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Pansy in the Picture: Episode 12. 

First diagnosed with multiple sclerosis then three different cancers, Justine Martin had just one wish: to get better and bring a dachshund into her life.  Obviously, that's what happened and, in this episode, she talks about how she and her dog, Pansy...


How Daniel Andrews and COVID taught me a new way of living with my disability

When Melbourne eases out of hard lockdown this month, I'm going to be walking particularly slow. It won't be because I am being diligent with newly-acquired 'COVID-Normal' behaviours.

It will be because...


4 months in following diagnoses and the emotions and coping strategies compete for attention. the initial euphoria has progressed to unfathomable gloom.Going out is not so simple as putting a coat on, anticipated anxiety creates road blocks which have just made themselves evident. I crave...


So the drunken weave has been diagosed at last, the mild confusion and poor recall too. Am I better off? I's hard to tell really.I am now in receipt of a discombobulating and disorganised rambling descent into who knows. I had diagnosed myself provisionally and felt weirdly comforted by that,...



Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. Earlier this year, as I looked down the barrel of a ‘yet-to-be-determined-diagnosis’, I was tormented by questions as my life was to change, quite literally, overnight. “Will this be my last Mother’s Day… am I enjoying the last days...


Let's be blunt, it's just the worst. Why did I come into this room? What was I saying again? I'm sorry, have I told you this before? What were we talking about? Ok, I need to look something up. Let me open my phone, put the pin number in, open the browser and... what was I looking up again? ...

Woman watching sunrise in sunflower field

Today is a good day.


Today I'm turning off the television and putting on music.

First I'm going to tidy up the mess on the floor, and conquer the vacuum cleaner. It doesn't expect me. It roars to life, but I have no fear. Right now I'm in control.



Girl Alone
I am the elephant in the room.
Not because you don't love me. Because you love me so much, you don't want it to be real. And maybe if we ignore it, if we don't mention it, if we sweep it under the rug, it doesn't exist.
Maybe if we act normal,...
A Week With MS Brain Fog

There is a fog inside my mind.

Recalling words takes 2 to 5 minutes. I'm normally an intelligent and quick witted woman. I speak two languages fluently, this is, what's the word, starts with an R, ridiculous. Everything is in slow motion right now.

The MS fog is descending.

Sleepy Koala
I've been thinking for days on how to answer this question. What IS my worst symptom? And I tried to remember all of my symptoms and tried to categorise them from least-awful to plain-awful, and found myself really struggling. What's the worst one? 
Is it having cuts on...

One thing about having a chronic, debilitating and diagnosed ‘incurable’ illness is having to find ways to tell the same story to people over and over.

You get asked what’s up, or down, and it’s hard to know what to say on the hop.

  • Do I tell him the truth?
  • ...

‘It seems like years since it’s been clear’ Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles (Abbey Road)

Some diseases will strike loud and hard, like a fist bashing on your front door. Others like mine come in ‘through the bathroom window’, where no-one’s...


Lemtrada: One patient’s personal account of how important getting your monthly blood tests are

In August 2014, I started treatment with alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) for MS.  While effectiveness of MS  treatments varies from patient to patient, following 2 infusions with...

The Purity Of Evil MRI pic

Approximately August/September 2004, I was living in Balgownie with my then-boyfriend and two children. He was in Wollongong ICU because he’d embedded himself in the windscreen of someone’s car. That was not a smart thing for him to do, but I knew that he would wake up just fine. He spent 3 ½...


Hi there bloggers, my name is Min and this will be my first guest blog. After recently battling and beating thyroid cancer, I found my self in a new 'old place'. By this I mean I have had to learn the differences between all of the side affects of the thyroid cancer and relive the operations and...


Good afternoon, new readers and bloggers alike! 

Recently, I was asked to be a guest blogger here at Uninterrupted, and I'm very honoured. First things first, I'd like to use this post to introduce myself. 

My name's Mel, and I'm a 39-year-old single mother of two teenagers (aged...