What Does Self Care Actually Look Like?


One afternoon in December 2012, I heard somebody thumping on my front door.  The building is not the easiest to get into, so I assumed it was one of my neighbours in distress. I grabbed my keys, and opened the door to spot, not a panicked neighbour but an innocuous, yet unfamiliar looking young woman.

“Are you Jacqueline?” She asked.

“Yes” I replied; curiosity piqued.

“I’m from the Doctor’s Surgery. We’ve been trying to call you.  You need to get a blood transfusion ASAP.” She handed me a referral letter to take to the hospital.

Allow me to add some perspective to that conversation.  I have Endometriosis, an inflammatory illness that causes womb tissue to grow in all manner of unwelcome places, which then proceeds to create a tonne of internal bleeding.  Continue reading “What Does Self Care Actually Look Like?”

30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness

As this is my first post, I thought using the ’30 Things…’  invisible illness meme would be an ideal way of introducing myself, as well as providing a little insight as to what the purpose of this blog is. So, without further ado, here are the 30 things you may not know about my invisible illness.

1. The illnesses I live with are: Endometriosis & Fibromyalgia (as far as I know, anyway. There’s always the chance that something else might be lurking in there…)

2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2003 for Endometriosis and 2015 for Fibromyalgia. Continue reading “30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness”