Chronic Illness

What Chronic Illness Looks Like Behind Closed Doors

Amani Omejer | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Living with chronic illness is lonely as fuck. I spend so much time on my own -- more time than I ever expected to spend on my own, or have ever wanted to. There is so, so, much of my life that people don't see.

Broken Not Rubbish: A Near Death Experience That Changed Us All

Daniel Singleton | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Singleton

My wife has suffered through many things- and I will be the first to admit some of that suffering must be as a result of being married to me! Nevertheless, she has been able to turn those trials into something good - in fact one has been turned into something quite beautiful.

Mind The Gap: How Descartes' Philosophy Is Hurting Healthcare

Laura Elliott | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Laura Elliott

It's fair to say that most of us don't consider René Descartes to play an important role in our day-to-day lives. Yes, he gave us 'I think therefore ...

Looking Up When Your Body Is Down

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Swatee Jasoria

Even when we do all the right things, like sleep eight hours a day, eat well and exercise regularly, sometimes we just get sick. We can't help it. When and how we get ill is not necessarily in our control, but how we deal with it is.

I Wish I Had Cancer

Dave Meldrum | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Meldrum

A.S. is a chronic, incurable, probably degenerative disease in the arthritis family affecting my spine, neck and other joints. It leaves me with daily flu-like fatigue. I have had these symptoms sporadically from the age of 20. Every day since I was 27, my first year of marriage. I am 43 years old.

Living With Chronic Illness: Why The Holidays Are Hard

Amani Omejer | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

There's something particularly challenging about Christmas time. It's a marker in the calendar that is unavoidable. I can dodge (well kind of dodge) other times of year that are particularly difficult.

Five Tips For Surviving A Chronic Illness Christmas

Louise Marie Smith | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Marie Smith

I'm a hardcore Spoonie. In the Chronic Illness Community, a Spoonie is someone with a long term illness who has to really watch their energy expendit...

Five Ways You Can Help Someone Suffering With Ulcerative Colitis

Kate Crudgington | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Crudgington

If you're unfamiliar with UC, it's a chronic and unpredictable bowel disease (often mistaken for IBS) which can vary in severity and symptoms from patient to patient. The symptoms are gross and painful, but the disease itself is almost invisible. Whilst I look remarkably well, I'm actually screaming on the inside (kind of like Rose at the beginning of Titanic).

Reimagining A Life

Laura Elliott | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Elliott

There's an odd permeation of feeling that happens when illness creeps into a life. It's a strange feeling to understand, both from within the illness and outside of it, but it's an even stranger undertaking to try and articulate that change.

Living With Chronic Illness Is Relentless

Amani Omejer | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Waking up and being in pain straight away is beyond depressing and demoralising, but I'd always pick this one over being woken up by the pain. Both options are so tough, lonely, and exhausting, though. They also feel indescribable. Words somehow just don't do being-in-constant-severe-pain justice at all.

Living With Chronic Dizziness: Diagnosis And Treatment

Laura Elliott | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Elliott

Since then I've suffered from dizziness every day, and I know first-hand the ways in which my horizons have suddenly grown smaller, as even simple tasks can leave me overwhelmed, or worse: clinging to a wall in an attempt to stop the room from spinning.

Invisible Illnesses - How Do We 'Visibilise' them?

Rebekah Wolkind | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rebekah Wolkind

Having an invisible illness is at its most scary and lonely because of how unsafe it feels. Diabetics suffering a hypoglaecemic episode are often mistaken for being drunk (slurred words, dizziness, shakiness, irritability sweating). But untreated low blood sugars can kill you.

Superhuman and the Rest of Us: The Paralympics, Disability and Problems With the Media

Natasha Lipman | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Sport
Natasha Lipman

As much as I am so happy to see disabled people portrayed in such a positive and innovative light (aka just like everyone else, doing the things that anyone would do...shock horror...) my heart also sunk.

Why the F**k Should I Have to 'Perform' My Disability to Be Believed? And Other Thoughts

Natasha Lipman | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

Because sometimes a sweary list is what's needed when living with a chronic illness gets too much... Why the fuck should I have to "perform" my disability for someone to believe me?

How I Overcame Paralysis And Hitting Rock Bottom

Charlotte Elizabeth | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Elizabeth

Today I live to know the secret to what I wish I had known before, that we cannot stop our fears from happening, but we can learn to live beyond our fears, to use them as our greatest catalyst and to fight each day for our fears fear - our dreams.

Five Lessons on Having a Child in Hospital

Natasha Batsford | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

There is an old saying that you can't pour from an empty cup, but I was shocked at how quickly my ability to support my son was compromised. Something as basic as not eating properly, or sleeping a full night, hell, even something as small as not having open access to hot drinks, add up fast; which I learned to my cost once we moved to the children's ward.

Lyme Disease - Just A Minor Bite Or A Major Epidemic?

Janice Haddon | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Janice Haddon

You can try to protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers tucked into socks if you are out in nature. Use a good repellent and carry a tick remover with you. There is more advice on the Lyme Disease UK site.

The Chemo Diet

Gabrielle Harris | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Harris

I wouldn't recommend it but if you are looking to lose a bit of weight quickly it definitely works. Of course when I manage a glass of water it will n...

Chronic Illness and The Fear of Missing Out

Lizzie Horgan | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Horgan

For the first time in a year I've felt fit and healthy enough to say 'yes' to suppers in, dinners out, to best pal sleepovers, to more volunteering, to the actual circus and even dance floors. Yes, the sweet, sweet dance floor, how i've missed you. And how, I'm quite sure, you've missed me.

The Obesity Crisis: A Complex Issue But We Need to Take Responsibility

Emer Delaney | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

As a dietitian, the challenge is to educate people on healthier food choices, activity and lifestyle changes. Doing this in clinic on a one to one basis is excellent and, provided you have enough time, you can really drill down and identify the changes that need to be made.

IBS - Another Success Story of Low FODMAP Treatment

Emer Delaney | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

IBS is a common condition and it affects approximately 4 million people in the UK. It is a chronic, relapsing and often life-long condition and people suffer from significant symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating and an overwhelming sense of lethargy.

'It Isn't Just In My Mind!': Four Problems in Diagnosis and Treatment of ME/CFS

Tayana Simons | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Alongside daily experiencing the debilitating symptoms of the condition, such as muscle pain, intense fatigue and cognitive impairments, those who suffer with ME also have to fight even to have it recognised. Here are four of the most common issues in the diagnosis, and treatment, of this life altering condition.

Living with a Chronic Condition: The Difference Between Responsibility and Blame

Jenna Downes | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

I know I am not a doctor or an expert. In fact, the only person I can really speak for here is myself. But I'd like to think that my years of being my own advocate means I know my body pretty well and hope I can use this to help you manage life better living with a chronic disease.

Five Things to Do... When You Feel a Flare Up Coming On

Lizzie Horgan | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Horgan

Getting pretty nifty at spotting a flare up from a few days away. They're - touch wood - becoming fewer and further between. But here is a little plan that I spring (log roll) into action when my throat starts unfathomably croaking and ears start aching.

Things I've Learned From Chronic Illness

Sarah Brook | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brook

When you're recovering from a chronic illness, you're rarely thinking about how it might be a 'meaningful experience', a 'learning curve' or a 'very important time in your life'. You're mainly thinking about how sh*t everything is.