At least 10 things NOT to say to your loved one with chronic illness.

You must try ….. [enter any number of weird and whacky suggestions here] Chances are that one magic thing you or your Aunt Zelda tried for your bunions is not going to cure their multiple sclerosis. You may have something valuable to share that they haven’t tried.  But first just pause for a moment and […]

The Miserable, Messy lot of a Reluctant Foodie

Food Should be fun If you are following my blog and waiting for stories and pictures of me whipping up sumptuous allergy/spoonie friendly food in my clean kitchen and designer clothes: I am sorry I have bad news….. I hate cooking, I don’t much like eating, accept for other times when I adore eating.  I […]

Just For Today: Do not be angry

Part of my journey in Reiki training is to get in touch with the five principles of Reiki, namely: Do not be angry Do not worry Be kind to yourself and others Express ones Gratitude Be diligent in work I read these principles in my Reiki training manual and was like … yeah…yeah …. sure […]

How to change Habits: Take Baby Steps or Go the Whole Hog

Change Habits: Go the Whole Hog

“We form habits and then they form us” Rob Gilbert ….for good and bad.  You could argue we are our habits.  To change we must change our habits; something I am pretty sure we have all tried and failed at numerous times.  I sure have. I have read compelling books on the topic of habit […]

Step Two: Come to Believe

“Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity” CPA for Anxiety Welcome to Step Two of Chronic Pain/illness Anonymous (CPA), which I am currently “working”. I am not sure I have yet graduated step one: surrender. I am pretty sure I have not. I am changing things up a […]

Getting to Know my Vajajay: My Journey in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

WARNING! This post covers private things in private places.  Sensitive minds and eyes should leave now. So why might ones Pelvic Floor need rehabilitation?  There are many reasons; they all boil down to pelvic pain.  This may be a result of illness, child birth, interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome), years of pain and pelvic floor […]

Step One: Surrender


“We admitted we were powerless over chronic pain and chronic illness – that our lives had become unmanageable” CPA I am working the famous 12 steps.  Yes the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of you might be disappointed to know I am ‘working’ it on chronic pain/illness, not booze. Today I am ‘working’ step […]

Raising Rock Bottom: Anxiety Through a Different Lense.

A dear old friend of mine’s sister was a drug and alcohol counselor whose philosophy was focused on ‘raising rock bottom’. Sometimes the idea of clean, straight and narrow is too much, at least at first and that is were raising rock bottom comes in. If rock bottom was once a weekend bender, that involved […]

SIBO Part C: The Trauma of Food.

Why are we here? This is part 3 of a 4 part series looking at Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). The series also covers what SIBO is, the latest views from experts, and my personal treatment journey. This blog will compare some of the main SIBO diets available online. Why diet matters so much to […]

SIBO Part B: What the Experts are Saying

Sibo Monster

Warning: This blog is information intense and entertainment light. The focus here is Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and will discuss some highlights from two very different (yet oddly similar) conferences.  One by Naturopaths and Functional Doctors in Australia and one by Research Gastroenterologists in America. See SIBO Part A for an overview of this […]

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