Chronic illness Lifestyle

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 …

Family Lifestyle

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 …

Food & Drink Lifestyle

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 …

Chronic illness Fat Girl At The Gym Lifestyle

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 …

Chronic illness

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 …

Anxiety Lifestyle

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 …

Film Review Nerdy Lass

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story 

(SPOILER ALERT!!) Finally after waiting months for the blu-ray release of Rogue One A Star Wars Story it was released on 10th April and arrived on my doorstep very promptly that day.  I settled down with popcorn in hand to watch it for the first time last night. If you’ve seen A New Hope you’ll know that the rebel alliance have the plans of the Death Star meaning they have a way to destroy it. Well Rogue One is all about how they get those plans Its probably best to start by saying that Rogue One isn’t like any Star …

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic illness Costochondritis Fibromyalgia Invisible Illness Parenting In Pain

Invisible Illness – My Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Story

For over 4 years I have been living with the confirmed diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Hyper-mobility Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. All of which are considered invisible illnesses. Due to the fact the the symptoms are not visible to others. Like many who live with invisible illness it took several years for doctors to listen to and believe me. This is my story. The Long Road To Diagnosis My fibromyalgia symptoms first began in 2009. After an emergency trip to the hospital that eventually resulted in an operation on my right eye. I began to experience wide spread pain, tender points …