This is ‘brand new day’ (all lower case.)
I’ve been scrolling through the WordPress Themes menu and have decided it’s time for a change. This one attracted me because of it’s name ~ it’s bright and optimistic and reflects how I’m feeling at the moment. Long may that continue!
For a couple of years I’ve been unable to publish regular posts. A series of unfortunate incidents ~ culminating in complete collapse, followed by me being diagnosed with inflammatory dis~eases ~ brought me down. Brain~fogged with pain, I couldn’t think of anything worth blogging about and in the end I gave up trying. If it weren’t for my self~imposed commitment to Becca Givens ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement, I would have closed this site down a long time ago.
When I was originally told that there’s no cure and no treatment for my degenerative condition; that my aches and pains are a result of the natural ageing process which I must simply accept, I sought further consultation. The second doctor was a woman nearer my age, with a ‘no~nonsense’ attitude, who knows me better than the one who’d delivered the news so unsympathetically.
She encouraged me to improve my mobility and core strength with exercise, reassuring me that this wouldn’t do any further damage ~ in fact quite the opposite. She’s a qualified acupuncturist and had given me this alternative therapy in the past ~ but wasn’t able to offer further such treatment on the NHS. (With our health service in crisis, I was surprised and grateful to receive it at all!) She did, however, recommend that I investigate complimentary methods of alleviating pain, such as chiropractic realignment and deep tissue massage.
It’s now twelve months since I started following her advice and although it’s felt like a frustrating dance of ‘two steps forward, one step back’, I’m finally feeling the benefits. I’m more mobile and can manage activities I love ~ gardening, reading, craftwork, writing and so on, in addition to light housework. But I’m not complacent ~ this experience has forced me to pay attention to my body and make wiser choices. I’ve had to learn when it’s time to stop pushing myself and take a break. That way ~ ironically ~ I seem to achieve more. More of what matters, anyway.
I’ve been considering whether to renew my WordPress subscription for ‘taoofscrumble.com’, which runs out next month and I’ve come to the conclusion that blogging is an important part of my recovery. So I’m glad that I kept it going, (however feebly,) thanks to Becca and my other ‘Nurturing’ buddies.
Having finally made that decision, I’m feeling the old, creative excitement stirring and ideas for fresh posts beginning to flow. Yay!
Hence the bright new theme, with the optimistic title…….
This is a ‘brand new day’!