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VIDEO: A Delightful Scottish Fling

June 14, 2017
girl standing alone on a Scottish beach at Archerfield House

Ohhhh, Scotland, you medicinal land of restorative joy. Firstly, apologies for the outrageously late and seasonally confusing upload. Yes I am indeed wrapped up in the depths of March and publishing this video in June. I lost half the edit and the resulting trauma (dramatic much?) meant I couldn’t face going back to it for a wee while. I’m over it. Totally over it *sobs into the keyboard*. Thanks to the lovely people at Ypsomed who kindly invited me back to join the rest of the mylife Diabetes Network for another workshop weekend, I hopped on the tiniest plane known to man and got myself to Dirleton in East Lothian. We stayed at the breathtaking Archerfield House, which I have been dreaming about ever since – partly for the sea air, partly for the hospitality… but mostly for that bed. Yes, this place is absolutely outrageous; next level beautiful. And I am…

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Videos, Wellbeing

VIDEO: Stepping Back To Move Forward

April 28, 2017
girl smiling at camera

Life can be a lot sometimes can’t it? This is a little day out and about as I adjust to being back in London, changing jobs and getting my feet back on the ground again after spending nearly a year and a half on a LOT of trains. Trying to keep all the balls in the air is not an easy thing for anyone to do so I touch on a few bits and pieces here that are important for me to prioritise in order to stay sane. Oh, and I also get my skin lasered…

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Travel, Videos

VIDEO: All the Emotions in Krakow

April 4, 2017
auschwitz_fences

Krakow is a beautiful city, full of unbelievably friendly people. There was, of course, vodka. And then there was the starkness of a different kind of journey – a trip to Auschwitz, the setting of some of the greatest atrocities in modern history. This trip was as humbling at points as it was hilarious in others (beware – there is karaoke).

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: Trying Not To Go Blind

February 20, 2017
Girl scratching her head looking anxious

Ohhhh the oft-feared diabetes eye screening. It’s something I, like many, wish I didn’t have to face. But like most things, facing your fears is generally better in the long run than leaving it all in the depths of the unknown (she says, from woeful experience). If I’m going blind, I’d like to know as soon as possible please and thank you. Ultimately, a diagnosis of background retinopathy some years ago completely changed my attitude to my type 1 diabetes. In fact, it’s the very reason I created this here blog and started sharing my experiences around my pancreatically-challenged life. Yes, eye screenings are daunting and not the most fun experience in the world, but they’re important, and they’re a privilege that many with type 1 don’t have. It’s also really quite hilarious to go back into work needing to wear sunglasses at your computer on the cloudiest of December days… If you’ve…

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Videos, Wellbeing

VIDEO: There Is Always Hope

February 7, 2017
girl in the rain

I know I haven’t written a juicy ramble on here in a while. I miss it. But life has to be lived in order to have experiences to share. My thoughts are all a bit jumbled at the moment, but the words will come, I know that. The videos feel right, right now – poignant, creative, expressive, visual. They’re still stories, it’s just a different way of telling them. And while the world feels a bit jumbled too, we can help each other. There is some terrifying stuff happening out there. But there is always hope.  

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Fitness, Videos

VIDEO: A Moody Yorkshire Christmas

January 9, 2017
Girl walking on a windy day

It was moody, it was beautiful, it was CHRISTMAS!! Here we are being all festive in the most stunning of places, North Yorkshire. I embraced the winds to get out and about in amongst the nature, and even went for a little jog on Christmas day (it’s a great idea, I promise). Some chat about life, and some chat about managing your blood sugars as a type 1 diabetic while doing ALL THE FESTIVE EATING OF THINGS. Happy New Year guys. I missed you x  

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Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: Being Poorly with Type 1 Diabetes

October 24, 2016
girl talking to camera

Like everyone else in the whole of the UK I was struck down with a lurgy to mark the official start of Autumn. Managing type 1 diabetes can make things even more interesting if you’re feeling under the weather, so I had a little natter about how I navigated living with type 1 while feeling gross. My blood sugar levels were noticeably higher, and I took what I like to call an ‘instinctual’ approach to adjusting my doses. Scientists and mathematicians, avert your eyes. Aside from the natterings, I went to the gym which was a visual delight for all involved, ate some carbs (shock), generally pottered around East London and celebrated my new winter jumper with some red wine and an exceptional curry. Solid weekend behaviour I think you’ll agree.   Let me know if you’ve been under the weather and your blood sugars have been a bit cheeky about…

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Travel, Videos

VIDEO: Big Kids Get Over Excited in Margate

October 12, 2016
Girl at Dreamland, Margate

MARGATE. You adorable gem. Went on a little trip to the seaside and got a little bit carried away at the newly-renovated theme park, Dreamland, which was indeed quite the dream. There’s not much type 1 chat in this one because I was apparently busy inhaling sea air and screaming on funfair rides. I’m taking that as a good thing given how much of my time having type 1 diabetes generally demands of my brain. Potentially less great for you guys, depending on which bits you like to watch. It was also VERY windy, which is the reason for the terrible hair day I was clearly having without my knowledge. We are both still upset that we didn’t make time for fish and chips. A fun little video that proves the British seaside is alive and well – hurrah!  

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Travel, Type 1 Diabetes, Videos

VIDEO: Maintaining my Dignity in Stockholm

September 1, 2016
Stockholm

Hello there, Stockholm you beauty. I’ve already addressed my new and instant love affair with this city, as documented in this here photo blog of my recent trip. I’ve now taken the visuals, made them move, put in some nice edits and filters and added a couple of royalty free tracks underneath so that it all skips along quite merrily. Oh, and there’s of course the interjected rambling from me that we’ve all come to expect. Also known as a vlog, then. It features many wonderful faces of the type 1 community, and it was a pleasure to hang out with them for a few days; discussing diabetes routine and experiences and fears and all the emotions that come with this strange condition. We also found room for a drink or two, of course. Many thanks to Abbott for inviting me along. It was a privilege to be a part of it.…

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