The A to Z of me.




I thought it was about time that i probably updated you all on my life, and help you get to know more about the person behind the blog. What better way than doing an A-Z of me as a light hearted way to let you know more about my life! (This is a lot harder than it looks just so you know!)
Typically, i had so many things i could put for the letters D, P and M, and really struggled with others.

So i hope you enjoy finding out about some things that i love and that i hate, enjoying some little stories, and are inspired to write your own A-Z of me!

A IS FOR ALLERGIES.
I've got a few allergies actually. I'm seriously allergic to ibuprofen, which i found out after a operation. They gave it to me, and i nearly ended up in intensive care. I'm also allergic to penicillin and erythromycin, which are both antibiotics, so that's a pain. As well, as most plasters too, Elastoplast being the worst and can leave me with blisters. Lastly, this one is quite weird, i found out a couple of years ago that i'm allergic to Kiwi! It makes me really itchy, gives me a bad burning tummy ache too.

B IS FOR BLOGGING.
I've had this blog since October 2010! How crazy is that! I started my blog on the day my grandma died, in a way to honour her. I've seen myself evolve so much since i started this! My writing has improved as well as my photography. It's crazy to see how much my life has changed in these 8 years!

C IS FOR CHEESE.
Ew. No. No. No. I have a genuine phobia of cheese. I don't know why, or how, or when it even started as apparently i loved it when i was a baby. I can't even touch it and the thought of it makes me feel sick. Weird thing, that i will eat pizza! I pull a lot of the cheese off though. I know - i'm strange!

D IS FOR DUBAI.
If you've never been, then you need to go! I have family who live over there, and the first time i ever went was when i was 3. It is such a beautiful place, a real dream. When i've been to Dubai, i've always felt like i'm in paradise. The sea is so blue and clear, with lovely beaches.

E IS FOR EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME.
The condition i suffer with that makes my life a living hell. To put it quite simply, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder, affecting every part of the body. The glue that holds are bodies together are faulty because of this. I bruise easily, suffer with daily chronic pain and chronic fatigue, i wear a fentanyl patch and take oral morphine, and walk with a crutch. It is horrible.

F IS FOR FOOTBALL.
I've always loved playing football. I've played for three girls teams in my life, and i just felt such a thrill of running up and down the pitch, kicking the ball with such power, and being part of a team. Unfortunately, due to my health, i'm not able to play anymore. I do enjoy watching the world cup though!

G IS FOR GARLIC.
There is no such thing as too much garlic!!!

H IS FOR HADLEY.
My reason for getting out of bed everyday My reason for fighting. My reason for breathing. My gorgeous, mischievous, perfect little boy. Being a mum to this boy is the best job in the world and i am so proud to be his mama.

I IS FOR INDY CAR.
My cousin Ed Jones is an indy car racer! So as a family we collectively sit here an watch the races, and it is so exciting, but also so so scary, especially when you see them crash! I'm so proud of everything he is achieving!

J IS FOR JEANS.
I have never been a jeans fan. I have always been a skirts and dresses kind of girl for as long as i can remember. But since having my son, i've found myself actually enjoying wearing jeans more. I still don't feel as confident in them as i do in a skirt or a dress, but it's nice to be able to pull out a pair of jeans and a tee sometimes.

K IS FOR KINDER CHOCOLATE.
My absolute favourite chocolate. I know the advert says how Kinder is for Kids, but that is a lie. I WANT ALL THE KINDER CHOCOLATE!

L IS FOR LISP.
I have a bit of a lisp. It's not really noticeable, and i actually notice it most when i say the world "lisp" which is quite amusing. Myself and others notice it a lot more when i'm really tired or stressed as i speak a lot quicker.

M IS FOR MINIONS.
I am obsessed. I have been since the first Despicable Me movie came out. I don't even know why really, i just love those cute small yellow things! I also really enjoy the movies (i'm definitely a child at heart!) The only time my son sits still for longer than a couple of minutes is usually when there are minions on the tv, so i think it's safe to say that he is most definitely my child!

N IS FOR NAPPIES.
Who knew how expensive nappies were? Because i definitely didn't! I'd love to know how much money i've spent on nappies since Hadley was born, because i reckon it's probably a small fortune!

O IS FOR OPERATIONS.
Most people have had maybe 1 operation in their lifetime.No, not me. I've had a grand total of seven. Yes, you read that right, SEVEN operations! My first was when i was about 4, and i had my tonsils and adenoids removed. At 11 i had my appendix removed. Next i had to have my thigh bone broken in half and twisted round and plated which has a left a nice 6 inch scar on the outside of my thigh. Then a year later the plate removed. I had to have that done to both my legs. Most recently, when my son was born i had to have a c-section under general anaesthetic.

P IS FOR PETE.
My darling Pete. My best friend who sadly lost his battle with a rare form of cancer in June 2016. I miss him everyday.


Q IS FOR QUOTES.
I think everyone has a few favourite quotes, that they may love for different reasons. A quote i've always loved is "A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous" - Coco Chanel. Another one i love is "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" - A.A Milne.

R IS FOR RESPECT.
I think respect is such an important thing, that so many people forget now a days. People assume they should always be given respect without remembering that respect is a two way street and to gain respect, you have to show respect. I think having respect for yourself is one of the best qualities you can have, not settling for less than you deserve and knowing your worth is such an important, yet difficult trait.

S IS FOR SCHOOL.
I had a really rough time of it in secondary school if i'm honest. I was bullied horrendously, and this is when my health started to decline and we didn't really know why. But i actually really liked school. I've always loved learning new things, and if it was a subject that i actually enjoyed, i made such an effort to learn more about it.

T IS FOR TEETH.
I used to have perfect teeth when i was younger. They were straight and i never needed braces.Now, they are awful, and if i had enough money lying around, i wouldn't think twice about getting fake ones. Due to problems with my Ehlers-Danlos, my teeth are quite weak, and crumble more easily than they should. Infact, my two teeth at the front are a lot shorter than they should be due to grinding them and them slowly crumbling away. If anyone fancies giving me around £15,000 so i can get a brand new set of teeth, i would be very thankful!

U IS FOR UNDERSTANDING.
I've found that people really aren't that understanding when something isn't what they'd consider 'normal'. Because of this, i always try to be understanding to whatever problem or issue someone is facing. I think that being understanding of what someone may be gong through,whether you understand it or not is really important, as you never know when the roles may be reversed.

V IS FOR VACUUM.
This ones quite funny. I don't know why, or where it came from, but for years i was genuinely scared of the vaccum/hoover. I think it was more the sound than anything, but i always hated being around it!

W IS FOR WEIGHT.
I've never been happy with my weight. In 2014, i ended up in an eating disorder unit very malnourished and underweight due to anorexia. Now, i'm probably the largest i've ever been as i'm still holding on to a lot of baby weight nearly a year later. If i'm honest, i don't think i'll ever be entirely happy with my weight, and the best thing i did for myself was to stop weighing myself. I just try to not really think about it, as hard as that is.

X IS FOR X-RAYS.
I have had more than my fair share of x-rays in my life. Easily over 100. I've always been so clumsy, and due to my health conditons, was always hurting myself. I've broken my wrists so many times. I'm surprised i don't come with a radiation warning!!

Y IS FOR YOUTUBE.
I think most people with a blog, have probably wanted to branch out to youtube at some point. I love watching youtube videos and i've always loved the idea of having my own youtube chanel, but it is 100% not for me. I've tried to record a youtube video a few times, and they have turned out bloody awful. I was not made for the youtube life, i'm so obviously awkward, i forget what i need to say so am constantly saying "ummm", it's just terrible. I think i'll stick to blogging for the foreseeable!

Z IS FOR ZEBRAS.
If you've got a rare disease or condition, you are a medical Zebra. There is a phrase doctors are taught during their medical training, "When you hear hoofbeats, think zebras, not horses". This is because most of the time when someone goes in with an issue, it usually is a common problem, and doctors are taught to look for the most likeliest of cause. But just sometimes, the issue may not be the most common, and could be rare. This is why the use this saying, and if you were to think of hoofbeats, nearly everyone would think of a horse, but occasionally, those hoofbeats could be coming from a zebra.

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