Chronic Life: Getting a New Diagnosis

I was 9 years old when I had my first Migraine. By my late teens I had Chronic Migraine (15 days of head pain per month with at least 8 of those being full blown Migraine is the current definition for Chronic Migraine; sadly my migraines have always been significantly more frequent than this). I've… Continue reading Chronic Life: Getting a New Diagnosis

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Tablets, Sprays and Injections – Oh My!

This post outlines my thoughts and experience re. medication delivery methods as a life long Chronic Migraine warrior; I'm not a medical expert! Obviously, all concerns and ideas re. medication should be discussed with your GP/Specialist. A few members of my Migraine/Chronic Pain Warriors FB group are relatively new to the Chronic Life, so with… Continue reading Tablets, Sprays and Injections – Oh My!

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