Why am I writing this blog and who is it for?

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass – it’s about learning to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene

Welcome! I have started this blog as part of my recent journey learning to live with, and manage, a challenging and relatively rare illness: gastroparesis.

It helps me to have a record of what has helped and to hear about what has worked for others facing their own difficulties or problems: physical, mental and/or emotional. During challenging moments, when I am experiencing a bad flare up and an increase in symptoms, I find it useful to focus on what has improved, what has worked, what is going well: this blog is a useful reference point for me to turn to when I am feeling vulnerable, isolated or anxious. It helps me gain a better perspective. Isolation is, I think, one of the toughest elements of living with a chronic illness but it helps to know that you are not alone. You will not be going through the exact same experience as me, and the terrain of my journey may be very different to yours, but knowing that you are not alone – that we all experience moments of despair or isolation for a multitude of different reasons – helps.

My hope is that something I post on this blog will resonate with you and perhaps help you too. Continue reading