March 24, 2018

Those of you who know me personally, will know that I love my bright lips. Whether I am doing the school drop off or going out for dinner, I am usually sporting my favourite lipstick. 

What you may not know, is that I don't paint my lips for fashion reasons, but fo...

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!  

As I sit here today and reflect on what the start of a new year means to me, I can't help but think about the things that worked for me in the management of my health in 2016 and those things that didn't.  

My 2016 was a relatively healthy one, with min...

October 3, 2016

For the first few couple of years after I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I lived my life largely in denial.  I knew I had a chronic illness and I knew I had to take medication for it but I didn't truly understand how to live with it.  I thought I could just c...

July 28, 2016

If you would have told me a few years ago that I would enjoy sitting on a horse with arthritic hips, knees, ankles, wrists, hands and shoulders (that's me, not the horse!) -  I would have laughed, while inside sinking into that defeatist feeling.  But I surprised mysel...

June 26, 2016

I was privileged to speak alongside two other empowered health consumers at the annual Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) Scientific Meeting in Darwin a few weeks ago.  

Our session was called "The patient will see you now" and it was an opportunity for heal...

May 30, 2016

Today is the launch of the SpeakUp4Arthritis campaign!

 

Arthritis Australia is lobbying the federal government to take action on arthritis, to improve services and programs to support people living with arthritis in Australia.  

 

They are asking all o...

February 19, 2016

I am off to my local Writers Festival today and over the next 2 days I am reminded of the importance of sharing our stories.  Every year, I sit and listen to incredibly inspiring local, national and international authors telling their stories.  They may be fiction, the...

November 24, 2015

 

Throughout my 13 years living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), I have been loved and supported by many people.  Family have happily driven me from appointments after cortisone injections into my joints.  Friends have made me food when my fingers have been too swollen t...