Category Archives: Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness and the Search for the Holy Grail.

There comes a point after many moons of doctors tests and a vague incurable, poorly understood diagnosis or six (often with word ‘syndrome’ attached) that we get the Big Dr Shrug (BDS).  The BDS goes like this: well you are not dying, there is nothing seriously wrong, and nothing more I can do, um yeah, […]

SIBO Part D: My Treatment Plan

This is part four of a four part series on Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).  The other parts cover what it is, what the experts say, what diets are commonly used in treatment. This post is focused on my personal treatment plan for my Methane dominant SIBO.   See previous blogs for definitions etc as I […]

Learnings from the Trenches of Illness: It is possible to heal the busyness addiction!

Sometimes there are nuggets of good in the very bad.  There is even the odd bonus in getting sick enough that surviving some days is a triumph. I have cured myself, completely, of the busyness addiction.  How many times have you asked a friend you have not seen for a while “how are you?” only […]

At least 10 things NOT to say to your loved one with chronic illness.

You must try ….. [enter any number of weird and whacky suggestions here] Chances are that one magic thing you or your Aunt Zelda tried for your bunions is not going to cure their multiple sclerosis. You may have something valuable to share that they haven’t tried.  But first just pause for a moment and […]

The Miserable, Messy lot of a Reluctant Foodie

Food Should be fun If you are following my blog and waiting for stories and pictures of me whipping up sumptuous allergy/spoonie friendly food in my clean kitchen and designer clothes: I am sorry I have bad news….. I hate cooking, I don’t much like eating, accept for other times when I adore eating.  I […]

Step Two: Come to Believe

“Come to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity” CPA for Anxiety Welcome to Step Two of Chronic Pain/illness Anonymous (CPA), which I am currently “working”. I am not sure I have yet graduated step one: surrender. I am pretty sure I have not. I am changing things up a […]

Getting to Know my Vajajay: My Journey in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

WARNING! This post covers private things in private places.  Sensitive minds and eyes should leave now. So why might ones Pelvic Floor need rehabilitation?  There are many reasons; they all boil down to pelvic pain.  This may be a result of illness, child birth, interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome), years of pain and pelvic floor […]

Step One: Surrender


“We admitted we were powerless over chronic pain and chronic illness – that our lives had become unmanageable” CPA I am working the famous 12 steps.  Yes the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of you might be disappointed to know I am ‘working’ it on chronic pain/illness, not booze. Today I am ‘working’ step […]

SIBO Part C: The Trauma of Food.

Why are we here? This is part 3 of a 4 part series looking at Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). The series also covers what SIBO is, the latest views from experts, and my personal treatment journey. This blog will compare some of the main SIBO diets available online. Why diet matters so much to […]

SIBO Part B: What the Experts are Saying

Sibo Monster

Warning: This blog is information intense and entertainment light. The focus here is Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and will discuss some highlights from two very different (yet oddly similar) conferences.  One by Naturopaths and Functional Doctors in Australia and one by Research Gastroenterologists in America. See SIBO Part A for an overview of this […]