Being empowered, Feeling good, Healing, Heart, Hope, Ireland, Life medicine, Lucky me, Patient, Patient journey, Soul journey

Healing through helping…

When you’ve been through great pain, there is something within, that wants to help prevent that pain for another, or at least help them get through it, if indeed they have to bear it. It is hard to explain that feeling, or why it is there, but throughout the world, we hear this reaction from… Continue reading Healing through helping…

Curveballs, Healing, Hope, Life matters, Love life, Soul journey

Conscious uncoupling… sorry Gwyneth, I’m not as good as you at it… but I’m getting there!

We had been married for 20 years and together for 29, when our marriage ended. Teens to forty somethings, we had journeyed together from REM to Coldplay and through lots more debatable ‘good’ music choices in between. A marriage is a complex affair. It is a melting pot of history, dreams, intimacy, finances, sometimes children,… Continue reading Conscious uncoupling… sorry Gwyneth, I’m not as good as you at it… but I’m getting there!

Feeling good, Healing, Life matters, Soul journey

Recipes for happiness…

I used to think happiness was about achieving landmark moments in life; the good job, the house, the baby, but life has taught me it’s less about the produce of, and more about the ingredients in, our everyday living that holds the key. It takes a while to get the ingredients for happiness right of… Continue reading Recipes for happiness…

Curveballs, Healing, Heart, Life matters, Life medicine, My medical world, Patient, Patient journey

Compassion, a vital medicine for the wounded…

When I was lying in the high dependency unit, post emergency open heart surgery, several years ago, grieving for my life that was, my children that I couldn’t see, and a future life that seemed, back then, so unlikely, I craved, more than anything, human connection. In the long, lonely hours of night, behind the… Continue reading Compassion, a vital medicine for the wounded…

Curveballs, Healing, Life matters, Life medicine, Natures nurture

The healing tree…

It wouldn’t be quite correct to say that I bought my house because of a tree, but it wouldn’t be far off either. It's a large eucalyptus tree, God knows how old, but very mature. The first day I saw it was an exciting day. We were house hunting for a while, when we came… Continue reading The healing tree…

Feeling good, Hairy medicine, Healing, Heart, Life medicine

The power of hairy medicine…

I thought I was rescuing a dog, turned out the dog had arrived in my life to rescue me. I didn’t notice it for a while of course, didn’t spot that every time I came home from dropping the kids to school, that he led me straight to fun, rather than the dishwasher, his squeaky,… Continue reading The power of hairy medicine…

Being a woman, Curveballs, Heart, Life matters, Parent ponders, Patient journey

When Mom’s get sick… the guilt can be the worst bit

Holding my new-born and delighting in her arrival, I had no idea that my coronary artery was about to threaten our ability to ever have a relationship. Birth is such a time of newness, hope and promise, that the thoughts of death and ending are probably at their most alien. And for other good reasons… Continue reading When Mom’s get sick… the guilt can be the worst bit

Being empowered, Healing, Hope, Life medicine, Soul journey

Feeling the fear but doing it anyway

I won’t lie, there were lots of nerves, pressing the publish button on my blog. What if’s were rampaging through my head…  most of them accompanied by some vision of a catastrophic outcome… ultimately all being about whether baring my soul, my struggles, my wounds and revealing how I try to overcome them would become… Continue reading Feeling the fear but doing it anyway

Curveballs, Healing, Hope, Life medicine, Patient journey, Soul journey

I now know that life is medicine…

A few years ago I got a sudden illness and nearly died. With a new diagnosis, it was time to investigate everything that could help me get well. My journey led me to doctors and hospitals and afterwards to all kinds of advice and therapies. But healing, I discovered, wasn’t all about taking enough pills,… Continue reading I now know that life is medicine…