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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I feel clear for the first time in years.  It’s been 15-20 years of going to my numerous Doctors over that time and being sent from hospital to hospital, specialist to specialist and subjected to an endless and repetitive stream of blood tests, physical examinations,  physiotherapy, questions, constant monitoring and the intense frustration of never getting far enough. A Snapshot of History…. Read More


It can be helpful to think of your life in ‘component parts’. For example, you will have an intellectual self, a social self, a creative self, a physical self, an emotional self, a spiritual self, a professional self, to name but a few component parts. Make Good Use Of Your Component Parts. The task, once you have identified the key component parts of yourself, is to reflect on each part and consider:… Read More

Surviving the loss of a loved one, who took their own life through suicide, has a number of complexities that the natural death of a loved one, may not necessarily have.  Some, or all, of the following responses are common: Shock Frustration Anger Disbelief Denial Helplessness Fixating on the imagined, or known, image of the suicide Replaying old conversations in the mind, as if to seek evidence for, or to apportion blame… Read More

Birds Flying High, You Know How I Feel… Today, I awoke to the sound of my alarm on my iPhone; Nina Simone singing ‘Feeling Good’.  Nina’s beautiful tones and the uplifting lyrics makes for an optimistic and uplifting way to greet a new day; once I recover from the inevitable shock of suddenly returning to consciousness!  I set a different song for each morning but I always make the choice of something that will make… Read More