Chronic illnesses have the potential to leave you floored. They can sap all energy and often prove a test to your daily lifestyle. As such, they’re unsurprisingly a major hurdle for anyone looking to jet off on their holidays. Today, let’s tackle four ways to make a holiday with a disease of this nature much easier. Continue reading “Travelling with a Chronic Illness: how to make it easier”
This is one of those straight-out-of-the-head posts that will probably end up as a rant. But I’m really fucking frustrated today and I need to get it all out. Continue reading “Why does invisible illness have to be so… invisible”
Cervical screening/smear/pap smear testing is one of those things as a woman we all dread.
I’m going all out TMI in this post – because all women have the same bits, and these bits make us beautiful and grow babies – so why be prudish eh. Continue reading “#SmearForSmear 2018 – my story”
I’ve been stuck in a flare-up for two weeks now; for those who don’t know a flare-up is brutal – it’s when your chronic illness gets triggered by something(or sometimes nothing) and you feel really shit for a few days/weeks/months. Continue reading “The most savage of flare-ups”
Avocados. They are everywhere these days; and they are touted as a good fat and amazingly good for you.
What’s that you say – a good fat, do they even exist? For years we have been told fat is bad for us, yet we need fat to live and yes, there are good sources of fat. Continue reading “To avocado or not to avocado”
Happy New Year, how are we all?
I’ve been having a bit of a blog break for the last few weeks; life has been hectic and a lot has happened – hence this post… Continue reading “A diagnosis and an absence”
A year ago today I became a blogger!
And what a year it’s been.
This blog may just look like a bunch of (often badly written) articles on various different things, but it’s grown into a huge part of my life.
I’ve pushed my own social boundaries and attended events. I’ve met lots of lovely people, and have even made some blog buddies.
I’ve reached out and helped people who have felt how I’ve felt; and other people have reached out and helped me.
I found myself recently thinking about where I am and the direction my blog is heading in; and it made me read back over my first few posts.
I needed someone to talk to. I needed somewhere to vent and I wanted to be able to reach out and help people while helping myself.
I thought no one would ever read my blog. I thought no one would ever be interested or understand.
And here I am – pushing 5,000 followers on Twitter, 1,000 on Instagram and a handful on Facebook.
I’ve made friends with bloggers, who help me more than they will ever know – the support and encouragement is overwhelming.
I’ve made friends with non-bloggers – people who have heard of me or found me by chance.
There have been negatives – I’ve had nasty comments from other bloggers and I’ve had my fair share of trolls. In all honestly, the negativity has made me stronger and I couldn’t really give a shit.
I pushed myself to my limits and took myself off to London, alone, and came home with a huge sense of pride (and a new iPhone).
And most of all I’ve been able to indulge my love of writing – I’ve got a few things in the pipeline that I never imagined would be possible, and blogging has given me the confidence to do those things.
So, Happy Birthday Pass the Prosecco Please – totally not just a blog, you’ve changed my life. And a huge thank you to my beautiful followers and fellow bloggers who have laughed, cried and got pissed with me.
I’m so rubbish at these weekly updates – but it’s been an awesome week after a few up and down ones where I’ve struggled to get my head back into the game.
So I decided last week to really try and stay on plan and do the best I could – I also took advice from my consultant who very wisely said that 7 days is a long time, and to think about the week as 21 meals; which really resonated with me. Continue reading “Week 14 – Slimming World & weight loss update”
I dropped the boy at preschool this morning and did my usual anxious thing of standing as far as possible from the other parents and trying to avoid eye contact with anyone at all. It’s a huge trigger for me, and I’m really trying to deal with it. Continue reading “A harmless conversation outside preschool”
I have loved Christmas for as long as I can remember; the build up, Christmas Eve and the magic of it all. Even as an adult, I would still wake up at 4am and revel in the magical feeling and calm of Christmas Day morning.
In November 2014 I gave birth to my son, our little miracle after battling infertility for many years; and Christmas became even more magical as a mum. Continue reading “Christmas, Pass the Prosecco style”