Category Archives: Living through…

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” Socrates

I hope this images has sufficiently sparked your curiosity to start reading this post, which is to simply to share a few thoughts about ‘change’, especially when it is unplanned/forced and therefore often very unwelcome. But even when planned it comes with it challenges. It can throw mind into chaos, triggering significant #stress and #anxiety for many.  Last night […]

The emotional turmoil of migraine: Are we doing all the right research to prevent it?

As some of you reading this may know, people who experience migraines often describe the condition using phrases such as “more than just a headache” or “not just a headache”.  In one recent article the author, Victoria Stokes opened it by stating that “Migraine can be debilitating — not just in the physical sense, but in […]

Six and half years on

Six and a half years on from living through the trauma of a brain tumour diagnosis I’m so excited to be here today, Thurs 2nd of Sept 2021, in Edinburgh at the annual conference of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine launching the Lifestyle Health Foundation, which will be based from the town of #tonbridge in #Kent, to where I […]

How are you feeling?

If, as Marc Brackett eloquently writes in his book, you’ve been given ‘Permission to feel’ then it’s amazing what you can uncover! ❤️ Last evening I wrote an email to those who have taken part in a survey & asked to be kept informed. I wished to thank them for their contribution & let them […]

Be Prepared….

It was in 1907 that Robert Baden-Powell wrote that to be prepared meant “you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.”Baden-Powell was an English Soldier who’s idea, as stated in the Scouting Magazine, was ‘Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and strong leaders and to bring […]

His Masters Voice and the King’s Speech

I find it amazing & wonderful how a thought can arise simply because of a single comment that another person just happens to have made in conversation, which is perhaps an e.g. of “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. ie the significance of what transpires could only happen because of the […]

Waiting for a bus….

The other evening, I was attempting to think of an analogy that might offer a way to explain the feeling that, for me anyway, is often associated with the anxiety that accompanies the build up to the annual scan to check on a tumour. In my case a brain tumour, but for others it could […]

Living through uncertainty

I wanted to share a thought with you this morning. The realisation starting to hit me that I am feeling a little more anxious at the moment. I then accepted that I find this time of year a little tricky. The weather doesn’t help, especially when it is a rather grey and overcast sky, which […]