Chronic Life: The Trouble with ‘Thinking Positive’

Living with debilitating daily pain is one of those things that's difficult to fully grasp if you or a person you love hasn't experienced it. That's not to say that 'no one understands'; I know people who are sufficiently empathetic that they're able to put themselves in my position and gain some insight into what… Continue reading Chronic Life: The Trouble with ‘Thinking Positive’

Chronic Pain and the Erosion of Self 5: Missing Special Moments 

As anybody living with a debilitating chronic illness can tell you, missing the really special or important moments is a terrible aspect of Chronic Life. It's not just our moments that pass us by either, but the moments of people we care about.    Today my daughter went to her little cousin's 2nd birthday party.… Continue reading Chronic Pain and the Erosion of Self 5: Missing Special Moments 

Chronic Pain and The Erosion of Self 4: Online Friendships 

I dithered for a while as to whether to include this topic in the 'Chronic Pain and The Erosion of Self' series or give it a different title. Online friendships are something I have gained through chronic illness rather than some that I have lost; that said, they are something I've gained ONLY because my… Continue reading Chronic Pain and The Erosion of Self 4: Online Friendships 

Chronic Pain and the Erosion of Self: Friendships

My relationships with the people in my life come in all shapes and sizes and every single one has been impacted by my chronic illness. Being my friend isn't easy, but that's hardly surprising since Chronic Life is challenging in many ways. The hard fact of the matter is that some friendships don't survive hard… Continue reading Chronic Pain and the Erosion of Self: Friendships

Chronic Pain and The Erosion of Self: Being Mum

I always knew that my condition would have an impact on my role as a mum. When I fell pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago, I had already lived with Chronic Migraine for a very long time.     I was still managing to teach and have just enough of a social life to meet… Continue reading Chronic Pain and The Erosion of Self: Being Mum

Chronic Pain and The Erosion of Self: Losing My Career

If you'd asked me a few years ago to describe myself, the sentences 'I am a chronic pain patient' or 'I live with an invisible disability' wouldn't have featured in my response. Looking back I can see that those things had actually been true for much longer than I was willing to admit.     My… Continue reading Chronic Pain and The Erosion of Self: Losing My Career

My Blog is 6 Months Old: Thinking Ahead

Starting 'Chronic Pain Cockney - The Little Things' was an impulsive decision I came to one sleepless night in August 2015. I'm glad I did; I'm enjoying blogging and it's something I can do whilst looking dreadful and being horizontal (every post is written entirely on my iPhone). Blogging is something I never imagined having… Continue reading My Blog is 6 Months Old: Thinking Ahead