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Stories about the impact of stress for those with dysautonomia, a chronic health condition or anyone else taking life too fast

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.

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

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 4 “Living Life Like It’s a Race”

How to find more balance in your life – “How to Stop Living Life Like it’s a Race”

A deeply ingrained habit is to go fast — but let’s take a moment to slow things down.

Ever since I can remember, Mum encouraged me to be independent and to get a good education. I’ve also had the role model of a father from a family of go getters, always achieving, always coming up with new ideas and incessant thinkers. Add to that being brought up in a fast world and out comes a very driven and constantly achieving young woman living life like it’s a race.

Continue reading Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 4 “Living Life Like It’s a Race”

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 3 “I’m Mad about my Phone”

My trials and tribulations of finding balance in life – “Confession: I’m Mad about My Phone!”

Is your smart phone or tablet ruling your life? How joined at the hip are you? Go on be honest.

Well they have made quite a big impression on my life and our family life as I am sure they have yours. And they definitely contribute toward a day with too much in it and a body/mind in overload. Here’s us…

Continue reading Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 3 “I’m Mad about my Phone”

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 2 “Breakfast Events are History”

How to find balance in life – “Why Breakfast Events are History”

I am a mother.  I am a wife.  I am a freelance consultant.  I am actually quite a lot of bloody stuff. Now with a health doo dah thrown in.

As I continue to understand this thing I have, I continue to make strides (in a somewhat haphazard way) to battle against the old expectations of myself and to carve out the new me.  Whatever that is.  This week was another one of those weeks where I continued to make progress in rewriting my book of life…specifically my work life.

It was another one of those ‘old expectations’ weeks.  The ‘old chestnut’ that pops up a lot. Continue reading Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 2 “Breakfast Events are History”

Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 6 “The Goldilocks Plan”

“The Goldilocks Plan” to living with dysautonomia and EDS.

Living with dysautonomia and EDS has been a massive rollercoaster.

The downs have been many but I wouldn’t have made it through the last two years without the ups.

The ups are simply those gorgeous people around me who have helped keep me sane and to feel cared for.  Numero uno, my husband (who does just about everything there is to do around here), then there are my children (for forever giving me something to laugh about and for just loving their mum), my family (for being there during the tough times and helping me in whatever way I needed it) and, finally, my friends (the rock stars who have stuck by me and not put me in the ‘too hard’ basket).

This last year has also been about developing what I’ve now called my Goldilocks recovery plan.  So named because quite simply it’s been about finding out what’s ‘just right’ for me.  There has been much trial and error!

This last year has been about developing what I've now called my Goldilocks recovery plan. Click To Tweet

Here’s the list of my do’s and don’ts which hopefully should help others suffering from dysautonomia and EDS. Continue reading Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 6 “The Goldilocks Plan”

How to Get a New Life – Chapter 2 “Freedom to Choose”

How to get a new life – “What Could Freedom to Choose Look Like to You?”

One of things I’ve been forced to do with this thing I have is slow down.

A hard ask for someone who has spent all her life on the go, applying herself with gusto to just about anything and everything.

Unbeknowns to me I had literally been living my life on adrenaline –  I loved being busy, always been like it, never knew anything different, until now.

It was time to seek some freedom from all that.  Continue reading How to Get a New Life – Chapter 2 “Freedom to Choose”

Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 5 “Me Wiring is Off”

What living with dysautonomia and EDS feels like – “Me Wiring is Off”

When things went wrong 18 months ago, it felt like a malfunction, like the machine went wrong or like the accelerator got left in the on position.  Well yesterday I got validation this is indeed correct.  It’s called neurally mediated hypotension. Da dah! Continue reading Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 5 “Me Wiring is Off”