Being Disabled: Healthcare and Gender

{This series is based on my personal experiences re. living with disability, in my case Chiari & Intracranial Hypertension with Migraine & assorted comorbid unpleasantness, that has kept me housebound for several years.) If you've ever alluded to holding feminist beliefs or mentioned gender biases in our society on social media, you'll know that there… Continue reading Being Disabled: Healthcare and Gender

Being Disabled – Why the D Word Matters

My maternal grandmother was a bold, stubborn, hilarious woman. She loved her family passionately and voiced her opinions loudly; we miss her very much. About 16 years ago, my beloved auntie became very unwell with TB. She was hospitalised and spent months convalescing. I was close to both my nan and my aunt (they lived… Continue reading Being Disabled – Why the D Word Matters

Chronic Life: A Moment of Gratitude 

Gratitude is, in my opinion, something that can only be genuinely felt when it comes from within. No amount of 'it could be worse' or 'you should be grateful that..' comments from other people will make me feel it. In fact, such comments from people who do not live with chronic daily pain are more… Continue reading Chronic Life: A Moment of Gratitude¬†

Chronic Life: Online Support Groups

If you're living with an invisible illness or disability, particularly one that limits your ability to get out of the house, then the chances are that you've found one or more online support groups to join. I myself am a member of a few and have set up my own small, closed group for people… Continue reading Chronic Life: Online Support Groups

What My Migraine Was Hiding

{As ever with the Chronic Life series, I must point out that I'm not a doctor or medical expert, just a patient like any other. My thoughts and feelings are just that; medical advice should be sought from your specialist.} Getting new additional diagnoses when you've lived with Migraine for most of your life is… Continue reading What My Migraine Was Hiding