Chronic Illness

Managing Chronic Illness: Why I Set Myself Weekly Challenges

Natasha Lipman | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

While my sense of lack of satisfaction is still very much there, and I find it hard to be proud of myself for going out or 'doing' something, I'm trying to take things one step at a time and realise that I'm working my arse off, and that's worth celebrating. And setting myself small, achievable challenges is definitely one way of helping me manage that.

Does Jennifer Aniston's Cake Really Show Life With Chronic Pain?

Jayne Stephens | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jayne Stephens

It's not the most exciting or action-filled film, and there isn't a big special effects scene or rosy romantic ending, but in its own way it keeps you gripped, rooting for the characters and watching until the very end.

MediPen: A Refreshing New and Legal Way to Experience the Benefits of Cannabis in the UK

Rob McDowall | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Rob McDowall

As someone who has lived with chronic pain and associated conditions since my early adulthood, I have tried scores of aids, medications, complementary products and stimulation devices in order to try and reduce my pain and allow me to live a fuller life. I've had the pleasure of discovering the MediPen recently and I've never tried anything quite like it!

On Summer Solstice, Life, Light, Darkness and Welcoming It All In

Roberta Verdant | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

The tiredness has been going on for a long time. Since childhood, really. Growing up, I never felt like I had a lot of energy or like what I had was flowing particularly well around my body. Retrospectively, there were reasons for this.

Changing Attitudes - NEAW 2015

Rachel Burkinshaw | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Burkinshaw

At our recent admission at GOSH, one of the gastro consultants told me that it is widely recognised that children with gastro conditions have the worst quality of life of any child living with a chronic illness.

Parents To Sell House To Fund Daughter's Vital Medication

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Parents

At nine-years-old, Bethany Henry from Brighton is suffering from a chronic illness that needs vital drugs to keep her alive. Unfortunately, the NHS...

10 Things People With ME Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's estimated that around 250,000 people in Britain are affected by ME, yet many people are still unaware of what it actually is. ME, or Chronic F...

Me and My ME - Ten Things You Didn't Know About Living With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Laura Roche | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Roche

The hardest part of having M.E at my level is that you feel dreadful but look fine. Unless you become a chronic illness bore and constantly regale people with tales of bodily woes, it's difficult to explain to people why you can't do everything you want and need to do.

Wellness: It's Time for a Reality Check

Natasha Lipman | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

I love sharing my story with everyone, whether it be daily on my Instagram or in longer pieces on my blog. But I think it's important for people to remember that I'm not a doctor, a nutritionist or a trained anything.

Why Katie Hopkins Is an Inspiration

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carrie Armstrong

Katie Hopkins is hospitalised every 10 days on average because of her epilepsy. Every 10 days. I find the uncertainty of that utterly horrifying. I don't understand how she does it.

Was It Something I Said?

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

When first diagnosed, there is a flurry of shock and interest from those you know, but slowly as they realise this is a long term disease requiring dedication, their sympathy wanes. Friends, and bizarrely, some family too, have mysteriously vanished into thin air.

Five Things People With CFS/ME Would Be Happy Never to Hear Again (And What We'd Like You to Say)

Penelope Friday | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Penelope Friday

Exhaustion, yes. But if only that were all! Oh, the fun and games of being constantly in pain, needing masses of sleep yet still waking up unrefreshed, and forgetting the words for every day objects. We're a bundle of laughs, we are.

A Wedding in the Shadow of Cancer

Clare Atkinson | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Atkinson

On the day of my diagnosis, I did several things. First, I sat on a bench outside the hospital, my head on my knees, crying uncontrollably, as my partner quietly kept his arms around me. I stayed like that for some time before suddenly sitting upright and asking him if he would marry me.

#Hospitalglam Matters Because My Appearance Doesn't Reflect the Severity of My Illness

Jade Hamnett | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Hamnett

When you have an invisible condition, you can face an additional level of scrutiny and are often having to work much harder to prove how ill you feel. So it's not surprising that sometimes I feel like I'm losing myself.

Four Reasons Chronic Illness Helped to Make Me Successful In Business

Jo Gifford | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Endometriosis has been at my side for 20 years, chronic fatigue for a decade, and fibromyalgia has joined the party more recently. Rather than be held hostage by symptoms which can sometimes be crippling, I am aware that my business successes have my circumstances to thank, in part, for my ability to succeed.

How to Stay Positive (Even When Things are Really Tough)

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Being a positive person doesn't mean you don't feel pain or that you learn to suppress it - that wouldn't be healthy or helpful. It's more about knowing that while you may feel terrible, that feeling will pass. It genuinely helps.

Instinct, Cutting the Small Talk and Being True to One's Self

Roberta Verdant | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

You know that precise moment when you walk into a situation or you meet someone and you notice something feels wrong? How often have you disregarded that feeling, and in the process disregarded yourself; your needs and inner guidance?

Brave Mum Is Fighting The Stigma Over Crohn's Disease With Style

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A mum-of-two is being praised across the world after posing in her bikini with a stoma on show and posting the picture online. Marcia Paterson, 40,...

Instinct, Illness and Finding Your Way

Roberta Verdant | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Somewhere between childhood and my teenage years, I realised something: I wasn't straight. Eventual marriage to a man began to look less likely. Later I'd realise that my queerness was fine, great, even, but it'd take a while.

It's a No Win Situation

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

It's like riding some frenzied merry-go-round, but there's nothing remotely "merry" about living with Parkinson's. Most of the time I'm bursting with fighting spirt and determination not to let Parkinson's get the upper hand...

No, I'm Not Grateful - And That's Ok

Natasha Lipman | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

If I wasn't this unwell, I probably wouldn't have done any of the things that I have done since I was eighteen. If I was well enough to have gone to drama school in New York when I wanted to, I would have. Instead, I have had to constantly find new paths to follow that are right for me at any given time. And they have changed so many times.

Maintaining Friendships

Elaine Benton | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Generally people don't want to hang around anyone chronically ill, and I can't say I blame them. I do understand, for someone in a poor state of health has limitations when it comes to socializing, which admittedly causes difficulty in maintaining friendships. Once diagnosed with a degenerative disease, life is never quite the same again.

Walking in Heels

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

And I don't. Heels aren't vital for goodness sake. But freedom is. And being in denial that I'm making any aspect of my world smaller than it needs to be, out of fear is inexcusable. I know better than that. I can do better than that.

How to Create a Kick-Ass Food Diary

Natasha Lipman | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

There's a lot more to this journey than just what you put in your mouth, and understanding that your lifestyle, mental state and external stressors also play a huge role in your health is vitally important.

What Matters Most

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Most of us living with Parkinson's disease are on a cocktail of pills we ritually take each day. We can try to help maintain the dopamine levels to some degree by eating the right foods. A well balanced diet alone cannot of course replace Parkinson's medications, but ensures they work at an optimal level.