Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week

Did you know, that the 18th - 24th October is Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week? I wasn't aware of this until recently, but it really resonated with me, so I wanted to write a bit about my own experiences around this topic. What is an invisible disability? According to Scope, there are over 14 million disabled people in the UK. The majority of these are not "visible" to other people. Invisible disabilities may include conditions such as mental health conditions, hearing/vision...Read More
Be Kind To Yourself: 20 Positive Scoliosis Quotes

Be Kind To Yourself: 20 Positive Scoliosis Quotes

I personally love a good uplifting quote or affirmation. For this post, I have listed my favourite positive scoliosis quotes that I can apply to my own experiences with scoliosis. If I've learnt anything over the years when dealing with my scoliosis, it's this. Be Kind to Yourself. Scoliosis can be difficult to live with at times. It can be painful, uncomfortable and isolating. However, it's all about mindset. A positive mindset can do wonders for your self-esteem and self...Read More
Scoliosis and Mental Health: My Story

Scoliosis and Mental Health: My Story

It's World Mental Health Day on 10th October, which got me thinking about how scoliosis has impacted my own mental health. What many people don't realise, is that scoliosis is more than a back condition. Depending on severity and location of curve(s), scoliosis can cause physical deformity, pain, neurological issues, breathing, digestive problems, and more. It is also a chronic condition, meaning it cannot be cured and it can also be progressive in severe cases. All this is not to...Read More
Hello October – Linkup with A Chronic Voice

Hello October – Linkup with A Chronic Voice

Hello, lovely readers! I realise that I have neglected my blog a bit recently. Ever since the initial lockdown rules were relaxed the "new normal" (hate that phrase) life took over again. I'm still working from home but it's been super busy lately and I've been finding it difficult to find the time I'd like to focus on my blog. However, I wanted to write a bit about my life at the moment, and I thought what better way than...Read More
5 ways to look after your back when working from home

5 ways to look after your back when working from home

As more people are working from home amidst the COVID19 pandemic, looking after your back and minimising resultant back pain is more important than ever. Even if you don't have scoliosis or any pre-existing back conditions, sitting down at a desk all day can cause no end of aches and pains. I've been working from home since mid March and it really does not help my back sitting down all day. I thought I'd share 5 tips that I have...Read More
Hello July! Lockdown Diaries

Hello July! Lockdown Diaries

Well here we are in July. We've survived another month of lockdown in the UK. Month 3! Who'd have thought it? As these are strange yet interesting times, I wanted to write about how things are for me at the moment, whilst also taking part in the July Linkup from a Chronic Voice for a bit of inspiration. This involves writing my thoughts around several writing prompts. This month, the prompts are: Bothering, Demanding, Nourishing, Telecommunicating and Tolerating. Bothering I...Read More
Scoliosis Awareness Month: 10 Years Post op!

Scoliosis Awareness Month: 10 Years Post op!

I can't believe I'm writing this, but next month, I'm 10 years post scoliosis surgery! Where on earth did that time go? As it's Scoliosis Awareness month, I have made a YouTube video where I talk about how I'm feeling now at 10 years post op, as well as reflecting on some of the things I have managed to achieve post surgery. I honestly cannot believe how far I've come and all the things I've managed to achieve. To celebrate...Read More
Life with Scoliosis: YouTube channel!

Life with Scoliosis: YouTube channel!

Hello :-) Hope everyone is well. I just wanted to do a quick post to let you know that I'm now on YouTube! I have done my first video this afternoon, which is a quick intro about myself, this blog and my history with scoliosis. You can check this out below. I'm planning on adding regular videos going forwards about my journey with scoliosis and how I live my life post surgery, so please do subscribe to my channel so...Read More
5 signs of scoliosis to look out for

5 signs of scoliosis to look out for

June is scoliosis awareness month, so I thought I'd write a post about some common signs of scoliosis. Every case of scoliosis is different, and the physical symptoms can vary depending on the size and location of the curve(s). However, there are some common signs to look out for. As scoliosis typically develops when a child is growing (most commonly between the ages of 10-15), it's important to look out for the signs as soon as possible. This is because,...Read More
5 Fast Facts about Scoliosis

5 Fast Facts about Scoliosis

June is scoliosis awareness month and to mark the occasion, I have spent my Saturday using my new found photoshop skills to create a scoliosis infographic. There are so many incorrect scoliosis facts out there and so I wanted to create something that can be easily shared to raise awareness. 5 Fast Facts about Scoliosis In 8 out of 10 cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. Scoliosis most commonly develops between the ages of 10 and 15.5 out of...Read More
Hello June: Lockdown Diaries

Hello June: Lockdown Diaries

I can't believe another month has flown by, and that we are still in lockdown after 3 months. May was a funny old month where a lot happened but yet didn't. As it's a strange time, I thought I'd reflect on my current thoughts and feelings, while utilising the June linkup party prompts from A Chronic Voice for some inspiration. HOPING Last month, I completed my twopointsix challenge to help raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. This...Read More
2.6 Challenge: Week 4 – COMPLETE!

2.6 Challenge: Week 4 – COMPLETE!

I'm so happy! This week I completed my 2.6 challenge! I'm so proud of myself. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund has been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK’s charities, and the idea is that people can do any challenge associated with the numbers 2 and/or 6. As...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week 3

My 2.6 Challenge: Week 3

I’ve just finished week THREE of my 2.6 Challenge, so I wanted to write a quick blog post to document my runs over the past week. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund has been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK’s charities, and the idea is that people...Read More
My 2.6 Challenge: Week 2

My 2.6 Challenge: Week 2

I've just finished week 2 of my 2.6 Challenge so thought I'd write a blog post to document my runs over the past week. I started the 2.6 challenge on Sunday 26th April, in a bid to raise awareness and funds for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Like many charities, the Scoliosis Campaign Fund been affected by the cancellation of fundraising events due to COVID19. The 2.6 challenge was launched to save the UK's charities, and the idea is that people...Read More