Crafts, Crochet

Totoro Amigurumi Plus 3 Amigurumi Secrets

I just love Studi Ghibli films. There's just something about them that's a little bit magical. I'm not talking Disney magic here. It's definitely something better and there's not a handsome prince in sight (just a brooding wizard in Howl's Moving Castle). My favourite film has to be My Neighbour Totoro even though it is… Continue reading Totoro Amigurumi Plus 3 Amigurumi Secrets

Lifestyle, The Spoonie Student

The 5 Best Study YouTube Channels

I started watching 'study with me' YouTube channels last year to get myself in the student mindset again after taking a break of almost 4 years due to my illness. Here are my 5 favourite study channels. 1. Caitlin's Corner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyBjBfI7U_w Caitlin's Corner is one of my favourite YouTube channels. Caitlin makes practical bullet journaling… Continue reading The 5 Best Study YouTube Channels

Lifestyle

5 Tips for Living Independently with Chronic Illness

Living independently can be a challenge for any twenty-something. Add a chronic illness into the mix and you may think that it is impossible. By living independently, I mean living in your own space and not with family. You may be in a shared house/ flat or living with your significant other where you are responsible for your own bills, laundry, groceries etc. These chores can be a challenge depending on the nature of your illness or energy levels.

Bullet Journal, Crafts

5 Tips for Bullet Journaling with Shaky Hands

When I first started bullet journaling I was disappointed that my spreads didn't turn out the way that I wanted them too. I know that we can't all be Amanda, but I was disheartened all the same. We all want to have the perfect Instagram worthy bullet journal. Here are a few things that I've learned over the years to enjoy bullet journaling with shaky hands.

Lifestyle

Submissions Open for Dysautonomia Awareness Month (October 2019)

October is dysautonomia awareness month and this year, I want to share stories from real people who live with forms of dysautonomia. A common form of dysautonomia is POTS and this year, PoTSUK have set 25th October as 'POTS Awareness Day'. I live with POTS and have found it to be a very debilitating illness… Continue reading Submissions Open for Dysautonomia Awareness Month (October 2019)

Lifestyle

Cerezen Review (TMD/TMJ Treatment)

Disclaimer- This post is not sponsored and are my own personal experiences of using Cerezen for TMD/TMJ. I have written this review because I couldn't find an impartial review online when I was considering this treatment option. I've had TMD/TMJ for a long time, at least 10 years. I did not think anything of my… Continue reading Cerezen Review (TMD/TMJ Treatment)

Lifestyle, The Spoonie Student

Grace’s Story| Why I Gave Up My Medical Degree

I was one of those typical, mostly-healthy kids who was a little (or a lot) more flexible than usual. I was also quite prone to infections and struggled with allergies and what was assumed to be anxiety a bit, but mostly, I had a normal childhood. In high school I got really into competitive swimming, I did well at it and I was strong in academics as well. I left on a high: fit and strong, with academic awards under my belt, and a scholarship to start a medical degree at New Zealand's top University.

Lifestyle

5 Free Things To Do When You’re Stuck In Bed

I spent many years bedridden/ housebound. The surprising thing is, that you can actually develop your skills from your bedroom which will make you more employable when you're ready to apply for jobs. All you need for these things is internet access. Here are my top free things to do when you're stuck in bed all day.

Health, Newly Diagnosed

Did I Cause My PCOS?

My first thought whenever I’m diagnosed with a new illness is Did I cause this? Of course, the answer is almost always, No. However, with my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), there is a lingering feeling that I my own actions lead to me developing this condition.