One of my favourite chronic illness bloggers, Sheryl from ‘A Chronic Voice’ has started a link up party! These parties are a monthly get together for any bloggers who live with or have experience with a chronic illness. These will provide opportunities to ‘meet,’ share thoughts, information and learn from one another.
To gain more information about these parties and information on how to participate then you can visit Sheryl’s original post here.
The prompts for this month are:
Missing: My late dog, Honey
I’m not going to lie, but I have been struggling these past couples of months and been spending more time alone in the house. And it’s during these times that I have been really missing the company of our late dog, Honey. Although she may have been pretty useless if something happened to me such as a fall (which have also been increasing) however the mere presence of having her around was comforting. Of course, I also miss her copious amounts of hugs and kisses which never failed to make a bad day better.
In my last post, I wrote about my love of books and reading. As the pain and relentless trembling in the legs have worsened recently, I appreciate the wonderful world of books for allowing me to escape from the monotony of chronic pain and the other symptoms that have taken permanent residence in my everyday life. These books, the many that I have read so far this year has taken to many different places that my body is physically unable to go. It has proven to be a great distraction for me on the bad days, which unfortunately have been many. And for that, I have been so very grateful.
Striving: Striving for Progress
As I have already mentioned, things have been challenging in regards to my health which is really frustrating especially as I take steps to try and improve it – I go to a local gym in the attempts to strengthen my muscles (which hasn’t happened). Or at the least ensure that the weakness does not get any worse. I also ensure that I spend time everyday to complete the vestibular rehabilitation exercises that I was given at the hospital to help with the dizziness and vertigo as well as the physiotherapy exercises to improve the functioning in my legs. So far, they have been unsuccessful, but still, I persevere in the hopes of improving my situation. Like all of us, I am never going to achieve perfection, but I hope one day soon I manage to attain progress and improvement.
Releasing: Positive Thoughts
As a writer myself, I love words, and I love finding new and uplifting quotes to decorate my bedroom to raise my spirits and inspire me on my bad days, and those days I am stuck in bed. I also own several pieces of jewellery that have a positive quote or mantra that I can wear and remind myself during difficult times. I release these positive thoughts to elevate my mood. I have even found some cards that have positive and inspiring quotes on them that I have even used to send to others also living with chronic illness and disabilities (such as the fun and brilliant #spooniepost) to help remind them of everything that is positive during their own struggles.
Eating: Homemade Pizza
In our attempts to eat healthier, my Mum and I have been spending some time experimenting with some of the recipes from the beautiful cookbook ‘Cook Happy, Cook Healthy‘ by Fearne Cotton. Our favourite meal from this book has been the Healthy Homemade Pizza which uses spelt flour instead of regular white flour due to its nutritious qualities. I love this, as it’s surprisingly easy to make and it doesn’t leave your stomach feeling heavy and stodgy afterward, which I often get after indulging in a takeaway pizza. It has also been enjoyable to make (despite all the mess!), and I have felt incredibly accomplished while enjoying the fruits of our labour!