UC and ME – who to believe? #2

It’s been about six months since my initial UC diagnosis, and I wanted to share the story so far and update on the battle with who/what to believe.

One of the most infuriating things about UC is that nobody knows what causes it, or how to cure it (at least not yet). It is commonly believed to be an underlying genetic thing (in the medical community) – so if you’re meant to get it you probably will at some stage or another. I don’t know how much I believe this, and often wonder what life would be like if I hadn’t gotten food poisoning just over a year ago and awakened the beast.

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#FridayHero – Dawn O’Porter

This week’s Friday Hero is someone who feels like a friend even though I’ve never met her, someone I could easily sink a couple of bottles of prosecco with, and put the world to rights over a pizza. Dawn O’Porter is a Scottish-born TV presenter, writer, mother and wife (to the lovely Chris O’Dowd) who has worked hard to put body image, confidence and society’s pressure for perfection into the spotlight.

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Secret Gardens, places and spaces.

It’s an ultimate ambition in life (no joke) to live in a secret house. Not necessarily a big house, or a modern house or a flashy house – but one that’s a little bit hidden from the rest of the world. Perhaps down a rickety old pebble driveway, or tucked behind a row of tall tall trees. Keep on dreaming girl…I know.

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#Talk2Me – I can’t stop pulling out my eyelashes!

“For the last few months I’ve started this habit of pulling out my eyelashes, I didn’t even notice I was doing it until I noticed the hairs making a mess on my desk at work. Help!”

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Were the Uni days as good as it’s gonna get?

A time where a lie-in was always post 10am, and your only responsibilities were to try to remain free from STIs and severe alcohol poisoning (as well as getting that scroll bit at the end obvs).

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What does a panic attack feel like?

There are quite a few definitions online which attempt to explain what a panic attack is, but the one I couldn’t resist quoting was this…

“The worst most uncomfortable thing which could happen to someone (death comes a close second).” Urban Dictionary 

Amusing as it may seem to someone who hasn’t experienced one, it’s actually not far off the state you fall into when a panic attack strikes, and when it does it’s anything but funny.

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#FridayHero – Jennifer Lawrence

This week’s #FridayHero is Jennifer Lawrence, and I’m sure I’m not alone in positioning her as such – but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of hero-worshiping (if it’s for the right reasons).

I COULD say she’s a hero because she’s incredibly beautiful and even manages to retain some class whilst doing this….

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Emotional Eating – is it all bad?

Food for me, is an extremely emotional and sensory-driven thing, how can it not be? All those familiar aromas, flavours, herbs and spices all reminding you of a specific moment in your life – good or bad.

A few years ago a friend of mine went through a pretty messy break up, and admitted that he was very much an emotional eater, who couldn’t stop himself from gorging when he got really upset or low. Fair enough I thought, we’ve all been there in some way or another – or at least I have?!

If you fall off the ’emotional wagon’ as it were, friends will often say ‘take the weekend, eat whatever you like, stuff your chops with pizza and then start fresh on Monday morning’ – but what if emotional eating didn’t have to be a binge experience? What if it didn’t have to be something to shy away from? My belief is that it can become a process for good, to soothe a battered soul. And I will explain why I think this.

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