Book of 2018…12 Days of Christmas

Now, to be fair, most of the books I read in 2018 were textbooks as I was finishing A Levels.

However, after I had a break from reading textbooks…I did finally pick up a book that didn’t contain chemical equations, biological diagrams or anything to do with sports science. Although they are all extremely interesting subjects – I needed a break.

So, what did I read? A light hearted comedic novel? A romance story? A crime thriller? No no no, I read a non-fiction collection of writings from some very inspiring women – a book called ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink…And Other Lies’. Read More »

Most Wonderful Time of the Year…12 Days of Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year.

For me I think so yes.

For many of us, Christmas definitely is the most magical time of year.

Although, for a lot of people Christmas can be a reminder of the person missing round the table, or of the difficulties of social situations or the nerves that come with the excess of food and drink that are part and parcel of Christmas. Read More »

Dear Victoria Secret…

It’s 2018. 2018.

Did you hear me? 2018.

Before I start, I want to acknowledge that – yes, this year’s show featured models of varied ethnic backgrounds and the range of skin colours and ethnicities was amazing to see. It is wonderful that you are inclusive to women who are so diverse. Ethnically diverse.

And the models, of course, looked incredible. They work so hard training and they definitely deserve credit for that. They are, undeniably, beautiful.

But. Out of the 49 models who walked the runway in this year’s show, there was not a single one who represented me, or many of the girls I know. Read More »

Positive Vibes Only Please…

Laugh. Right now. Just do it, make yourself laugh. Honestly. Or at least smile.

Did you do it? Okay, even if you don’t want to admit it, it made you feel happy didn’t it? I bet it did.

Its actually been proven that forcing yourself to laugh or smile first thing in the morning makes you feel more positive throughout the day. There’s lots of science behind it to do with endorphins and things, but all you really need to know is that it actually does work. Read More »

You Got This…World Mental Health Day 2018

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You have a headache and your friend asks if you want to go out. You say no sorry, I have this splitting headache today.

Your friend asks if you want to go out, but you’ve been feeling anxious all day. Is that what you say? Or do you make some other excuse?

I’m going to guess, partly because I know I’ve done it myself, that the reason you give for not going is not that you are anxious. Or that you’re just not feeling up to being sociable.

But why? Why do we make a distinction between our physical and mental health? Why is it that we don’t feel comfortable being honest and saying how we may be struggling? Read More »

Luke Biggs

Today marks my three year anniversary of my third liver transplant.

September 9th 2015 was an entirely differently day to today. But then I think most of you reading this have probably heard my story far too many times now. So I won’t tell it again.

I will tell you about someone who was a big part of my journey through that last transplant.luke 2

Luke and I were neighbours on the ward when I was both waiting for and recovering from the surgery. We shared a transplant anniversary date, shared a wall and shared a lot of laughs in a situation that wasn’t necessarily all that funny. Read More »

Stuart Robbins

IMG_5868 At just two weeks old, I had a volvulus, which is a twisting of the gut and I was rushed to Accident and Emergency.

From then on, I had a lot of complications all throughout my life.

This eventually lead the doctors and nurses at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to make the decision to put me on the transplant waiting list for a new small bowel at the age of nine.

In April 2009 we received a phone call from Birmingham Children’s Hospital that changed my life forever. Read More »

Nicole Mackenzie

My name is Nicole Mackenzie, 20, from Portsmouth and I received a kidney back in March 2009 from my Dad.

I was first diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease when I was 3 years old which was caused by Renal Artery Stenosis which is the narrowing of arteries that carry blood to both of the kidneys.

Luckily, I didn’t need dialysis, however I was on a restricted diet and throughout the next 8 years I would have routine check-ups every 1-2 months at the Southampton General Hospital. Read More »