After procrastinating over this blog post, there's nothing like a global pandemic to get the creative juices flowing. Living alone during lockdown, there's only so many times I can deep clean the kitchen (just kidding, I'm watching Tiger King on repeat). Here's a little recap - In 2016, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis and … Continue reading Guess Who’s Back…
Hospitals are so grim aren't they?! The air is filled with nothing but sadness and sickness. I do my best to stay clear but recently became an overnight resident after my long awaited laparoscopy. A laparoscopy is essentially keyhole surgery to poke around your insides with a camera and carry out small surgical procedures. In … Continue reading Hello Endo
A few weeks ago, I was told "Your bladder is fine now, you're cured". My face said it all but being blessed with patience, I politely pointed out that by definition, an incurable condition cannot be cured. I have been extremely fortunate to fall into remission but not a day, or actually a few hours, … Continue reading Is My Time Up?
I first wrote about The IC Diet in October 2016. I was still getting my head around IC and desperately trying to make sense of it all. I spent hours Googling and the more I read, the less I wanted to eat. I started the diet hoping it would help cure my broken bladder but … Continue reading Let’s Talk About The IC Diet
The word remission gets thrown around a lot in the IC world but what does it actually mean? Type "IC Remission" into Google and you'll find plenty of forums discussing the topic. I believe that remission means something different for everyone and it means whatever you need it to be. Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic … Continue reading What Does Remission Mean?
Firstly, I apologise for not having a definitive answer as to why I’m in remission. I really wish it was that simple! I don't understand why I've been blessed with the magic R but here are four things I think have helped... Early Diagnosis My GP knew about lnterstitial Cystitis and I was referred to … Continue reading R.E.M.I.S.S.I.O.N
This time last year, I was waking up from my anaesthetic being told I had Interstitial Cystitis. It's one of those moments I'll never forget and the past twelve months have been a crazy journey of acceptance, hope, courage and strength. I've spent the past year doing everything I can to get myself healthier. … Continue reading Happy Anniversary
I've just been on holiday for the first time since being diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. You probably think I chose a nice relaxing week in the sun listening to the ocean waves but no, I chose to spend five nights of debauchary in Las Vegas! Before you start thinking I'm totally crazy, the holiday was … Continue reading Bladder on Tour
Valentines Day. Love it or hate it, the 14th of February cannot be ignored. The shops are full of tacky cards, overpriced flowers and cuddly toys. I especially hate the ugly stuffed animals that cost double the price just because they're holding a heart emblazoned with "I Love You" (apologies if you're a fan). My … Continue reading I Love Me
Hands up who has a chronic illness and has spent more hours than they care to admit worrying about their partner or being able to find one? I see lots of hands in the air, including mine. Like good vs evil or batman vs superman, we are all left pondering the battle of relationships vs … Continue reading Relationships vs Singledom