Posts by Claire Marsden

Claire Marsden is a qualified occupational therapist with a passion for nature, mindfulness, and well-being. She has a painful chronic illness that she’s learning to navigate life with, her second after recovering from a previous illness three years ago. She hopes you find her thoughts of use on your own journeys to well-being. You can visit her at hopehikesandhealing.com and on Twitter @occulife.

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The Key to Acceptance: Understand That Everything Changes With Time

“If you argue with reality, you lose, but only 100% of the time.” ~Byron Katie

I love this quote. Ironic, really, because when I first read it I was furious—furious with my reality and anyone who encouraged me to accept it. In my mind to accept chronic illness was to accept defeat.

I had just been diagnosed with fibromyaglia, an incredibly painful condition that had me bedridden most days and unable to care for my then two-year-old daughter, never mind myself. My home became filled with carers and aids and adaptations.

Rather than starting a new career as a newly …