Chronic Pain, Heal Thyself?

Being Lydia!

Daily Prompt – Heal

ChronicPainThe word “heal” can take on a whole different meaning when you have a chronic illness.

I remember the first thing they told us at my pain management program was “We are not here to take your pain away. If you could be healed from it, you wouldn’t be here.” The words hit hard, but we all knew it was true. We were there to learn how to live with our symptoms the best way possible.

As a Christian, I believe the Lord can heal anyone. And this isn’t about faith healings, just that God is in control of everything in my life.

So do these two things contradict for me? No, not at all. When people say they are praying for God to heal me, I say for them to pray for God’s will. He never lets anything happen without reason and I believe I…

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10 positives about living with MS

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Originally posted on Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS:
A few weeks ago me and Dizzy did a blog post on 10 things about living with MS for MS awareness month. Living with any chronic illness is ridiculously difficult but I wanted to…

Ultimate Guide to Nutrients: Sugar

The Purple Almond!

The Purple Almond

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As a continuation of my “Ultimate Guide to Nutrients”, today I’ll discuss sugar. So, just what is sugar? Sugar is considered a “simple carbohydrate”. Here is a refresher on simple carbohydrates, from my previous carbohydrate article:

SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES-consist of monosaccharides and disaccharides.These carbohydrates includes glucose. The function of glucose in the body is to provide the cells of the body energy. Other energy sources can be used, but it is the preferred fuel for the nervous system/brain and the sole energy source red blood cells. In other words, carbohydrates are a very important part of any healthy diet.

Here’s a breakdown of simple carbohydrates.

  • Monosaccharides-1 sugar molecule
    • glucose
    • fructose
    • galactose
  • Disaccharides-2 sugar molecules
    • lactose-made up of galactose and glucose…found in milk and dairy products
    • sucrose-made up of fructose and glucose…simple table sugar
    • maltose-made up of 2 glucose molecules…not found in many food items, but instead made from the breakdown of…

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Today’s Featured Reblog…Chronically Grateful Me!

Chronically Grateful Me!

Chronically Grateful Me

Every time I’m planning a trip away from home for a day, weekend a week or even just a long day of errands, it kinda scares me, especially when I’m traveling alone, because, to put it simply, I just don’t trust my body some days I like to have fun and yet because my body doesn’t always have the same ideas I do I feel like I am disappointing others, holding them back, you know a stick in the mud.

Somedays It’s really hit or miss ifmy body will cooperate or be a big fail. I try plan the best I can,but hey we all knows things can often go very wrong.

I don’t always know that my bones will be in sync with the rest of me,especially my back ,will it hold out and I’ll be able to walk all the places I need to be. Or just be…

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Cloudy Days and Rainbows

Tripping Through Treacle!

Tripping Through Treacle

Things have taken a turn for the worse.

I thought that I might have been having a bit of a ‘blip’, having a bad patch, so to speak.  But this is the new me.  The new me that lives under a cloud of stress and worry.  After 19 years of being pretty much symptom-free, my MS turned obviously ‘Secondary Progressive’ about 5 years ago.  Cue walking difficulties, fatigue and cog-fog (for me this means memory problems, difficulties concentrating and finding the right words at times).  Within 5 years I have gone from an active, confident woman, to one who worries incessantly about the future – my own and my children’s.  My husband will also vouch for a massive increase in my anxiety levels.  I often feel anxious about going out (will there be somewhere I can sit?) and I now have a need to plan and organise my time, as…

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I’m Not A Fan Of People Who Constantly Gripe and Moan About Their Life

I am not a complainer.  Or should I say I complain but I don’t make a habit of doing so.  I am especially quiet when it comes to the pain my body experiences due to my MS.  I’m not a fan of people who constantly gripe and moan about their life.  I know this post is going to ruffle some feathers, but I need to get this off my chest.

I understand life can be difficult.  After all I live with a disease which is trying to kill me, worse case put me in a wheel chair; best case take away my lifestyle.  But I don’t complain.  This is the hand dealt me and it is my job to do the best with what remains.

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I especially don’t have sympathy for those who complain about pain or how they feel while they have weak eating habits and make excuses as to why they cannot exercise at all, ever.  I read a story of a girl who was wheelchair bound who lost nearly 60 pounds by watching her intake and finding exercises she could handle.  Disease does not make you eat poorly.  And the vast majority of people can find some type of exercise to which they are capable; IF they want to.  “If” being the key word.

I know some will get upset at what I am saying and I’m okay with it. But before you get upset and jump on the defensive, stop and think.

 

The Hidden Symptoms of MS

Tripping Through Treacle!

Tripping Through Treacle

It has been a while since I’ve blogged; my recent time has been taken up with work, a European city break, birthday planning and, let’s face it, a great deal of rest and sleep (needed after those other things!)

I really want to blog more regularly and consistently, but to be honest I am finding it harder and harder at the moment.  These days, even small amounts of activity (i.e. baking a cake for my husband’s birthday or going out for a meal) exhausts me; my spoons have reduced in number; either that or the simplest of activities use up more spoons than they used to.  Either way, I’m struggling.  Just when I think that I can’t have any more MS problems, a new one crops up.  My running total so far includes all of the following, with the exception of any problems with my bladder and bowel:

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Label–Daily Prompt

Are you following Fearless?

Fearless

Do you label people? Tall, short, fat, skinny, hair color or style, black, brown, white, mobility or lack there of, kind of car, and on and on.

Personally, I hate labels. I try to look at the inside of the person rather than the outside. It’s not an easy thing to do! 1 Samuel 16:7 says “But the Lord said to Samuel, do not look at his appearance or at his physical nature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see is man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

In Matthew 7:1, Jesus says “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” In verse 5, He goes on to say “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from…

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Something you shouldn’t say to someone living with a Chronic Illness

This is MSnubutterflies!

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Quite often I see posts on social media about annoying things people say to someone living with a chronic illness. One of the most annoying comments is You don’t look sick. Referring to the fact that if we maintain a somewhat normal life and appearance. Do our hair and makeup. We must not be sick. As wrong and annoying as that comment is for me I find it more annoying when I have spent 2 to 3 hours to make myself look good and there is always that one person that wants to point out the one thing you missed or maybe just chose not to do. I’m thinking hey I look good. I might even go as far as to say (looking in the mirror) hey girl you still got it going on :). I know what I looked like before and what it took to get myself ready.

It’s…

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March: MS Awareness Month

One of the best MS posts I’ve read!!

Tripping Through Treacle

March heralds MS Awareness month. But what does this actually mean? In my life, I’ve found that most people are ‘aware’ of MS; they have a 2nd cousin twice removed who has it, or, as my husband used to think, ‘it is something that affects your mobility… so you end up in a wheelchair’. Heck,Iused to associate MS with wheelchairs… I remember being at Primary School, meeting a man using a wheelchair. He had MS.

But if I was going to raise awareness of MS, there are a few simple things I would like to make other people, those who have no personal knowledge and experience of MS, to be aware of:

Aware…. that MS is a ‘snowflake’ disease. We are all the same (have the same disease, Multiple Sclerosis), but we are all different. We may not all have the samesymptomsand, if we…

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