Chronic illness results in paradox - longing not to be alone but too exhausted to reach out; feeling isolated but then being drained by too much social activity. We - and it is 'we', for there are many of us - live in that difficult balance. It's a balance that even the most practised of us often lose, because although in adapting to our situation things can get easier, they never get easy. www.lucy-mills.com

when your magic beans are missing

Chronic illness results in paradox - longing not to be alone but too exhausted to reach out; feeling isolated but then being drained by too much social activity. We - and it is 'we', for there are many of us - live in that difficult balance. It's a balance that even the most practised of us often lose, because although in adapting to our situation things can get easier, they never get easy.