Having a chronic illness is hard, it's hard work, it's hard on the bank account, it's hard on your friends and family and most of all it's hard on your physical and mental well being. Throw into the mix being a parent and all this gets magnified because now you are responsible for another little human being.
Christmas can be one of the most joyous and happy times of the year, especially when you have children. The family traditions, the fun, colour, activities, delicious food and excitement of Santa coming and giving special gifts to those you love. But it can also be one of the hardest times of the year for those suffering from chronic health issue
People often ask me how I remain so positive and don’t let my illnesses and pain get to me, the answer is of course some days it does get to me, some days I do feel like my issues have bested me, but those days are in the minority, the most part I am strong, I fiercely fight against the pain and try to live a happy and full life.
Looking for something fun and special to do with the kids for Christmas that isn't completely exhausting?
What happens when that stoic suit of armour starts to get dented, kinked and doubt and fear begin to creep in?
This art made me feel, not just a happy or sad kind of reaction but in a deeply connected way that I have only ever experienced once before.
The roadmap to parenthood is different for everyone but I am pretty sure most women would assume things happen in the natural way for them regardless of relationship status. But for many women the natural way is no longer an option when you have a disease that affects fertility. For me that disease was twofold, one was Endometriosis and the other Adenomyosis.
Video diary of major surgery for Endometriosis and Adenomyosis