“You left Dublin? That must have been some change for you?”
“Yeah, it took a while to get used to. I miss footpaths, street lights and living within the delivery zone of takeaways.”
I focus on the practical things because I’m afraid to admit the truth; it didn’t take me long to adapt to living in the country and, apart from friends and family, there is little about the city that feels like home. It stopped feeling like home while I was living there.
In sickness and in health; five words which seem obvious until they’re put to the test. This isn’t what either of us signed up for, except it kind of is. Who knew what would face us? That bipolar disorder was waiting in the wings, desperately trying to turn my mind into a battlefield neither of us is equipped to deal with.
You’ve booked your flights, got your passport and packed your bags. You’re good to go, right? There’s one more important thing to consider if you have a chronic illness, how will you manage it while you are on holiday? Following my recent trip to Barcelona here are a 5 tips for travelling with a chronic illness.
I hadn’t intended to write a blog post for Coeliac Awareness Week (12th -19th May) because in amongst all the bumf for the latest gluten free products I have seen some decent articles explaining exactly what Coeliac Disease is. It is an auto-immune disease caused by the small intestine’s abnormal reaction to gluten. To put it simply, gluten is mistaken for something that shouldn’t be there and the immune cells attack it. However, I noticed the focus was on the digestive related symptoms; stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, excess flatulence and vomiting, that untreated Coeliac Disease can cause. These are some of the more common symptoms experienced by the estimated 1 in 100 people in Ireland who have Coeliac Disease, so I can see why putting out information about them is important. Since my symptoms didn’t follow this path I thought I would share my diagnosis story.