I haven’t written on my blog for a while because the heat has been causing my fibromyalgia to flare majorly. I haven’t been able to walk much or work on my fitness, but I have been trying to stay positive and get out there on my mobility scooter, and do bits and bobs when I’m able.
Hi all. This is my latest walk from a couple of nights ago, I’m desperately trying to make them more regular, and will keep updating my progress, but fibromyalgia loves to make that difficult. I keep reminding myself that I’m doing my best, and doing all I can. My determination is strong and I will keep plodding along towards my goals.
Having a mental illness like Bipolar Disorder, connections are vital in order to cope with the symptoms and to live daily life. For me, those vital connections are those with other people, my support system, which I feel very lucky to have.
I would definitely say that I have a love/hate relationship with my bed.
Due to my medication side effects, fatigue from bipolar depression, and the pain and lethargy from fibromyalgia, I spend a great deal of time in bed.
Closer it comes, I see it advancing, Laughing to itself quietly, Practically prancing.
Towards me it skips, Joyful and mocking, It’s ugly intent, Painfully shocking.
I can make you full of life,
Exhilarated, passionate and elated.
I can make your thoughts run fast,
Make them electric and creative.
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.