apples-to-oranges

Comparing my Symptoms

My mom was recently asking me about the symptoms of my various conditions. Her and I both have horrible memories so I thought to make it easier on both of us I More »

2014 Arthritis walk completed!

So it’s finally over. On June 8th I walked 5k with my sister and husband in support of fighting Arthritis. We raised approx $1300 in total. More »

12297657-kathy-smart-live-the-smart-way-wwwlivethesmartwaycom

Live the Smart Way

During my visit at the Gluten Free Expo in Toronto, I had the pleasure of listening to speaker Kathy Smart. She discussed her health challenges growing up which inspired her to make More »

20140410-204535.jpg

Sugar Free Banana Oat Cookies

I am currently on a sugar elimination diet and I saw this recipe on Facebook and decided to give it a try. More »

walk_logo

Walk to Fight Arthritis 2014

I am participating in the walk to fight arthritis 2014 In the years past I have walked to support various charitable needs supporting family and friends. More »

Comparing my Symptoms

apples-to-oranges

My mom was recently asking me about the symptoms of my various conditions. Her and I both have horrible memories so I thought to make it easier on both of us I would create this chart so she can see side by side what I live with every day. Of course there are a million more symptoms to all of these conditions, but these are the common ones.

A Before and After Comparison

I read an article on psychology today which compared the “Before” and “After” snapshots of Chronic Pain and Illness. Its funny, I have thought about this before. In a conversation with a friend with a Chronic Illness we described how the illness changed us.

So here are my before and after snapshots (without including the list described by Tony Bernhard, J.D. in Psycology today which I have posted below.)

The Fibro Flare

20140624-132515-48315700.jpg

I didn’t understand what a fibro flare was in the beginning. I thought ” I’m always in pain, how do I know when it’s a flare?” What you don’t realise is that every day pain will become normal. Feeling sore or achy will become life so although it is there and you are aware of it, it becomes something you manage to live with.
I say “manage to live with” and not “something you manage”, because when people hear the latter, they thing you are fine and it’s gone. It’s not gone, you have learnt to multi task.

2014 Arthritis walk completed!

So it’s finally over. On June 8th I walked 5k with my sister and husband in support of fighting Arthritis. We raised approx $1300 in total.

Sometimes I cry… Just because

I woke up yesterday feeling heavy and uncomfortable. Like all of my aching limbs were held down by weights, at the same time needing to be stretched out. My back hurts and the feeling of being touched is … For a lack of a better term, Icky.

Live the Smart Way

12297657-kathy-smart-live-the-smart-way-wwwlivethesmartwaycom

During my visit at the Gluten Free Expo in Toronto, I had the pleasure of listening to speaker Kathy Smart. She discussed her health challenges growing up which inspired her to make her living inspiring others to live healthier lifestyles. Although I have chosen not to live gluten free anymore after my elimination diet, her healthy tips (and up beat attitude) were very …well… inspiring.

Sugar Free Banana Oat Cookies

20140410-204535.jpg

I am currently on a sugar elimination diet and I saw this recipe on Facebook and decided to give it a try.

Walk to Fight Arthritis 2014

walk_logo

I am participating in the walk to fight arthritis 2014

In the years past I have walked to support various charitable needs supporting family and friends.

Stop asking when I am going to have children

Everyone's life is fulfilling in their own way

I want to start by saying, I love the children in my life. The nieces and nephews who surround me are amazingly wonderful.

This isn’t a vent about how my life is better without kids.

However, just because I don’t have them, doesn’t make my life any less fulfilling. If I were to choose not to have children, it would just mean I would have different fulfilling moments in my life.

For some of us, children are a choice and for some it isn’t. Many people don’t seem to be sensitive to that.

Baby its Cold Outside- Tips to stay warm

Just outside of the city. Frozen trees and slippery grounds.

 

 

It is a whopping -27 here in Toronto. My body doesn’t quite react well to the cold. I thought I would provide a number of tips to try to stay warm this winter.