A few years ago, I had a series of heart attacks. From out of nowhere they stopped me in my tracks and made me reconsider everything about my life. You could say they were a major crossroads; I've spent a great deal of time since focussed on "letting go" of the feelings I was left … Continue reading Letting go of letting-go!
Ok, so here's the thing..... Of course I'm grateful. Grateful for the new lease of life I've been given; for the amazing care at the hospital; the wonderful messages from friends; the visitors who've come to cheer me up; the constant, un-ending support from John. So why am I feeling so down? What is really … Continue reading Choosing to accept
Anger is almost always portrayed as a negative emotion; something to be worked on, to be avoided with calming techniques and herbal teas. And often this is the approach required. However, I have found when dealing with pain that many people bury their anger, seeing it as something to be ashamed of, to apologise for. … Continue reading Kicking Pain in the “As” – Anger
Accommodation is the third step in Kicking Pain in the "As", and in this third blog in the series, I look at how accommodation of the symptoms of my conditions has allowed me to live a positive life with pain. Chronic pain could lead, very easily, to a pattern of "I can't do that" in … Continue reading Kicking pain in the “As” – Accommodation
I believe Acceptance is the second step to living a positive life with pain; whether your pain is emotional or physical. Acceptance not as a way of giving-in, but as a way of moving on, of focussing on the important things. In this second blog in my series - Kicking Pain in the "As" - I'm … Continue reading Kicking Pain in the “As” – Acceptance
"You have a serious attitude problem young lady".... One of the most common sentences I heard at School as a child. I did have "attitude" even from a very young age, though whether I would call it a problem is debatable. You see, it's my Attitude that forms the foundations for the way I cope … Continue reading Kicking Pain in the “As” -Attitude