Tired

People don’t appreciate how a comment or a dig,Can easily be the difference between a full night or no sleep.What may seem minor to you, can feel major to me,When your tired and worn out and suffering and weak. Why do the small hours pass so much quicker than a day?And you’re too tired to…

My top 7 tips for those newly diagnosed with arthritis

Any new diagnosis requires a period of adjustment, time to come to terms with the implications and a good support network around you – however, arthritis is particularly challenging. The chances are it’s a condition you have to manage for the rest of your life, dealing with pain along with potential mobility issues and any…

Two lonely men on a beach

I went to Scratby one stormy night,But not to enjoy a walk, on the sand, by the moon’s milky light.I drove in a fog and welcomed the rain,Blasting out Nirvana, full of bitterness and rage. Parked up on the clifftop as I watched the waves spill,Wondered what would be quicker, the fall or wet chill.Dangled…

Without sleep

It’s four in the morning and I’m still not asleep,The aching’s too much, from my neck to my feet.Resenting all the hours that I lay here in bed,I could change the world with the time I have spent. It’s five in the morning and I’m begging for rest,My head is now full with the worry…

I am done

This is a poem that I’ve had in my drafts for some time. As you can tell, I was quite angry and frustrated when I wrote this and it is darker than it probably should be but I thought I should share as the message is an important one. In conversation with other people facing…

My Top 5 personal tips to minimising Arthritis flares

Somebody recently asked me what triggers my condition and what do I do to stay fit and active. Although a lot of the paths our chronic diseases take are beyond our control, it did make me think about those little things we all do to try and avoid additional issues or spikes in symptoms. Therefore,…