About Me







I have been an educator for over 20 years, ranging from preschool aged children to adults. Most recently in teaching adults to work in the field of Education. I am extremely passionate about learning and my hobby for the past 15 years has been to continue my own education in the form of post-graduate studies.


Growing up in Australia has taught me to appreciate and love the outdoors all year round. I enjoy everything from swimming at the beach, to bush-walking in our breathtaking countryside.

Favourite Movies

I enjoy any movie that passes the following criteria : the movie makes me smile at least once, it doesn’t require me to cover my eyes out of fear or grossly gruesome images, and I’m not constantly looking at my watch, which means the movie has passed my ‘fidget’ test.

Favourite Music

I was once asked the question “if you were stranded on a desert island, what could you least live without?” My answer, “music”. For me, music soothes the soul and creates the mood for life, regardless of the situation.

Favourite Books

I thoroughly enjoy reading biographies or literature based on fact and real life situations. My life goal is to write my own autobiography and record my journey along this highway that we call life. I would like to leave a statement of the roller coaster ride that life has offered, not for financial gain, but more as a record for future generations, on the highs and lows we live through as life just ‘happens’.

38 thoughts on “About Me”

    1. Hi Doug,
      Wow! I just took a look at your book and it really appears informative! I’ve put it on my wish list as I am now studying (online) Nutritional Medicine and I agree with the track you have taken in your writing.As I like to say, “my brain is in pain”, it just prefers my body to react. I have since developed a secondary chronic pain condition, basically the pain signals and my brain have all gone haywire. Thus my absence from my blog. I’ve been getting my head around everything and find myself in a much better place now.

      Thanks for contacting me, I’m more than happy to tweet your book to my followers if you like?

      Health & happiness


  1. where can I read you entire story? I just stumbled upon this as I am researching PNE. I have been battling pain now for 3 years without a diagnosis. the more I research I am finding that pne may be the culprit. I am in so much constant pain and have very low life quality. I struggle to keep working. I would live to read more from you.Best wishes to you, thanks.

  2. I too have suffered from chronic disabling rectal pain with no cure in sight. I am based in QLD. I am currently seeing a pain specialist in Brisbane and colorectal surgeons. I have had colonoscopies, MRIs, ultrasounds, back X-rays, physio, chiro, with no end in sight. My pain started after a routine colonoscopy for stomach pain which was all normal. I did not expect to end up with a chronically spasming pelvic floor with severe burning pain. I take both valium and lyrica for pain but even that doesn’t stop it…..I spent the first year when I had this back and forth in emergency and was constantly told there was nothing wrong with me. I have ruled out other causes such as anal fissures, hemroids, crohns etc as well.

    Doctors have told me pain management and time and it should cure itself but nothing has changed.

    1. Hi Allan, your symptoms do indicate PNE, speaking from a personal point of view. The latest treatment I am the guinea pig of, is using pulse radio-frequency, which for me, has helped eliminate the pain you speak of for up to 6months. Burning and spasming still occur, and hospital emergency visits still happen, but the pain is more manageable. I take a combination of Lyrica, Cymbalta, Endep, then morphine, valium, endone for break thru pain. I absolutely ‘hate’ this cocktail of medications and am often guilty of not using the last three often enough, but sometimes life needs to be lived. Take a look at this website http://www.pudendalhope.info/ I have met one of the moderators and find it really helpful, especially the forum where you can read others experiences, trials and fails.


  3. Hi Narelle,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for the follow. It’s given me the opportunity to visit your blog. There is a lot of valuable information here and relevant to so many! I work with clients who have chronic pain in many forms. Your positive outlook is a blessing! It’s not easy so thank you for sharing it! Best of luck and I look forward to more of your posts.

  4. Hi, love the positive attitude you have,
    Iā€™m not depressed, just a little discouraged’.
    Recovering me is all about that great attitude be it recovering from pain, ill health, that emotional break up or loss of a job.
    Carry on blogging as you have lots of great reading heere.
    Gill X

    1. Hi Gill,
      Wow, I hope that you believe in fate. I really appreciate your comments and the timing. You wrote a sentence that somed up my feelings for the past week which has inhibited my writing any posts. A student who I had taught in Kindergarten, year 4 & year 6 suddenly passed away this week at the age of 23 years old. While it pains my heart, I can only imagine what his family is going through. His classmates may also be experiencing death of a close one also for the first time. They have requested that I join them for a gathering in his honor. “I’m not depressed, just a little discouraged” certainly pertains to my fluctuating emotions this week.

      So for whatever reason it was that bought you to my blog today I want to thank you sincerely. Because that small sentence will certainly assist me in putting on my happy mask to my student cherubs from my past and provide them with as much comfort as I can.

      Health & happiness

    1. Hi Ash,
      I received your email and have spent the week researching EFT. I am putting alot of thought into and can relate to what I have read. It has been a crazy week at this end and when life settles a little I will reply to your email.

      Health & Happiness

  5. I am 37 years old, mom of 3, disability retired from the USAF after 11 years due to Graves’ Disease in 2006. Thyroid issues have been under control for 2+ years now, and now I find myself fighting more, as I’m told I have Myasthenia Gravis (pending muscle biopsies in 2 days to rule out everything else). Although the labs were negative, and the IEMG was very positive for ‘something’, it seems that the Mestinon I’ve been on since Thursday last week is improving my muscle function. Unfortunately, that has left me with little appetite (I can’t even stand chocolate anymore!) and I am sooo tired and my whole body hurts. I’m once again at the beginning of facing a frustrating disease and feel like I’m too old, too tired & have too much else to deal with to handle this. This sounds depressing, but I’m not depressed, just a little discouraged. Just looking for a little support out there from someone going through the same situation. Reading your blog inspires me and gives me hope.

    Lisa – http://neuropathytreatmenthelp.blogspot.com/

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours looks really good! I think, like you, the only way I can accept my chronic pain condition is to be proactive rather than passive. I am always looking out for information that can help manage the pain, fatigue etc; not just for myself and my daughter (who also has EDS), but so that it can be shared with others. I’m so grateful for the internet!
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Keep strong.

  7. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Looking forward to reading your blog. I too live w/ chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Wishing you the best ā¤

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog recently. I too live with chronic pain and fatigue although my blog isn’t about that. I’m determined to live my life as well as possible and I applaud you and what you’re doing here.

  9. Hello there! I stpopped by to say thank you for your kind option to follow my blog. I can tell we have much in common and hope to become good blogging friends. I can see by your blog that I have much to read that will help me get to you better. I love the name of your blog, also being a chronic pain surviver, although I prefer to call myself a thriver now.

    Take care and keep coming back~ BB

  10. Have a look at the Pain Toolkit educational workshops. Lil who runs APMA was interested in getting them embedded into Australia http://www.paintoolkit.org/worshop – Could be something you could get involved with if your interested and useful? You know what they say ‘if you want to learn something, teach it.’

    Easy does it, learning pain self-management doesnt happen over-night, its a skill to be learned and believe me, I’m still learning!


  11. Thanks for the additional links Pete, I will definitely am follow them up. I have made contact with Chronic Pain Australia, they are truly a wonderful group of people and I completed a training day to be a Guest Speaker from the perspective of a patient if required.
    Unfortunately, my condition worsened not long after the training day but I know that this can occur and am just getting on with life and focusing on adapting to the changes in a productive way šŸ™‚

  12. Hi Narelle
    Thanks for the reply. Yes acceptance is a tough one, but also the most important one which will allow you to move on and have a good quality of life inspite of pain.

    You have a couple of good organisations over there one based in Brisbane called Australian Pain Management Association Inc. (APMA) http://www.painmanagement.org.au & Chronic Pain Australia http://www.chronicpainaustralia.org.au I know the APMA one more and Lil who leads it does a good job. Tell her you have been in contact me and ask her to send you the Pain Toolkit 2012 Calender – look out for ‘good looking bloke’ in December.

    Also when you get a chance have a look at the http://www.paintoolkit.org/education link – you like me a visual learner. All the links are to You Tube about pain self-management.

    Keep in touch!

    Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo


  13. Like your website. I was over in Australia in June doing a short tour promoting pain self-management to both health care professionals and people with pain. Met some really nice people.
    Also this made me smile
    There are 3 levels of pain. 1. Pain 2. Excruciating pain 3. Stepping on a Lego – too true!

    Happy to help and support where and when I can

    1. Hi Pete,
      I’m so pleased that you have viewed and approve of my website. It has only started coming together in the last 24 hours.I have found that there is an immense amount of valuable information out there on the web and us such decided to begin compiling it on my website for easy access for my friends and family. Accepting illness of any kind is difficult, but with Chronic Pain you can sometimes look “ok” on the outside while on the inside your body is screaming with pain. It has been a long road for me coming to accept that my condition is permanent, but in saying that I am also extremely motivated to continue to gather as much knowledge as I can in this area and be proactive in making the best of the situation that I now find myself.Thank you for sharing your paintoolkit online. I am very much a visual learner so was drawn to the information layout immediately.I’m disappointed that I missed your visit in June and hope to see you back in our beautiful country again soon.
      Health & Happiness

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