New! Life with Scoliosis Merchandise

New! Life with Scoliosis Merchandise

Hello everyone, I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know that I have launched a brand new range of Scoliosis Awareness products on Teespring and Redbubble. Available products include t-shirts, vests, hoodies, mugs and bags. So please feel free to check out my store :) I will be adding more designs over the coming weeks and months, so please do check back. Also, if you have any ideas for future designs, or any feedback, please let...Read More
Blog Content Survey

Blog Content Survey

Hi everyone, Hope you are doing ok and staying safe. :) I've been using some of my extra time in lockdown to think about the direction of my blog and what's next. I'd really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to complete a quick survey, to help me improve my content and blog going forwards. I really want my content to be helpful and interesting to others and for my blog to be the best it can...Read More
Happy February

Happy February

So we are now halfway through February and almost a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. It's time for my monthly link-up with A Chronic Voice. I try to take part each month, as it is a chance to connect with fellow chronic illness/condition bloggers, whilst reflecting on the month. The writing prompts for this month are - Defining, Allocating, Uniting, Saving and Educating. So I'll try and arrange my thoughts for February around these themes! Defining I think almost a...Read More
10 Inspiring Women With Scoliosis

10 Inspiring Women With Scoliosis

As March 8th is International Women's Day, I thought I would share 10 inspiring women with scoliosis. Hopefully, this post will show that, if you are a woman with scoliosis, it certainly doesn't have to hold you back. There is really no limit to what you can achieve! Lets join together and celebrate some amazingly inspiring women with scoliosis. 10 Inspiring Women with Scoliosis Eva Butterly Eva Butterly Eva is an amazingly inspirational scoliosis warrior. With severe scoliosis, she dedicates...Read More
Pilates for Scoliosis: Fusion Friendly Pilates

Pilates for Scoliosis: Fusion Friendly Pilates

There is no argument that a strong core is important for those of us with scoliosis. A strong core helps to keep our backs strong, which in turn can reduce back pain. Pilates is the perfect exercise for scoliosis in this respect but it can be difficult to know which are the best exercises to do, especially if you have had a spinal fusion. Pilates For Scoliosis Emily is the founder of Build & Breathe Pilates and works predominately with...Read More
Glute Exercises for Runners: My Top 10

Glute Exercises for Runners: My Top 10

Hi everyone, As you may (or may not!) be aware, I love to run. Over the years (post spinal fusion), I have ran 6 half marathons, countless 10k's and over 60 parkruns. Pandemic aside, I'm a member of a local run club and was training for a marathon this time last year. Over the last few months, I have not been able to run due to an injury to (I think) a tendon in my right leg, which causes ankle...Read More
Dealing with Anxiety

Dealing with Anxiety

Like a lot of people, I have been struggling with anxiety recently, more so over the last few months. The uncertainty around lockdown, social isolation and the pandemic in general have (unsurprisingly) resulted in an increase in mental health issues, and also, a general awareness of them too. I have always been a worrier, ever since I was a child. My main anxiety has always been around my health. As a child, I remember checking myself for breast cancer and...Read More
Your Inspiring Stories: Lovaine Cohen

Your Inspiring Stories: Lovaine Cohen

Lovaine was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) about 20 years ago. As a result, she has lived with chronic pain for a very long time. She's also had both of her hips replaced and has some fusion in her upper neck. In this post, read about Lovaine's journey with AS and how she changed her victim mentality mindset. Lovaine's Story I have lived for over 20 years with Ankylosing Spondylitis with difficulties, twists, and turns. I was a healthy kid...Read More
New Year, Same Virus

New Year, Same Virus

So we are now in January 2021 - happy new year! We are getting towards the end of the first week back to work after Christmas (for myself and many others), and what a week it's been! I feel like so much has happened already, and I'm ready for another break. As it's a brand new month, I wanted to take part in the latest link up with a Chronic Voice. I try to take part every month, as the...Read More
Happy New Year: Goal Setting for 2021.

Happy New Year: Goal Setting for 2021.

I wanted to write a quick post to wish my readers and followers a very Happy New Year. Lets hope that 2021 is better than 2020 for all of us! I for one have mixed feelings about 2021. With the pandemic not going away any time soon, it's hard to know what to expect for the New Year. The area I live is still in a strict Tier 3 (edit - now Tier 4!), meaning we cannot mix indoors and...Read More
10 products to help ease back pain when working from home

10 products to help ease back pain when working from home

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in more people working from home than ever before. In April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home. I have been working from home since March 2020. Whilst there are elements of it I like, it can also be quite uncomfortable for my back. I've therefore done a bit of research and found some products and ideas that might help to ease back pain when working from home. As we head...Read More
9 Best Tips for Treating Chronic Pain

9 Best Tips for Treating Chronic Pain

This post is a guest post, written by Lovaine Cohen. Lovaine is a former corporate professional turned chronic pain management health coach. She’s the founder of the Holistic Healing Method, her signature personal coaching program. She also writes on her chronic illness blog, is a website and social media audit consultant, and loves drinking green matcha latte with almond milk. 9 Best Tips for Treating Chronic Pain Chronic pain affects 50 million adults in the US. and it’s continuing to escalate....Read More
My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, I thought I'd share the 10 most popular blog posts from this year, in case you missed them. It's been a strange old year but one positive to come out of 2020, is that I have had more time than ever to spend writing blog content. These are the top 10 posts I've written this year that have been read the most, in reverse order. Enjoy! 10. 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with...Read More
Merry Covid Christmas

Merry Covid Christmas

It's that time again... it's almost Christmas! As it's December, it's also time for me to take part in the monthly blogging link up with A Chronic Voice. The linkups are a monthly get together for anyone with a chronic illness or condition. This month, the prompts to write about are: Exhausting, Exciting, Socialising, Indulging and Cutting. I thought I'd use the prompts as an excuse to write about Christmas in light of the pandemic. It's going to be different,...Read More
2020: Things didn’t quite go to plan!

2020: Things didn’t quite go to plan!

So... 2020 was an "interesting" year to say the least wasn't it? When I wrote my goals for 2020 back in January, I definitely couldn't have predicted how this year would turn out. Reading them back now, it feels like a different life. I have always been very determined and in 2019, I crammed my year full of running, challenges and travel. To be honest, I had high hopes for 2020. As it marked 10 years since my scoliosis surgery,...Read More
10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with scoliosis

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for those with scoliosis

As the festive season is upon us and it's nearly Christmas again (not sure where this year is going!), I thought I would share some of my favourite gift ideas for those with scoliosis. These are things that either I find helpful (to manage pain or feel more comfortable) or that I've seen and found inspiring. Please feel free to add your own ideas into the comments below. :) This post contains affiliate links. 10 Christmas gift ideas for those with...Read More