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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.




Firstly, I can hardly believe it’s been a year since my last blog. At the risk of making excuses for my lack of posts, it has been a busy year with full-time studies and work, along with selling and moving house, and the rest that life throws at us all! It’s been a good year...

Bruegel's Icarus

There’s an often remarked truth that “life goes on”. Typically uttered by way of an inept attempt to cheer you up when things are not going well, it’s a truth that I think bears closer inspection.  It has been beautifully explored by WH Auden, in his poem “Musee des Beax Arts”.  I read this...

Ignas Semmelweis

I remember seeing a primary school classmate cry when she got her first pair of much needed glasses.  I didn’t understand why she was so upset - I’d worn glasses for years and knew they weren’t that big a deal. She turned to me, tears streaming down her face, and sobbed “The trees have...


Two years ago I could not have foreseen what MS would bring to my life. And no, I am not deluding myself with mindless positivity. I despise MS, although I have grown used to it. My surprise stems from the fact that I am a much happier person now than I was before my diagnosis....


Today is the 6th year anniversary of my diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis. I do not celebrate, (ok I may use it as an excuse to eat cake!) or commiserate, though I do acknowledge this day each year. I like to take a moment and look back over the past 12 months and see what I have...


I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I heard RJ Mitte was visiting Australia for some public speaking engagements on ‘Overcoming Adversity’, I knew I had to get there. RJ has a starring role in the cult TV show ‘Breaking Bad’ (which I’ve admittedly never seen!) but...