2018-06-26

Fortnite – The Game That Changed my Son

It was December 2017 when my son, Nathan, started playing Fortnite. I was fed up of the sitting room being hogged by video games on the Xbox that for his Christmas I redecorated his bedroom and moved the console into his room. I was recovering from being in hospital and having the sofa and TV
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Stop and smile graffiti

The stigma around mental health – speak up, speak out

Mental health awareness is something that we should all discuss more. The Facebook wall posts asking “if you read this, repost now” trying to break the stigma of talking about mental health, but in a way that’s not actually talking about it. Reposting something via Facebook does not honestly reach those who are suffering. Those
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Things I need to cope with chronic illness

Five years ago I was diagnosed with my first chronic illness. Fibromyalgia. Two years later I had various tests as I believed that my body was telling me that something more was happening underneath. I was told that it was all just down to fibro, and from then on, everything was down to fibro. Fast
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Fed up in a hospital bed

Living with Crohns Disease

Quite simply, it’s shit.  Yes, I am talking about both the illness and the fact that having crohns is a pain in the… neck! If you do not know already from following my hospital and toast updates via social media, since the end of July I have been rather poorly. To date, there have been
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Fun drinking game for patents

Parenting should come with a manual

Babies should be delivered with Haynes style manuals, with yearly updates and special add on instruction, bounus additions, for kids who decide to confuse parents even further with their new and exciting kid goings on. My boy is now 11 and I admit that it’s not been all smiles and rainbows. There have been a
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Real motherhood

What happens when the NHS fails you?

Please note: This posts contains medical terminology, descriptions of bodily functions and discussions on mental health. Please be aware if these are trigger warnings for you!   I have been absent from the world of blogging recently. I have missed out on so many events, on meeting up with friends, talking to brands, networking, and
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Lady Gaga 5ft2, Does this show what chronic pain really is?

Having spent most of my summer in hospital for chronic pain and inflammation, it’s always a positive when I hear of famous people who are bringing chronic illness and pain to the forefront of the media spotlight. Fibromyalgia, lupus, chrons, depression and anxiety are just some of the major health issues which have been flagged
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Hard times and difficult decisions – how funerals are changing

If someone wanted to have a conversation with you about funerals, the first thought would most likely be that they are a little morbid or maybe even having some dark thoughts you should know about. It can be a topic which is as taboo as sex, because no one really wants to talk about it
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Feeling Brave? Starting High School with #BravebyNature

September is just a few days away, and while the 1st of September for me always marks my late fathers birthday, this year it comes with a new anniversary, and one Nathan is going to remember for the rest of his life. This Friday, Nathan starts at High School, and we have spent the last
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11 years ago today – my sons birth story

Eleven years ago today my life changed forever. I became a mum.  I actually always had that mothering nature, I was a surrogate mother to over 300 students in my job at the University and my friends thought of me as their mum away from home as I would feed and look after them all.
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