Month: November 2016

Spoonie Survival Kits

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Earlier this year I stumbled upon an awesome project called Spoonie Survival Kits. The project aims to provide little bags of happiness for chronic illness sufferers, while also raising money for chronic illness charities.

The kits are made by volunteers with long-term health conditions and disabilities and then sold online, with 25% of sales money going back into the project and 75% going to chronic illness charities.

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Synergy Stone Heat Wave Massage Tools

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Earlier this year, my partner went on a business trip to Seattle and of course, while he was there, he took some time to do a little souvenir shopping. While in Pike Place Market, he stumbled upon a stall selling Synergy Stones and following a demo from the stallholder, he bought one for me [the Divine model].

Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation. Hot stones expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body and have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

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A Fibro Friendly 10th Birthday Party?

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As a mum with fibro, it’s sometimes really hard to rest and recover. Often, you just have to keep going and going to meet the needs of your child. Children are exhausting at the best of times, but when they are hyped up, full of sugar and you are trying to coordinate a group of them at a birthday party, it’s even more so.

My daughter’s birthday parties always bring back memories of the break-in we had 6 years ago and so they are always a challenge to get through, but add in the fibro and it’s a recipe for a full on flare fiasco. I always end up running about like an idiot, coordinating everything and everyone and am absolutely exhausted by the end of the party. While I love to see my daughter and her friends having a great time, it’s usually my health that is secondary.

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Mindfulness for Health 8 Week Course

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Back in September, I spotted a tweet about a Mindfulness for Health course that would be starting soon in Sheffield. I clicked on the link because Mindfulness is something I am really interested in, especially for pain management.

It turns out that the course was being run by 2 ladies [Jane and Debs] who were training to become Mindfulness course tutors with a company called Breathworks. It was to be held at Union Street, a fab co-working space in Sheffield city centre. The course on offer was a practice course so that Jane and Debs could complete their Mindfulness teacher training. It sounded just what I needed and so I signed up as soon as I sorted out the inevitable logistics when you work full-time and have a young child to sort out and bought the book that accompanied the course: Mindfulness for Health. A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing.

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Six Years Ago

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Six years ago my daughter was having her 4th birthday party. My family had travelled up to Sheffield for the event and all her friends were having fun at the play centre. Towards the end of the party, I received a phone call from my partner who had popped back to the house to get ready for the family ‘after party’ we were going to have at home.

“There’s been a break-in. Someone has broken into the house”.

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A Sheffield Fibromite Launches New Website

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So, after much time and effort A Sheffield Fibromite finally has a new home. I’ve moved the site from Weebly to WordPress, rebranded the website, Facebook and Twitter and spent a lot of time working on the design and content.

Here are all the links you will need to keep up to date with the blog:

Website: asheffieldfibromite.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/asheffieldfibromite

Twitter: www.twitter.com/asheffieldfibro

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