Chronic Illness

Living With Chronic Illness

Lizzie Horgan | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Horgan

My reality of being morale boosted, bathed (sweet memories), packed with vitamins and every Deliciously Ella/Hemsley Hemsley recipe going, provided stark comparison to the desperate stories of isolation and loneliness that I discovered.

It's a Right Pain

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Compassion is key when we consider pain, bringing kindness and understanding towards ourselves when experiencing pain can make a difference. Studies show time and time again the variance in pain experience when mindfulness and compassion are introduced.

When It's More Than 'Just' Being Double-Jointed

Natasha Lipman | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

My pain started when I was nine. We don't really know why (that's the nature of the thing, I guess) and I went from being a normal child, running around with my friends, to one that couldn't do that because of the terrible pain that had developed, especially in my knees.

Facing the New Year With Chronic Illness...

Nancy Mc | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

A new year, a new start. It's that slightly daunting, yet optimistic phrase for many of us as we enter the start of a new year. As a society, we outri...

IBD in the Media: Why We Need Education, Not Sensationalism

Jenna Downes | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

The stories that feature in the media lately range from the dangerous misinformed to the intentionally comical (at least that's the desired effect; I'm certainly not laughing!) Here's 5 misrepresentation of IBD that I've spotted in the media recently...

Why Being Diagnosed With CFS Changed My Life for the Better

Sarah Brook | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brook

Without a diagnosis, I was ashamed to live in my own sickly body. In a state of perpetual conflict, I'd psychologically disown it, wishing it belonged to someone else. I started lying to it, "You're fine - the problem is in your head".

You Aren't Entitled to an Opinion on My Chronic Illness

Rosie Fletcher | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Fletcher

I thought my media outrage was done for the week when Buzzfeed published an article that casually suggested people with disabilities are unattractive. Little did I know the front page of last Wednesday's Telegraph would scale new heights in Totally Overwhelming Nonsense.

To Those Who Doubt Chronic Illness in Young Adults...

Nancy Mc | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

Every day is a challenge and we deal with it as it happens, as best we can. We do not have the beauty and joy in life to be completely spontaneous, to set time limits and to do as we please because pain, head to toe is a part of our package.

Life With Chronic Illness Is What You Make It....

Nancy Mc | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

Life is what you make it, despite the cards you may have been dealt. Life isn't always fair but it is a gift. My physical pain could allow me to stay hidden away in bed for my entire life if I allowed it to, yet I know this will not bring me joy in the long run or in my present...

Riding the Waves of Multiple Sclerosis

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

MS hasn't stopped Emma and she holds mindfulness responsible, she has followed her heart and felt encouraged to succeed in her dreams.

'Suffering The Silence' Photo Project Raises Awareness Of Invisible Chronic Illnesses

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When the symptoms of an illness are hidden from view, the true plight of sufferers can often be forgotten by others. A photo project titled Sufferi...

No End to Endo

Tracey Morgan | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Morgan

I suffer from Endometriosis. For those of you who don't know what that means it is usually a very painful and debilitating illness that affects over 1.5 million women in the UK alone, caused by the endometrial lining in the uterus migrating and growing elsewhere in the body.

It's Hard to Speak My Heart

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I got my other wishes. Today I dressed myself. Fed myself. Left my flat and walked. I never take those things for granted. They will remain a privilege, rather then a right, for the rest of my life. Not because I believe they will go away. But because they are part of a long list of things I am overwhelmingly thankful for every day.

On the Front Line

Elaine Benton | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The body takes a beating from constant symptoms, yet most patients I've come across, gallantly fight Parkinson's in silence each day, so it's no wonder our emotions are also affected. We feel bound by a code of honour to put on a brave face, smile when we can, and continue to sound positive to all those around us as this degenerative disease runs its course.

Critically Ill Teenager Finds Out He's Going To Disneyland, Internet Weeps With Joy

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

The beautiful moment a critically ill teenager found out he was going to Disneyland Paris has won the hearts of thousands on Facebook. 14-year-old...

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.