About Me

I’m in my early fifties, but due to chronic pain, my body feels so much older than that.

I have scoliosis (curvature of my spine). This started causing chronic back and rib pain when I was a teenager. When I was 28, I had to retire from work due to my pain.

My back pain is constant and disabling, but I live with another pain which is just as debilitating. It is a facial pain condition called trigeminal neuralgia.

In 2017, I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. My doctor was trying to get to the bottom of some of my pain and other issues and we were both surprised by a positive result of coeliac disease. This means eating absolutely no gluten. It can be challenging at times. If only my gluten free diet helped my pain, but I’m afraid, it doesn’t.

I also have osteoporosis (diagnosed when I was about forty years old), arthritis, Reynaud’s and a few other problems.

Life with health problems is far from easy, but I do try to keep smiling. It can sometimes feel as though a huge cloud is always above, but I try to grasp any glimpses of sunshine and hold on to them.

I enjoy the small things in life and most of the time, I cope fairly well. But I’m not superhuman. I can have my wobbly moments. Or days. Or even weeks sometimes. But I normally manage to pick myself back up, put the smile back on my face and get back to enjoying life, despite my pain.

A few years ago, I had an idea that I could write a book about coping with pain, so I started putting pen to paper.

I hoped that my coping strategies might help other people who live with pain. Then I realised that writing a book was a crazy idea which would never happen. But, I still wanted to share my thoughts, therefore this blog was born.

I want to explain what living with constant pain can be like. Most people think it’s just about pain, but it’s not. Stress, loneliness and guilt are just a few bonus extras.

But I don’t want blog to be completely negative. I want to share posts about my life despite pain and I will be sharing coping tips. I hope that in some way, something that I write might help someone else.

As my blog pages fill up, I’m sure I’ll be learning, as well as writing. It will be a journey for me. But I’m not too keen on travelling alone, so please click the follow button to join me here on my blog and on my social media pages.

To find my blog posts easily, click on this Pinterest board. All my blog posts are here showing the heading pic and the topic of the post. Click on an individual pic and you’ll go straight to that post.

Please, Pin and share my posts on your social media pages and drop me a comment – I love to hear what people think.

Thank you for taking the time to be here. I hope you have a good day today. If you’re in pain, I hope you have a good day, despite it.


11 thoughts on “About Me

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  3. Thank you for sharing your story – it take a great deal of courage. Don’t give up on the book though; the greatest gifts to man came from crazy ideas. Wishing you the best and I look forward to reading more by you.

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  4. It is enlightening to read your blog. Living with cronic pain myself I can totally understand. I’ve learned how importan it is to know you are not alone.
    Thank You for doing this blog.
    May you have a low pain day, Hugs!

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