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No Pain No Gain, Apparently

Posted: February 10, 2012 in Opinion, Other

It’s been almost 8 months since I stood up out of my chair to go to bed & felt more pain than I have ever felt in my life, since then not a day has gone by that I haven’t been in varying degrees of pain & it would just be nice to be able to do things without wondering how much whatever it is, is going to hurt.

Before June 2011 I’d experienced a bit of pain from time to time & I was led to believe by Doctor’s that it was due to having flexible joints & whatever joint had appeared to come out, would work its way back in. 

From Nov 2010 – March 2011 I’d had knee, thumb & elbow trouble & although it was occasionally hard to deal with, it stopped eventually, but only for a short period of time.

After numerous Doctor’s appointments, Physiotherapy sessions & being prescribed painkillers & anti-inflammatories that didn’t work but instead spaced me out, I finally got a diagnosis.

I have Fibromyalgia, this is ‘…is a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure‘ (Source: Wkipedia). There are some associated symptoms, but thankfully I don’t have any of them (Sleep disturbance, stress, depression, fatigue, joint stiffness), I just have the pain & to be honest, that is enough!

I don’t like taking painkillers apart from the odd paracetamol now & again, so rather than take some every single day I’ve decided to try to make a difference using food.

You can really make a difference to your health if you eat the right foods, mango & pineapple contain for example natural antibiotics & anti-inflammatories as well as a whole host of other things, & they are a lot more natural than taking medication that contains chemicals that will probably give you some sort of side effects. I’m not against prescribed medication, in some cases it works wonders, but personally if I can medicate using food, then I would rather do that.

This is what I’m doing:

  • I’ve had to reduce the amount of caffeine in my diet (What?? no caffeine??), ok, so I haven’t completely weened myself off it yet, but I will once the tea bags have run out (I promise). Caffeine can cause inflammation in the joints of those with Fibromyalgia.
  • I’m eating more tomatoes & pineapple because these can help er, somehow – can’t remember how exactly, but I love them anyway so it’s no problem.
  • Green tea is also good, so I’m having a cup a day & as it’s a natural antioxidant too, it might help flush out some toxins.
  • I’ve got to keep up with my exercise routine as this will help to keep my joints flexible & make them stronger – which is fine by me!

I’ve only been using this form of treatment since Wednesday so I cannot say if it’s helped at all, & if it doesn’t I’ll look for something else that I can do.

It’s not exactly pleasant knowing that I’ll probably always be in pain, but I’ve got used to it now & it could always be worse.

Whether it’s a shoulder, elbow, wrist, thumb, knee, ankle or whatever that is giving me grief, I still feel fortunate that it’s just Fibromyalgia & not something worse.

So please excuse me if I ever go a little quiet on you or I’m hesitant to do things, it’s quite likely that I’m in a lot of pain. I’m good at disguising how I really feel & I guess that’s why I’ve been on the stage; trust me, I’m not miserable, I’m just trying to ignore the pain & get on with things.

In the past I’ve added videos to help emphasise what I’ve been saying, & I couldn’t really think of one, so I thought this might do, it’s by my favourite singer Marcy Levy (Marcella Detroit) & I guess thinking about it, the title kind of says it all, to be pain free would ‘Feel Good’, enjoy.

Rachel. x


God Knows Best

Posted: May 24, 2010 in Other
Our Father knows what’s best for us,
So why should we complain …
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain.
We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer;
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear.
Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow;
He tests us, not to punish us,
But to help us meet “tomorrow.”
For growing trees are strengthened
When they withstand the storm;
And the sharp cut of the chisel
Gives the marble grace and form.
God never hurts us needlessly,
And He never wastes our pain;
For every loss He sends to us
Is followed by rich gain.
And when we count the blessings
That God has so freely sent;
We will find no cause for murmuring
And no time to lament.
For Our Father loves His children,
And to Him all things are plain;
So He never sends us “pleasure”
When the “soul’s deep need is pain.”
So whenever we are troubled,
And when everything goes wrong,
It is just God working in us
To make “our spirits strong.”
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Sleep Pale Sister

Posted: May 22, 2010 in Books, Other

Imagine a snowflake floating down a deep well. Imagine a flake of soot falling from the dim London sky.
Imagine that for a moment.

Through layers of darkness I floated; I danced through dangerous landscapes. I saw a knight with a bunch of fluttering penants salute a lady in a tower of brass; I saw a herd of white horses; I saw the lyre-bird, his tail like a comet…My dark sister took me by the hand & we followed dreaming tides on the shores of strange seas; & she told me the story of a girl who slept for a hundred years, while around her everything & everybody grew old & died.

But the girl had a lover who refused to forget her, he kept guard over her frozen sleep & waited & waited, he loved her so.
Everyday he would sit beside her & talk to her & tell her about his love. Everyday he brushed her hair & kept the dust & cobwebs from her face & waited. 
And, as time passed, he grew old & infirm; his servants, thinking he was mad, deserted him & went away. But still he waited until one day as he was sitting in the last rays of the autumn sun, almost blind & crippled with age & hardship, he thought he saw her move & open her eyes & wake, & he died of joy with his beautiful love in his arms & her name on his dying breath.
(Taken From ‘Sleep Pale Sister’ By Joanne Harris) 

Homosexuality & The Bible

Posted: May 5, 2010 in Opinion, Other
On her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:


Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination… End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle- room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan.                                                                                                                                                               

James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus Dept. of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia

Thought this was worth posting; it’s a shame that people are turned away from the church by Homophobic behaviour, Jesus wouldn’t & hasn’t turned anyone away because of their sexuality & he loves us all it’s a shame people do not realize this.

On The Move Again

Posted: April 22, 2010 in Opinion, Other

When I was born in Nineteen Seven…. when I was born, My Father was in the Air Force & I guess in some respects that meant we were too; his work meant we moved around a lot & my 1st move was at the age of 2 months (From Lisburn to Wiltshire if I remember rightly).

Since then there have been 15 others & I am about to embark on my 17th in a couple of weeks.

Old habits die hard & I am unable to stay in one place very long, the longest I’ve lived anywhere was in Peterborough & for me the 8 years were too many – I changed the furniture in my room ’round a lot in a bid to make things different.

The bonuses of all these moves are having many friends & lots of places to stay, the ease at which I settle in somewhere & the ability to make friends quickly. The downside is that family & are not always near, but all that is about to change.

I’m moving so I can be closer to my family & although I had planned in my head to move somewhere else before I was near them, circumstances have dictated otherwise. Ok, so I don’t have to go but my heart says I should.

When I leave Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, I will have been here for 18 months, & to be here any longer would not feel right, don’t get me wrong this is a lovely place, but I just gotta keep moving.

There’s the saying ‘Thursday child has far to go.’ Maybe one day I will settle somewhere, maybe not, but there is another saying that rings true….. ‘Home is where the heart is.’ (Gotta add the video below -oooh you can almost smell the cheese!)

Rachel. xoxoxo


Posted: April 14, 2010 in Opinion, Other

Yup I do ’em, why? They increase upper body strength, lift your breasts, & they are a great way to release any anger/tension/stress etc. I find I can can think more clearly once I’ve been upside down for a bit – probably all that blood rushing to my head!

I have been doing handstands for years – possibly about 7, – I do them against a wall with my head off the ground – like the lady in the picture. 

If you wanna try a handstand, please be careful, here’s what to do:

Move any furniture/children/animals you could hurt yourself on!

Place your hands on a flat surface about one hands length away from a wall & shoulder width apart. Have one leg with the knee on the ground and other with the foot flat on the ground, so you’re almost in the same position you would be if you were starting a race.

You know your leg with the knee on the ground? adjust it so you’re almost in the ‘Get set’ position of a race, then kick  that leg up slowly and the other  will follow.

It will take a fair few goes before you get lucky and are able to balance yourself into a handstand, that’s why it’s important not to have any furniture etc in the way.

When coming down, land as gently as possible; if you have experienced a rush of blood to your head, stay in the crouching position until you feel steady enough to stand. Even after 7 years of handstands I take extra care standing up.

You may at first find your wrists ache, after all they have played a part in holding you up, so bending them in the opposite direction to the one they were in when you were ‘Up’ may help alleviate that.

Some people do handstand push ups – I do them now & then, but a lot of the time I concentrate on trying to stay up as long as I can – my record is 5 mins 40, which is great, but I wanna get to 6 mins.

If I am feeling tense etc, or just wanna push myself a little further I do a slight handstand push up, by  bending my arms a little & feeling the effects in my biceps.

Yes your shoulders will feel it, your wrists & your back will and if you take your time, and are sensible you will keep injuries to a minimum.

 If you are ever in pain or uncomfortable while doing a handstand, come down slowly, but immediately.

You will feel the benefits very quickly – You don’t have to do these everyday & don’t push yourself too much when you do, for example instead of aiming to do a 6 min handstand, sometimes I give my body a bit of a break & just do a 3 min one.

I should write a short disclaimer…..: If you hurt yourself, it’s not my fault, I didn’t make you do a handstand!  Always consult your GP before undertaking and exercises. DO NOT do a handstand if you have blood pressure or heart problems.

Check out this website that will give you more tips – this guys really knows his stuff: 

Good luck & enjoy!


Posted: February 27, 2010 in Other

‘Imagine’ said the wise man, ‘that the moon was made of raspberry. Would all socks be pink & all flowers meringue? Perhaps… & when evening falls shall we slide down the crescent laughing as we splash into warm waters of sweet milk, how enchanting life would be.’