Walking the Wild Atlantic Way


Mullaghderg Beach

In 2010, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and possibly rheumatoid arthritis, a great relief after seven years of poor health. Although I had been a Natural Medicine’s therapist for twenty years, I never had any clients with fibromyalgia or even knew of its existence!

Since the outset of my symptoms, I have been incredibly proactive, using the following healing tools:

  • Diet,
  • Dr Bach Flower Essences,
  • Radionics,
  • Reflexology,
  • Massage,
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy known as CBT,
  • E.F.T. Emotional Freedom Technique,
  • Creative Writing….

Researching fibromyalgia, I learned that exercise is key in healing this debilitating condition.

Thus, I have increased my walking, bit by bit, and I am now a true walking enthusiast!

IMG_1680Cows grazing behind Dooey Beach

My lung function has improved greatly, my sleep pattern is considerably better, I have lost weight and friends tell me “you no longer look grey”!

However, I have learned the hard way about pacing, and not overdoing things. Sometimes my body just needs to rest!

I am very blessed to live and walk in The Rosses, home to some of the finest scenery and best beaches on Planet Earth!



40 thoughts on “Walking the Wild Atlantic Way

      1. It’s one of those conditions that mimic others correct? I used to watch a program called Mystery Diagnosis and found that there are so many ailments out here that make pinning down a correct diagnosis extremely difficult.

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  1. Sorry to hear you have FM. Sounds like you are approaching it well. I had ME for many years and healed myself through a natural approach, including diet. Most importantly it taught me about balance and how our modern hectic lifestyles eventually take their toll on us. I learned to tune into nature, and follow her cues – eating healthily but also getting plenty of sleep, RnR, and – as you are doing – exercise, but without pushing past my limits. Being proactive in your own health story, as you are, is SO important. Keep up the good work. Thank you for sharing 🙂 Blessings 🙂

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      1. Hi Brigid – Have just been reading The Medical Medium by Anthony William. He talks about FM in that. Fascinating stuff. Thought I’d mention it to you just in case you haven’t come across him. Blessings 🙂

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  2. Hi Brigid, My mother and now my daughter have fibromyalgia. My daughter has been using some crystals and aromatherapy and some nutritional things as well. So I am very interested in your experience and what you have learned. So glad you are posting on Senior Salon! Jo

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    1. Goodness that is unfortunate. I have found diet changes very helpful but it takes a bit of time to find triggers – a bit of trial and error. I found herbal medicine wonderful but again it took time and I stayed on them for five years. Everyone finds their own Key eventually. I do find exercise really helps but pacing is essential – it is easy to undo progress by doing too much too soon. Sleep is also key to healing – I have written a post on insomnia that they might find helpful. My book which will hopefully be published in November tells the full tale! I enjoy your posts too. Senior Salon has a lovely vibe!

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  3. I can identify with your relief at having a diagnosis and being able to take control with natural treatments. I eventually chose that path too (for a different problem) after allopathic medicine just kept making me sicker and weaker. I am pleased to read of the improvement in your condition. ☺️

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  4. I just discovered your blog which I am now following. My 33-year-old daughter is presently in Ireland on a 2-week vacation visiting the West Coast of Connemarra, etc. which is how I came to find your blog. I am a recent cancer survivor and finding my own way towards healing and recovery. Pace, as you put it, is really important. I am learning to relish the slowness and the silences in my life; they offer me space and time for reflection which is a real gift in our overly busy lives. I look forward to reading you….

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