CRPS Awareness photo challenge: flames and ice

Today’s photo challenge is to post something which includes flames, as they are often used to symbolise the burning pain experienced in CRPS. As I created the firey flaming CRPS awareness ribbon the other day I have put together another couple of info’ posters using that but I have made a point of adding in something else so that more of us CRPSers feel represented.

Many of us experience a different kind of burning. An icy burning. Sometimes it occurs as part of the CRPS doing it’s thing in our affected areas and sometimes it is triggered by an external source (for example I have to wear gloves to get anything out of the freezer coz it burns so much). (Wow, that’s not a good font to write about burning in, it looks like it says ‘bums’, oh dear)!

Of course there’s not really a ‘one or the other’ scenario. Despite recent research rumblings about ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ CRPS as either potential subtypes or as a way of referring to acute and chronic CRPS, many of us experience both the hot and cold burning. So for a large percentage of CRPSers the hot and cold representations are a truer representation of our personal experience with the condition.

Anyway, I have created two more info posters using exactly the same info’ but with an additional cold theme. One with an iceberg, and one with a background pattern of the icy frost that forms on glass. Here’s hoping you like them.

 

Firey ribbon, iceberg, graded background, info poster

 

Flaming ribbon on iced glass info poster

 

I’ll add them to the Fbk blog page as well so that if you feel they are useful to share they are at least easily accessible.

Much love from me,

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“Keep Calm and….”

The other day I promised one of my pals that I would post another link to a website where you can create your own stuff…

Today the inspiration is from good ole “stiff-upper-lip” Blighty-ness!

Back in 1939, after the outbreak of the first World War, the British Government decided that morale-boosting posters would be a positive addition to the British people’s mental resources. The most famous being the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, headed with the symbol of George VI’s crown.

Now, here’s the exciting bit….

There is a magical place where you can create your own versions of the poster!

I was mulling over what would be appropriate wording to relate it to my life and conditions. In the end, the first one that came to mind was the one that was truly ‘me’… When I don’t know something I go away and learn about it, whether it’s about my health or any other random interest. I spend lots of my sparse and infrequent on-the-planet-and-almost-upright time on the laptop hooked up to the ‘net. I have a hard-drive full of research papers and articles on CRPS, Dysautonomia, Tai Chi and various other, seemingly random, topics…

So this poster says the most about me, and makes me laugh at the truth of it….

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Bwahahaaa, it’s meeeee!

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But it’s far too much fun just to stop there, of course, so here’s a few more….

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And the most terrifying of all……

Tee hee

Of course a fat load of good I’d be in a fight…. “Can you come at me in slow mo’? I don’t do fast. Oh yes, and if you could just wait a few minutes, I’m feeling a bit lightheaded”. Yeeeaaah, I’m truly terrifying, me. 😉

If you fancy inventing some of your own posters, then just pop over to this address….

http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/

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