A Year of Growth – Week 22 – Memories

Isn’t it funny how our minds like to collect completely awful things and remind us of them at every chance. When you cast your mind back and try to bring up certain memories the first things that pop up (especially when trying to make these memories specifically about chronic illness) are scary or tragic. They’re painful and big and not at all the kind of memory intended. And it’s not that there aren’t good memories too, it’s just simply that the scary ones get deemed ‘more impressive’, ‘more appropriate for the category’, ‘more worth telling’.

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A Year of Growth – Week 21 – The Not So Friendly Hobbies

In week 20’s post I talked about a few of the things that I love to do when I’m in a flare, or I guess you could say, the things that I like to do when I don’t want to cause a flare… and that’s all very well but let’s not forget about all the things we like to do that ARE NOT “chronic illness friendly”. After all, this illness doesn’t define me, I wasn’t always sick and yes, some of my favourite things to do are not always the healthy or most appropriate option…

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A Year of Growth – Week 20 – Spare time with Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness generally means you have a lot of down time and often there are some pretty intense criteria around what you are and aren’t up to doing… and yet often we still need to be doing something. Lying in bed unable to move can be pretty boring stuff, and well, brains like stimulation.

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A Year of Growth – Week 19 – Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

I’ve been thinking about which characteristic to choose for a while and I’ve finally settled on something which actually is one of my weaker skills. Before becoming ill I had a wicked temper, it’s something that I still very much have, but it’s also something that I’m learning to control through patience.

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