Who knew…This week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

This week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Who knew? Huh.

I am going out on a limb here and I’m going to guess that not too many of you knew that? I mean, why would you, it hasn’t really been on ANY mainstream media outlets…or did I miss something? Read More »

Anorexia is not a bad word…

If any of you have a brother or sister, I’m guessing you all did that thing where one person says yes and the other says no and whoever gives up first loses? ‘Yes’, ‘no’, ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘yes’….and so on. It gets pretty tiresome, doesn’t it? It’s quite hard to keep up. Read More »

12 Days of Christmas…Blog 10

Toxmas 10 say I have spent some time in The Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast…would be, well, a very large understatement.

For someone with a fairly limited sense of direction, I think I could get from my house to that hospital in my sleep. We have driven down that road at 4am and 4pm, 12am and 12pm and other very ridiculous times.   Read More »

12 Days of Christmas…Blog 7

xmas 7Well, the last blog of 2017!

This year really does seem to have gone in the blink of an eye.

I think we have seen some good progress this year in terms of awareness of Organ Donation. More stories in papers, more talk of public awareness campaigns, more engagement with young people. More debates about the opt in or opt out system and which we should be working with. Read More »

12 Days of Christmas…Blog 6

xmas 6Well, today has just been absolutely insane.

It’s a short one today – it has been hectic! Today I was announced as a recipient of a BEM (British Empire Medal) on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

I’m still quite baffled and just totally stunned that the work I, with the incredible help and support of those around me, do to raise awareness of Organ Donation has been recognised in this way! Read More »

12 Days of Christmas…Blog 5

xmas 5Do you give blood?

No? What’s your excuse? Do you have a blood condition? Or take medication? Or have lived abroad in a country which means you can’t give blood?

Or…do you just ‘not get round to it’? Don’t have time? Think it’s painful? Think it’s ‘icky’? Don’t know where you can donate? Don’t think it’s really THAT important? Read More »