Why I’m not here (sometimes)

A simple post from me today.  No graphics, or links, or exciting launches.  Just a little explanation of why I’ve been absent lately.

I have a condition called Cauda Equina Syndrome.  It happened following an accident in 2012 where I hurt my back badly – I had pain, weakness and loss of feeling in my leg from them, but the condition worsened over the next few years and manifested as CES in February 2015 and recurred in the March of that year after my second spinal surgery.

CES (Cauda Equina Syndrome) is a neurological condition in which the spine and nerves at the bottom of it get severely damaged.  It affects people in different ways, and I’m happy to go into it in more detail in a future post, but today isn’t the time for that.

I wanted to briefly explain that the condition I have, and the surgeries I had last year, have resulted in me now being less able.  I’m receiving treatment, and working towards improving what I can – but with nerve damage, it’s a bit of an unknown as to how much I will improve now, if at all.

CES does cause me a lot of severe pain. So it means that I can’t sit, stand or walk as I would have previously.  It means I spend a lot of time lying down, and also that I can’t sit at my desk to blog.

That’s the reason you’ve not seen many posts from me lately.  I’m hoping to make changes to the way I write, to use different devices that will enable me to post more. It’s a learning curve. As with everything at the moment!

Thanks for sticking with me through this. Especially my ‘blogging friends’, who have been truly excellent.

Feel free to ask questions if you want to know anything about my experience with CES, spinal fusion, discectomy, or the medication and therapy I have. I appreciate that there isn’t a lot of ‘real’ information out there about this, and I know it would have helped me a lot, to know first hand what to expect.



  1. April 13, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Massive hugs lovely! I’m always around if you need a friendly ear. xxx

  2. April 13, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I didn’t know you were dealing with this Faith. I’m amazed at how much you’ve achieved with all this going on! I hope that you find a good way of managing the pain, and fingers crossed the treatment helps.

  3. April 22, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Hey Faith – I just wanted to drop you a message to say that we are all here, you know it. I hope that in time you beat it and shove a little pole up it’s ass and say “hey, I did it!” – you are a very strong lady.
    Lots of love,
    Bee xxx

  4. May 10, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    I’m sending you lots of hugs and good vibes lovely, and I hope that sometimes you manage to find some reprieve from the pain. Never worry about blogging and taking time away from it, as your health is more important and that’s what matters most of all – we’ll still be here when you return 🙂 I really hope you’ve had a better week this week and that there are some thing that can help relieve it. Big hugs! – Tasha