God has wonderful promises for us as we travel on through life and into later years.The best news is that,inside we need never grow old because He has actually promised to renew our youth day by day.

Isaiah 40:31



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Ancestry DNA


This email appeared in my in box a few days ago....exciting!!!!

(Elsie Joy Barker is my name at birth...but have always been called Joy or EJ)

Three months ago my eldest daughter presented me with a Ancestry DNA kit, so that the result would hopefully, arrive in time for my birthday...which is in six days time....

She had her DNA  analysed at the beginning of the year with some surprising and very interesting results.

My children have a West Indian Father which accounted for the very diverse results.

Was not expecting any surprises in my DNA results, apart from the Irish and French Grandmother's.

This is what my results are:---


So where did the Scandinavian connection come from I wonder??

We knew from the extensive research done on the family tree of both my parents lineage that no one had moved far from the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire area; so no surprises there .

The most exciting thing though is that there are four confirmed  third cousin DNA matches, and six  fourth cousin DNA matches.

The Ancestry.co.uk web site allows me to send messages to these cousins who are anonymous. It is up to them if they wish to make contact.

I do hope some one does, don't you?

Now my other daughter wants to get her DNA done just to see if she has any Irish blood, as none showed up in her sister.

Long time since I did DNA mapping in Human Biology classes so am not 100% sure how the links are formed.

Happy Birthday indeed


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

What now?


I 'suffer' from an auto immune disease called Polymyalgia Rheumatica, it is not life threatening, just blooming annoying.

It comes and goes, triggered by a trauma or incidence of excessive stress.

I have been in remission for just over six years ...until now.

If you remember, last May I had the fall that damaged my knee, that was the trigger for this relapse.

As my Rheumatologist reminds me  "PMR takes a year to cook"...
....then there is a "year, or eighteen months of hell"...
....followed by a "year of tapering off"   before it fades into the background again.

(If you have PMR for longer then it is Fibromyalgia. They are similar in symptoms but with distinct, notable differences)

Well, I have had my year of "cooking" now I prepare myself for the year ahead. 

Having been here before so know what to expect and will weather the storm without the offered medication. As always I refuse the mega doses of steroids to take for two years minimum, or the offer of Methotrexate.

Am used to living with chronic pain so this just takes it up a notch, it is the limited mobility that annoys! So will just get the walking stick out of moth balls ready for use and carry on.
And get to visit my rheumatologist more often...Thursday this week again.



The photos are off a walk my husband took two weeks ago to see the Bluebells in the wood. 
We were a week late really as they were just past their best, but uplifting to the soul none the less.


This fallen branch was covered in a velvety moss that was wonderful to the touch.

Hoping some one somewhere is having warmer weather than we are in the UK...it is mighty chilly and extremely windy......brrrrr





Wednesday, 3 May 2017

EDS Awareness Month


I have mentioned before on this blog, the sad fact that all my three children have genetic hereditary illnesses.

My eldest daughter is severely affected by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. 

She is now chronically disabled and mobility very limited.

A pain free day is never an option.

Her younger sister is also affected but in a much milder form..for now. 

We all know that it can, and will progress.

May has been designated  EDS Awareness Month  

As a chronic pain sufferer myself, am fully aware that pain is invisible to those around you and hard for non sufferers to really understand how it limits life.

So, am just making you aware...
...please go and read about it, it is more common than you think.

Thank you for listening