Telling A Child About Ostomies

telling your child about ostomies

Can be a hard subject to broach whether it is for yourself or the child. I recently have had a few parents message me and ask me a bazillion questions which is totally fine and exactly what I’m here for! I have personally been through what it is like telling or let’s be real here trying to tell a toddler what a stoma was and why mummy was having it. Read more

Toucan Boxes For Children Of Chronically Sick Parents

toucan boxes for children with chronically sick parents

As much as we all love our children sometimes we just don’t have the energy to play with them or do something educational. I know I have resorted to letting the tablet or TV sort of parent Ra-Ra and it really saddens me that even after my surgery I have had those days. But recently I have found out about Toucan boxes.. Read more

Human Is Beautiful…Perfect Is Boring

human is beautiful...perfect is boring

Like most young girls I dreamed of being a model when I grew up, but becoming chronically ill and being definitely awkward looking (not to mention steroid moon face) I soon realised that I wasn’t what society deemed as beautiful. Not that I was ugly really not in reality. Since meeting Jasmine back in 2016 I have wanted to model for her company but I was never going to be at the forefront of her mind when her brand exudes glamour and silver screen elegance – as I am a very proud punk rock princess! I however got to experience modelling for her recently and it didn’t matter about my tattoos as I got to be all decked out for Halloween! Read more

Post Natal Depression Is It Another A Slap On Label?

post natal depression is it another slap on label

Set up by Sophie over at One Unique, Huddle and Cuddle is a campaign to help raise awareness of mental health issues by using the means of social media. Influencers have teamed up to help this campaign and to spread the word, allowing people to never feel alone by sharing their experiences with you. Huddle and Cuddle wants people to get involved by talking to people, whether it be an influencer, family member or a helpline about their thoughts and challenges they may come across. I have chosen to talk about Post Natal Depression (PND) Read more

My Mental Health Is Being Squiffy

my mental health is being squiffy

With one of the topics on The IBD and Ostomy Support Show being mental health I felt it was the perfect time to write this. Now I have spoken a couple of times about being slightly fragile with my mental health and it is mainly down to events in my life triggering feelings rather than being depressed specifically. I definitely feel like the caesarean has deeply affected my current mental state but I don’t think it is just that.  Read more

Little Mister, His Big Sister And An Ostomy

little mister, his big sister and an ostomy

So since my beautiful Little Mister has been born my emotions regarding the events surrounding his birth have paled in comparison to how happy both 00Steve and myself are. It still isn’t easy to think about including removing my dressing and feeling like a piece of meat tied with butchers twine. This is apparently a normal way of finishing off a suture. Read more

The Most Traumatic Day Of My Life

the most traumatic day of my life

It was supposed to have been one of the most beautiful days you can have; becoming a parent whether for the first time or not it is supposed to be a time of love and joy. Well unfortunately when my son Jacob came into the world that wasn’t exactly the case it was pretty damn traumatic. But I will start from the admission to put it into context. Read more

You Gotta Have Faith Faith Faith…

you gotta have faith faith faith

…In your medical teams. Right now I’m having a repeat of when I was pregnant with Ra-Ra but this time they don’t seem to be wanting to help me. The first time around my obstetrics/midwifery team was fairly small as it was a relatively small hospital, since then departments have been closed down and everything has pretty much been shifted to the hospital up the road who is part of the local trust. Now most people in my local area or at least my hometown don’t have much faith in the bigger hospital and I’ve been witness to this both with colorectal and now obstetrics. Read more