I’m Sarah, and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia around 2010. I also live with mental health issues, chronic migraine and spinal injury and so I get what it’s like to live with conditions that aren’t going anywhere.
My life turned on its head being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I spent a few years trying in vain to adapt my old lifestyle to living with the constant pain and fatigue that the condition brings. In the end, this wasn’t possible for me and I had to go back to the drawing board, start from scratch and build myself a new life, find new meaning and develop new skills to manage fibromyalgia rather than the condition managing me.
It has taken me years to get to a point where I’m ok with how life is for me, despite being a million miles from how I envisaged it would turn out, but it requires ongoing effort and there have been many periods of time where I have struggled and sometimes still do. But these struggles have also helped me to reflect and find new ways of moving forward, finding joy in everyday, simple things and that’s really the essence of the blog. I’ve found mindfulness and learning more about nature and my surroundings particularly helpful and it’s for this reason that there are a series of “Out and About” posts on the blog as based on my own observations of where I live, as well as fibromyalgia specific content.
I’m keen to share what I’ve learned over the years as well as some of my own personal chronic illness stories in the hope that it might help others and show that living joyfully with chronic illness is definitely possible!
Writing is my passion and I’m a regular contributor to the UK Fibromyalgia Magazine and The Mighty. I write about more than chronic illness and have had various pieces of travel/history/nostalgia writing published in UK magazines such as Evergreen and Best of British. In 2022, I was delighted to be named as a runner up in The Writers’ Bureau Student of the Year competition.
Writing aside, I enjoy spending time in the countryside with my dog, swimming, qigong, meditation and reading.