I am Michelle, Founder of Michelle Louise. With me here, are my girls, Olivia and Chelsea πŸ™‚

*Unless otherwise stated – all posts on this blog are mine and written by me from my own experiences.

I live with chronic pain and invisible illnesses daily. I have had two back surgeries. The second one, in 2013 was classed as failed which has left my lower back in chronic pain with severe Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), where my disc is basically bone on bone rubbing together with little to no disc left in between it. The same surgery also left me with permanent nerve damage that affects my lower left back and left leg. I also live with depression and anxiety. All this combined, means that I see a pain specialist, and part of my pain management is that I take long acting pain medications morning and night so that I can get out of bed and function to be a mum and get my girls ready for school each day (one at mainstream school and one doing Distance Education at home with me).  I am still trying to accept my chronic pain and limitations – some days are easier than others, some days I need to use my walking stick, some days I can barely get out of bed, then some days I can walk to the local shops. And I can NEVER plan what I’ll be able to do day to day, sometimes even hour to hour. I am also on my path to discovering the new me … new interests and passions that fit in with the new me, and stop dwelling on what and who I β€˜used’ to be. Acceptance is hard, and I am still on that journey too.

In 2017 we went though the process of getting our eldest daughter diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Level 2 and she happily refers to herself as an ‘aspie girl’ now. It has been an emotional roller coaster for all of us and now we are trying to learn what we can to help support her and each other.

At the end of 2017 I had gastric bypass surgery for a few reasons. I am continually learning to live with my ‘tool’ as I am on this journey.

2019 saw us start home schooling after our eldest daughter kept asking. Both girls had been struggling for a few years within the school system for different reasons, then they both decided to get on board and we had a great year just unwinding and getting our family back to a better place emotionally. We still have was to go, but we all have better relationships with each ohter.

2020 … Olivia decided she wanted to try mainstream schooling again, and so far is travelling along well with an understanding teacher. She will always have the option to return to homeschooling if she wishes to. Chelsea wanted to continue to homeschool, but this year we decided to enrol in Distance Education. So far, Chelsea has had cognitive testing and from that was diagnosed with both dyslexia (impairment in reading), dyscalculia (impairment in mathematics) and impairment in written expression; with severe severity, as her difficulties in learning skills affect several academic domains. In March she will have the ADOS assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or ADD/ADHD assessment. She is getting extra support already from her DE school and is about to start with Learning Ladders for extra support. Once Chelsea is back at grade level she may have decreased anxiety and have the confidence to go back to mainstream schooling – but that will be up to her.

I am so happy that I followed my gut instincts to give homeschooling a go so that we could unravel these issues and help our girls the best way we can. They both need so much extra support – in completely different areas.

Also about me:

I am in my, now late, 30’s and married to a man who is so kind, supportive, very caring of others, selfless, a hard worker and the best father for our children. We have two girls who are currently 9 & 10 years old (yep, 12 months and 3 days apart).  They are the very bestest of friends and don’t know life without each other and of course they also fight and can be rather cheeky! Life definitely is not boring … πŸ˜‰

So what do I blog about?

Initially, I was just planning on blogging about chronic pain, living with, parenting with etc, but that has evolved into including homeschooling, Autism Spectrum Disorder, weight loss surgery and anything else that pops up. The menu bar will guide you to specific topics.

Thank you for stopping by! Please feel free to follow me for regular blog posts and share any that you think may help someone you love!

Michelle xx

Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner … all posts written by me are based on my own experience as someone living with chronic pain.

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