Chronic Illness

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.

How The Prince's Trust Helped Me Through Severe Disability

Charlotte Elizabeth | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Elizabeth

Two years on from my original idea and I have now launched my business. I have one style of handbag in four different colours, waiting to enter someones life of memories and chapters. Though the basis of my business is about the design of my products, I aim to encourage other businesses to support our treasured craftspeople of the country.

Eight Things Nine Years of Chronic Illness Has Taught Me

Steve Errey | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Errey

With some outstanding views at the top and a load of white-knuckle twists that make you want to throw up, it's made me get myself together in ways I'd never have guessed at. Here are 8 things I've learned from nine years of chronic illness.

Why Chronic Illness Is Not a Competition

Jenna Downes | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

As I mentioned in my last blog rant; our own journeys are the ones that are the most important. It doesn't do us any good in being with competition with each other when the real battle we should be focusing on is only thing that really matters: the fight for good health.

'It's More Than Just Feeling a Little Tired': Five Things You Should Understand About Living With M.E

Tayana Simons | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Imagine what it would feel like waking up every single day feeling like you've had no sleep at all. Not being able to make plans because you're worried that you may be too tired to even talk when it comes to the occasion. Laying in bed, unable to move, your body aching, but adrenaline telling you to get out and enjoy the day when you barely have enough energy to make a cup to tea.

Prevention in Action - Saving the NHS Through Prevention

Olivia Maya Field | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK
Olivia Maya Field

Almost 70 years on, the NHS being underfunded, over-stretched and struggling to cope keeps making headlines...

Chronic Illness: A Note on Hope

Lizzie Horgan | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Horgan

This by no means indicates that health is achievable if you just try and hope hard enough. A positive attitude is ideal, but if you're experiencing the deep clutches of ME it doesn't stop your legs from giving way underneath you. Just felt it right to recycle that little bit of hope that was once typed to me.

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".