A personal journey through chronic and terminal illness

“Terminally Tough is dedicated to my fellow warriors. Without our online communities, many of us would not have found a single soul who has been on a similar journey. I cannot thank you enough for being with me on my journey and for letting me be a part of yours.” – Willow Lennard

“Terminally Tough was first written as a form of self help or therapy. I felt locked in a body that didn’t function properly and had no way of escape. I thought if I could write down how I was feeling it would release all the pent up energy inside of me. Then after a short while of Terminally Tough being live, I realised that my story resinated with so many others in the disabled, chronically and terminally ill community and then my purpose changed. To some degree, I guess I do still write for myself, but now my main focus is to; help others cope in times of struggle, to reassure them that they are not alone, to guide them through various obstacles our lifestyle throws our way and to share their silence when no words are needed. I strongly feel that until you have been long term sick, disabled, or care for someone day in-day out who is unable to care for themselves, then you have absolutely no idea just how difficult and frustrating it can be to even navigate daily life.”

What is the difference between a Chronic and a Terminal illness?

“A terminal illness is a disease or condition which can’t be cured and is likely to lead to someone’s death. It’s sometimes called a life-limiting illness. Some people may use different definitions, so it’s important to ask if you’re not sure what someone is saying or what it means.”

Marie Curie

A Long Term Physical Health Condition (also known as a Chronic Condition) is a health problem that requires ongoing management over a period of years or decades. Chronic Conditions are ones that cannot currently be cured but can be controlled with the use of medication and/or other therapies. This includes a wide range of health conditions including; Cancer, HIV, Schizophrenia, Depression, Blindness, Joint Disorders, MS, Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue.

NHS Data Dictionary

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