Reader Interactions


  1. Sarah

    Thanks for sharing so openly Anne – you sound an incredibly strong woman. I think you’re so right in saying that unless you live with a chronic illness, people generally don’t get it and also the mental aspect of knowing that you’re not going to get any better is so hard to live with. I also loved Sheryl’s quote about living life without expectations. For me, the biggest barrier to acceptance and being happy living with chronic illness was the constant comparison between how life is now and how it used to be – but it’s much easier said than done to change that view and takes a lot of work.
    Sending best wishes you to and your family

    • Anne Sweet

      I’m so with you Sarah, I still don’t think I’m quite there with accepting that this is my life now, I mourn for how I was before. But, I am better at accepting my limitations. Best wishes to you too.

  2. Sheryl

    Thank you, Anne, for always being the first to contribute to the monthly linkups. I really appreciate the participation, and enjoy reading about what you and your family have been up to! Although am sad to hear about your deteriorating health, as well as your daughter’s 🙁 Thank you for quoting me and also the shoutout to my business blog! (So far, no business haha.) Sending love for the New Year!

  3. Kim Carberry

    It is a shame that Star has had to get as poorly as she is for get to get the help that she needs. It is so sad that there is little treatment for you if you get sicker. It sounds awful to say it but now that Celine Dion has been diagnosed hopefully more awareness can be raised and research done. x

    • Anne Sweet

      For so many years they blamed Star’s illness on bad behaviour and poor parenting because she was a child and they could get away with. She’s classed as an adult now so they treat her differently, but she has got so much sicker it’s scary. I just hope they sort it out for her sooner rather than any later. x

  4. Ruth

    It’s good that Star is finally getting the help that she needs but it makes me sad to hear that it has taken so long and that she wasn’t taken seriously as a child. A friend of mine has a daughter who was told she was a drama queen because she was constantly doubled over in pain, experienced heart palpitations and couldn’t breathe properly. After seeing many doctors over many years she was finally diagnosed with celiac disease. I think that you are very strong Anne and I really hope and pray that 2023 is much kinder to you. Sending love and big hugs xx

  5. Carrie Kellenberger

    Hi Anne! Happy New Year! I’m glad that your daughter is getting help and I’m so sorry to hear that your health is not improving. It’s incredible how the years go by. I’m hitting my 15 year mark this February. Each year is so hard. I get quite depressed over the holiday season and my mom told me to stop being bitter, but honestly, I think it’s really hard for healthy people to understand that we’re crossing the finish line for a year of illness and then get no rest as we move into a new year with more illness. We’re allowed to feel that way. I just wish I could explain it better to loved ones who don’t think of things that way. I wish you all the best for 2023 and I’ll try to do better at stopping by your site. I really appreciate you taking time last year to stop by and say hi. It meant a lot to me! Take good care, as always!

  6. Jo (A Rose Tinted World)

    Happy New Year Anne! I do hope that it is all good news for Star going forwards, and that you stay on an even keel as long as possible. As you say, it is good when a celebrity brings chronic illness to the fore, but living with chronic illness day to day is a struggle. May your 2023 bring you some respite.

  7. Paula Short

    Thank you for sharing so vulnerably and openly. This was such a treasure for me to have read today. I have fibromyalgia and several other chronic illnesses and I get where you’re coming from.
    Visiting today from PoCoLo #17

  8. Lauren Watt

    Thanks for sharing so openly and honestly, Anne. I pray that 2023 is a year of you finding hope and joy in the midst of so many challenges. I also like what Sheryl said about expectations.

  9. Erik Johansen - ShunRio

    My chronic condition has made it difficult for me to live a normal life. It has been a struggle to try to understand my condition and the impact it has had on my life. As I write this blog, I am trying to come to terms with the things I have been through. The following is a list of things I want to remember about my condition….

  10. Kathy

    I’m right there with you at rebuilding self-esteem. Chronic illness, especially when it continues to go downhill, really gives our self-esteem a beating.

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