Thousands of disabled women are being denied access to life-saving smear tests

We all know the importance of having regular smear tests. As women, we have it drummed into us how vital they are, and a recent campaign was launched following a severe decline in the number of women having this potentially life-saving test. It appears a lot of women are avoiding smear tests out of embarrassment. Read the full article…

The Personal Hygiene Challenges I Face Living with ME/CFS

One of the reasons I started my blog was to try to raise awareness about invisible illnesses. My aim is to show the day-to-day realities of living with a chronic illness like ME/CFS, and the obstacles we face. Even the simplest of tasks are exhausting and can take a lot of planning. We have to Read the full article…

Tips For Surviving the Cold and Flu Season. 

It’s that time of year again. The cold weather has set in, and viruses are rife. Flu season can be miserable for even the healthiest of people – but for those who live with chronic illness, catching a cold or flu can truly wreak havoc on our bodies. But there are steps we can take Read the full article…

Resting When Tired Isn’t Lazy – It’s Self Care

Since my heart procedure 2 weeks ago, it feels like I’ve done nothing but sleep. I know I should be thankful my poor, exhausted body is finally letting me rest, but I’m struggling with the notion that I’m just “being lazy” and the thoughts that I “should” be doing more. But where do these negative Read the full article…

Pacing is a simple concept. So why do I find it so hard?

Living with a chronic illness like ME/CFS creates many challenges. Along with the multitude of symptoms, we also have to learn to adapt to the restrictions placed on our lives and to manage our limited energy levels. The term “pacing” crops up repeatedly – “listen to your body and pace yourself”. It’s a technique designed Read the full article…