear.  I have a busy week ahead and I am just hoping my body can handle it. Wish me luck x

Friday, 24 June 2016

I Believe You!

(My Mum & I on our way back from one of my Fibro Meetings last week. My legs had given up by this point and my brain had switched off but, still smiling.)
The worst thing you can do to someone with an invisible illness is make them feel like they need to prove how sick they are. Nobody really realises that some people have to use a tremendous amount of energy merely to be normal. I am what a person with an invisible illness looks like. 

Monday, 13 June 2016

Life is tough my darling but so are you!

Almost a year ago now I was working 40+ hours a week running here there and everywhere to get things done and spent my days off resting for the busy days ahead. Now my life consists of numerous doctors appointments, waiting for referrals, filling in benefit forms and remembering to take tablets.