Do I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)?

Dizzy? Clumsy? Bruise easily?  Joint pain? Feel faint? Get tired a lot?  Feel anxious?

You might have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobile Type) or hypermobility – a genetic connective tissue disorder.

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Brittany Wattenbarger: Living well with chronic illness

One of the things I aim to do with this website is offer inspiration to others faced with illness in living their lives as best they can.

This is the first article in a series of feature posts called “Living Well with Chronic Illness” and I am extremely pleased to introduce Brittany Wattenbarger, of A Southern Celiac, as my first guest.  Drum roll please… Continue reading Brittany Wattenbarger: Living well with chronic illness

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 7 “5 Ways to Manage your Stress Response”

How to bring balance in your life – a little know-how on how the brain works and “5 Ways to Manage your Stress Response”

Pausing the brain’s natural pathways can reduce your stress.

What do you notice about your responses when you are stressed?

How much are they tinged with emotion vs rational commentary?

Notice how you might be short with people, impatient, blunt, perhaps angry?

We are built that way.

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Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 6 “Are you Running your Life?”

Struggling to cope with finding balance in your life?  Here are some of my musings entitled “Are you running your life?”

How much of your day runs like a to-do list rather than one of pure enjoyment and fulfilment?

One day, 18 months ago, as I sat by a riverbank, I contemplated my health issues, my life and what my next steps were going to be.

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Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 11 “My Daily Specials”

Living with dysautonomia and EDS – “My Daily Specials of Dreams, Hangovers and Fatigue”

This is me. The dreamer. The hungover. The fatigued. Daily specials on my menu of life. Here’s a taste…

Every morning, to varying degrees depending on how busy my day was previously, I wake in a fog. A pea soup kind of fog. Feeling like I’ve been somewhere half the night.

In another mad dream. With people I don’t know, writing the story as I go. Continue reading Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 11 “My Daily Specials”

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 5 “8 Ways to Live with Mindfulness”

Need more balance in your life?  Here’s 8 ways to live with more mindfulness.

Listening to your body and making conscious lifestyle choices will lead you to a calmer existence.

Most of you know the merits of meditation and mindfulness. Enabling quiet pause, reflection and steadiness in the here and now. Allowing worrying thoughts to pass you on by in those precious moments. But what if you could somehow adopt these practices for more than the 10–20 mins you perhaps do it each day? What if you could do it more continuously? What might that look like?

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How to Get a New Life – Chapter 7 “How I Got a Life”

How to get a new life when you have a chronic illness. Say what?  Can those two things coexist?  For me, they do.  Here’s “How I Got Sick and Got a Life”….

It’s been two years since my wheels came off quite spectacularly.  It’s been two years of major body and life discovery.  Not only about this health doo dah and what it now means for my life but also how, unbeknowns to me, this health condition had been working its magic in the background prepping me for my big fall.

It had been there all along waiting for its special moment to shine.

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Hypermobile Chick Living with Dysautonomia. Finding Balance in the Madness.

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