Category Archives: Chronic Pain

Disabled?

Realisation took a while to arrive but it occurred to me one day that I may be disabled.  The circumstances of my life crept up on me so insidiously that I didn’t even know what I was. I mean am.  … Continue reading

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When The Mask Slips

I know you’re speaking to me, but I can’t hear you. I know the flames are searing my skin, the lightening bolt is twisting my sinews, but you carry on talking as if everything is normal as a knife penetrates … Continue reading

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Woman’s Best Friend

Today is a special day. A milestone. Exactly ten years ago today I adopted Murphy from a dog rescue centre. He was about 20 months old, nervous, slightly underweight and infested with fleas and ticks. It was a Saturday and … Continue reading

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How Accessible is Aiguille du Midi?

Aiguille du Midi (“aiguille” means needle) is one of several peaks on the Mont Blanc Massif. The elevation of the needle on the summit is 3842m (or 3843m, depending on your source), compared to the peak of Mont Blanc at … Continue reading

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My Dæmon

My pain, ever present, has become like an entity in its own right, rather like one of Philip Pullman’s dæmons from the His Dark Materials trilogy. A physical manifestation of aspects of the individual’s being that is connected by an … Continue reading

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Pain

Do you remember: the last time you banged your shin, the initial sensation was so sharp then it started to throb? when you burned your hand on the oven and your skin seared? how it felt when you accidentally walked … Continue reading

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The Last Resort Clinic

After months of waiting and several phone calls to the appointments office my husband and I entered the outpatient department of the oldest Royal Orthopeadic Hospital in the UK to see, well I’ve nicknamed him Dr G, a musculo-skeletal specialist … Continue reading

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