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Celebrating A Life with Chronic Illness and so Grateful for Milestones and Opportunities

I so hope you enjoy this blog post, celebrating over 4000 plays on my podcast.

In this blog post, I've included links to the top podcast episodes, which include interviews with other chronic illness warriors.

Each of their own chronic illness and disease journeys are just so inspiring and well worth listening to. The links are embedded in the blog post.

I am forever grateful for anyone listening, reading, following, liking, and commenting. You all mean the world to me.

I'm incredibly grateful to The Mighty for publishing so many of my articles since 2017 and providing me with a writing platform that encouraged me to become a published author last year.

Such blessings remind me daily that Chronic illness is a part of our lives, not all of our lives.

Love, Sam xx

Wow! I’ve Reached an Amazing Podcast Milestone.

#Podcast #Blog #author #lifestories #ChronicIllness #milestones

Wow! I’ve Reached an Amazing Podcast Milestone.

I’m so excited that my podcast, “Medical Musings with Sam,” has reached over 4000 plays.This is a huge achievement for a small podcast with a unique genre. I’m also apparent…
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Grieving My Life

I recently turned 39, and I’m dreading turning 40. Reaching a milestone age is so overwhelming and daunting. I was very depressed turning 30 and seriously considered suicide six months later because of how my life was going. I did a lot, though, to create a better life for myself by building much better self-esteem and confidence, and developing much better self-awareness. However, my personal life barely improved. I’m losing hope in finding love and I feel that time is running out. Once I turn 40, it’s over. I’m trying to stop myself from crying my eyes out, or even curl up into a ball on the floor and sob hysterically. I fear I’m going to suffer a severe depression that will ruin all my focus on life right now. But I feel like a serious failure in life because there’s no love in it.

Does anyone have any advice? How can I cope with all this? #severedepression #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Love #milestones #Aging #Relationships


#Loneliness with #chronicilness #struggles

I've been sat here reading a few #articles on here about loneiness and chronic illness, ways to combat it like joining a yoga class (physically impossible) meeting a friend for a coffee what if you only have a few friends and they're always busy. I feel I'm the one always reaching out to do things and I'm the one that's sick for once I'd love a message of lets have a movie day at yours and chill on the sofa with snacks. I feel the more I try the more abandoned I feel, I do have a good family but that's not the same as having q partner or laughing with friends. I'm 32 this year and whilst I'm happy for the #milestones family members and #Friends reach in life each one just reminds me of how time is passing me by and I'm alone 90% of the time. I try my hardest to stay positive but at the end of the day we all need that interaction, comfort etc to #thrive more as humans. I'm just putting mt thoughts out there today as ite a sunny bankholiday in the UK amd o can't help but think of a time I would have been sat out in the sun with friends having drinks and lunch somewhere but instead I'm totally #alone .

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Autism mom - Both my boys were non-verbal

Today’s random thought...😊❤️

I remember picking up my boys from pre-school and talking to them.
I asked non stop questions about their day, if they had fun ...and neither one could answer me. (Both were non-verbal)
If I didn’t speak we would have been in total Silence and I couldn’t handle that.

With Autism you just never know what’s going to happen.
It’s bizarre!
My son was able to sing little songs before he could talk...and if I asked either a question they couldn’t respond with a yes or no...
They could only repeat the last word of every question,
ME:” are you happy?”
HIM: “Happy?”
Geez I don’t miss those days...
The youngest is still very limited verbally (he’s 18 now) but when he was little and started getting words he and his brother (also autistic) had these AWESOME BRITISH accents!
“The children”, “the seaside”, “I’m
Very cross!”😂
It was from watching Thomas the Tank and repeating what they heard. Amazingly they used these lines in appropriate situations.
My youngest didn’t say a full sentence till 7years old...
it was “my name is Logan”❤️🤙and still struggles communicating.
My eldest has overcome it all, works, drives, attends college no one would know unless he told them.

You just never know what’s going to happen or when and if they’re going to progress.

If I could go back in time I’d tell myself to STOP worrying about hitting the milestones, STOP comparing my kids progress to others...
cause one day you’ll look back and wonder why you wasted so much time doing it...just enjoy the moment!
(just my own personal thoughts)#Autism #Parenting #milestones #worry #autismmom



The end of my dental journey which started in 2005.
This is what happened Friday: It was a horrendous experience though. My mouth was already hurting and the whole 2 hours I was there I was in agony and the dentist didn't believe me and kept telling me I wasn't in pain and I was crying hysterically the whole time as he put screws in my mouth and I begged him to stop. I went back yesterday because I was having trouble taking the dentures in and out and they wanted me to practice. I had put on makeup and everything for my after picture but I wound up crying it all off.
Gloria, the assistant, was wonderful, however, and she told me when I went back yesterday to have makeup on and she would take new pictures.
But, after it was over, I went to the bathroom and kept smiling and smiling.


What goals have you achieved this year that you're most proud of, and what ones have you set for 2019?

This year is almost over, and while it can drag with chronic illness, it's important to stop and recognise all of the milestones and achievements you've accomplished this year. What has gone well for you? What are you most proud of? What did you do that you didn't imagine possible? And to carry that over to next year, what are you hoping to achieve for 2019? What's on your challenge list for the year to come? #MightyQuestions #MightyTogether #achievements #celebrate #thesmallthings #2018 #ChronicIllness #Fibromyalgia #MentalHealth #Depression #milestones #believeinyourself #youvegotthis