Monday, February 20, 2017

Seaside memories

"great day for a walk"

A short blog today
with a memory from Hatched 
now available here as digital download 

The challenges of walking,
I briefly wrote about yesterday,
is of course nothing new.

Life is full of challenges
But also full of beauty.

I am on my way 
to experience a seaweed bath today.
A challenge. But fun.
Part of a ladies day out with the IWA.

I will be able to climber 
out of the bath again
Needs be 
(most likely) 
with help!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Joy so close to Sadness. Darkness so close to Light

Be aware of the sadness but fill yourself with light
Dolores Ronayne 

Corina Duyn walking with walking sticks at Dzogchen Beara
walking at Dzogchen Beara 

I was looking through photographs
on my phone this morning.

I found this one:
Me walking
Dzogchen Beara Care Centre.

It made me feel proud.
And it made me cry.

so close to Sadness

so close to Light 

Further reading:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spelt Muffins with Cheese and Spinach

cheese and spinach Spelt muffins on a cooling rack
Cheese and Spinach Muffins.

 * I endeavour to make wheatfree recipes, but in this case I used Spelt. 
But if your prefer to use Glutenfree flour for this recipe, please Add more liquid.

Spelt Muffins with feta, other Cheeses and Spinach. My current favourite!

Mix in a large bowl

2 cups spelt flour * 
2 teaspoon baking powder
125 gr cooked and drained spinach - Squeeze out any access liquid. (Frozen spinach is fine) 
A handful of fresh spinach (optional) 
150 gr. of mixed cheeses: I used 100 grams crumbled feta, and 50 grams total of grated hard goats cheese and grated Parmesan
Little bit of (herb) salt 

Mix it all together.

Mix the following
1 egg, beaten
1 cup soyamilk (or other milk)
1 tablespoon yoghurt (optional)
1/3 cup sunflower oil

Mix well, and add to the other ingredients, making sure everything is well combined.

Put in 12 muffin cases, or in a buttered muffin tin

Preheated oven Gas 7, or 220 C.
20 min or until golden brown

Freezes well

cheese and spinach Spelt muffins on a cooling rack
Happy eating!!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Pimping my wheelchair changed social perception

Adapting: Make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify

(Oxford Dictionary)

The power to change perception
by adding a bit of colour to my wheelchair

page from Into the Light

Adapting mobility aids 
can increase independence 
or make them more fun

my wheelchair

changed the social perspective 
from being a dreaded aid

to comments like
'I want one too' 

Further reading and links

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Beauty of Decay

A thought for today

Is the tulip only beautiful
when it shows petals
in perfect formation
with the right combination and qualities 

of shape and colour

Consider the petals tight together 
as if reluctant to share their secret 

Stretching upwards
they open up

One by one, the petals fall off 
An unfolding piece of art

The Beauty of Decay

Are we humans only beautiful 
when we are the perfect specimen 
with the right combination and qualities 
of ability and strength

Consider a life unfolding 
full of unknown promise 
We reach out 
Open up

An illness strikes 
Decay sets in

We are still beautiful

  • This quote appears in Into the Light available here from €20

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Advise given to us for recovery from ME/CFS

Thank you very much for your advice towards my recovery. 

When I come to your suggestion I will let you know.

Page from Into the Light by Corina Duyn with image of ostrich looking you in the eyes and quote about cures for illness
Page from Into the Light by Corina Duyn

Many of us, perhaps all of us, who live with chronic illness, will have heard about the most wonderful, and weird, but (according the person giving us the advise) absolute certain ways to cure our illnesses...

Daily bee stings is one that stayed in my mind. The woman reputedly was bedridden with ME but played soccer after a few weeks of bee stings...
As "it" is in our heads, counseling will definately cure.
Exercise will cure: "Come over and we go mountain climbing."  
Truly- I have been told this at a time when I did not have the strength to break an eggshell.
Accupuncture. A very valualbe treatment. But I was told how well the treatment was going as I was able to tie my schoelaces again.  I was wearing easier to tie shoes...

... I am sure you all have your stories to tell  - I love to hear them

I believe that people try to be helpful.
They don't want us to be ill.
But the advise can be so unhelpful.

I was told by my counselor I saw during the early years to help me understand the illness, to respond with: "Thank you very much for your advice towards my recovery. When I come to your suggestion I will let you know." 

I have used this line often. It leaves both the giver of advise and the ill person with plenty of respect, and moves the conversation on to other topics.

Words from Into the Light  book about this topic.

Assurances of recovery 
Suggestion of cures
Advice out of kind ignorance 
do not lift the spirits

when not grounded 
in reality

It can be intrusive

Advice offered
by someone
who takes time
to understand
your illness
or speaks from experience 
can be of great support 

Further reading and links

  • My books, including Into the Light from which this image is taken, are available from my shop