Happy New Year!

Happy New Year lovely people! Now I’m really not a “New Year, New Me” kind of person, but the Maddison who entered 2016 and the Maddison who has entered 2017 are two completely different people, and in the best of ways.

Today is the 5th January 2017. So far, I have had my weekly blood test that I’ve been having for the past 3 months to check that my white blood cells are still agreeing with the medication I am taking, and also to make sure that my enzyme levels in my liver are going the way they should be. I request a copy of all blood test results so that when I go to see my Specialist, I’m not going to get too many nasty surprises.

I am also going to see my Specialist today, as always I’m filled with dread having to go see him to see what he has to say, but instead of focusing on that, I’m going to remind myself of why 2017 is shaping up to be a great year.

  • Yoga.

So yesterday, I took my first yoga class last night. I tried Hot Yoga last year but it was a bit too much with my current state of health, so after years of saying I’d go to my friend’s mums Yoga class, I finally went, and it was ace. The last week has been pretty intense and my back was in knots as I entered the class. This class was focusing on detoxing the body with lots of twists, but before we started, we were to make a Yoga Intention, which is similar to a New Years Resolution, only more powerful, and it doesn’t have to be you’ll stop this or do that, it could be a personality trait, so instead of I won’t, it became more about “I will” or “I can”. As we took class we repeated our Yoga Intention silently in our heads whilst breathing, and by the end of the class, I felt totally refreshed. The knots in my back had disappeared, any muscles that were aching felt warm and loose, and any dark clouds hanging around in my mind had been lifted. I am already looking forward to my next Wednesday Yoga class, and hope to carry my intention with me throughout 2017. Also, just for extra credit, I also walked to and from my yoga class!

  • Moving Out!

I have decided to invest in my very own little Mouse House, and I am so excited (and scared shitless I’m not going to lie). It’s a little dinky one up, one down, a stones throw away from the family home, so I’ll still be able to walk to and from yoga class, and it is going to evolve into my little space of tranquillity. Anyone who knows my family personally will know we lead a hectic life (yes, even with a chronic illness, I’m still at 100mph 90% of the time) and even though I am sad to be leaving the family home, I am looking forward to having my own space. I think I’m more upset that we finally got a dog last year and now I’m deciding to move out, but Mac can come for regular sleepovers!

  • Blogging.

Originally my intention for this blog was to raise awareness about autoimmune illnesses, which I still intend to do, but at the same time, I think I would like to turn it into more of a lifestyle blog also. There’s only so much I can write about my illness without feeling totally depressed, so whilst I shall keep you informed with how I’m coping, I shall also talk about other things that I may or may not feel strongly about.

And that’s all I really have to talk about so far. I am quickly learning that just because I’m “chronically ill” doesn’t mean that life needs to be put on hold, or that I need to miss out, it’s just made me aware. Sure everyone is different, some may choose not to work as they can’t cope or need an extra pair of hands, but I’m one of these people that when told no, I will work my way around it. I’m not really supposed to drink but that didn’t stop me enjoying a glass or two of champagne on Christmas and New Years, it’s a risk, yes, but one I was willing to take. I’m still working full time and teaching dance even though sometimes it means I have to sacrifice time that I’d use for socialising to sleep instead, but the people I care about understand, and that’s all that matters, I’ll catch up with them another time. Life is too damn short to go tip toeing around scared. I could get struck by lightening tomorrow or hit by a bus next week, we need to make the most of our time on this planet and I’m going to do it by making me happy and carrying as normally as I can.

I hope 2017 is good to you all,

Peace & Love,


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