Tag Archive | health

How it all began


A song, a flash from the past


She hears them and she doesn’t, locked in a private corner of her past. A painful memory she’s been unwilling to share. But for now she isn’t fearful or sad, she’s mystified, lost in the beauty, the magic atmosphere. She doesn’t understand what she sees. It has familiar connotations but it makes no sense.


Twenty odd years have passed, how could it be? He looks so young, so beautiful, but the exotic setting? What is this?


His voice wraps her up and transports her back. Memories emerge and float, and she remembers. She’s a fighter, always has been. The little girl she once was kicks her from the inside, the one who refused to give in.


She doesn’t know it yet, but the nightmare is shifting away. For the last few months she has merely survived, now it’s time to live again. She’s alive and fighting. A new energy jolts her, she doesn’t even realise she’s pirouetting around the conservatory.


Lost in your time, based in Paris, out now.

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Photoshop in schools?

Seen in the New York Times:

The practice of altering photos, long a standard in the world of glossy magazines and fashion shoots, has trickled down to the wholesome domain of the school portrait. Parents who once had only to choose how many wallet-size and 5-by-7 copies they wanted are now being offered options like erasing scars, moles, acne and braces, whitening teeth or turning a bad hair day into a good one.

Say what?

But parents who choose to edit also run the risk of “potentially validating the concerns that it is not O.K. to be that way,” Dr. Peterson said.

No kidding!

Read the article here:


In response to one of the comment on Mummy Bloggers discussion:

Wouldn’t children who have their photos retouched be more prone to teasing? Everybody in their class would know that’s not how they look like, I think it would give more power to potential bullies. As teenagers, let them make that decision, but photoshopping is not going to change the way they look in real life.

Coeliac disease is no joke!

I’m coeliac, that means I have to be really careful with my diet, especially since I have other health problems.I can’t eat anything that contains gluten.

I was diagnosed a few years ago, after many tests and procedures.Coeliacs tend to go undiagnosed for many years.

There is more awareness these days and a lot more products available.It is extremely rare though to find a bakery or coffee shop that caters for coeliacs.

Trouble is, with all the food fads around, some people think it’s just that, another fad.Unfortunately, it isn’t the case and can cause great damage to your intestines.

Often, you’ll hear ‘what do you mean, you can’t eat bread?!”, “oh,you’re on a diet !”

Others pity me and wonder what I eat.

Well, I do have to be organised.I always take fruit with me, in case I get hungry and if I’m going to be gone for a long time I take my supplies with me.It also means, I’m forever eating as the food I can eat is quickly digested.

There are many products for coeliacs, some nicer than others.On the whole, I tend not to bother, I’m not so keen on the way they taste and furthermore, these gluten-free products are heavily processed and don’t feel natural to me.

So, I’m ok with it, it doesn’t particularly bothers me.Just please don’t get offended when I can’t eat something you’ve prepared or bought.

I appreciate the thought, but no, thank you.

Adopting a gluten-free diet deserves careful consideration


For some, cutting out gluten is not a choice or a fad diet. For people who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition where the body has a severe reaction to gluten, causing damage to the small intestine and reduced absorption of vitamins and minerals, avoiding it is a necessity. According to Coeliac UK, symptoms of the disease, which is estimated to affect about one percent of the population, include weight loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea, anaemia, migraines, joint pain and fatigue. Despite the common misconception that coeliac disease is often diagnosed in early childhood, a recent Canadian study found the average age for diagnosis in adults to be 46. Unfortunately, statistics show that many people with coeliac disease don’t know they have it, and as few as one in eight people with the disease have been properly diagnosed. According to the Canadian Celiac Association, strict adherence to a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease and is essential to reduce the risk of further health complications associated with the disease, including osteoporosis, depression, infertility and certain cancers.

Invisible … the grieving process

Invisible, that’s how I felt.

I wanted to slide away … come back healed, the pain washed away.

I had lost so much, my dream vanished, taken out of me no matter how I fought.

I felt sorry for myself, hated myself, hated this body that had let me down, failing to keep my baby alive to be born safely.

I hid from the world, not wanting to get out of the house.

I numbed myself to calm the rage inside of me, nothing seemed to help.

Guilty for not being more cheerful for my two lovely children.

I felt like I had lost my way.

The daily reminders of what I had lost, injections,  tests and treatments, the fight to go on because I’m a mum and I owe it to my children.

Then I see them smile again, hear them laughing and one day I stop crying myself to sleep.

Little by little, I became stronger despite this body of mine that insists on playing tricks with me.

It’s all part of the grieving process. You think your world has ended. nothing will ever be the same.

I died a little that dreadful day, I did slide away I suppose …

Until eventually I came alive again.



Resting, and the rest …

I’ve been resting. Well, that’s the official version ! I was slightly blackmailed into doing so.

I’m not complaining, I know I overdid it and that perhaps I could take more care of myself.

There , I’ ve admitted it, happy now ?!

Some days have been pretty mellow.I read, I watched my kids play, I sat down to have a cup of coffee and spent lots of time chatting, nice catching up with friends.

I even watched , shock horror, television which reminded me why I very rarely  watch tv  in the first place.

We had fun nonetheless.

Then one night, unavoidably, I struggled  to get to sleep and I wrote…for hours.

I’m getting there, some days I forget and the next I pay the price so I’m trying to pace myself, take my meds and blah blah…

Quite a lot to look forward , new changes on the horizon, our lives taking a new turn…

curious to see how it will all pan out come September…but that’s another story !