Diagnosis

diagnosis

Things have been a bit quiet on here lately. Well, I’ve had a few distractions and it has taken me a while to figure out that I do want to write about it.

Before I start, I want you to read this in a positive way. That is what I will focus on. You know me, always finding a silver lining, but slightly pooing my pants on the way 🙂

As you know if you read my previous post, I am having a relapse. Well, I swiftly received another MRI the other day (thank you work for my private healthcare!!). The week wait between scan and follow-up appointment was like a dark tunnel with no seeming end. I got myself  into a right state worrying over it all.

The diagnosis is RRMS, Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. It was not a surprise as I had done my research but still a shock to hear. This stuff doesn’t happen to me. I don’t know a single person who has it. It’s something that affects “other people”. I won’t lie, I have had a lot of misconceptions about people with this type of disease. Coming to terms with the fact that this is now me, was, still is, one hell of a pill to swallow.

I spent the morning with my sis in law as hubby had to get back to work. It helped me hugely, not to go home and wallow but to discuss it with someone who themselves had overcome much bigger obstacles, and in quite an impressive fashion; might write about that some other time. It also prepared me for my call with mum. She is 800 miles away in Germany and obviously terribly worried and unable to help like any mum wants to.

But since then, I have surprised myself. I am no longer in this dark place that I was in the days leading up to finding out. I know what I’m dealing with now. I can’t change it. I will focus on being positive. I am very aware that this may not always be easy. I’m under no illusion that I have probably had the fastest diagnosis (it often takes years!) and so I’m very much at the start of this journey with comparably mild symptoms. But I have decided not to worry about what might come. Instead I am going to focus on today, I will enjoy what I can whilst I can and I will be as healthy as possible to hopefully kick this thing in the butt!!

If you want to read more about MS there is a great website where you can find out loads. I was literally clueless so it helps me a lot. It’s this one https://www.mssociety.org.uk/.

Thanks for reading, leave me a comment if you feel like it or you want to ask me anything xoxo

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Weekly photo – week 24/52

weekly photo

Every week I choose a photo to become my photo of the week to remind me of cherishing the little things, not losing sight of the things that really make our lives colourful.

Last week I didn’t post a photo, it was a tough week for me but it ended on a really good note; Father’s Day. We spent an afternoon having picnic and the boys did some fishing. I love this picture of them both and this is what I’m cherishing this week.

Oh, and here’s another they caught 🙂

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Take back the kitchen campaign

Take back the kitchen

Recently I was contacted by Wren Kitchens as part of their campaign to get families back into the kitchen together.

As part of this ‘Take back the kitchen’ campaign they conducted a study on 2,000 parents with children aged 0-16. The study showed that nearly 3 in 4 parents admit their family could be eating better, with nearly half acknowledging it is a daily struggle to get their families eating healthy and nutritious meals. The poll also reveals that 1 in 10 British parents admit to cooking from scratch and sitting down as a family ONLY once or twice a month.

With this survey in mind they have created a little hub on their Wren Kitchens Blog filled with ideas and super quick recipes packed full of healthy ingredients to help parents encourage their children to eat healthily.

We decided to try out two of the recipes. We tried out the ‘Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bites’ and we also made some proper homemade pizza on another day. Noodle absolutely loved getting involved and I realised that you really don’t need a lot of ingredients or time to create something with your little one.

The recipe book contains a good selection of ‘super hero swaps’, disguising vegetables or rather making them exciting; and replacing ingredients for healthier ones without being boring. I loved that many of the recipes were also naturally dairy free so I didn’t have to find suitable replacements which has ended up as disaster in the past (icing with soya milk did not work for us!). There are sweet treats that are not totally full of sugar and no e-numbers in sight!

The banana and peanut butter bites didn’t even require baking. All we needed to do is melt the chocolate and what’s better than melted chocolate?!

The pizza was a great success with noodle being able to get really stuck in. We kneaded and rolled covered in flower. Noodle decorated his pizza all by himself and we simply left off the cheese. He doesn’t normally get to have pizza because of the cheese so it was a real treat. We’ll definitely be repeating that one a few times!

Take back the kitchen
The result! Yum

This is a review – I received some of the materials/ingredients used and also the Little Kitchen cookbook to try out some of the recipes in exchange of this review. Opinions are mine and noodle’s.

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