September Link Up with A Chronic Voice

September Link Up with A Chronic Voice

Well I cannot believe it is mid September already! I really do not know where this year is going, I wish it would slow down! So this month I have decided to participate in a link up with A Chronic Voice – a monthly get together for anyone with a chronic condition. This involves writing around 5 topics, designed to get the creative juices flowing! This month’s prompts are below, so let’s give this a go! I’ll try and link...Read More
Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

Running Tough Mudder with scoliosis

I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself following my scoliosis surgery, and this weekend was no exception. Yesterday, I completed my first Tough Mudder – a 10 mile mud run with 20 obstacles that you have to see to believe! The obstacles are extreme and include electrocution, being plunged into ice-cold water, swimming/wading through freezing cold lakes, crawling through the mud under barbed wire, climbing (or being pulled!) over huge 12 foot walls – the list goes on! With...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
Your Scoliosis Stories: Rachel’s Story

Your Scoliosis Stories: Rachel’s Story

In the spirit of scoliosis awareness month, I have another amazing inspirational scoliosis story to share from one of my lovely readers :) The latest story comes from Rachel, who shares her brave journey with scoliosis below. If you'd like to share your scoliosis story to be featured on this blog, please do get in touch! Your Scoliosis Stories... Rachel's Story I think anyone with scoliosis will agree with me when I say that it's unforgettable the minute you have...Read More
Top 5 UK Scoliosis Blog

Top 5 UK Scoliosis Blog

Top 5 UK Scoliosis Blog Just a quick post to say thank you to Feedspot for selecting my blog as one of the top 5 UK Scoliosis Blogs on the web. I work so hard on this blog but with working full time, I don't always have the chance to dedicate the time to it that it needs. I have a lot ideas and awards like this make it all worthwhile and help to keep me motivated (as well as...Read More
Scoliosis Awareness Month: Interview with Roslyn-Rachel

Scoliosis Awareness Month: Interview with Roslyn-Rachel

As June is scoliosis awareness month, I wanted to share some positive scoliosis stories, which will hopefully help to inspire you if you suffer with scoliosis or have had, are waiting for or recovering from scoliosis surgery. I first "met" Roslyn Rachel via Instagram and I have to say, I find her such an inspiration to follow. She is a personal trainer and also runs FlexFitDance.com. I think she is an incredible role model for those of us with scoliosis,...Read More
My first half marathon: Great Manchester Run

My first half marathon: Great Manchester Run

A couple of weeks ago (Sunday 20th May), I took part in a massive personal challenge - my first half marathon (The Great Manchester Run). I wanted to share this on my blog just to show that with hard work, anything is possible. My first half marathon - training I love to push myself and completing a half marathon was one of my goals for this year. So back in January, I signed up to the Manchester half marathon, which...Read More
Half marathon training – 3 weeks to go

Half marathon training – 3 weeks to go

So, at the start of this year I (stupidly) signed up to run a half marathon in May - The Great Manchester Run. I wanted to push myself and see how far I could take my running, and after running several 10k races, a half marathon seemed the next logical step. I must admit, I didn't expect May to roll around quite so fast! It seemed ages away when I first signed up back in December. I thought I'd have...Read More
Running and Mental Health

Running and Mental Health

Running and Mental Health It's Mental Health Awareness week 14th - 20th May 2018, so to raise awareness I thought I'd write a post on the effect running has had on my own mental health. It's well documented that running can be good for mental health, and everyone has reasons why they run. For some it's to lose weight, keep fit or socialise. For others, it's escapism from a stressful job or the strains of everyday life. Personally, I run for...Read More
Trekking the Great Wall of China: What to wear

Trekking the Great Wall of China: What to wear

This post contains affiliate links If you've been following my blog for a while, you may know that last year I took part in a trek across the Great Wall of China to raise some much needed money for the Scoliosis Campaign Fund. Since then, I have been asked on several occasions about what to take and wear whilst trekking the Great Wall, so I thought I'd put a bit of a post together based on my own experiences. Trekking the...Read More
Chester 10K

Chester 10K

So, this year I have set my sights on completing at least 10 10K races/running events as part of my 2018 goals and Chester 10K was race number four. So far the others include Tatton Park 10K  (which I’ve done twice this year) and a night trail run at Lyme Park. I was nervous but excited to take part in the Chester 10k, mainly because it was quite a big event and it’s also the first one they’ve held in Chester. Chester 10K:...Read More
January Round-Up: Goals and achievements

January Round-Up: Goals and achievements

Well I can't believe that January is over, in some ways, it's felt like the longest month ever... in other ways, it's gone super fast. I thought I'd do a quick post to round up January and summarise what I have achieved this month, as part of my overall goals for 2018. January Round-Up: Goals and achievements In some ways, January has been a difficult month for me. At the back end of last year, my long term relationship of...Read More
Medsmart App: Review

Medsmart App: Review

Wow! I can't believe that January is almost over, where has this month gone seriously? So as part of my blog strategy for this year I want to start reviewing and recommending products and services that will benefit those of us with scoliosis and chronic pain. The other day I came across this really useful app called Medsmart, which basically reminds you to take your medications. Now, I'm really really lucky because at the moment (touch wood) I do not...Read More

Reasons to try Virtual Running

If you're struggling to stay motivated with exercise this January you might want to try virtual running / walking events. My first experience of a virtual running event was when I signed up to Run up to Christmas in December. I haven't divulged much on this blog, but to be honest I have had a pretty rough time in my personal life since I got back from China in October. I injured my shoulder in China which meant I couldn't run,...Read More
Tatton Park 10K: 1st 10K of the year…

Tatton Park 10K: 1st 10K of the year…

So this year I have set myself the challenge of completing at least 10 10K races (and a half marathon... eeek!). I feel like I really need a new challenge after The Great Wall of China and this is kind of part of that. I'm also planning some other big events later this year because I love to keep pushing myself (watch this space!) So a couple of weeks ago (Sunday, 14th January) I completed my first 10K of the...Read More