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
Is My Time Up?
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?
Let’s Talk About The IC Diet
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
What Does Remission Mean?
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
Bladder on Tour
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
I Love Me
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
Relationships vs Singledom
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