Category: Health and Wellbeing

My experience of depression – drugs vs talking therapy

Originally posted in February 2018  Depression, the black dog, that gloomy cloud that envelops your being from morning to night. That feeling of dread. Doom. Waking in the night. Crying for seemingly no reason. Self harm. Spending money you don’t have. Not going out. Going out too much. Alcohol. Drugs. …

The Massage Company, Tunbridge Wells – a review

I’ll be honest, when they approached me to review, I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Massage Company I had visions of it being a bit clinical. Less “spa”, more “corporate”. I expected it to be kind of like a supermarket for massages. Go in, pick one, pay and …

Be heard, not part of the herd with Rebel Femmes

I am a big softie I would be quite happy if we could all just get along. To that end Anna from Me, Annie Bee and I set up our Facebook group Rebel Femmes. We were both a bit fed up of negativity, of women bitching about women. The group …

Every day should be World Mental Health Day

It’s world mental health day and I’m feeling very emotional. I organised a coffee morning, including a raffle, in aid of West Kent Mind. I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s been a bit overwhelming but, my god, it’s been worthwhile. I don’t know how much we raised, but …

The Only Way to Beat a Bad Habit Is to Replace It

Have you ever wondered why it’s SO difficult to break a bad habit? Let’s imagine that you’ve got a bad habit such as smoking, and it’s gotten to a point where you’ve been clinically diagnosed and the doctors tell you that you need to do something about it in order …

I might be fat but I’m still f**king awesome

I’m on the train on my way home from a birthday meal. I’m now a 41-year-old woman and a size 20/22. Please make yourself comfortable while I tell you the story of a 16-year-old girl who was a size 16 and convinced she was grotesque. I remember vividly wanting to …

What has the NHS ever done for you?

No really? What has the NHS ever done for you? I mean, let’s start with your birth, I suspect your mother had access to a GP, maybe midwife. You were likely born in a hospital and even if you weren’t I would guess that a medical professional was at the …

12 things Crohn’s sufferers wish you knew

Crohn’s often pops up in the news these days, which is great for highlighting the disease. More and more celebrities are being open about living with the disease and the side effects of the medication, which is not easy given the common misconceptions attached to Crohn’s. I was diagnosed almost …

Crohn’s disease, a parent’s experience

You may have already read my accounts of living with Crohn’s if not you can find them collectively here. In light of the fact that Crohn’s is back in the news again today, thanks to Dynamo, I spoke to my mum and my partner, Vince, this morning and suggested that they …

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