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Stories about lifestyle change for those with a chronic health condition or anyone else needing to slow down

How to Work with Chronic Illness

“How I Found a Way to Work Despite Chronic Illness”

To look at me is to look at anyone else.

I look like a typical 40 something with the confidence you would expect of someone who has been in her profession for 25 years. If you are talking with me, you would likely also make the assumption that I hold down a full time job. Like everyone else who looks and sounds a bit like me.

Except, I can’t.

To look at me is to look at anyone else. Or is it? Click To Tweet

I share my life with a chronic illness.

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Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 13 “My Top 10 Countdown”

“My top 10 countdown for living with dysautonomia and EDS”

It’s been a few years since things went awry with this body of mine.  I’ve now got myself to a much better place but it’s taken some effort to work out what’s worked and what hasn’t. So, I thought it was time I took stock and wrote part II of my Goldilocks ‘just right’ plan in the form of my own top 10 countdown for living with dysautonomia and EDS!

So here are the “hits” for your enjoyment…

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How to Get a New Life – Chapter 8 “Finding Your Purpose”

Finding your purpose is crucial to living a better life. Here’s why…

Are you an aimless wanderer in life? Do you ever wonder what you’re meant to be doing with your life? If you feel like you’ve lost your way, then perhaps it’s time you thought about finding your purpose.

Purpose: ‘the reason for which something exists’

What’s all the fuss about purpose?

‘Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose’ Helen Keller

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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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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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How to Get a New Life – Chapter 6 “Finding Confidence”

My tips on how to get a new life – finding confidence through quietening.

Something happens when you slow down, switch off and get quiet. Real confidence.

Being a go getter for much of my life, my confidence came from achieving, doing more, being recognized for my contribution and ‘a job well done’.

I became addicted to it.

Climbing the ladder, getting more money and achieving that recognition was synonymous with how I felt about myself.

It felt good. That pay rise, that promotion, that deadline achieved.    The more I did the better it felt.

Or so I thought.

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Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 10

My latest musings on living with dysautonomia and EDS that I shall call “The Rise and Fall of the Red Card!”

A tale of attempting silence by non verbal cues in my house… (Anyone that knows my house will know where this is going…)

Talking and laughing, the things that we all take for granted, are the things that I can no longer do a great deal of. Which is a complete shit because, hey, who doesn’t like doing those things? It’s called fun, right?

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