Happy New Year!

I hope you had a festive and fulfilling Christmas. Ours was quiet and thoroughly enjoyable. 2020 is upon us and certainly wish all of you a happy, peaceful and healthy one.


I was recently given a bottle of Blackseed Oil by a good friend. I have never used this before; in fact I hadn’t even heard of it, but it appears to have some very interesting properties, including anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-hypertensive. You can discover more here.

I’ll be taking it over the next few months, so I’ll keep you updated. But if you have tried it yourself, or plan to in the near future, I would be very interested to hear from you.


Mindfulness classes have started at the Ventnor Botanic Gardens’ Wellbeing Centre. If you would like an hour of ‘Me-Time’ in a lovely peaceful setting then come along. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 – 12:00. £6.00 per person. No need to book.
The Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to enjoy some inner peace, and you can unwind a bit more in the Cafe afterwards! I hope to see you there.
For more info email me at chris@gestalt-therapy.co.uk or call 07421 465 898.


The following is an excerpt from an article written by a man after his spouse was diagnosed with FMS. It’s an interesting article written, as it is, not by a sufferer but by someone who is watching the struggles of someone he loves.

It all starts with a diagnosis. Odds are, since FMS is poorly researched and poorly understood that you will both doubt this diagnosis because, “It couldn’t happen to us.” You’ll both search the web for other explanations and you’ll find them. Viruses, bacteria, the wrong food, not enough vitamins, not enough exercise, being overweight, depression, anxiety, menopause, age… the list goes on. Eventually you and your spouse will have to come to terms with the fact that Fibromyalgia is real and that she has it and, worse yet, that it’s never going away.

I know that when I first started experiencing symptoms of FMS my Family’s first thought was, “Is this real?” It’s not something I fault them for. When someone complains of pain and fatigue so debilitating that they can’t get around their house or even dry themselves after a shower and yet they look completely healthy it’s hard to take in. You see the person you married, energetic and pain-free and yet they are claiming to experience pain that sounds…well, unbelievable.

Then there are doctor’s visits. As you sit next to your spouse you no doubt hear doctors telling her to lose some weight, start an exercise routine, take some anti-inflammatories and stop worrying. There may be a part of you that wonders why she can’t do just that. No matter how much you want to support your spouse you want so badly for her pain to be so easily solved. But then it’s not.”

I have placed the entire article on the Wight Fibro Group website and you can read it here.

This month’s meeting…

…will be on the 14th. All Saints Church Hall, 1:30 onwards. Seeing as we all probably need a break from the horrid weather and our disappointment at yet another pair of Santa Socks (when you really wanted the reindeer ones!) we’ll have a bit of fun with a round-table chat and a quiz or two. Bring your brain cells!

See you there!



Photo credit:
Vidar Nordli-Mathisen