Category Health & Wellbeing

Interview with Helen MacBain

We’re excited to introduce you to Helen MacBain. She is currently working on creating an online video yoga series for the DCM community. In the next few weeks, she will commence hosting regular accessible sessions. Be sure to join our…

Coffee with Esther (October 2022)

Mind, Body and Relief!  Hi Everyone,  It’s been an emotional month for everyone. With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder, it’s time for a lot of us to come inside away from the cold weather. During the…

Interview with Brett Seagrave

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?      I’m a 46-year-old Executive Head Chef. I currently live with my partner, Danielle (Danni), in Lincoln UK. I am currently training to run the Lincoln City Half Marathon on 18th September 2022.…

Coffee with Esther (July 2022)

Hello again!  Well, June’s coffee breaks were another success, with more new members joining each week. News is traveling fast about our new adventure and this month we saw many new people joining us from all over the world. So…

Coffee with Esther (June 2022)

May is such a beautiful month. It’s the start of warm weather. Birds making their nests in the trees. Flowers start to grow again as they get ready for summer. The Virtual Coffee Breaks have also grown and blossomed over…

Was It All in My Head?

Hi I’m Iwan, co-founder of Myelopathy.org. Since being diagnosed with myelopathy in 2014, I’ve had many conversations regarding this condition. But one phrase, in particular, pops up in the Support Group regularly and I’ve also heard it mentioned in the…

Meditation and Myelopathy

Man sitting staring at the sunrise

Slowly my myelopathy symptoms increased day by day and it quickly came to the point where I developed a new muscular twitch or nagging pain daily. I wasn’t getting much luck with my pain relief and when I had a…

The Power of the Word

​By Iwan Sadler​Words can be powerful when spoken or in thought. Words are used on so many different levels from the expression of your thoughts to the decision you will make within the moment.Peace is delivered with words but also wars are started by the spoken or written word.We choose our life choices on words. The average person can speak between 125 and 150 words a minute, but the rate of "expanded inner speech! (word-for-word) is slightly faster than verbal speech. That puts i [...]

Living with long term conditions like myelopathy

 BY Dr Amalia Gasson ​   ​Amalia has been working in adult mental health in the NHS for eight years, currently working in a community mental health rehabilitation team.  She is experienced in working therapeutically with clients with a wide range of difficulties, with a focus on anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and serious mental health difficulties. She also has an interest in chronic pain a [...]

Hydrotherapy brings green shoots of recovery to exercise desert.

Delphine Houlton By Delphine HoultonOn completion of my first ACDF, the surgeon immediately informed my anxious husband that I would never ride a bike again.That was in 2007 and, to be fair, I have not taken to the saddle since.  After initial improvements, unfortunately many Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (DCM) symptoms returned. Fusion had not taken place and the discs had slipped slightly.On discharge from my second ACDF in 2008, with discs caged and this time a soft collar for six wee [...]