In a world filled with wilful ignorance, unfettered greed and social injustice, it is difficult to believe that anyone could
You sometimes even cycled somewhere just for pleasure (remember that word 'pleasure', it's important). You'd enjoy the sheer pleasure of cycling through the countryside - unhindered, free, at one with nature...the wind in your hair, the smell of manure in your nostrils...well, you get the idea. But not anymore.
As we edge closer to the end of year, the afternoons are getting darker and we're probably all feeling a bit run down and looking forward to a Christmas break. Your thoughts might not have yet turned to the New Year, but how are you feeling about 2017?
I suffered with a ruptured disc a year ago which caused the most crippling back pain. It felt like I'd been cut in half and the pain even caused me to lose consciousness and pass blood. On the day the disc ruptured, an ambulance was called and I was literally screaming all the way to the hospital until they could give me medication to knock me out.
Being happy is a transient state, a feeling, I have never met anyone who is happy all the time. Joy on the other hand is more of an emotion it contains happiness but goes deeper. Joyful people are those going through a rough time but not going under.
This year, we want even more people like Nora to share their everyday experience of living with arthritis. With everyone's support, we can continue to invest in breakthrough treatments, the best information and vital support for everyone affected by arthritis today, and in the future.
This is just a small insight into the vast collection of Virtual Reality uses for improving our healthcare system and practices. Remaining at the forefront of technology has proved vital in medical research facilities all over the world, and has already helped with much needed scientific breakthroughs.
Chronic pain is also often invisible, and as such it can be difficult for people to explain to their loved ones or health care professionals, putting up a barrier to getting the right support and treatments.
OK, this isn't an in-depth account of how to beat all addiction, but it a brief exploration of how I have made sure I am not a slave to it's effects. I cannot avoid addiction entirely as my pain will remain with me for all my life, but I hope my experiences as a disabled person can help others.
Pain is a universal human experience - and tricky to understand.