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Back to Work and (Almost) Famous!

It's only Wednesday, and I have had a pretty eventful week so far.  Many of you may know that I am currently off on long term sick leave from work and have been since May; I was struggling so much in regards to fatigue and mobility in work that I suddenly just felt that couldn't… Continue reading Back to Work and (Almost) Famous!

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5 Ways That I Help My Children To Understand MS

My children have only ever known me as their Mum with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  I was diagnosed 14 years before my first child was born and, although I was physically very well for the first few years of my children's lives, they claim they can't remember me not having MS symptoms.  I have always been… Continue reading 5 Ways That I Help My Children To Understand MS

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Rocking Motherhood in 10 different ways – despite chronic illness

When I saw that Natalie from Surviving Life's Hurdles tagged me in a post about 'Rocking Motherhood', I felt both flattered and a bit nervous.  If you ask my husband, one of the biggest things that I worry about is being a good mum to our kids (aged 9 and 7) despite me having MS.  I stress… Continue reading Rocking Motherhood in 10 different ways – despite chronic illness

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Children’s Parties for Spoonie Parents

So, we have survived my daughter's 7th birthday party!  A couple of months ago, I decided to mistakenly  ask her what she wanted to do for her birthday: a lovely family day out at the beach?  A trip to see Disney on Ice?  Going to a pottery studio?  No! A pizza party at home with a few… Continue reading Children’s Parties for Spoonie Parents

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‘My Tummy Looks Fat’ – Body Image, my Kids and my Chronic Illness

"Mummy, I don't like my tummy...it looks fat."   Imagine my horror when my 6 - year old daughter (yes, I said 6) said this to me the other day while I was helping her apply her nightly eczema cream.  Apparently, a child in her class had commented that it looked as though she had… Continue reading ‘My Tummy Looks Fat’ – Body Image, my Kids and my Chronic Illness

Healthy Living with MS · OMS · Recipes · Spoonie Parenting

A Child-Approved Green Veg Risotto

Another recipe from me which I just felt that I had to share.  Not least because both kids cleared their plates, with no cajoling or bribery needed. This risotto is: creamy comforting filling healthy plant-based I use the oven baking method, so no need to stand over the hot cooker.  Vegan parmesan (made from cashews,… Continue reading A Child-Approved Green Veg Risotto

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Surviving – and enjoying – the holidays when you have a chronic illness

I would love to able to say that I am mega-super-organised at this time of year; that I have bought and wrapped my presents, menu planned and arranged exciting Christmas crafts for the kids, so I can sit back, relax and crack open the mulled wine.  But the reality is that I have done some shopping and… Continue reading Surviving – and enjoying – the holidays when you have a chronic illness