15 things to do for a life less physical

It's the weekend and the sun is starting to shine. The nights are getting lighter and it's around this time I start to get that itchy Spring feeling in my bones. The one that says, come out to play! There is fun to be had! When you suffer from a chronic pain condition it can [...]

The unpredictability of fibromyalgia

In the last 38 days I have been to two hen parties and a wedding. All three events were wonderful, but all were reminders that if you suffer from fibromyalgia you can never predict your pain. In early August, one of my close friends invited 11 girls to spend a wonderful weekend at Wilderness Festival. [...]

An open letter to my friends: how do you see me now?

Today I read this article on the 'Queen of Constance' blog - a popular blog written by an outspoken mum of four kids, with posts that are consistently being shared by my Facebook friends. Yesterday Constance handed over the reigns to her friend Penny Shipway, who wrote a letter to those affected by their friend's [...]

Surviving festival season with fibromyalgia

It's 1:30am and I'm sitting in a damp field. Around me are thousands of people, jumping and dancing to the music I can hear loudly from a far-away stage. From my spot on the ground I can see nothing through the darkness but a sea of skinny jeans, every where I look. I watch each leg [...]

Preparing for festivals when you have fibromyalgia

I don't do festival prep very well. In fact, come to think of it, I'm not sure I do festivals all that well. I've blogged a couple of times about surviving festivals with a chronic illness - both at home and abroad - but every time I prepare to go to a four day music festival, [...]

Fibromyalgia and the five stages of grief

Do you ever feel you've read all you can on chronic illness? When you're diagnosed with a new condition, they say you go through the five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. We grieve for the life we have lost as we struggle to work out how to navigate a landscape we had never [...]

Your fibromyalgia toolkit

Today I told some new work colleagues that I suffer from fibromyalgia. They, like most people, had never heard of the condition and so I tried to explain it - briefly but specifically, trying to perfect the balance between being capable but... unable. Although I have lived with chronic pain for over seven years, sometimes I [...]

What does fibromyalgia feel like?

Last week was the start of my fibromyalgia flare up and it struck me that I use that phrase often but it doesn't really mean anything to a lot of people. Fellow spoonies probably identify with it and those close to me know it as "uh oh, something bad happened" but what does it actually mean? How does [...]

Best bits of 2015

If you're new to A Life Less Physical, there's a chance you've missed out on some pretty awesome moments during 2015.  You've also missed out on some dull ones but we'll skip over those. Here are the links to some of my favourite and most popular blog posts of 2015, plus the most popular articles I've [...]