The Benefits of Mindfulness in a Chaotic World

“Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself.”  In my post Learning how to dance in the rain I touched upon the importance of embracing our lives despite chronic illness. I briefly discussed how mindfulness has allowed me to focus on the now, rather than ruminating over past mistakes or obsessing over future Read the full article…

New Year, Same Me; Why I Don’t Do New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. Not because I don’t believe setting goals for yourself is constructive – setting realistic, achievable goals can be great motivation and lead to a sense of accomplishment. But setting unrealistic resolutions at a time of year when the majority of us struggle more with ill-health, both mentally and physically, 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…

Let me introduce myself

Hi. My name is Jo Moss, I am 44, and I have struggled with poor health most of my life. After years of unexplained symptoms I was finally diagnosed with ME/CFS in 2006, and later with Fibromyalgia in 2013. I am hypersensitive to everything and intolerant to most prescription medication, so it’s been a struggle Read the full article…

Could medical cannabis be a treatment option for chronic pain patients living in the UK?

I have suffered with chronic pain all my adult life. I am a fibromyalgia patient who has exhausted all conventional routes for treating my condition. I have been prescribed a multitude of different pain medications over the years, and they have all either been ineffective for my pain, or the side effects have been too Read the full article…