I was one of those typical, mostly-healthy kids who was a little (or a lot) more flexible than usual. I was also quite prone to infections and struggled with allergies and what was assumed to be anxiety a bit, but mostly, I had a normal childhood. In high school I got really into competitive swimming, I did well at it and I was strong in academics as well. I left on a high: fit and strong, with academic awards under my belt, and a scholarship to start a medical degree at New Zealand's top University.
Getting out of the house when you live with a chronic illness is hard. If you have to rely on public transport to get about, it can make things even more difficult. As a general rule, I avoid travelling at peak times. Here are a few tips on rail travel for those living in the UK.
I made a bunch of these for my first batch of items I sent to Spoonie Survival Kits. I used Mariner yarns in one of their mermaid shades for the shells and pastel yellow, purple and blue for the heads and legs.
Last year, I set myself two goals: one personal and one professional and I managed to achieve them both. These days, I find that less is more when coming to setting goals for myself and I have found that I am much happier achieving two things per year than failing to get five things done in a month.
Starting University can be a daunting task for anyone; add a chronic illness to the mix and you may think that it's impossible. Whether you're starting University for the first time or you're returning after a long break (like me), here are a few things that you can do to make the start of the year a bit easier.
Fatigue has always been one of my most debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, it is also the one that has been the most poorly managed by my doctors.
So you're a Spoonie, now what? Here are my five top tips for your new life with a chronic illness.