Why CAN Affirmation Can Affirmation Cards were created in response to my own health journey. After giving birth I experienced an extreme presentation of Postpartum Thyroiditis and continuing health problems for several years after this. I found it nearly impossible to access the support that I required and my symptoms were constantly dismissed as mental… Continue reading FREE DOWNLOAD – Create Another Narrative, CAN Affirmation Cards: Mindset is essential for wellness and has been a tool that I have used to get the support I need. Please download, enjoy and help to create another narrative – a narrative where your voice is heard.
Friday Feeling I love Fridays - Friday is Mummy day! After waking ourselves up with the fantastic Musical Beginnings we often find ourselves at Gallery Oldham's - Go Explorers, which has a deserving slot in our fabulous Fridays. Go Explore This session provides such a rich environment for exploration and that is why we love… Continue reading Go Explorers: Bringing art to life with an immersive and multisensory room bursting with toddler delight.
The symptoms And so it goes on and on and on and on. The symptoms once again returned, sent me home from dancing, stopped me from sleeping, made me cancel social events, became excuses for courses and eventually got me a sick note from my 1.5 days a week job - something that, at the… Continue reading Part 5 of My Ongoing Battle With My Thyroid Health: Life was slipping through my fingers once again and then I spoke with ‘the lady like me’ who presented new opportunities and hope.
Good health I left my last post, once again writing 'from a position of good health.' After over eight months of experiencing a return of symptoms that ebbed and flowed through me on a daily basis and to different degrees of severity, my body had (for the second time) slowly regained some sense of normality.… Continue reading Part 4 of My On-going Battle with Thyroid Health: Feeling better and building relationships, is there hope?
I am going to try and just hash this out because quite frankly I’m bored of thyroids, I’m bored of strategising and I’m bored of battling. It’s exhausting. But there’s something in me that needs to get this story down, for me and for that handful of people who read and relate to the isolation… Continue reading Part 3 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis: After a suspected diagnosis of Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease I found myself back to square one, alone, unheared and without any answers as to why I remained so unwell.
Handa's Surprise, Eileen Browne Handa's Surprise is a very simple tale of friendship with a juicy twist at the end. When I am not sure what each day has in store a bag of seven fruits from the story can go a long way. From size ordering, weighing and 'favourite fruit' survey's in Maths, to… Continue reading Yet Another Top Ten Supply Bag Books: A third list of my favourite books to promote a love of reading and cover (nearly) all eventualities in the Early Years and Foundation Stages (EYFS)
Thyroid Symptoms Lists I found it hard to obtain a diagnosis for Postpartum Thyroiditis and in the search to find out what was wrong I read far more than I desired. At one point lists of thyroid symptoms became a source of anxiety for me. This is because they are so often limited to a… Continue reading Thyroiditis Symptoms: The symptoms that were constantly dismissed as mental health, in my on-going battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis and why most symptoms lists just don’t reflect the reality of dealing with a thyroid problem.
Postnatal mental health 'Postnatal mental health' is in inverted commas because this term is too broad, what I was dealing with was trauma in the context of having just given birth and as a result of a postnatal illness - Postpartum Thyroiditis. It also became postnatal depression and postnatal anxiety, but not in the way… Continue reading My ‘Postnatal Mental Health’: Navigating new parenthood in the context of Postpartum Thyroiditis. How this affected my mental health and why the mantra ‘no one birth is ever the same’ should be acknowledged throughout the postaprtum period (and beyond).
It's Complicated I'm finding it gradually harder to write about my experience with Postpartum Thyroiditis, namely because I am no longer postpartum. It’s been over twenty-four months since I gave birth to my daughter, and my health has still not fully recovered. The weight of the information in my head, my exhaustion from my ever-changing… Continue reading Part 2 of My On-going Battle with Postpartum Thyroiditis, Suspected Graves and Thyroid Eye Disease: Nearly two years after giving birth and I continued the battle to be heard.
Hypnobirthing and positive affirmations Before I gave birth to my daughter I practiced hypnobirthing and a part of this was to recite positive thoughts and affirmations. I littered the walls of our house with affirmations in preparation for birth, giving little thought to their usefulness beyond. Postpartum Thyroiditis Three months following the birth of my… Continue reading 85 affirmations for coping with a thyroid problem: When my body and mind were at their weakest, I had to be my strongest and this is what I told myself.