Chronic Illness

A Wedding in the Shadow of Cancer

Clare Atkinson | Posted 23.02.2015 | 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 11.02.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 27.01.2015 | 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 23.01.2015 | 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.

Acceptance of Chronic Illness

Hafsa Momin | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Hafsa Momin

It is known that acceptance of long-term chronic illness is seen as a substantial problem in patients with chronic illnesses. Absence of acceptance can lead to clinical improvements being delayed considerably. It can also lead to poorer adherence to the current and ongoing medical treatment. They may be branded and judged by others as being in denial.

Dear Instagram: I Love You... But You're Not a Doctor

Natasha Lipman | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Tech
Natasha Lipman

For about five months, my 'writing about health' thing has moved over to Instagram. And while it is an amazing platform, it doesn't do justice to the complexity and importance of understanding the science and the why behind a lot of what I choose to do.

Parkinson's Is an Iceberg

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The on-line Parkinson's community is a great way of connecting through the Internet with others in the same boat. I was truly touched by a new contact I made with a fellow Parkinson's sufferer. My article this week is about an ordinary Joe, just like you and me, except his name is Kendall Lay and he is far from ordinary.

Spilling the Beans

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

We have a special visitor from abroad with us at present, who is taking a much needed holiday. "Why is he special?" I hear you ask. Firstly we've know...

Herniated (Slipped) Disc

Elaine Benton | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I am typing this article in bed, on my laptop which has been precariously propped up, barely able to see the keys, I am determined to finish this piece. You may be wondering what on earth I've been up to. Sorry to disappoint you, but it doesn't take much to injure myself, and I wish I had an exciting fascinating tale to relate, but the truth of the matter is sadly quite pathetic.

The Diary of a Hermit: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Eggleton

The frequency of brain fog and general lethargy has made the task of writing this feature an arduous one, so on this occasion you will have to absorb my story from my video tale. Rather than a finely-tuned scripted speech, I decided to just press record and see what came out on the subject.

What Makes My Blood Boil?

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A person suffering a degenerative disease, no matter how well they cope, cannot in reality be upbeat and happy every single moment of each day. This would be impossible and an unrealistic expectation.

Looking Beyond Medicine: How I'm Fighting Chronic Illness With Diet

Natasha Lipman | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

I'm now on a plant based, gluten free, sugar free, high nutrient, anti-inflammatory, juice infused, smoothie obsessed, rotation diet. I very rarely eat anything out of a packet (even if it fulfils my diet criteria), and I spend most of my daily energy on preparing my food. I have slip ups (it's normal when you make such dramatic changes), but I know that what I'm doing is right for my body.

Atos to Leave WCA Contract Early

Stef Benstead | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

The government should take this opportunity to think very carefully about whether the WCA is the right assessment to continue with. At the very least they shouldn't bind the next government to lengthy contracts for delivering WCAs if that will hinder the opportunity to give the WCA the massive overhaul, even total replacement, that it very much needs.

Medical Cannabis

Elaine Benton | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I very much hope there will be a change in policy for the countries where medical cannabis is still illegal so that people suffering chronic illness can obtain the relief they rightly deserve. Why should chronically ill people suffer in silence, when there may be a solution at hand?

Rare Diseases Day: 16 Things You Know When Living With a Chronic Illness (or Three) In Your 20s

Natasha Lipman | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Lipman

So, today, on Rare Disease Day, I'd like to take the opportunity to share some quick things that millennials (ugh) living through their teens and twenties with chronic illnesses will know. I hope that this will serve to help people be more understanding and aware of what they can do to support their friends and loved ones who fight every day for their health.

Love Me, Love My Dog

Elaine Benton | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My dog has a face only a mother could love, she incessantly drools, snores loudly and smells (so I've been told). Due to Parkinson's I have no sense of smell, so it doesn't bother me! We have become inseparable and together 24/7 for over eight years; family and friends now know and accept, "Love me, love my dog"!