We’ve all had a heavy year. Some heavier than others, but heavy, all the same. Whether you’ve lost a loved one, found yourself unemployed, been driven to despair by the boredom of lockdown or you’ve been shielding and resent those not taking the lockdown as seriously as you, the strain is feeling a bit much, right? Well, I can’t promise…

Well, there’s a line you’ve probably never said word-for-word on the phone to your boss. If you have suffered with particularly painful periods or related symptoms, you will probably have had to take time off, although just how honest you’ve been in admitting why may vary. A study by the British Medical Journal found that only one in five women…

Is there finally a glimmer of light at the end of a very dark tunnel? News filtered through this week that Pfizer and the German biotech company BioNTech have had brilliant results from their phase 3 trials of the vaccine and it proved to be 90% effective in terms of protection from the virus. I was someone who welcomed the…

It's been 10 years since I picked up a nasty virus during my time at university, that made my cheeks and glands swell up so much that I looked like a hamster. I had all sorts of tests at the time... tests for mumps, glandular fever etc. But the doctors never got to the bottom of it and said it…

Adele addresses her weight loss for the first time

  I have had it for years, “you look like someone famous”. If I had a £1 for every time someone said I looked like Adele on a night out, I’d be nearly as rich as her. Now she has lost an estimated 7 stone, which is my weight loss goal. She’s been pretty quiet on the subject, but last…

  I think we will all agree that the announcement from Boris on Halloween was not one that we weren’t expecting, but somehow just didn’t feel real. So many mixed emotions flying around, and the underlying question of “How did we end up here again?” The children can still go to school… huge sighs from parents, yet understandably huge worries…

There’s been a lot of discussion regarding baby loss and miscarriage in the press lately; October marks Baby Loss Awareness Week, and celebrities such as Binky Felstead and Chrissy Teigen have openly and honestly spoken out about their experiences. However, particularly on social media, there was a backlash with online trolls slating the women for sharing a time that should…

Tonic-clonic seizures (a.k.a grand mal or generalised seizures) are awful and there is no getting used to them. You lose consciousness, fall to the floor and convulse. In my case, like many others, there is no warning and no identifiable trigger. It can be hard for people who haven’t experienced a seizure to really empathise with someone who lives with…

Nobody, least of all me, is disputing how hard it is to live with, and be around someone with a chronic (ergo forever) health problem. After all, the adjustment is hard enough on us spoonies ourselves after diagnosis, and we get away without actually having to watch ourselves in pain. That is a job I would never wish on anyone,…

Whew! I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and the countdown is officially on! So much planning goes into having a baby, from conception up until delivery and beyond and being prepared is always easier said than done. Especially in the current climate of COVID-19 where everything is changing day-by-day, our planning is at the mercy of the change of the tides…