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I’m Jane Elizabeth Higgins. I was Jane Elizabeth Chandler until last year when I Married the gorgeous Mr Higgins, who loves and supports me through sickness and health. I am so happy to have found this beautiful community of Crafties. I can’t actually express in words the emotions I felt when I read the welcome…

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I’m lucky to be a carer for two amazing people!!! My son and my Mum! My son was diagnosed with Aspergers/ High functioning Autism, at age 7. We have had a tough old road, now he is 17, done his GCSE’s and is now at college! Safe to say I am one proud Mum! In…

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Its been just under 5 years since I was diagnosed a Spoonie and its been a really hard slog. My physical degeneration has been hard but its the mental health that has hit me the most. I’m not ashamed to admit that I had times where I wanted an end. Crafting was a light, I…

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December 5th 2016, wandering through houses for rent online (no real thought of moving – although the new Tenant to the flat upstairs with his banging music and substance smoking was beginning to make me think it might be in order) and just happened to click on to rent in South Wales. Not sure why,…

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Here at Posh Dog – we love fabrics.  There is no excuse – I see a pretty pattern – or a soft fluffy texture – and my mind hits overdrive.  I always work on short pattern runs of 1 or 2 metres for the 100% cotton patterned fabrics – so that there is always a…

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Hello everyone! Its been a while since I wrote a blog and that’s because I’ve been super busy which, obviously, is brilliant! Being this busy has also made me reevaluate how I work. I’ve created a few things that help me keep up to date with what I need to do as well as the…

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As you probably know, Valentines Day is on 14th February so I thought I would help you find the perfect gifts to lavish on your better half and ensure you stay out of the dog house this year. (Psssst!! keep an eye on the end for a couple of the more cheeky, gag gifts) I…

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HOW TO style HAIR with minimal energy and so we can save those spoons for the important stuff! (I know hair loss is very common with Chronic Illness. In fact, I lost 2/3rd of my hair a few years back and had to cut it all off. Please do not be discouraged if you are…

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After a very busy Christmas in 2016 where I dealt with nearly 100 orders, I have learnt a few things that are going to prepare me and help with pacing for Christmas 2017 that I thought I should pass on so everyone can have a successful Christmas this year. First – Prepare, Prepare, Prepare! I…

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I’m disabled. It took me a long time to admit that. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2000 and until 2 years ago I worked full time in a demanding and physical job. Now, apart from my RSPCA fostering, I sit at home everyday, and rely on benefits to pay the bills. This still…

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Below is an email I sent this morning to a specialist I saw last year. It’s not professional. It’s not the right way to go about things. But it’s real. It’s my life. It’s the level of desperate I’m now at. I’m not sharing this for sympathy. I’m sharing it to highlight the thousands of…

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In the last few months my levels of pain and exhaustion have hit a whole new high. This has left me pretty much bedbound most days. Then awake and restless at night. Alongside all that, my Gastroparesis has flared, meaning I’m nauseous almost all the time. My stomach feels full and bloated and eating, or…

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When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness, you’re told a few things like take it easy, lose weight, keep your muscles active and learn to pace. But they don’t tell you how! When you have a chronic illness like Fibromyalgia, exercise of any kind could make you worse and send you into a flare. This is assuming…

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Everybody talks about how hard it is to overcome developing a chronic illness; the pain, learning to adapt your life to your new body but what a lot of people don’t talk about is the battles to get help and the psychological problems that come from having to rely on someone else. When I first…

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That should be another bad really I suppose, a whole weekend of feeling very poorly, frustration at being knocked off my feet again when I have so many crafting projects on the go, needing completing or itching to start! Instead when I felt up to it I picked up my sewing bag and thought I’d…

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I’ve been reading your Crafties blogs today, ladies who write them. They’re all extremely inspirational and honest, I admire that, I can see you put your heart and soul into them. I thought I wouldn’t know where to start, but why not here to let you know how you have inspired me today, to have…

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Our story begins when Jaymee became a mother, at the age of twenty. Soon after she was diagnosed with Postnatal Depression, a fairly common problem that many mothers face. As is so often the case, Jaymee was given antidepressants and sent on her way. But Jaymee knew deep down something wasn’t right. Months passed, and…

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Throughout the world there are thousands upon thousands of people living below the radar. Struggling just to exist, let alone be ‘functioning’ members of the community. These people, people like me, live with disability. Together we form a huge portion of the global community, but with so few of us in the public eye it’s…

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Hello there, this thing here about my story turned into the screen play for a movie. If you want to skip to the last paragraph, I won’t be offended (I won’t know either, which helps). After struggling since childhood (I thought I didn’t have a valid place in the world, that I was an outsider…