Don’t tell me I’m a failure!

Heart Failure; the latest addition to my long and boring list of ailments. Added, in name at least, only today. My “regular” appointment with my new Cardiology Nurse turned out to be anything but and two and a half hours after she asked me if I understood why my new Cardiologist had arranged for meContinue reading “Don’t tell me I’m a failure!”

Kicking Pain in the “As” – Anger

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”

Kicking pain in the “As” – Accommodation

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” inContinue reading “Kicking pain in the “As” – Accommodation”

Kicking Pain in the “As” – Acceptance

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’mContinue reading “Kicking Pain in the “As” – Acceptance”

Kicking Pain in the “As” -Attitude

“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 copeContinue reading “Kicking Pain in the “As” -Attitude”