2019-10-30

IBD, the NHS and me – my story of how I need to second guess if I need medical help

I found this post in my drafts folder, I am not sure why I did not post it at the time. This is an account of what happened in January 2018 and why it is important to not second guess yourself if you need medical attention. I am publishing it now as I am working
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Do seasonal changes effect your mood?

Are you someone who loves the start of autumn? I know I am. The season brings with it so many changes and an abundance of fruit and veg perfect for making warming stews, soups and puddings. We start talking about the festive season, with Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas creeping ever closer. For me it’s
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Its not all bad – turning the negative to positive

I am currently sat in a hospital bed, I have been here for five days so far and it looks like I will be here for at least five more.  It would be very easy for me to throw a pity party for myself, complain about how depressing it is to be here, away from
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I’m sorry – Surviving Domestic Abuse

TRIGGER WARNING – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE I stayed for five years. I stayed with him for five, long, years. When I eventually managed to escape I did not know what the real world looked like. I was questioned by friends and family about why I put up with it? Why did I let it
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“Kill yourself!” Dealing with the fallout of internet trolls

Parenting doesn’t come with a manual. No one said it was easy and no one is always a 100% a perfect parent. Everyone makes mistakes and it’s normal, what isn’t normal is trying to shame parents for sharing their stories and hopefully making others realise that they are not alone. I recently featured on national
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The myth that boys hurt girls because they like them

Every girl has been told at some point in her life that if a boy pulls your hair, hurts you or does things to annoy you when you are growing up, it’s not because they are being mean, its because they actually like you and have no way to express their feelings. The only thing
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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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Why Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is even worse

TRIGGER WARNING – THIS POST TALKS ABOUT THE GRAPHIC NATURE OF 13 REASONS WHY SEASON 2, MENTAL HEALTH, SUICIDE, SEXUAL ABUSE, DRUG USE AND MORE. PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS IF YOU CONTINUE TO READ ON. THANK YOU Last year I wrote a very open post about the Netflix drama, 13 Reasons Why and how
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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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