Lockdown Diaries: Week 3

Lockdown Diaries: Week 3

As we enter week 3 of "Lockdown" in the UK, I thought I would write down my thoughts as it helps with my anxiety and stress, but also I thought it might be interesting to look back on years from now.  So this post may be a bit jumbled and there may not be much point to it, but I just needed to get all my thoughts down somewhere.  At the moment we have had two full weeks of lockdown,...Read More
10 Tips for New Runners

10 Tips for New Runners

One positive about the current lock-down in the UK, is that we can still get outside in the fresh air for one bit of exercise each day. This has led to an increase in people running outside, especially as the gyms are now closed and the weather is getting better. I have been running for about 5 years now, and I have always found it very beneficial for managing anxiety and basically making me feel better about everything, which is...Read More
5 ways to look after your mental health during lock-down

5 ways to look after your mental health during lock-down

We are coming to the end of the first two weeks in lock-down in the UK and honestly, at times it can be hard. I know that other people have it worse than me. I know that key workers are having to go into work whilst I can work safely from home. I know that millions are home schooling their children, whilst attempting to work full time, whilst I don't have kids. I know I'm probably one of the lucky...Read More
Hello April

Hello April

Well, March, what a strange month you've been!!! At the beginning of the month, I was in the midst (and extreme pain!) of marathon training ready for the Manchester Marathon, which was meant to happen this weekend. On the 7th of March, it was my birthday, and I celebrated with my run club friends with a trip to Zielgelwiese parkrun in Germany to get the Z in our parkrun alphabet challenge. That feels like A LONG time ago now and...Read More
5 positives we can take from lock-down

5 positives we can take from lock-down

It's a scary and difficult time for us all at the moment amidst the Coronavirus outbreak. The UK is now in lock-down. As of 23rd March, we can only leave the house for essential supermarket visits or to exercise. If we go outside, we need to stay 2m away from others and we are not allowed to meet friends or family. This is something I don't think any of us ever imagined would happen in our lifetimes and it felt...Read More
Sigh…Corona

Sigh…Corona

There's not really much purpose to this post, other than the fact that I needed to get my thoughts down. It's been a difficult and scary time for everyone amidst the Corona-virus outbreak and at the moment, I feel like I'm in a film that I'm not particularly enjoying. Everything just seems highly surreal.  Last week, I was upset that the marathon I had trained for months for, had been postponed. This week, I feel that there are bigger things...Read More
A single 6 months: What I’ve learnt

A single 6 months: What I’ve learnt

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." Back in June, I wrote a very personal post about how I was feeling following the end of a toxic relationship. As June is nearly 6 months ago now (and 8 months after said relationship ended), I'm feeling reflective again (not unusual for me!) So I wanted to write a bit of an update of how I'm feeling now, 6 months on, and also...Read More
1 year later

1 year later

I apologise for the lack of scoliosis related blog post, but I'm feeling inspired so I wanted to write it all down. This weekend, it marks exactly that I took part in the amazing trek along the Great Wall of China, which I did to raise money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. This was a life changing experience and one I will never forget. But it's what happened when I got back from that trip that I've spent the last...Read More
6 month goal review

6 month goal review

So it's July already, which means that half the year has gone... nooooo! It always makes me panic how fast time goes, and the fact that it is now July has got me thinking about my goals I set back in January and where I'm up to with them. I thought I'd write a quick post to sum up what I've achieved in the last 6 months, and what I'd like to achieve in the next 6 months. (It's more...Read More
Things you CAN do with a fused spine!

Things you CAN do with a fused spine!

Since my scoliosis surgery almost 7 years ago, I have achieved SO many things that I never thought would be possible post surgery.  As scoliosis is in the news right now (as a result of Britain's Got Talent) and in some cases being portrayed rather negatively, I thought I would try and put a positive spin on things. I wanted to share my achievements post scoliosis surgery to prove that there IS life after scoliosis surgery! Once recovered, your scoliosis...Read More

One step forwards, two steps back…

In the main, I really try to be positive on this blog and inspire others. I also want to be honest and reflect what it's really like living with scoliosis. There are good days and bad days and well, tonight if I'm being honest, I'm feeling really fed up. Leg Numbness For the past 6 months or so I've been getting numbness down my right leg and into my foot. It's not painful, it's just numb and my right leg...Read More
Veganuary: why I went vegan for a month

Veganuary: why I went vegan for a month

This January, as part of my New Years Resolution, I took part in Veganuary. For those of you who have not heard of Veganuary, it's basically going vegan for the month of January. So this may seem slightly unrelated to scoliosis but I feel like for me, healthy eating and looking after myself goes hand in hand with scoliosis. I feel like I try and eat healthily and work out BECAUSE I have scoliosis. It's kind of my way of...Read More