This is my digital postcard from the amazing ladies from Team Honk. Team Honk is about bloggers raising money and awareness for Comic Relief. To celebrate International Women’s Day #iwd2014, Tanya, Annie and Penny are in Tanzania finding out how donations to Sport Relief last year have created female entrepreneurs and #lastingchange for women, their families and communities and beyond - rippling out #lastingchange in Africa.
Through mentoring and training the Gatsby Trust have helped Joyce expand her poultry business from just a few chicks to now having 300. She has also now built an extension to house another 400 which should be arriving next week. The training that Joyce has received has enabled her to make her own feed, thereby saving her money, and also to ensure the feed is healthy. It has also taught her to recognise signs of disease in her chicks to such an extend that she now has a completely healthy clutch. Other poultry keepers in her area now phone her for advice and training. The network of women is now in a much more powerful position to broker deals to sell to supermarkets as they can promise supply, which Joyce couldn’t do on her own. Joyce is supporting her family and is able to pay for her son to attend a boarding school.
The work the amazing people at Comic Relief and The Gatsby Trust do is really amazing, it provides lasting change for people all over the world, and heres how you can help…
5 MINS Please RT, share and support any updates you see with the #lastingchange hashtag.
For the first time in around 7 months I am feeling bare. Blank, achey and full of the symptoms I worked so hard to get rid of.
A word you associate with alcoholics or drugs users, but one that is used to widely in the medical world.
re·lapsed, re·laps·ing, re·laps·es
1. To fall or slide back into a former state.
2. To regress after partial recovery from illness.
3. To slip back into bad ways; backslide.
A falling back into a former state, especially after apparent improvement.
The perfect term to describe the pain.
Today I visited my neurologist, I needed his okay for steroids to speed up the recovery cycle for this relapse. My Neuro is one of the nicest medical professionals I know, bar my MS nurse and Hannah from the hospital. He always knows what to say and completely understands this illness. He knows my request for “sleep” means “please medicate me so I can sleep”
A harsh reality of MS is that we cannot be cured, but we can have access to some amazing substances to help us manage. I don’t believe humming a lot and eating organically will ‘cure’ me or anyone with MS. I believe in managing my symptoms and taking the necessary drugs to ease the pain, the lack of sleep and relentless depression.
People often forget, its going on below the surface. You might think you are ‘cured’ but in reality, an MRI scan could reveal an entirely different story.
Anyhow, Monday sees the IV team coming to the house so I can have my three day IV steroids.
Monday I treat my first relapse in 7 months. I am gutted it happened as I was doing so well. But at the same time, I know Tysabri only stops the frequency of the attacks. It doesn’t stop them all together.
Sharing the love is a must in the blogging community, there are so many different people sat behind computer screens that you suddenly open up to, start sharing your life story with and then eventually they become something more. They become friends. Friends you turn to in your hour of need, to rant to or to just have a giggle with on the days when a giggle is needed.
How amazing is that? To have someone think of me, to cheer me up when she knows I have needed it recently. See these people are not just faces behind a screen. They are real people, people I have met and had a giggle with. They are friends.
So, I would like to say a MASSIVE Thank you to Ruth, you and your sparkle never fail to make me smile!
So, now its my turn to pay it forward, to share the love within the community. After thinking long and hard I chose two people I hold very dear. Firstly Stephanie Mamo from Miss Mamos World. She is my best friend and my rock and she deserves a treat. Also the wonderful Erika from Eclectic Enchantments. She recently made me a stunning new wedding ring and in turn has opened her own business. She has a huge heart and is always there to listen.
So there you have it girls. I hope you love what I picked out
So this is our entry into the Lego competition from Carcraft. We had a set of Lego to create the ultimate action scene, so thats just what we did, i’ll let the pictures tell the story…
Well I think you will agree, that was quite the evening for the lovely lady Lego. Thank goodness the firemen were on hand to help out. The Lego city fire engine set we had to put this together was fab, looked so real and even Pops enjoyed nagging Daddy all the way through building it.
I am not going to beg, I swear. But I would, like really love a few votes for the MAD blog awards. You can click on the lovely badge over there in my sidebar <<<< Only if you want too though…
You could even click on the badge below…
I am not one for awards. I usually just quietly sit there and cheer on everyone else from the sidelines. I am not amazing, I may not even be that interesting, but I do love what I do and I work hard to keep my blog alive.
I have tried to write as openly and honestly as I can without making you throw up a little. I want to bring to light just what it feels like to have a degenerative chronic illness like MS. And although you can’t feel it, like in real terms, you can have a glimpse of what its like for us,even just for a second.
Personally, more recently especially it has been so hard for me to even write up a sentence. With the MS drumming on as usual, it got on top of me. The realisation of the rest of my life, and what it has in store for me, hit. It hit me hard.
But now I am coming through the other side and this would just be a fantastic thing to have to look forward to, a goal. I like goals, it gives you something to focus on. Whats life without a teeny bit of focus, right?
Can’t hurt to add a touch of cute/guilt into this, right?!
Now if you can ignore that face and her amazing ability to write that sign, your dead inside.