5 Ways To Come Across As Assertive…

… even if you don’t feel it. Telephone or face-to-face appointment you’re dreading? Try these out… 1.  Be Concise Appointments have a time limit, as does the average attention span. Sketch out what you want to say and in what order beforehand. Stick to the point, keep it short and sweet to avoid rambling, and…

GPs: Jacks Of All Trades, Masters Of None?

Despite the bad press they receive for missing problems with patients, not listening to them or fobbing them off, and despite having experienced a lot of this of this myself over the years, I think it’s important to consider the other side of the story too. GPs are, as their abbreviated title suggests, general practitioners.…

Prepare For Being Unprepared

Waiting for news can be the hardest part sometimes. So much time wasted anxiously waiting;  a call back that never happened, test results, an appointment letter, waiting to see what the next step is. I get wound up the more I wait, constantly checking my phone in case I’d somehow lost my hearing temporarily and…

Rise Of The Cyberchondriacs

I came across an article recently on the Daily Mail about ‘cyberchondriacs’. It’s lovingly titled : “‘Cyberchondriacs’ clogging up A&E after googling their symptoms and worrying that they’re seriously ill”. Read the full Daily Mail article here. The article suggests that 16 million Brits go online each month to Google their symptoms and self-diagnose. It’s…

What It Means To Have A Chronic Or Invisible Illness

Lately, there’s been more talk of ‘invisible illness’ and perhaps more taboo or ’embarrassing’ problems. This is partly thanks to those who have come forward and shared their stories, or who have posed for photos with colostomy bags, for instance. An invisible illness is an illness that you can’t see, that doesn’t really have an…

Welcome to Invisibly Me

After so many false starts, ideas I never followed through on, and general frustration with never sticking it out with a blog, I am finally doing this. As someone with ‘invisible’ illnesses, undiagnosed symptoms and ‘embarrassing problems’, I have spent 8 years of my life back and forth to various GPs, specialists and hospitals. If…

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