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5 Steps for Getting What You Want Out of Life

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Many of us complain that our lives aren’t where we want them to be, yet we don’t take any action to change things. A lot live by the saying “Good comes to those who wait” I disagree with this, good comes to those who go out and get it!

Everyone has goals, and a solid plan of action is the only thing between you and your goals. Follow these five steps to get more of what you want out of life.

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Keratoconus – Raising Awareness

November 10th marked the first World Keratoconus (KC) Day and raising awareness is always something I have tried to do with this eye disease. I had published this on my old blog page but that was shut down a month ago, so to keep raising awareness for KC, I’ve reposted it for this blog.

Finding Out About KC

When I was 13 years old, I noticed that it was hard to see things like the blackboard at school, or reading a book, unless I had my head on a funny angle. I mentioned it to my parents who took me to the Optometrist to get it checked. I remember thinking “I better not have to get glasses!” I was 13, entering that peer pressure, teenage phase. Appearance was EVERYTHING!

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After getting tested by different contraptions, I was told I had Keratoconus (KC).

….I had what?!

What Is Keratoconus?

The Optometrist tried to explain to me that the front surface of my eye, the cornea, was thinning and was distorted in shape. The best way I can describe the distortion, is by using the words he said to me.

“Everyone’s eyes are round like a soccer ball, yours are like the end of a football.”

I was told that 1 in 2000 people are affected and in approximately 15% of cases, the keratoconus progresses to the stage where corneal transplantation is required.

The best option at the time was to try the rigid contact lenses and see if that would help control the changing cornea. I remember them being the most uncomfortable things, ever! They weren’t too suitable as my cornea had already become too distorted to wear the lenses correctly and resulted in a couple of them breaking whilst they were still in. I think we went through a 1ltr bottle of Saline trying to flush one out. Maybe if it was detected earlier, the rigid lenses may have helped although I don’t recall having too many issues with my vision before 1988 .

How Did I Get KC?

eye-321961_960_720The Optometrist had told me that it was a genetic disorder and asked if there was a history of it within the family. Due to being adopted at birth, there was no medical history given to my new family, and that question couldn’t be answered. After seeing a specialist in Sydney, I was placed on the waiting list for a Corneal graft in November 1988. The beginning of the waiting game.

Over time I had several hospital visits to have ulcers removed from the cornea, I spent plenty of days having to sit in complete darkness due to the light feeling like it was burning my eyeball and countless trips to the optometrist to have lenses adjustments done to my glasses. I could not wait until I was told that a match had become available. By the year 2000, I had given up my Drivers Licence and mastered the act of “I can see that” I was stubborn and tried to hide the fact that I was struggling so much. Finally, in May 2004, I received that call I had been waiting for. I had 24hrs to get to Sydney Eye hospital and be admitted.

Transplant Time

My specialist went through the usual admittance procedure, even with the warnings they must give “1 in 15,000 reject the graft, but you’ll be fine..” The transplant went ahead the following morning and I was feeling great. Even the second morning, I felt great! That afternoon my specialist was doing his routine check and after looking at my eye, he was on the phone to his boss saying something about “cheese wiring” I found out that’s a term used when the graft is rejecting. He asked when my last meal was etc. and told me I would be in back in surgery in the next hour or so.

Oh…I’m that “1”.

Off we went again, 1st day great, 2nd day better. 3rd, 4th, 5th, it kept improving and stayed put. Relieved didn’t even begin to explain how I felt. 13 days after first entering the hospital, I was allowed to go home, loaded with drops and on the proviso that I returned each day to get a checkup done and sutures removed.

Helpful Information

One thing I realised over the years, was that the majority of people had little knowledge about KC. I found myself having to explain, numerous times, exactly what it was. So I have included a link to Keratoconus Australia where there is a range of information, great resources and an online forum, giving other KC patients the opportunity to be in touch. They also provide an excellent booklet, regarding corneal transplants, from the Us Keratoconus Foundation which they can send to patients free of charge.

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It’s nearly 13 years since I had the double transplant and I couldn’t be happier. I got my unrestricted Drivers Licence back in 2008, taken back up my passion for writing, published 3 eBooks and just recently became a Brand Partner for Nerium Australia. (Keep watch for future post) My biggest gain is being able to see my children’s faces clearly.

I have had several threatened rejections over the years, but I’m very stubborn and I’m not prepared to let it go just yet. I had never thought about what it would be like if I didn’t see a sunrise again, a colourful flower or the smiles on the faces of the ones I loved the most. I never realised how much I took my sight for granted…until I just about lost it. That’s something I know I won’t do again.

I strongly suggest that if you feel your vision isn’t as good as it should be, then make an appointment at your local Optometrist. You’ll either get the peace of mind that your vision is spot on or the opportunity to rectify it before it gets too late.

Til next time,

Stay safe, stay smiling 🙂

If You’re a “Yes” Person, You Need to Read This!

Do you put everyone before yourself? Is saying yes a habit, more than a true intention? If more people helped others, the world would be a better place. This may be true to a certain extent, but it could also be detrimental for yourself.

This behaviour can lead to you not taking care of your personal obligations, developing resentment for those around you, and eventually feeling under-appreciated and taken advantage of.

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7 Ways to Relax Before You Go to Bed

Do you find it hard to relax at the end of a long day? Are you one of those people that tosses and turns all night long, worrying and stressing over situations in your life? If so, then you’d be well aware that this can lead to poor sleep patterns.

I’m pretty sure that we’ve all experienced the following at some stage in our lives. You wake up tired and in your half-slumbered state, you feel your way out to the kitchen and reach for a caffeine “pick me up”. Half asleep, you down that cuppa, wishing that the night before contained more hours, giving you extra time to enjoy the comfort of your bed.

The following 7 tips will help you relax before you go to bed, so you naturally sleep restfully and start each and every day at your fullest potential.

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Writing For Self Improvement

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We have many ways to improve our overall life. One of these ways can be through writing. Many people think of writing as something that only professional authors do. The fact is, writing is something for everyone. If you can put pen to paper or punch letters on a keyboard, then writing you can do. The technique is widely used by people working toward making personal transformations through self-development.

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Panic Away – Manage Your Anxiety

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3 weeks ago I wrote a post about Effective Ways to Manage Anxiety The feedback was great and I was happy to read that some viewers found the tips to be helpful.. Those tips aren’t for everyone, sometimes a little more help is needed to be able to manage anxiety. I, for one, know this to be true.

I was put onto a site called Panic Away and found that this contained the help that I needed the most in being able to conquer my anxiety issues.  Barry McDonagh created Panic Away and to date has helped over 150,000 worldwide, including me! He has three best sellers on panic attacks and breaking free from the hold it has on so many of us.

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Feel Good Friday!

 

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Today I thought instead of just punching in a whole heap of words and trying to inspire others, I thought I’d add some inspirational quotes for you to enjoy. Besides that, it’s Friday! After a long working week, (by that I don’t just mean a job you get up and head off to everyday, I mean anything that involves effort!) who the fuck wants to sit and read, me personally, I don’t. My eyes hurt too much by the end of the week and on Friday morning, all I’m hanging for is Friday night!

So in saying that big spiel, here’s my favourite quotes.

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Life-Mapping

When you take a holiday, you sit down and plan it out. You work out what destination you liked to see, what vehicle, or mode of travel you’ll use, what to pack in your bag that will be useful, and which route you’ll take. When you map it out, your journey will be a lot more likely to end up where you want, instead of a spur of the moment trip. I’ve done a few of the spur of the moment types, and some have worked out to be the best adventures I’ve had and then others have been complete…let’s just say, lessons.

The concept of mapping can be used in regards to life, and help you to reach your desired goal or destination.

Let me explain….

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When Life Sux…

Life hits us hard when we least expect it. Things could be going great, then BOOM! Out of nowhere, something happens and it can turn your life into an absolute ball of fucked up chaos!

It happens to any one of us, at any given time. Some people will be more open about it, and yell and scream about how unfair life is and some can manage to hide it and carry on as if everything is OK. Everybody deals with the downfalls of life differently.

Here are some ways that may be able to help lift your spirits.

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Give Credit To The Ones That Deserve It!

 

One thing I keep saying to my readers is, never be afraid to be you. Keep going at what you’re doing even if there are people out there that are going to knock you for it, even judge you harshly. I stand by what I advise. I can already foresee that there will be some readers, probably many readers, that won’t like nor agree with this post, maybe I’ll even lose followers out of it. But that won’t stop me from writing it and putting it out there.

give-yourself-the-gratitude-you-deserveOne thing I have noticed a lot over my years is the way people say “Thank God” for the good things that have happened in life. On the various social media platforms, there’s always posts, pictures and statuses that give their thanks to God for the great things that have just occurred. Whether that be the latest job promotion, the expected arrival of a new baby, the award for their child may have just gained at school even down to the recovery of an illness. Everyday there is somebody thanking God for something. I’m not here to judge those people, that’s their belief and everyone is entitled to that. What I do wonder though, is Why? What exactly is it that God has done to make the above things possible?

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