Reblog – Why You Should Watch the Paralympics Games

This is a very heartfelt post about an important event. I admit I haven’t watched as much of the Paralympics as the original Olympics. However, when I do I am always amazed by the talent and spirit of the athletes.


A Chronic Spoonful

As I’ve started to write this, I’m watching the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics.

I had a few issues getting the stream working, but boy, was I glad when my husband texted me a possible solution that I managed to get working.

You see, I love the Paralympics!

20180309_150128_00012064318775.png The Paralympic logo on a black background. Words- Why You Should Watch the Paralympic Games

The Paralympics go back to the post World War II period. Similar to the modern Invictus Games, competitions were set up to help ex servicemen who had been injured. Eventually, it evolved into the Summer Paralympics (open to non-veterans), and the Winter games opened in 1976.

It gives a chance for disabled people to compete at a world class level, and in an environment that is supportive and accessible.

Disability sport is important because it keeps us active, healthy (physically and mentally), and…

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Reblog – Body Behaving Badly

I really needed this today!

My sinuses are really bad today and I believe I have an infection on the right side. The pain is affecting my teeth, jaw and head. Also on the right side, my leg from the thigh to my toes is swollen and very painful. This is the leg with the total knee replacement 10 years ago. On top of that, I am still having pain from getting my back slammed by an elevator door on Monday.

But Sam’s tips on how she copes with a “Body Behaving Badly” day are spot on. Sometimes it is hard to carry out these simple steps; however, it is necessary for healing.


My Medical Musings

Those of us living with chronic illness will know only too well how our bodies rebel against us with little warning.

Every morning I tentatively wake up, opening one eye at a time very slowly, scared to move. Will my body behave a little today? Will the slightest movement cause searing pain?

Usually it’s the latter. Pain is my constant companion.

Some days though my body just behaves badly…all day!

I find myself having a very one-sided conversation on these days with said body. It goes something like this:

“Really? You’re going to do that to me today?”

“You don’t think I had enough yesterday of your crippling pain?”

“I would actually like to get a few things done today. I need to write, I’ve got to get out for blood tests. I’d love to go for a coffee with my husband”

The only response I get to this conversation…

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Pink Shirt Day – Stop the Bullying

Today is once again Pink Shirt Day here in Canada, to raise awareness for bullying. I thought I would reprise my post from last year. Hope you like it.


(PS, The Background isn’t pink this time)

Being Lydia!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, is Pink Shirt Day in Canada. It is the day that we wear pink and promise that we will all do our part to stop bullying.

Like with Bell Let’s Talk Day in January, Pink Shirt Day is sponsored by the media (Shaw) who are donating $1 for every #PinkShirtPromise on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. You can check out the details at Shaw #Pink Shirt Day.

I was bullied all of my life. It didn’t matter where I lived, where I went to school, who I was friends with, the bullying followed me. I was told not to let them know that I was scared or sad, just walk away. That didn’t seem to work and I just held it all in and didn’t tell anyone.It began to feel like the bullies had to be right – I was ugly, fat…

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