Chronic Illness

A Chronic Pain In The A**

Susie Reddy | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susie Reddy

everybody banner You know how sometimes, when you're sick or badly injured and you feel like you won't survive the experience? Those few days, or even weeks, of physical/emotional drain and torture can seem endless... But what if the nausea/ urging pain/all consuming fatigue isn't temporary? What if it genuinely can't be fixed and you know that you're going to pretty much feel like crap for the rest of your days?

Five Ways Chronic Illness Has Improved My Life

Kate Jackson | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Jackson

There's no doubt about it, having a chronic illness can be shit. And to write a blog post, 'five ways that chronic illness has made my life shit' would arguably be a lot less of a challenge, in fact stopping at five may be the hardest part.

Five Ways To Support Someone With Chronic Illness At Events

Amani Omejer | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amani Omejer

Today I have a wedding of one of my oldest friends, but I woke up in blinding abdo pain and with a crippling UTI. I should just stay in bed, but last year I missed 3 really good friends weddings because I was in hospital, so there is no way I am missing out on this one!

Using Mobility Aids When You Have An Invisible Illness

Pippa Stacey | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Pippa Stacey

hope with everything in me that one day this won't be the case, and those with chronic illnesses, including those without mobility aids, will be able to sit in reserved disabled seats, or move their legs in their wheelchair, or God forbid, laugh and enjoy their life, without judgment from others. But for now, we need to do all we can to help the healthy population to understand; just because somebody doesn't appear to be ill, it doesn't mean they're not suffering.

Giving M.E. A Place In The World

Sonya Chowdhury | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sonya Chowdhury

everybody banner My son Danny has given up. He finds it too hard and hates being seen as 'different' because he is not in school full-time, often attending for part of a day. You can imagine how broken-hearted I was to hear my little boy, aged just 11, say to me, "I don't feel my life is worth living. I don't have a place in the world anymore."

Why It Is Okay To Grieve When You're Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness

Anna Gaunt | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

everybody I wouldn't be the strong, empathetic, open-minded, make-the-most-of-everyday kind of person that I am. When I talk to people about my illness, I am very often met with confusion or pity. You should know that you shouldn't feel pity, because I don't either. This is my life now, and it's a bloody good one at that.

You Are Succeeding By Surviving

Naomi Barrow | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

To all of you who are feeling pretty rubbish at the moment because everyone seems to be succeeding and progressing, and you feel like a sad, stuck, blob... I want to remind you how wonderful you are. Continuing to wake up every day despite all the setbacks you encounter is so brave. It's so admirable.

Men's Health Month

Ben Edusei | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Edusei

It is a month where men come together and begin to talk and raise awareness of preventable health problems and diseases. To help educate men in disease prevention or early detection of illnesses for males of all ages. It's the perfect opportunity to share your story and pay it forward to allow men to be inspired and do something about their own health and well-being.

I Became Chief Executive Of A UK M.E. Charity - And Then My Son Was Diagnosed With M.E. Too

Sonya Chowdhury | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sonya Chowdhury

Danny says the one thing that has really added to his severe exhaustion and frustration is having to continually explain how M.E. is not just feeling tired. By sharing his story, I hope that others affected by M.E. have to do this a little less.

Burnout Diaries - Chapter 5: The 40%, Spoons And Upside Down Maslow

Paula Bellostas Muguerza | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Bellostas Muguerza

"IT'S THE FOURTH FLOOR!!!" - I shouted excitedly down the intercom to the delivery driver that was bringing my magnetic helmet. There was even a little bit of a dance while the young man travelled up in the lift.

What Growing Up With A Disabled Parent Taught Me About Disability

Anna Gaunt | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

I believe that identifying with the term 'disabled' is a personal choice. But it is important to recognise that there is no right way to be disabled. The disabled community is diverse, as are the lives of those within it.

Please Don't Stop Inviting Your Friend With Anxiety

Anna Gaunt | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

Don't give up on your friend who cancels plans last minute. Don't confirm the overwhelming worries that may be preventing them from coming in the first place. I know how frustrating it is, but please don't stop inviting your friend with anxiety.

Transgender And Can't Transition - The Struggle Of Chronic Illness And Trans Identities

LJ Ferris | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Every man is a taunt of who I could be. Every "ladies" directed to me is a reminder of the body that betrays me. I feel the stab of jealousy for signs of masculinity that I won't have; well fitting suits and strong shoulders. I don't know what it is, I don't know if it is that I hate being feminised and viewed as a woman so much.

10 Things You Should Know if Your Other Half Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anna Gaunt | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

There seems to be few people in this world who can deal with having a partner with a chronic illness. Thank you for making us feel like less of a burden. Thank you for making us feel like the amazing people that we actually are! Thank you for loving us. We will love you endlessly in return.

More Seizures And Epilepsy Awareness

Katy Mann | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

It's been a rather eventful couple of weeks here. I posted on Facebook that I made it to school without my wheelchair one day. Oh how the universe laughed at me. It's all been downhill ever since. My seizures have been terrible the past two weeks.

Please Don't Endo Our Friendship

Holly Leppard | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Leppard

I am absolutely thrilled to see the recent media exposure of Endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects nearly two million women in the U.K. My...

Mother's Day With A Chronic Illness

Katy Mann | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

We went out for lunch on Sunday as an early Mother's Day treat and I almost face planted my lunch. A coat strategically placed on the table meant I could have a nap while eating. There's no choosing when I sleep, it's when my body allows me to stay awake. My social skills aren't great though!

Dealing With An Epilepsy Diagnosis

Katy Mann | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

So the purpose of this blog is to see the funny side of life. Life may be very difficult right now but I still have my sense of humour. I can only compare my life at the moment to one of a slug. I spend most of my time horizontal and moving slowly from room to room. The difference is I have arms so while I may feel as useless as a slug right now I still have the ability to type.

What People Say When They Realise I'm Not Going To Get Better, And What I Want To Say In Return (But Rarely Do)

Dave Meldrum | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Meldrum

I live with the debilitating and incurable Ankylosing Spondylitis. It's a chronic disease which means it's not going anywhere, isn't going to kill me but does make life very, very hard. My pain can, on a very bad day, reach the level of childbirth without the obvious prospect of new life at the end of it

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.