Depression Fucking Sucks 

I wrote this on my personal Facebook page. I wanted friends and family to know what’s going on with me or others who suffer depression. I feel that I need to share it to a wider audience that depression fucking sucks. Some folks might not want to hear or read about mental health but it is a fact that it exists and is sucks. We need to speak more openly about it without fear of being judge or told to cheer up or buck up. If it were that easy there wouldn’t be so many people suffering mental health issues. Some people don’t understand that even though you have a wonderful family you get depressed, you can’t explain why your […]

Positive GP Appointment 

For many people the thought of a GP appointment fills them with dread and anxiety, the fear that they will be judged for their weight or lifestyle choices, prevents many from seeking help from a GP when they are unwell.  I speak from experience.  Until very recently I had never had a positive GP appointment, I always left feeling that I had wasted their time ad resources, that they never really listened to what I was saying, that they were more interested in seeing patients as quickly as possible and getting them out the door.  I have previously written about GPs & Chronic Illness which you can check out here The practice that I was registered with only had 2 […]

How A Dog Helped Complete Our Family 

Until a few years ago I considered myself a cat person, they were the only animal I had as a family pet.  I knew I liked dogs and I was comfortable around them, but had never thought that I would ever have one as a pet/companion.  That was until 3 years ago this October David and I were on our annual family holiday with my parents and friend on Mull. We didn't expect to be coming home with a new addition, an addition that has completed our family in more ways than one. The neighbours to the house we were renting had puppies, they said they were 8 weeks old or so, we had stopped to see them a few times. […]

Peppa Not Allowed Here!!

Peppa Pig the popular show aimed at preschoolers, seems to have become an entity of its own, the show airs on 3 separate channels here in the UK and is popular worldwide.  With a multi million pound merchandising business including DVDs, toys and its very own theme park.   You would think because of this it would be a good, decent, educational show that you would happily let your little person watch? Well not in this house as David & I have made the decision that Peppa is not allowed. The burning question you are probably asking yourself is, why? why would you prevent your toddler to watch this much-loved kids show?  Well let me tell you, after discussing the […]

One Up – Food & Drink Review 

During my latest trip into the Glasgow with my mum, auntie and cousin we went to One Up on Royal Exchange Square for a bite to eat and some adult beverages. We enjoyed ourselves so much I decided to write about our experience.  One Up is situated on the first floor, meaning it’s not accessibility friendly.  It looks small when you walk in, it is in fact surprisingly spacious. With booths at the front of the bar, as well as private function rooms which include a party pod for a private kararoke party, Bar 2 which would be ideal for intimate gatherings and The Club which can cater for parties up to 110 people.  As it’s a burger bar there […]

Chronic Illness 101 – But You Don’t Look Sick 

The old cliche of never judging a book by its cover springs to mind when talking about chronic illness. Many people I know who suffer from a chronic illness don’t show signs of being ill, they still look like themselves. Which is the reason many of us have heard the comment “but you don’t look sick!” How exactly are we supposed to look? Should we be covered in sores and oozing puss? Should we be grey in colour? Should we have an appendage falling off? Or perhaps having a flashing neon sign that tells you what illness it is we are suffering from??  This and “if you get out or exercise, you’ll feel better” are a few of the most […]

Fat Girl Walks Into A Gym

It sounds like the start of a joke but it’s not!  I am said fat girl and yesterday I walked into a gym for the first time. (Technically the second but the last one doesn’t count as I didn’t use any of the equipment.) And it wasn’t as nearly as intimidating as I thought it could possibly be.  I was encouraged by my GP to join a gym under a scheme called Active Forth which is run by Falkirk Community Trust. The scheme helps people with many conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, CFS, anxiety and depression to become more active in the hopes that the activity and exercise will help improve the patient’s conditions. The doctor also kept harping on […]

My Chronic Illness And GPs

“The cruelest symptoms of our illness, is disbelief by medical personnel”. This quote by Mary Carlson is a perfect explanation of my own feelings with my illness and doctors. Ever since I started developing symptoms of my chronic illness I’ve had the feeling that many doctors didn’t believe me, leaving me to feel that what I was experiencing was all in my bed. I literally had to beg to be referred to a consultant twice and it was the second referral that finally for my diagnosis. Fast forward 4 years a confirmed diagnosis of fibromyalgia and hyper mobility syndrome and I am still made to feel like I am wasting GP’s time whenever I have appointments. Whenever I go into […]

Let’s Talk – Anxiety 

I want to start by saying  that writing this has been the hardest post I’ve ever attempted. Not because I’m ashamed but because I’ve never admitted to myself about having anxiety before let alone spoken about it.  Up until recently I preferred to think that the constant being on edge, fearing the worst and knots in my stomach were normal and that everyone felt them. Something clicked a few weeks ago when I was watching a story on Instagram by Elena Davies she was explaining her own feelings of anxiety mentioning that on that particular night she hugged her daughter longer than normal in case something happened to her in the night, and how her anxiety was what caused those feelings of […]

Chronic Illness 101 – Be Understanding

Dealing with chronic illness isn’t just about medicating and learning to cope with the symptoms that particular illness brings with it, it is also about how their entire life is affected by it.  Such as not being able to plan outings or meeting with friends  too far in advance because they don’t know what their energy level is going to be like that day. Or having to cancel on friends because their symptoms are flaring or they are too exhausted to leave the house. How do you as a friend of someone who is chronically ill deal with this? Simply put Be Understanding! I briefly covered this in my Chronic Illness 101 – The Basics post, and I feel that it […]