Keeping positive in my new normal

Keeping positive when you have a chronic illness can be a battle in itself. It’s no surprise that one of the most common symptoms of chronic illness is depression, either as part of the overall illness, or as a ‘side effect’. For many people, your life completely changes and that is a massive challenge to…

Any improvement is good improvement

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if I really am improving, in terms of my symptoms and how they affect me. On a day to day basis I struggle, always, with pain, migraines and fatigue, so it can be hard to remind myself that I am still on that journey, and technically it is going in…

Multi treatment approach: musculoskeletal

No one really knows what causes ME/CFS to develop (many people find that it follows a bacterial or viral infection, for others it can follow a physical or mental trauma, in other cases there is no obvious ‘trigger’), and the physiological cause for the symptoms are also up for debate. There is alot of talk…

Day to day management of an invisible illness

Sometimes having an invisible illness is a great thing (well, obviously the illness isn’t great. Just the invisible part). I can get on with my day without having people wonder what is wrong with me, or asking personal questions. It can also be tricky, though, in situations where I would really benefit from having an…

Recovery, or learning to live with it?

One of the things I have struggled with most, particularly when the illness passed the 6 month mark, is whether I should be focussed on making a full recovery, or whether I needed to accept I had a long term condition which I should start adapting my life around. It might not seem like a…

Multi treatment approach – diet and nutrition, part two

So I had my new, possibly dodgy, supplements to try, now I needed to sort my diet out. I started reading books and blogs again, and naturally got a bit lost in all the differing, and conflicting, advice. Some swore by a vegan whole food diet, others a paleo ketogenic diet, with lots in between….

Multi treatment approach: diet and nutrition, part one

Good God where to start with this subject. I think of all the things I have tried, and all the ‘treatment’ options available, diet and nutrition remain the areas I have probably read the most about, spent the most on, and tried the most of, in terms of diet types and supplements. I suppose it…