Katie Cupcake Life With ME May12BlogBomb 2016 Chronic Illness ME Post

Knowing Your Limits Does Not Make You Negative! // May 12 Blog Bomb // Chronic Illness Post

Hi guys!

You may or may not know that it is *ME Awareness Week.  If you’re a regular reader, you will already know that I have M.E.  If you’re not, and want to know a bit more about the illness, I’ve written about that here.  The purpose of ME Awareness Week is literally that – to raise awareness of this often very misunderstood chronic illness.  As the charity Action for ME say, “While we work to increase understanding of M.E. throughout the year, M.E. Awareness Month offers an opportunity to really highlight the impact of the condition in the press and among professionals and the general public”.

May12BlogBomb 2016 CFS ME Awareness Post

The reason that awareness is so important is that it’s an invisible illness – it is misunderstood, hard to diagnose, and there is currently no cure (or even effective treatment).  As ME can make you so unwell, sufferers often stop being able to spend time with family and friends, and may have to stop working.  We can become isolated as we are stuck at home and don’t really get to be out in society.  This means that others often don’t see the true toll the illness takes on their loved one.  I went from working full time, exercising regularly, training with a roller derby team and spending lots of time socialising to being bedridden in a fairly short period of time.  If you want to read last year’s ME Awareness Week post, you can find it here.  I explain more of my story, from my symptoms, how my life was affected and how I imagine my future without chronic illness.

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Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain

MY HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT // FINAL SESSION AND AFTER-EFFECTS // CHRONIC ILLNESS

Hi guys!

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve read the rest of my hydrotherapy series of posts.  If not, this one won’t make as much sense, so catch up with the previous posts.  I’ll wait here for you – pop back when you’re done!

Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain

I’ve finally finished my hydrotherapy sessions!  I won’t go back over what the actual hydrotherapy entails, as you can find all that information in my earlier posts.  I just wanted to tell you how I found the last two sessions, how my health was affected and what I’m planning to do going forward.

I was given a series of six sessions by the NHS.  Sadly I was too unwell to go to two of them (as they are every week for six weeks, so I struggled to recover in time for the next ones at first).  They were kind enough to give me one extra, but couldn’t fit me in for two additional ones – so I had five sessions in total.  On the plus side, the two times I was too unwell to go, I had to ring and tell them on the day, but found they were very understanding and didn’t make me feel bad like some hospitals do.

“The two times I was too unwell to go, the hospital were very understanding”

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Five Things I Tell Myself That Are Not True as a Spoonie

5 Things I Tell Myself as a Spoonie…That Aren’t True! // Chronic Illness

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I think most people have thoughts that repeat themselves over and over in their brains, but they would never say out loud.  If they did, they would probably realise they’re not really true… but we are all so critical of ourselves.  We would never dream of pointing out a friend’s ‘imperfections’ or telling them they weren’t good enough, but for some reason we see no problem in doing it to ourselves!

Five Things I Tell Myself That Are Not True as a Spoonie

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Nimble - The one finger wonder tool review - disability chronic illness aids

Nimble – The One Finger Wonder Tool! [Sponsored]

Hi guys

I hope you’re all well today, and if not – sending spoons/love your way!  Today’s post is all about a handy new gizmo that is currently making my life much easier.  This gadget is tiny, but you’d be surprised how much it can do.  I’m already imagining all the different uses for it!

Nimble - The one finger wonder tool review - disability chronic illness aids

 

This is a sponsored post. I was provided the product in exchange for an honest review and have been compensated for my time through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by Version22 Designs or Chronic Illness Bloggers.  As always, I will only tell you I like something if I truly do.

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Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain

MY HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT // PART 4 // CHRONIC ILLNESS POST

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I’m back with another installment in the tales of my hydrotherapy treatment!  If you haven’t read my previous posts, you can find them here: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3.

Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia

After my first session, I definitely experienced some side effects.  For the rest of the day of my first session, I actually felt pretty good.  I had a bit of energy and the pain wasn’t too bad – I feel like I was probably running on adrenaline.  I expected to wake up feeling awful the next day, but I didn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t feel well, but I felt my usual level of unwell.  It was the day after that (so 2 days after the hydro) that the post-exertational malaise kicked in…

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Mother's Day - Why my mum is my inspiration

Why my Mum is my Inspiration // Mother’s Day!

Happy mother’s day everyone!

I’m not a mum, but I wanted to celebrate mother’s day with a post about the most important, inspirational person in my life – my mum.  I had a lovely childhood, and I have considered my mum a friend from my early teens (around the time I had the crazy realisation that… parents are people too!)  Our relationship has grown stronger and stronger as the years have passed.

Mother's Day - Why my mum is my inspiration

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Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia Chronic Pain

MY HYDROTHERAPY TREATMENT // PART 2 // CHRONIC ILLNESS POST

Hydrotherapy Treatment for ME Fibromyalgia

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If you haven’t read Part 1 of my journey, that would be a good place to start so that this post makes more sense.  Go on, have a read… I’ll wait! 🙂

I’m back with part 2 a little quicker than I expected.  After my ‘dry assessment’, the physio told me I would see him again in 3 weeks time to see how I was getting on with the exercises he gave me.  He told me to expect to wait around 6 weeks for my first actual in-water hydrotherapy session (due to a waiting list).  Well I got a call a couple of days ago, saying they had managed to get the waiting list down a little bit, so instead of having the second dry assessment, I will be going to hydrotherapy on 1 March.

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