IBS and the magic toilet

Okay, so I’ve been away for a hot minute, but I have so much to tell you I don’t even know where to start! Well, you know how much I like to talk shit, so I’ll put my best foot forward and begin with that.  IBS is a great leveler. I mean, when you’ve sharted on a train your hubris just has to turn to humorous, or you’ll make yourself sick with worry – and I don’t mean that as a turn of phrase.  Anxiety over what your digestive system is going to throw at you on any given day can make […]

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#EDSchat twitter chat ~ Monday 28th November

#EDSchat is a new chat to twitter and has been created for people with EDS (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome) and other connective tissue disorders. Whether you have had a formal diagnosis, are self diagnosed or believe that you may have symptoms of EDS, you are very welcome to come along and share ideas with others like you. Similarly, if you have any conditions that greatly overlap with the symptoms of EDS we would love to have you. Even if you have a friend or family member who has EDS, and you would like to learn more, please feel free to join us. […]

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Susan Boyle & The Portrayal of Autism in the Media

Most of us have heard of Susan Boyle.  She stunned audiences everywhere on Britain’s Got Talent when she came on stage looking a little disheveled, and blew us all away with her amazing operatic voice.  Not confirming to societies ideas of how a person should look or act, she’s taken a lot of stick in the 7 years since her performance of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ on the ITV show.  Soon after the show and before she went on to start her very successful singing career, it was reported that she had checked into The Priory as she was “missing […]

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Antidepressants: the saga ends

Yes I know that was quick, but it’s too late to rethink my use of the word saga, so what are you going to do?  I wrote a piece about antidepressants around a month ago, which would be worth reading if you haven’t already.  After 15 years on one pill of another, I decided to give them the push, and see how life was without them. After the initial withdrawal symptoms, I felt fantastic!  I had more energy, I wanted to do things, and talk to people and I felt amazing.  My sex drive came back and I’m not embarrassed […]

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You’re Too Fat, It’s Time To Lose Weight

 I’ve always been ‘big’. Even as a size 12 (which used to be a goal, and is now considered huge) bulimic 14 year old, who would pass out at school because she hadn’t eaten; was embarrassed to be seen eating (another story for another day). I was called fat, and all the other permutations of what I then believed to be a slur.  Fat it not a slur, it is a descriptor.  I am fat.  I have fat.  I have friends and we are fat.  Call me fat 20 years later and I’ll say, “yeah, no shit”!  I am proud […]

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Focus on the elderly and vulnerable: how to stay connected with friends

Having a disability can be isolating.  When I’m not well I can’t get out, and when I can’t get out I can’t socialise.  I don’t mean cocktail parties or dinner and dancing, just coffee with a friend and being able to talk with someone other than the cat.  I’m very aware of the similarities between myself and the elderly and vunerable, which is why I started writing this series.  I’m hoping that some of my ideas for staying connected with other people even when you can’t get out of the house will be helpful to others. Invite friends round.  Just […]

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20 Reasons Why I Like Me: The Power of Positivity and Self Appreciation

I want to start by saying that I have borrowed this format from Joy at Pinkoddy so I can take part in her Health Hop blog hop.  While I feel sure I shall be participating in weeks to come, given that health, or lack thereof is ever present in my life, I really didn’t want to pass up the opportunity for getting some positivity flowing through my life, my soul, and my blog.   The concept itself is actually from Kuhn (1960) – which is my fiancés (and soon to be my) surname.  This was another thing that made me […]

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Lighter life fast: the 5:2 diet with #lighterlifefast – my weight loss journey starts here #tryfast

Well, not quite here – officially (and actually) I started on Monday the 16th of June when I returned from my holiday (which I shall also be posting about shortly).  Two years + of takeaways and meals out have taken their toll on my waistline, and I know I would have gained on holiday as I ate indiscriminately (and plentifully) – as most of us do on holiday I think.       I’ve had limited success with weight loss since (and a little before) being diagnosed with my personal plethora of health problems, most of which mean I am […]

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Eyes and ears and mouth and nose: total body health inside and out – supplements and vitamin drinks

I’m a little run down right now, and really feeling it.  I’m having problems with my ears, have a stye on my eye, and ulcers in my mouth, just to mention the head area.  It’s all a little unpleasant, but for me a clear shoutout from my body that it’s run down and needs some looking after.  I have an on-off relationship with vitamin supplements.  Every now and then (usually when I am run down), I stock up and start taking some, convinced I will benefit.  Usually I end up finding out I am allergic to something (last time was […]

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Catch 22: skincare in your 30’s and beyond – spots vs. wrinkles

For our second topic in the 2014 blogger challenge, we were given skincare.  I loved our last topic of ‘Inspiration’ (for the new year) and have read some fabtastic blog posts.  Keep em coming peeps. I had thought I was a beauty addict before I started blogging, but my thirst for lovely things has increased exponentially since I caught the blogger bug.  Knowing that there is no ‘imperfection’ that can’t be corrected is pretty addictive, and I now have products to combat problems I never knew I had before.  This post however I will be discussing those skin issues that […]

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