• Dear Grace Q & A: How Do I Explain That My Chronic Illness & Life Aren’t a Tragedy?

    “What is a simple way of explaining the concept of living well with chronic illness to other people? People without chronic illness seem to find it difficult to understand that I don’t view my life as an awful tragedy…and it takes a long time explaining why I don’t feel that way.” Let’s begin by considering your audience. It helps to meet people where they are because its easier for them and our results will likely be more successful too.  Consider the potential mindset of the person you are wanting to understand this. It’s harder to make ourselves clear to someone if we are focused only on what we want to…

  • Wellness in Dark Weather: Grace’s Winter Love List

    I love our earth, I love the cycles and seasons. But for a while now, I’ve been nervous about the coming winter. Last winter I had two pretty severe lung infections and since then I’ve been nervous about winter, infections, feeling like I can’t breathe and having that awful chest pain. The amount of anxiety is disproportionate to the risk of infection, but every time I thought about winter and endless drizzly grey skies I felt tension. So we decided to re-frame things, and all summer Linus has been helping me put together a Winter Love List. A list of specifically enjoyable activities for cold or wet weather. Some of…

  • Claiming Compassion…For Yourself

    “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” ~Susan Sontag Be compassionate to your healing body, and your loving soul. To do so, to accept it, is the very essence of being human. And by allowing self- compassion, you free yourself from the inevitable exhaustion of straining to escape it. Pain ebbs and flows. Struggles arise and fall. They needn’t be set upon like they are…

  • Building Resilience on the Entrepreneurship Journey

    Building resilience and flexibility for strong sustainable social enterprises. Creating a business that supports founders rather than drains them and making change even in the midst of crisis.  Grace Quantock’s talk on Building Resilience: Social Enterprise Series sold out. Being aware of her international base, the limited number of tickets at Hay and the accessibility needs of many supporters, Grace has created this online event on Resilience in Business to make the building of resilience accessible to all. Online lecture recording, Hay Festival Speech Video Excerpt, Your Entrepreneurship Journey PDF of exercises and resources by Grace Quantock of Your Entrepreneurship Journey Document. Loading…

  • A Hundred Thousand Dreams

    This Earth, all its birdsong, orchids, teacups, and toffee is already a living paradise. Perhaps we incarnate to experience sheer joy. For ourselves and for the Divine. After all, God/dess cannot run through a field, play with a puppy, paddle in the sea, enjoy a foot rub, savour freshly picked broad beans or make love. But we can. And through us, God/dess feels the delight. We need to feel joy so the Divine can experience these treasures. The world is meant to be beautiful. It is beautiful. In the Celtic traditions the world has good and bad equally alike; where curses are blessings and the bitter pain gives life its piquant sweetness. I cannot…

  • Get Your Scribbles Going: Story Contest!

    Oh, yes! Grab your pens or Dragon Speak headset, it’s time for a story contest! And the entries are bound to be doozies. Will yours be one of them? As a person with a disability, how many times have you heard: “I knew a girl in a wheelchair like you; Her life is over.” “God did this to you.” “Have you tried walking/exercising/drinking more water/prayer/goji berries?” “What’s wrong with you? What’s your prognosis? What do the Doctors say?” “Will you ever walk again?” “Were you born like this?” “Can you have children?” “Will you live?” “My aunt died of that.” “Well you did always used to ——- so I always…

  • From Sick Chick To Trail Blazer: My Story

    When I was 22 the doctor told me that he thought I had sarcoma, bone cancer. I was terrified. Everything spun in double time. I desperately longed to rewind. One of my friends had sarcoma, so I knew about the illness and the grueling rounds of chemo. I’d had friends die from cancer. I’d been living myself with serious illness for many years already. Like many people faced with a new diagnosis, I knew these things happened but I was totally unprepared when my time came. The (many, many) blood tests began. And the waiting. Two long weeks of awful, maddening, waiting. Followed by a merciless, unforgiving fear. It was…

  • I Was, Now I Am: From Fear To Liberation

    I was a sick chick and now I’m a wellness trailblazer. I was defined by my diagnoses. Now I’m redefining what it means to live and work with chronic illness. I was written off as broken, for no one had seen someone so ill survive. I was scared and redundant, complicit in the belief that my physical limitations limited my possibilities as a person. Not anymore. I’m creating a world that works with my strengths. And makes them stronger. I used to use a wheelchair and I still do. This is not a miracle cure story. It is a story of liberation. That liberation is my happy ending…and a magical…

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