Arthritis Update: Steroids and their effect on my weight

When I first developed arthritis (read the origin story here), I was in an indescribable amount of pain due to inflammation in a range of my joints. One way to help with inflammation is to take anti-inflammatories, of which I am unfortunately allergic to, which means I was put on steroids from the get-go. For […]

Happy New Year!

It’s nearly the end of January 2019 – how insane is that?! At the end of this year, it would have been ten years since I left high school, and boy does that blow my mind! Christmas 2018 was hectic as it usually is, with lots of social events and lots of eating. Although it’s […]

How well do you look after your teeth?

For years, I barely looked after mine. I hated cleaning my teeth, and I didn’t have the money to get them checked out – so much so, that I didn’t even think about getting them looked at. Last year, I finally decided to sign up to a dental plan so I could keep my teeth regularly maintained… […]

Self-care on the Road to Recovery

How self-care affects recovery Over the past 8 months, I have come to realise that self-care is a dominant player in my Rheumatoid Arthritis recovery. I am a true believer that recovery is holistic and that overall well-being is important, not just physical improvement. During a conversation I was having with my physio about ‘pacing’ […]

It’s time to step back

I have been part of a small team that organises events once every couple of months for young people (talking about topics such as money, gender equality, mental health etc.) for a few years now. I was in charge of taking photos of the events and generally having a creative touch when needed – like […]

Reactive Arthritis: Dealing with Disappointment

I have to say, the feeling of disappointment is not something that I come across often. I often feel frustrated and annoyed in situations that don’t turn out how I would like them to, but disappoint is another story altogether. Why am I disappointed? Because as you may have read earlier here and here, I […]

Reactive Arthritis: An update

For those that have been reading my blog, you’ll already be aware that I’ve been living with Reactive Arthritis for 6 weeks now. For those that want to catch up, go here. I thought I would give a quick update on how my Reactive Arthritis is going. As I said in my previous blog, I […]

Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

I’m a big fan of baked goods. I am also a big fan of chocolate. These gluten-free banana chocolate chip muffins are a perfect combination of them both. As part of my self-care journey and wanting to become healthier, I’ve been trying to make small alterations in my diet. This has become increasingly important as […]

Giving Back: Street Appeals

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering for organisations like the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and the SPCA. A lot of organisations like these run Street Appeals, where people can donate money into buckets that you’re holding outside of stores like Countdown and Mitre10. You may be thinking, “Hmm, I don’t know about that. I don’t […]