Masking your happiness

“Smile Em,” my sister instructs from behind her camera. I’m sitting fully masked (posing as directed) with my nieces &nephew standing at the required covid distance. I roll my eyes sarcastically and muffle, “Seriously Bec, smiling with a facial palsy’s hard...

Sacrificies Save

“Morning Emma, How are you?” and then before I can respond says abruptly, “Just quickly calling to cancel your scheduled botox appointment this week” She blurts out. “Really?” I exclaim…I’m dumbfounded “Although...

Facing your Fears…

The fear associated with any trauma means that we tend to avoid having to ever face it again. However, by doing this we are in fact only becoming more anxious & fearful. Resisting facing our fears is so tempting, but exposing ourselves to similar feared...

Bandaiding your Emotions…

On my third lap today, walking unaided on the bitumen road, I finally get into a better rhythm. I feel my speed and my confidence soar! In fact, I am only 5 metres from the finish line and am on my way to achieving a pretty good time. Sustaining my rehabilitation is...

Toxic Positivity…

It’s all good to be positive and grateful but this mentality actually can be unintentionally detrimental to moving forward. In this mindset, we are at risk of becoming more resentful and not only impact our wellbeing but our negativity often spreads, infecting all our...

 “What will things look like for you?” 

If you’re a Melbournian like me, returning to a ‘lockdown’ state again is far from ideal. There seems to be mixed emotions of anger, frustration, fear, anxiety combined with a sense of relief and hope. Schools, businesses & therapy closing down only seems to fuel...

Adapting to challenging times!

Adapting to COVID19 has certainly been so difficult for everyone! I naively thought that my 15 years of adaptation to my new stroke realm  had prepared me for this! However, the last few months have only reinforced the importance of both the physical & emotional...

One step forward…

It seems that for any step forward in life, there are always ongoing shuffles backwards. For change to happen we need to make this step. Right? Whilst the elation that you get from moving from your comfort zone isexhilarating, the negative feelings that occur on your...

Queen of Fatigue

Everyone feels tired at some point. Right? Whether we feel overworked, are sleep deprived, have a cold, are extra stressed. That feeling of utter exhaustion zaps us! However, this seems almost a constant in my life. Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of...

Injecting Comfort!

Everyone hates needles. The thought of any sharp object penetrating your skin, a foreign fluid entering your system is awful. After years of having facial botox treatment though, the short-term ‘bee-like’ stings are definitely easier to tolerate knowing...