Life & Times #2 – Another Year Older

Galaxy print birthday card that says 'Niece it's your day to shine'

I celebrated my 26thbirthday yesterday. This year I wasn’t worried about becoming older. I don’t stress that I’m closer to 30 than I am 20. This year I’m grateful to have seen my birthday at all.

In Life & Times #1 I spoke about being at a loss of what to do when I submitted but I didn’t really get a chance to plan out anything thanks to my ulcerative colitis. My 25thyear ended up being a shit show thanks to my health and the stress brought on from trying to finish my PhD. Now that I’m on the other side of it all I’m back to wondering what I want to do.

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Book Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Cover of Dumplin' which is black with the shilloette of a girl in a red dress

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy is told from the point of view of Miss Willowdean Dickson. Born and raised in Texas, Willowdean is the daughter of Rosie Dickson, a former Miss Teen Blue Bonnet who lives and breathes pageant life. Will isn’t about to follow in her mother’s footsteps though thanks to her weight. But what if she did? When Will and a group of other misfits decide to enter the pageant they embark on a journey where they learn more than pageant etiquette.

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My IBD Story

Black peg board spelling my IBD story in white letters

If you follow my Facebook page or Instagram, you’ll have seen that I’ve been in the hospital after having a few health problems. I’m back at home now and wanted to share what…

I recently got diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) where your small bowel becomes inflamed. Research hasn’t figured out what exactly causes the disease yet but most people think it may be an autoimmune response whereby the body stops recognising the natural bacteria in the gut and attacks it instead. I feel like IBD is a condition people can be slightly uncomfortable speaking about due to the fact that it deals with your bowels and poo. If I’m honest, when I first got my diagnosis I felt uncomfortable talking about it.

So let me walk you through what has happened up until now. In January 2018 I found that when I went to the loo I had bright red blood in my stools. This wasn’t just a one time thing either, it kept happening, and knowing that wasn’t a good sign I decided to make an appointment with my GP. My GP referred me to the hospital, specifically the bowel clinic, for a colonoscopy and I was booked in for March.

Only… I stopped bleeding. As suddenly as it had started it had stopped. I cancelled my clinic appointment not wanting to waste anyone’s time. I mean, why go through a colonoscopy when I didn’t need it anymore, right?

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Barcelona Photo Diary

Me standing on a balcony in Parc Güell

We just got back from a family holiday over in Barcelona. Surprisingly, this was our first trip to Spain and I’m delighted to say that I had an amazing time. Barcelona truly took my breath away and I wanted to share some of the photos I took whilst away.

Gothic Quarter

Me standing in front of graffiti in the Gothic Quarter

Our first port of call was the Gothic Quarter. We were due to take a 2 hour walking tour around the area however we managed to miss it thanks to us all waking up a little later than expected. Oops! Instead we made our way over and had a wander with Sai giving us some facts she found on her phone. After some wandering we made out was to La Rambla to take a stroll.

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Book Review: S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

S.T.A.G.S book cover

S.T.A.G.S by M. A Bennett is set in a private boarding school and follows Greer Macdonald as she begins her first scholarship year at the prestigious institute. Greer has moved from her public comprehensive school in Manchester to join the elite in a school that not only nurtures tradition but dies by it. She’s a misfit who finds herself isolated until she receives an invite for huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ from the Medievals (S.T.A.G.S prefects and popular kids) over half term weekend. But sometimes things truly are too good to be true…

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