• 2021 Goals & Intentions

    Well, okay. 2020 did not happen the way anyone had expected. A global pandemic and almost a year of national lockdown? Crazy. Not only that but I had unexpected hernia surgery and a new diagnosis of diabetes. A huge amount of change, frustration and angst. But as 2020 concludes, I am thinking deeply about what […]

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  • 2020 – Year in Review

    The most gobsmackingly weird year to date. Reading back on my 2020 goal post, written in the early days of 2020 feels like another time. A different time. Because who could predict anything that has happened, would actually happen? It feels like a cruel joke. But, I look at the goals I set back then […]

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  • Diagnosis Day

    In the Autumn of 2011, I spent hardly anytime online. In fact, I spent several weeks on several occasions, battling my defunct body in the hospital. I remember a lot of emotions from those weeks I spent in isolation, unsure of what was happening, what would happen and how I was going to cope with […]

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  • Stoma Life – YEAR FOUR

    What I’ve Learnt and Achieve in the Last Twelve Months with my Ostomy Year Four with Priscilla has been quiet, compared to other years. She settled down into a new routine after proctectomy surgery and wound day surgery. She even remained calm when I came off my medication and we came into 2020. Then COVID happened […]

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  • Health Anxiety

    What is meant by ‘health anxiety’? A sudden or unexpected health event can change your life in many ways. Feelings of shock, anger, grief, loss and sadness can be commonplace. And while these feelings usually pass with time, if they cause ongoing stress, you may be at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety. Health anxiety […]

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  • IBD, an Ostomy & Living with a Partner

    Lately I’ve been reflecting on just how far I’ve come with my ostomy. I’ve been going without my medication – under the guidance of my IBD team – for a five months now and I’m feeling wistful. This hasn’t happened before. It’s unchartered territory for not only me, but my partner too. So just how […]

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  • 2020 Goals

    YIKES was 2019 a huge year of change! Two big things changed – I lost my bum and I left my job. Both were painful but experiences I chose to go through. Not once did I think I had made a mistake. So as 2019 has concluded, as well as another decade, I am thinking […]

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  • 2019 – Year in Review

    The blurriest year ever, it feels. It’s been a oddly quick year since Day One, to be honest. What can be taken from 2019 is that time definitely feels faster as I get older and wiser. I have spent this year battling myself. Both physically and mentally. I became more in tune with my own […]

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  • September: Going Back to Zero

    September is my New Year.   When I went through surgery in August 2016, I’d completely overlooked the fact that five year previous I was going through the early stages of living with undiagnosed Crohn’s Disease. I suppose I did have bigger things to worry about at the time – a incision that would spilt […]

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