I’m Not Ashamed

When I was first diagnosed with neurological incontinence (which comes and goes in me – I last had an attack a few years ago!) I looked everywhere for information and found almost none. It’s something no-one talks about.

Don’t Isolate Yourself When the Going’s Hard

“No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.” ~ Adrienne Rich   I’ve noticed a worrying phenomena lately. People are going to great lengths to make their life […]

View From My Windows

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”  ~ Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses   My windows are both real and figurative. The picture above is the view from my bedroom window. This view changes hour by hour, and affords me much pleasure. In the early mornings the sky is grey, before becoming […]

On illness and being unreliable…

“I’m a very loyal and unreliable friend.” ~ Bono One of the issues you need to deal with when you or a family member lives with chronic illness is your unreliability factor. When I speak of chronic illness, I am talking about any condition that lasts for more than a few weeks, that doesn’t conform […]

Fear of Crossing Roads

“No one has traveled the road of success without ever crossing the street of failures.” ~ Unknown I have an embarrassing confession. I’m not good at crossing roads by myself. It’s a legacy of the neurological damage caused by chronic Lyme Disease and various co-infections. Like most things it’s worse when I’m tired or unwell. My reaction […]

Diagnosis – Lyme Disease

‘All delays are dangerous in war.’ ~ John Dryden There’s a war going on in my body.  In fact it’s been going on for a quarter of a century.  First there came the enemy invasion. There was no loud and obvious display of force. Instead it was an invasion by stealth. A mass of tiny […]

Cups of Tea and Connection – A Challenge!

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”  ~ Douglas Pagels   Today I have a small challenge for you.  It will only take five minutes, although you’re welcome to spend longer. My challenge goes like this: Take 5 minutes out of your […]

Christmas as a Meditation on Kindness

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do […]

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