Broaden Your Horizons – Learn!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! When struggling with your…

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3 Weeks Post Ileostomy: Emotional Overload

It’s hard believe it’s just a little over 3 weeks since my ileostomy. The time in hospital was a fairly negative experience for me, but fortunately only fragments are memorable for me, the rest having…

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What To Expect : Ileostomy Pre-Op

For anyone considering, or nearing the date of, an ileostomy, I thought I’d share my pre-op experience. This is just to give you an idea of what you may expect, though of course every hospital…

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Know Your Numbers

We put a lot of faith in GPs, specialists and reception staff when we’re given test results. Most of the time, however, all we’re told is whether something is ‘normal’ or ‘abnormal’, and either given…

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Healing For Dry & Irritated Skin

Dry or irritated skin can be a result of numerous things, from health conditions to stress to environmental factors. I tend to have dry skin more in winter, irritated skin more in summer, and always…

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Don’t Lose Sight Of The Future Goal

Whenever I think of the future, of a goal or where I want to go and the life I want to live, I’m initially filled with a small glow of hope. Immediately afterwards, I’ve overcome…

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What Not To Say To Someone With An Invisible Illness

Sometimes, I’d like people to read my mind. Other times, I think I must assume people can, then get upset or frustrated when they simply ‘don’t get it’. Not many people know the symptoms I…

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GPs: Jacks Of All Trades, Masters Of None?

Despite the bad press they receive for missing problems with patients, not listening to them or fobbing them off, and despite having experienced a lot of this of this myself over the years, I think…

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Prepare For Being Unprepared

Waiting for news can be the hardest part sometimes. So much time wasted anxiously waiting;  a call back that never happened, test results, an appointment letter, waiting to see what the next step is. I…

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Rise Of The Cyberchondriacs

I came across an article recently on the Daily Mail about ‘cyberchondriacs’. It’s lovingly titled : “‘Cyberchondriacs’ clogging up A&E after googling their symptoms and worrying that they’re seriously ill”. Read the full Daily Mail…

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