I want to take the time to write something especially for my incredible son Harry who turns 14 today. I’m not sure his date of birth is right seen as mentally I’m still a teen… More
As a mum to 5 children you would think by now after having 3 out of the 5 already gone through this I would be used to the whole thing of my children growing up, going to school and those little milestones. The truth is regardless of whether it is your first child or in my case the 4th one on school admissions day you have exactly the same feelings. Continue reading “It’s primary schools admissions day! This year is Freddies turn”
Every Friday I will be highlighting an invisible illness, we all know they exist but exactly how much do we know about these conditions and the people who suffer from them? I myself have an invisible condition and it is very easy for people to assume that because I look OK and I walk,talk and act OK that I am fine when quite often this is far from the truth. Continue reading “Invisible Illnesses – Laura’s Story – Chronic Crushing Migraines”
Now I’m aware this is a really random topic but whilst sitting there tonight eating my luxury tea of spaghetti hoops on toast, looking at the comments on the post I put up on my Facebook page about foods you were made to eat as a child and have never eaten since it got me thinking about how other people eat and their food preferences. Let me explain … Continue reading “Let’s talk about food! Are you a food snob?”
Whilst scrolling through Facebook I came across a fantastic new project in Telford called the MyFam Project. As soon as I saw what it was about I wanted to share it with you. I thought it was an incredible idea and just a fantastic thing for the local children. I knew that I would be pants at explaining what it was all about so I contacted the brains behind the project Hannah and asked her to tell you all about it. Continue reading “The MyFam Project Telford – Bridging the gap between the abled and disabled”
When I was approached by the lovely Vicky from Midland Melts By Darceys asking if I would like to try and review some of their wax melts I jumped at the chance. I absolutely love wax melts, some people might even say a little addicted. There is just something about having a home that smells lovely. Continue reading “Midland Melts By Darceys – Review”
I am sat in my kitchen working on a few blog things and the children are in the living room playing on their laptops and tablets. I can hear them fighting and arguing over who is doing what on the game and it has got me thinking is technology ruining our children? Continue reading “Is technology ruining our children?”
Every Friday I will be highlighting an invisible illness, we all know they exist but exactly how much do we know about these conditions and the people that suffer from them? I myself have an invisible condition and it is very easy for people to assume that because I look OK and I walk,talk and act OK that I am fine when quite often this is far from the truth.
Last week I spoke to Terri who was very brave when she told us all about how living with a mental illness borderline personality disorder affects her life. This week we are talking to Tasha about her condition colitis.
Please could you introduce yourself, tell us a little bit about yourself. What you enjoy doing.
My name is Tasha. I’m 24. I am engaged to my partner Jamie. We’ve been together for 8 years, engaged for 2 & have 3 beautiful children. Holly (4), Kaytlin (2) & Alice (10 months). I spend the majority of my time at home looking after the children but I do have a part time job (10 hours a week). I love being a stay at home mummy because it gives me the chance to watch my girls grow up. I really enjoy cooking, I find it very theraputic. In my spare time I like to watch the soaps or even a good movie. When I get the chance (or even spare money) I do like to go out & socialise with friends.
What is your invisible illness?
My invisible illness is Colitis. Colitis is basically inflammation of the colon. I spend pretty much every day in pain. It varies from day to day. Some days it is barely noticeable/bearable but other days it can be so bad I find it hard to move. Its not controlled via medication or pain relief. I gave up with going to the doctors because they would throw all different types of medication at me & it doesn’t work. I found my own ways to deal with the pain.
When did you first notice your symptoms?
I first noticed symptoms in 2010. I went to the doctors with tummy pain. They put it down to several different things & kept fobbing me off with all sorts. It wasn’t until I saw a doctor that used to see my mum (who has crohns) when he wanted to look further into my symptoms.
What was it like getting diagnosed?
It was awful getting diagnosed. I went through so many tests & everytime they came back normal it would be a little frustrating. The last examination I had was a colonscopy, which is a small camera up the back end. This was extremely painful but this is what got me my diagnosis. I finally got diagnosed in 2012.
How does it affect your day to day life?
My day to day depends on how my illness plays me up. On days where I can tolorate the pain I can do what people do but only to a limit. On a really bad day I can hardly get out of bed. The pain can stop me doing most things. I have to stick to limits otherwise I end up in too much pain. It can be really frustrating sometimes but I cant sit for too long nor can I stand for too long.
Do people treat you differently because of your illness?
Not very many people know about my illness because Id rather keep it to myself so I dont get treated differently. I dont need people running around after me, id rather do it myself whilst im able to. Even on bad days I still get myself up out of bed & carry on with my day.
What advice would you give to somebody else suffering from your condition or perhaps to somebody who may have symptoms?
The only advice I give to anyone with my condition is to know your limits. Pushing yourself too much only make matters worse. Take things as easy as you can & do ask for help if needed. To anyone who has symptoms I would keep pushing your doctor/GP because once diagnosed you can be treated if the right medication is found. And it saves it progressing.
Do you know of any good groups or organisations of support for people with your illness?
I dont know any groups or organisations of support because I generally don’t tend to bother with it. I just try to ignore it. Which is probably the worst thing to do.
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to live a happy life with my partner & children. I don’t want to let my illness get the better of me. I want to get a full time job & be able to look after my children myself without having to rely on anyone else. I will fight this til the end..!
Thank you Tasha for speaking to me openly about your condition, It must be tricky raising 3 very young children whilst being in pain most days, hopefully by speaking up you will help other mums of young children to realise that they are not alone.
If you follow my Facebook page you will know that I have been extremely busy working on a few very exciting things. If you don’t follow my Facebook page then why the bloomin heck not huh? A while back I wrote a blog post about how I didn’t want to remain in the life I was in and I wanted to create a future. I wasn’t happy in my current situation and I just needed somebody out there to give me a chance. Continue reading “Creating a future for my family”
Now I know I am not alone when I have seen on Facebook or on the news how a young child has gotten out of the house and I’ve sat there and my first thought has been. Well where was the parents? Why weren’t they watching them? How did they manage to escape? Continue reading “Princess Bethini – The Great Escape Artist of the West Midlands”
When you look at me what do you see? Someone who is confident, loud, outspoken. Someone who is a little gobby? Somebody who isn’t afraid to say what they think and who has no problems walking into a room full of strangers or get onto a stage and sing a song? What if I was to tell you that this person hides a secret anxiety? Continue reading “My secret anxiety”