When you are chronically ill it can be really difficult to cook and eat in a healthy way due to fatigue, pain and many other factors. It’s a journey I am on myself to try to get healthier and fitter in the best way I can. It’s certainly a struggle but I have come across a few things that can help.
Having an invisible illness and using mobility aids can be difficult in many ways. It can be hard to come to terms with the fact that you might need these things, and to finally make the decision to use them. On good days I can walk with no aids, but sometimes I need to use my walking stick, and other days I need to use my mobility scooter.
My name is Ann-Marie D’Arcy-Sharpe, I am 31 years old and living in Glasgow, UK. I am married to a wonderful man and have many animals including four guinea pigs, a rabbit, a hamster and three dogs.
I have bipolar disorder, which I have suffered with since I was a teenager and was diagnosed 5 years ago. I also have fibromyalgia and arthritis, which affect my mobility and cause daily pain. These were diagnosed 3 years ago, and have only developed within the last 4 to 5 years.
I am very overweight due to side effects of my bipolar medication; overeating when my mood dips as one of my main comfort strategies (I don’t recommend it); and the pain and mobility issues preventing me from exercising as much as I would like.
My pain level along with my mobility varies from day to day, sometimes I am able to walk a fair amount and be quite mobile, and other times I need to use a walking stick or my mobility scooter.
I have always been a determined person and started my efforts to build up my fitness as much as I could a long while ago now. I used to be able to only walk for a couple of minutes, now I am up to around a mile and a half on a good day and am currently building on this.
This blog will detail my journey towards walking more and building up my fitness, trying to eat healthier, and trying to lose weight. I will not be beaten or defined by my illnesses and disabilities: I will keep moving forward in the best way that I can.
The blog will also journal my thoughts, my writings (including poems) and my thoughts as I fight my illnesses, to keep moving forward, to cope and to overcome.
I hope anyone who reads this blog enjoys it or finds it resonates with them.