The Dart10km Swim: My Return

I don’t even know where to begin, so I think I will start at the end. On Sunday I did the Dart 10km swim. What started as a Facebook message from Heather back on a cold grey January day ended yesterday with me in complete disbelief. I SWAM 10KM. The past few months have been so rough […]

Friday Thought: On Managing Wellness

Since my last post, I’ve… …travelled to Tuscany, Croatia, Marseille, Paris, and Stavenger… …swum 40 kilometres in one week… …finished one of my dream swim races, the Defi Monte Cristo 5k challenge in Marseille… …missed one of my goal races for 2015, the Arctic One paratriathlon at Dorney Lake… AND… I’ve submitted my name in the […]

Helpless: On Managing Chronic Conditions

You know that feeling when  you comment on something, and then the original post is then deleted? That feeling of “hey, I thought my comment was insightful, and now the whole discussion has just vanished”? Well, this weekend I had that feeling. Without revealing too many details, I had reacted to a discussion about feeling […]

Growing Up Gumby

This post was originally published on Baseline Physiotherapy to raise awareness of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. May is EDS Awareness Month. To learn more about EDS Hypermobility type (the type of EDS I have been diagnosed with) please visit the Hypermobility Syndromes Association. Growing up I knew that I was double jointed.  I used to think it […]

That Face

That’s Felix. After sending him to The Dog House in Wales for ten weeks earlier this year (following his “look at me I’m chasing a herd of cows” incident), he’s been back at home with us for just over a month. Ten weeks was a long time without that face. What I learned when Felix was […]

11 Times Up A Hill

This is the face. The face of someone who just realised they had to cycle up a short sharp hill not once but nine times. And the face of someone who then realised that the same hill needed to be tackled twice again while running. Oof. On Sunday I did the Crystal Palace Triathlon. This […]

From “Can’t” to “How”

I can’t tell you how many times I have read stuff about “eliminating negative self talk” – but what does that MEAN. I mean, first of all, what is negative self talk? And second, can you get rid of it? Here’s my “a-ha” moment of the day. This morning I was at swimming. I swim once […]

The Return

Finally! Finally I am feeling myself coming back to my normal! On the last day of February I started to feel really really unwell. Last week I waited for the sickness to pass. This is a cold, I thought, so it will lift in a few days. But when I got to my seventh day of […]