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#Congratulations to @haleleaa !!!! You have won the #animalkingdom #adultcolouringbook!! I will also include colouring pencils to get you started 😊 Direct Message me your address and full name please xxxx #chronicillness #chronicfatigue #hypermobility #pots #fibromyalgia #findingmyrange #asthma #spoonie #eds #ehlersdanlossyndrome

 
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THREE MORE DAYS LEFT!! I’m giving away the animalkingdom Adult  colouringbook!!! It’s soo pretty! It’s a worldwide giveaway. 🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊All you have to do to enter is follow me on Instagram: @findingmyrange, repost my post and tag #fmrgift by the end of Sunday the 7th June!! 🎊🎊🎊🎊Will pick a winner on Monday 😊 good luck xxx

Positive Affirmation Card Reading! For 21st April to 27th April : LOVE

Its Soo sunny today 😊! I woke up at 9am but lets not get that confused with actually getting out of bed lol! I was still in bed at 12pm stretching and waking my body up! I felt like playing Drakes latest album to wake up to today! It’s getting me really excited for wireless festival! 

   

I have to go to the dentist today to get my mouth guard! I’m also taking grandma to the hospital to pick up her new hearing aids! Hopefully her hearing will be improved and she will be able to be herself again!

❤️💜💙💚

Ok so it’s time for this weeks inspirational affirmation! 

After praying and also sitting in the sun on my bed I picked this weeks card 😊 

  
The card reads 

‘I Am Ready To Recieve Love’ 

This card couldn’t come at a better time!! Summer is starting and we want to get out and about! We want to be able to sit on a park bench so the sun hits our skin or we want to try and be more active because we became hermits during winter! Allot of us tend to find winter really hard and lose allot of love and care for ourselves because we unconsciously close up to love!

Being ready to give love is quite easy! Most of us do loving things with out blinking an eye! Complimenting somone is loving, smiling at a stranger is loving, buying your parents a gift is loving, making food for your friends is loving etc… But sometimes we are not READY to Recieve love because we feel bad! And when you have a chronic illness being ready to accept love on top of physical/mental support can seem over baring or we feel like people do so much For us already that we forget we need love just as much as everything else. 

Should I let you in on a secret? We ARE READY for love! We were all born ready! From the moment we were created we grew because of love! We just need to accept it as one of the most natural things that can happen to us! So are you ready? – ‘Yes we were BORN READY!’ 

Receive is an amazing word! Sometimes we get the word confused with taking! To receive is to accept what is coming to you but with no ill or insecure feeling afterwords! When we receive our bodies and souls will react! Receiving means we are open to obsorbing what is being presented to us, and in this case it’s love! 

Love comes in many forms and to receive it is to accept it! We have established that we are ready for love and that receiving it is as important as giving love! I know as a spoonie I sometimes feel like I don’t need it and I need stregth instead so i can keep strong! But I got it all wrong! Love comes to me in all forms and wether it’s from a friend hugging me or the checkout guy in Tesco helping me pack  my bags! It’s it continually being presented to me and I learnt that when I accept the loving actions presented to me I automatically grew stronger! 

So this week make sure you tell yourself 

‘I Am Ready To Recieve Love’ 

Also keep an eye out for All the loving things that come your way this week and write them down! I bet you will be surprised how many things come up 😊 

The song that played in my head when I picked this card was: 

Katrina  & The Waves – Walking on Sunsshine
 

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 Have a lovely and Loving Week 

Peace and Love xxx

Angel Oracle Card Reading for April 2015

Today i have allot of pain 👎 so just been in bed most of the day! On a flare up day I like to catch up on reading, I listen to music and meditate (trying not to over medicate). I do anything to distract me from pain! 

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I use Angel Oracle cards to help me connect and communicate with my angels! The aim is always love and positivity, that’s why I love them! It’s the same idea as tarot cards but angel cards feel right for me! The cards I used today are from Doreen Virtue! She’s an amazing lady and I would highly recommend going to her website and checking her out 😊

  
This is the front of the box, its such a pretty box! You get a booklet inside with information about each card and also an introduction about using the cards and how you can get the most from them! You also get 44 cards in the deck! They are illustrated sooo beautifully and really speak to you!

So an hour ago I decided to do an angel reading for my followers… Remember this is just about love and positivity 😊 so I did my prayers and started meditating I then asked my angels to come around! 

So I asked them who will be guiding us this month! And I picked Omega! 

  
As Soon as I saw this card I felt this gush of empowerment flow through my body! The queen song ‘I want to break free’ started playing in my ears and I forgot about my pain and felt like  moving around 🙂 

This card reads 

“Victory! Your desire is comming to fruition. Keep up the good work!” 

Everyone has things they want in life and depending on the day, week, month or years our needs will change! You can get allot of guidance from this card and as this is our first reading together I believe omega turned up to let us know that we’re doing the right thing! When you have a chronic illness it can be hard to go for the things we want because our health can get in the way! But this month omega is telling us loud and clear that we can do what ever we want as long as we keep at it! We have to make the choice to be happy! Omega is a healer too and knows the smallest things to others can be the biggest victory to us! He wants us to know that all our strength comes from within us and he’s by us giving us the love to accomplish what we want! Our bodies can let us down at times and like me today, all you want to do is sleep through the pain but you end up feeling guilty for not being ‘active’ 

Well not anymore! We have to accept the days like this but also find a purpose on these days so we don’t feel bad about it! The flare up days can give us a day to paint our nails, or read a book, catch up with friends/family, spend time thinking of positive thoughts, play some music, do some light yoga/stretches, meditate, watch a film etc… 

We create what’s normal and active for us! Do everything to better yourself and others! And if anyone dares to call you lazy just smile and know that you are Victorious like Omega and people must be blind if they can’t see our strong wings, long mane and magical healing unicorn horn 😜 lol 

This is the month to keep going and like Freddie Mercury it is the time to sing  ‘I Want Break Free’ and really mean it! 
Click on the photo below to play song on YouTube 🙂 

 

 This is our April reading I wil do another in May 
Peace and Love xxxx

Positive Affirmation Card Reading! For 14th April to 20th April Happines  

So over the weekend I bought a set of inspirational affirmation cards by Gabrielle Bernstein! She has a book called ‘miracles now’ which I still need to buy! You can use these cards like a oracle deck 😊 I have grown so attached to them from the moment I opened the box! They just get their message across loud and clear! And they are Soo pretty to look at! I’m not sure if they are available online yet but will let you know! 

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 I am a firm believer of Angels and have really upped my game in connecting with my angels and anything spiritual that will better my life and the life of others! 

I will write a post about my spiritualrange soon 😊 But in the mean time I will try and upload a random card after meditating every week so we can stay positive together! Or I will do an angel card reading for all my followers to help us stay connected 🙂 Make sure you check out my Instagram to keep in contact with me daily! 

   
 

After my morning meditation I asked the universe and my spiritual guides to help me pick a card for my Findingmyrange family today! So I shuffled the 62-card deck, prayed and picked a card I am drawn to! 

So today’s card is: 

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Happiness is something we cannot live without! When I don’t feel happy my body physically reacts! Happiness really helps mentally and physically when you have a chronic health condition! Every living creature on earth has a right to happiness! So today think about what makes you happy! Try and write a list of things that make you happy then do a few of those things today! 😊 

Peace & Love xxx

CLEAN HAIR LIFE HACKS

Hair comes in all shapes and forms! Some have long hair some have green hair but we all have one thing in common!! washing our hair!                   Well most of us like washing our hair 👇👇👇 except for Luke of xfactor last year!! 



I love washing my hair! Honestly the shampoo smell and then the silky conditioner!!! It makes you feel soo refreshed, it smells great and it really feels like your washing all your pain away!! But for thoes of us with EDS, Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions, washing your hair can be the hardest thing esp when it’s long hair like mine!!!



Currently my hair is just above my lower back! So you can’t see all of it in the photo, I’m going to get it cut soon lol but iv always had my hair long and  having long hair with pain is not the best combination.. There are allot of days when your too weak or tiered to have a shower, or you have had a dislocation and the worst thing would be to wash your hair!! 

CLEAN HAIR LIFE HACKS are the only way I have managed to keep and maintain my long hair so here are some hacks that help me 😊

DRY SHAMPOO 

Dry shampoo is a miricle worker!! Everyone needs this!! There are soo many types of dry shampoo and for different types of hair! They also all give your hair volume!! 

Batiste Dry Shampoo Aerosol  



Im sure allot of you have heard about this brand and their range! I think this is the first dry shampoo I tried about 5 years ago! Back then they had a tiny selection but now they got a huge array of products with amazing smells and they even have ones for dark hair! 

  1. So brush you hair! Then shake the can like you would with hairspray
  2. Now hold it about 10cm away from your scalp and spray where need it! I normally spray on my crown 
  3. It comes out as a greyish powder!  Now it’s times to use your fingers to massage it in! This will absorb the excess oil! You can also brush it out! I normally turn my head upside down and rub my roots this creates more volume 
  4. Don’t spray on the ends of your hair just the scalp 
  5. Replete if needed

My fav from this range are these three!! They smell like holidays lol 



Herbal Essences

Soo many other hair companies have now got a dry shampoo range! I’v stoped using the Batiste range recently because im inlove with the dry shampoo by Herbal Essences!! It smells just like their shsmpoos. I literally spray it all over my scalp and rub it in! You can get mini cans for your bag to!



VO5

Another great product is the VO5 Plump It Up Dry Back Combing Spray now technically this isn’t advertised as a dry shampoo but it sure works like one!! I love using this on nights out! I use the spray before I curl my hair so I know what the volume is like! Again you use it in the same way but this one will give you soo much volume so you don’t really want to brush it out!! 



TRESEMME

For thoes of you with wavey or curly hair I would be cautious about the above as it may make your hair static or frizzy but don’t fear I found a really nice dry shampoo mouse by Tresemme it’s called Instant Refresh



  1. So shake the bottle gently to mix the product 
  2. This comes with a pump! I use one pump at a time! It comes out like a wet mouse 
  3. Scrunch this in the ends of your hair and even your roots! 
  4. It smells refreshing 
  5. It does make your hair a little wet but give it 5 minutes and  will dry! 

I love this product as you can use ur everywhere! It does not give you volume but it makes your hair look like it’s just been washed! I tend you use this allot in the summer and when my hair is Curley or wavey 

TALCUM POWDER 

Good old baby powder!!! what would we do without it!! It’s got a comforting smell and can be used for soo many things! If you don’t have dry shampoo at home or want a cheap alternative then it’s time to get the talc out!! 

Excess oil from you scalp and dirt make your hair greasy! So using Talc really help absorb the oils! 

  1. Brush your hair 
  2. Take a tiny pinch of talc on your fingers and rub it in the areas of your scalp that need it! 
  3. The brush it out or keep massaging it in so you can no longer see it! 
  4. Be careful not to put to much as it’s very noticeable ESP on darker hair 



That’s all I have for now and will update if I find anything new! If all fails invest in a good hat!! Lol 



Please share any advice you have!! Take a look at more life hacks here 😊

Peace and love xxx

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Let’s talk ‘LIFE HACKS’

What are Life Hacks you may ask? It’s a list of things that help me through life!



I suffer from a few medical conditions and one of the hardest to manage is my EDS and Fibromyalgia. Living with so many complex conditions can be very tricky and it can feel impossible at times. I was 16 and in the middle of GCSEs when my health deteriorated! My life turned upside-down and I didn’t recognise my body anymore I just felt lost! I went from going out with friends and family to having to stay at home or in hospital all day!! I could no longer do small things like painting my nails or making a cup of tea! Back then I didn’t think I could do anything independently anymore! EVERYTHING SEEMED LOST! 



You will be glad to hear that things have changed soo much! And I am no longer that scared and lost teenager I once was! like soo many of you I have gone through  lots of challenges and changes but for the better! I have learnt to pick myself up and I came to the realisation that If I want to see a change I need to be that change!!



I am now 26 and living in tempory (been here 4 years lol) supported housing two roads down from my parents. I am 100% more clued up about my health conditions and have oblivious grown up allot!! I now know and understand that life goes on and you just have to adapt to it! Anyone can do anything they want as long as you’re smart about it and have self belief! 



I have learnt loads on my journey so far especially when it comes to making sure I live my life to the fullest ontop of keeping a healthy balance between my life and my health conditions! But I’m telling you it’s soo hard ESP in the beginning! But I’m trying my best a and I couldn’t live like this now without my ‘life hacks’

LIFE HACKS

Life hacks are basically things that help you in your life to just be you! This is just an introduction to ‘life hacks’. There are soo many that it would be too complicated to write them here so visit my Life hacks page to read the different posts!! I will keep updating that page 🙂

Please send me your advice and life hacks and I will add them to the page to 🙂 lets go!!! Click here 

First post 👇

To read ‘Clean Hair Life Hacks’ Click here 



Peace and love xxx

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‘Toolbox’flare up style!!  

Finding my range ‘body fixing’ 

What does a toolbox have to do with a ‘Flare Up’??? 



When you need to fix something or you are looking to do some DIY, the first thing you will need to get is your toolbox!! There is somthing so satisfying about going to get your toolbox(even if your not very good at using it lol) 

Everyones toolbox is different as we all have some things we need to fix more then others. We will have our favourite tools and we will have things in there for predictable situations (superglue is mine as I’m constantly smashing things 😖 lol). So if a tool box is there to help mend things or to aid you in a new DIY project, why don’t we have a ‘toolbox’ for when our body and mind need to be fixed or encouraged?!! 

FLARE UP

In the world of chronic illnesses/conditions hearing or using the words ‘flare up’ is part of our everyday lives.. For those who don’t know what one is let me explain it in my own words/experience…



A ‘flare up’ to me  and many others is a time in our lives where our medical conditions worsen or becomes harder to cope with.. It’s a time when most of your plans will change or get cancelled! It’s  a time where it will normally feel like your condition is taking over! You can’t normally predict when one will come unless you know you have done somthing to trigger it (like over doing things and not pacing). I know that I get more prolonged flareups in the winter then in the summer.. I’v had my current one for nearly two weeks and it hit its peak a few days back (hopefully). Most times I can feel my flare up creep up on me! I will start getting very tiered, start taking higher dosage of painkillers and my immune system will start to slow down! My gums will start to get  itchy and mouth ulcers will suddenly appear! My blood pressure will drop which means my dizziness will also increase and my brain fog will be in full swing! These are only a few signs I have mentioned, in general all my pre-existing symptoms will start to get allot worse! 

When my flareup is in full swing I won’t be able to do most things, walking becomes non existent, Doing repetitive movements like chewing my food will be a huge task and picking up a glass of water will feel like I’m picking up a bag of bricks…. 

When I first started experiencing major flareups I didn’t know what to do! 



I would normally end up in hospital for a few days. I would end up getting poked and over drugged because my observation stats would be all over the place.. I would come out of Hosp with my Meds completely changed and bruises all over! As I started getting more familer with flareups I would learn to tell the difference between what symptoms were ‘safe’ and ‘normal’ compared to symptoms that needed urgent medical attention!! This is a very important thing to learn but it will take time!! It took me a few years to recognise when A flareup was normal or if it was somthing els.

Surviving a Flareup

Everyone has different ways of dealing with their flareup because it is a very personal thing! What works for me may not work for others… But one thing we can all do is have a flareup ‘toolbox’

It does not have to be a real toolbox (most are heavy) you just need some sort of box or container! I find a shoebox works for me! The point of this box is when you get a flareup you won’t need to run around like a headless chicken you will just need to reach for this box to get some of your stuff you need to get you through this time!!! I have different boxes as I don’t have space in my flat for a bigger box…

Again please contact your doctor before you try any new products… 

Here’s a list of what I have in mine!! 

Personal Information!-  I have typed up a cover letter of my personal information. On this it has my name, date of birth, gp details, emergency contacts, List of medication with instructions on how and when I take them, any allergies and of course a list of all my conditions including my average heart rate for sitting and standing and my average peak flow reading. I live in supported housing so it’s very important to have this ready as staff/family will need to know this information ESP if they need to contact a doctor. If you have EDS / Hypermobility you may want to write ‘please be aware that my joints dislocate and sprain easily‘ I notice that people like to just pull me up ESP ambulance staff and end up hurting me in the process… 



Spare Medication! –  I keep a copy of my current prescription and check its up to date every six months or when there are changes with the medicine I take! I will also attach to the prescription a list of any herbal/supplements I’m taking like my cranberry tablets. I keep spare meds in the box incase I have run out of my main supply! I will always have all my painkillers and anything to do with my asthma and POTs (pumps, steroids, peak flow meter, heart medication) in the box! I will also have my start up antibiotics for my recurrent urine infections & bladder catheters. I label all the meds in my box so if I have family or a carer looking after me they will know what it’s for. I also keep plastic shot glasses from poundlan in the box and I get the carer to put my medication in the shot glasses before they leave so I can acsess my meds easily.



Pain Management- other then medication I like to add things in my box that really help me deal with the pain!! I am allergic to ASPRIN so I have to be carful about what I use!  I can’t survive without  cura heat patchestiger balm, kool ‘n’ soothe patches and my hotties microwave hotwater bottle. I will do another post later introducing and reviewing these products!! 



 

Medical supplies- it’s can be a tricky thing to know when it is the right time to use splints. They do support the joints but sometimes it can’t make the joint worse… When I get a flare up I notice more pain in certain joints so I will always keep bandages in my box. I’m more likely to hurt myself during this time so having the bandages ready really helps! I will wrap the joint that’s playing for a day so it can rest up then I will remove the bandage and start to slowly move my joints again! I will also have cura heat arthritis bandages! You can get them for your knees, back and wrists. These are really cool because the tubular bandage will help hold your joint while the subtle heat from the patch will cover the joint that hurts! 

Diary- I keep a small diary in my box to write down the dates I have gone through my flareups!! I will also wrote down what I think triggered it so I can pick up and patterns. I will also write down anything that has helped me or anything that has made it worse..

Working out- I will keep a paper of  exercises I can do from my bed… I have things for when I’m at my worst to when I’m feeling abit better.. For when I’m at my worst the paper encourages me to move my small joints (toes, fingers,jaw) a bit. I won’t intentionally engage any big mucles as it is a very hard task when your at your worst but some sort of movement is better then nothing! Another thing in my box are these Cool sponges I got from hand therapy! They are used to stregthen your hands and fingers! They come in different strengths according to the colour. I like keeping one next to me in bed so I can squeeze it and keep my  joints moving.  



I also have a exercise resistance band (from Physio) 



I never look like the cartoon below duringing a flare up. I will do the same positions as her but on a much smaller scale…. You can adapt what you do in accordance to how you feel and what you can manage! I never do anything like this when I’m at the peak of my flareup! I will only move on to exercises like this once my pain is under control or I feel ready! But it’s definitely part of my plan to get through a flareup! 





(She makes it look so easy lol) you can buy the sponges and bands online to… Click here to buy one..

Relaxation- it is important to have things that will help you relax as tense mucles and sleepless nights will only make it worse! Things I have in my flareup box to help me are

  • Scented tea-light candles (so I don’t have to get up to blow them out) 
  • Meditation cd
  • Olbas oil, I put some drops on my t-shirt and pillow
  • Hand cream, my hands always swell during a flareup so the cream keeps them moisturised and I get to exercise my hands without realising
  • Cooling gel eye mask to keep the light out and to also revitalise them 
  • Earplugs, my hearing becomes over sensitive so the quieter it is the happier I am 
  • Massage oil that’s made for joint and muscle pain. (I use Benjamin healing oil) 
  • Peel of Face mask to pamper myself without moving
  • Prayers and a personalised positive quotes book to keep me happy 
  • Lip balm to stop lips cracking 
  • Body spray or perfume beacuse when you smell nice you feel nice. 
  • Dry shampoo to avoid washing my long hair 
  • Baby wipes to freshen up 
  • Favourite  songs for me to get lost in and to start moving my joints withoit thinking about it 
  • Reminder to look at my fav youtube channels to keep me busy and entertained 
  • I keep about £10 in my box so i dont have to stress about not having money to give my carer to buy me what ever i need

Food- I don’t eat well during a flareup and normally get support to come and help me make food. Even if I get some food infront of me I will still not eat well because my body it too tiered to chew and process the food so I keep a smoothie recipe In the box. My recipe has ingredients that will boost my immune system! It is also very easy for me to consume as I am just drinking it! I keep Straws in the box to so I can use them to drink my water/smoothies without holding the glass. I also keep hard boiled sweets to suck on and 100% Cacao Chocolate! It is raw chocolate, I use it as a natural antiseptic as I can’t use asprin, it’s also amazing to use as a immune boost!



VentingI keep a note that’s addressed to ‘flare up Steph’. It just tells me it’s ok to feel angry and all the other nagative feelings during a flare up but don’t bottle it up, let it out and let it go!!! This note wakes me up and really does encourage me to let it out!

That’s all I can think of at the moment but will update every time I find somthing els 

Hope this helps! Let me know what you will put in yours! 

Peace and love xxxx


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