A little life update.

Hello everyone, happy Sunday. It’s currently 18:01pm here in the UK, how has your week been?

I know the last blog post I wrote was about mine and George’s wedding! Can’t believe we’ve been married almost 2 months — time really does fly (obviously in a great way) Married life is great, to be honest nothing’s really changed πŸ™‚ the only thing that has changed is that when George calls me he always says ‘Hello wonderful wife of mine’, which makes me smile every day.

Yesterday I had a big achievement — I worked my first 9-5 work shift in 2 years! No I’m not increasing my hours, I just offered to help them out this weekend. I knew it wasn’t going to be too busy and I was working with a great friend. It has knocked me a little today, which I knew it would so therefore I’ve been relaxing in bed this afternoon watching movies — I’ve just finished watching ‘Searching’ that stars John Cho, it’s filmed as if you’re looking through a webcam and it’s about a father desperately searching for his daughter who has been missing for 5 days.. it’s gripping, intense and had me on the edge of my seat — I like suspenseful films. I’d highly recommend it.

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Also, a while ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘Minimalism – a documentary about the important things’ this too was amazing — staring the minimalists, two guys who went from being in the corporate world earning a lot of money a year to giving it all up to focus on the important things of life. That too is a real eye opener and shows you how the world is with regards to consumerism and people just buying things to fulfil life.

It really made me look at all the things that I have, I’m grateful for everything that I have, however, I wanted to start following this lifestyle. I love de-cluttering, especially after listening to my audio book Marie Kondo ‘The Magic art of tidying up’ I actually de-cluttered my entire crockery collection a couple of weekends ago. I actually had enough to set up a small cafe! I went through it all and whatever didn’t ‘spark joy’ anymore I neatly packaged it up and put it in a box for charity.

I was left with only the things we needed and that I truly loved. It was so liberating. I really am loving living with less, it makes me appreciate what I have, stops me from spending money unnecessarily and keeps my mind calm.

I’ve also started learning to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I’ve started saving jars after they’ve had produce in them (jam, peanut butter, olives etc) washing them out and using them for other things (quinoa, pasta, cous cous etc), also walking to work as much as I can and having ‘no spend days’.

For me, it’s really great to live for what I need, save money and feel grateful for everything that I have in my life. This is my ‘why’ power for continuing this lifestyle.

Tomorrow I’m going to be talking to my MS nurse about a potential new treatment — Gilenya. This isn’t a definite medication change as my neuro told me that it was my chocie, however, after having the small relapse in March this year, he said that new treatment is an option.

I’ve already got some questions to ask my MS nurse or for her to speak to my Neuro about, but until I’m completely happy then I’ll be sticking with Copaxone. If any of you have had any experience with Gilenya, I’d love your advice πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’ve spoken/written a lot this evening so I’m going to sign off now and will see you all soon πŸ™‚ you can also follow me on Instagram, where I love to connect and build our chronic illness community — it’s such a positive place for me where I’ve met lots of new friends, like here and Twitter πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful new week.

Lots of love

Hannah xx

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How I managed MS on my Wedding Day

Hello everyone,

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a good week and weekend?

My most recent blog post was all about my Wedding Day, if you haven’t seen it and would like to then click the link here — Our Wedding Day

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Most of you who follow me on here know that I live with and manage Multiple Sclerosis. This week’s blog post is going to be about how I managed my MS during the build up to my wedding day — The Wedding Eve and the day itself primarily.

I’m not going to lie, apart of me did think that my lovely MS and all it’s wonderful symptoms would play up on the day, purely because it was such an amazing, exciting, energetic, wonderful day and I used so much energy for the build up to it. However, I made sure that leading up to the big day I would rest and relax as much as possible (Yes I know that is pretty hard for a bride to be, but I actually found it rather easy)

I went to stay at our reception venue leading up to the big day, which was my Grandmother’s house. My Aunt who also lives there, knows me very well and I told her that I just wanted to relax and keep each day as ‘normal’ as possible. I didn’t want too much excitement, or adrenaline just to have a nice, peaceful couple of days, which we did!

I’m so fortunate that she has a really relaxing field, where she keeps her horses and every morning and night I’d go down just to escape and be at one with nature. We’d sit in her summer house drinking mint tea and just talking about anything really – it was perfect because it was like a normal evening.

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Each morning we’d have a nice little walk around the local woodland area where a river runs down and all you can hear are the birds. It really is the most relaxing place and really helped me to remain nice and calm.

I also made sure that I consumed good food leading up to my wedding. For breakfast, I made a super green smoothie that consisted of: banana, spinach, ginger, lemon juice, orange and coconut water — I researched foods to give me energy and along with a turmeric shot that I took everyday for a week before and my vitamins, I really feel that this helped me with my energy levels.

Combined with the excitement of the wedding, my MS didn’t really bother me too much. I started getting tired towards the end of the day, but George always looks after me when I start to get tired or when pain kicks in πŸ™‚

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Our wedding wasn’t an all day event either — for starters, I start to flag past 3pm and secondly we didn’t want a disco. We wanted our Wedding to be small and intimate, it really was that πŸ™‚ and again I feel that really helped to keep my MS symptoms at bay during the day.

There was no stress leading up to the wedding and on the day I wasn’t nervous or anxious, just excited and because I took action to keep myself relax and calm I was able to enjoy my day wit minimal symptoms.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post — Everyone with MS is different and symptoms can affect everyone differently. I am just speaking from my own personal experience and what steps I take to look after myself.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post πŸ™‚ next week will be all about what we got up to on our Mini moon, so stay tuned.

Love and Hugs Always

Hannah xx

Our Wedding Day

WOW!! I’m married!! I will say this in advance that if any of you follow me on Instagram then I’m sorry for the wedding spam.

George and I got married after 8 years of being together on Saturday 22nd June 2019 and it really was THE best day of our lives!

As George says “It was the perfect amount of wedding” we had a short service at our Registry office of choice in Nottinghamshire where I’m originally from and then had Afternoon tea in a marquee in my Grandmothers back garden. It was just perfect for us.

I stayed at my Grandmother’s house with my Aunt a few days before the wedding to get things finished and made ready for the big day. My mum, sister and even dad popped in to lend a hand too πŸ™‚ Mum and my sister came along the day before also, just to get the last finishing details sorted. It looked amazing!

Every morning I’d go to my Aunt and I would go for lovely walk, there’s a small woodland area near the house that has a river running alongside it and it was so relaxing just to get away and listen to the birds. I’d really recommend to all brides to be is to just enjoy every moment and try to stay nice and calm — I’d definitely say that getting everything sorted in good time really helped me to enjoy the build up and stay more relaxed.

The night before the wedding wasn’t wild either. My Aunt, Uncle and I bought sandwiches from the local shop (we didn’t cook because the caterer was already starting to take over the kitchen) and had a picnic in the marquee, it was brilliant! I even had an early night (I had a good nights sleep, but I did have a Nytol tablet to help me relax and fall asleep — haha!) having a relaxed night the night before our wedding was the best idea as it just helped me to a) enjoy everything and b) relax.

The day itself was just amazing and I’m going to stop waffling and just show you how our day was with pictures below πŸ™‚

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y next post will be about how I managed my MS during the build up to the wedding, the wedding itself and our mini moon.

Thank you for reading,

Lots of Love

Mrs Hannah E Hussey

The “Wedding Diet”

Hello everyone, happy Sunday! It’s officially 2 weeks until mine and George’s and we are beyond excited πŸ™‚

Everything is virtually sorted so now we can just relax and enjoy the time leading up to it..

Now.. I know what you might be thinking of regarding the title… “Oh no, please don’t do a crash diet Hannah” and I’m here to reassure you that I’m not.

I’m basically just eating better quality foods, reducing the junk and processed foods, reducing my carb intake and intermittent fasting. This is what I’m going to talk about in today’s blog post.

Eating better quality food and reducing the junk.

I had gotten myself into a routine of eating a lot of junk and processed foods and my body nor my skin were thanking me for it. I was feeling bloated, tired, irritable and I was breaking out.

I decided that I wanted to change this especially with the wedding being 4 weeks away (I started this 2 weeks ago)

I went back to eating more fresh sea foods, salads, quinoa, brown rice, fruit and veg and I have really noticed the difference… I would just like to point out that I still enjoy my food, for example I do have chocolate and take aways still, just not in the quantity that I was having them and if I’m craving chocolate then I will opt for dark chocolate instead.

The food that I’m eating now has also increased my energy levels and eating less food funnily enough has given me more energy… that’s where intermittent fasting and reducing the carbohydrates comes in.

Intermittent fasting and reducing carbohydrates

Now I know carbohydrates are important for maintaining energy levels, however I was consuming carbohydrates at every meal and it got to a point where it wasn’t making me feel good. Bloating particularly in the evening after my dinner.

So I made the decision to not eat carbohydrates at dinner time. It was a struggle at first thinking about what to eat, but with the wonders of google I found some good recipes — I’ve also been living off omelettes and absolutely love them.

The best thing about this was that I wasn’t bloating in the evenings and I was remaining full. I did go through a trial stage of having fish and vegetables but that wasn’t fulfilling my hunger so I incorporated eggs into it and that worked a treat.

I also did research on foods that would promote naturally glowing skin and have been consuming them. My break outs are clearing up and my skin does have a nice natural glow, so leading up to the wedding I shall be continuing to eat these foods — fresh/frozen salmon and oily fish, eggs, dark leafy greens, salads, melons, other fruit and drinking lots of water.

That’s when I started my research on intermittent fasting and began to read and watch the benefits of it so decided to try it myself. I have a few friends who do it and say that it works wonders for them — it might not work for everyone and I would definitely recommend to research it before trying it.

How I do mine is that I stop eating my 7pm and start eating at 7am during the week and at weekends the times alter slightly. At the weekends I try to fast as long as possible but I still make sure I eat breakfast.

I mainly make sure I have at least a 12 hour fast every day. My breakfast and lunch contain carbohydrates (healthier ones) to maintain my energy levels and my evening meal doesn’t contain carbohydrates.

I’m finding that my energy levels are increased slightly, which is fantastic. I still get tired with my chronic illness but you know that I make sure I rest when I am tired and have a pretty good balance of it now.

Since starting this “Wedding Diet” I’ve decided that it’s something I’d like to continue. I’ll still have treats on occasion and enjoy foods. That’s the most important thing.

So far since doing this, I have reduced the bloat and lost 2.5lbs. It’s not all about weight loss it’s about maintaining balance πŸ™‚ but the weight loss for me is an added bonus πŸ™‚

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks blog post about what I’m eating leading up to the wedding. I’d love to read your comments below and shall be connecting with you all.

Much Love Always

Hannah xx

 

My final Bachelorette party — 3 weeks to go!

Hello everyone, happy Monday! I know I usually post on a Sunday Morning but I couldn’t post yesterday because…. I was having my final Bachelorette party/Hen Party for mine and George’s wedding πŸ‘°πŸ˜ƒ

I cannot believe how quickly it’s all coming around! I still don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. I was saying to my flock of hens yesterday that I think it will be the actual day when it hits me… But no matter how nervous I get, all I need to think about is George who has to wait at the end of the aisle for me πŸ˜… I think that’s more nerve-wracking lol.

Anyway getting back to my final Bachelorette party that my lovely sister organised for me.

I’m not going to write much in this post as I feel the pics say everything, but we went to this gorgeous hotel in Stamford, near where we live and had a crafting day where we painted an entire tea set! It was just amazing.. everyone did have to incorporate one item in every piece… A red balloon — see if you can spot them!

We then had a delicious afternoon tea, followed by a very funny game involving a man named… Billy! πŸ˜…πŸ˜… And finished off with a few drinks.

It was just simply wonderful and I am beyond grateful and honoured to everyone who came.. a couple of people couldn’t make it due to illness, which is sometimes as we all know unavoidable, however they were involved in spirit ☺️ — now.. enjoy the pics and let me know what you think.

The Final Month… πŸ‘°

Good Morning everyone! Happy Sunday, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend? Whether it’s been a weekend full of galavanting or relaxing at home with loved ones (ice had a mixture of both ☺️

So! It’s the final month before mine and George’s wedding! We can’t believe how quickly it’s come around and I can’t believe that a week today I will be on my second and final hen party (my lovely blogger friend Caz says bachelorette party sounds better so maybe I will call it that πŸ˜…) I like bridal party too.

Everything is coming together nicely, George and I have this week off to do some finishing touches and making things for the day as well as spend time together as we haven’t really done much of that recently with him working night shifts at work.

What’s left to do?

Throughout wedding planning Ive always maintained a relatively calm and collective head (I pray to God that I haven’t been a bridezilla πŸ˜…)

Getting all the big things out of the way and booked first was essential for me to remain stress free.. I’ll never forget the day when my Aunt and I were sat in a coffee shop discussing mine and George’s ideas when a lady came over, said how excited she was for us but also went onto saying “wedding planning is so stressful”

Why does it have to be stressful? Only if you make it so.

I’ve just gone with the flow throughout the whole of this because at the end of the day… This is a marriage… Not a show. That’s my personal opinion anyway.

I like excitement and fun but I don’t like too much fuss and neither does George, which is why our wedding is going to be intimate and lovely ☺️

Most of the things like table signs, seating board, invitations were all handmade by George and I.. he’s very good with logistics and I’m very creative and we’ve both enjoyed that πŸ˜€

The main thing for me about “What’s left to do” is looking after me.. early nights, good and healthy food (I’m reducing my carb and sugar intake — don’t worry I’m not going crazy.. just reducing refined sugars, processed food and no carbs in the evenings.

Having as many self-care days as possible whether that be a full on pamper night or just enjoying my walks to and from work.

The final month in my eyes shouldn’t be stressful and manic because the main things are sorted.. I’m really enjoying all the experiences and excitement of planning and organising our wedding.. enjoy the ride and the build up to your very special day β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘°

Next week’s post will be about my second and last hen party/bachelorette party/bridal party so stay tuned for what I get up to… I have no idea by the way! πŸ˜…

Enjoying my Hen Party with MS.

Good Morning everyone ☺️

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend? Let me know what you’ve been up to.

So… Last weekend I had my first Hen Party with my amazing work friends. If you don’t know what a hen party is.. it can also be called a bachelorette party. A celebration for the bride before the bit day!

Yes… It was my “first” hen party because I’m having two πŸ˜‚ I couldn’t invite all of my work colleagues to the wedding because we didn’t have space, which is fine and why we had this party ☺️

All my work colleagues know about MS and know how it affects me. They are the most amazing and caring bunch of humans and made sure I was okay for my Hen.

One of my best friends who I worked with organised the party. Planning things in the afternoon/evening so that I could rest and prepare in the morning.

What did we do?

Because my friends know that I can’t do too many energetic activities they planned for me to go Punting πŸ˜€ we went to Cambridge, which is a city near us where they have a river going through it. There are these long boats called punts that you can hire to use yourself or have tours around the city.

The weather was beautiful and we had a touring punt. Just sat back and relaxed as we had our tour around the city, drinking prosecco and eating strawberries. I even had a little go a steering the punt! πŸ˜†

Everyone made sure I was okay and chose punting because it was restful for me.

After punting we started the exciting part of the night… Cocktail making!

That was such fun! And definitely where all my energy was used, having fun, laughing and just partying with my friends until quite late πŸ˜†πŸ˜€

So how I Enjoyed my Hen Party with MS?

Firstly the night before…

The night before my hen party I relaxed completely. I had an early night and just got as much sleep as possible (I know for some MSers or doesn’t feel like it helps but it does for me)

The morning of the hen party again I rested a lot. Making sure to just take it easy and get ready in good time.

I know this sounds hilarious but I allowed 2 hours to get ready for my hen.. outfit, makeup and hair.. I allowed 2 hours so that I could just take my time and relax whilst getting ready… Stressing out makes my Ms so much worse so I always try and reduce stress as much as possible.

Then during the hen party, if I needed to rest, I would sit down. My friends totally understood. Also I didn’t get completely drunk!

I don’t like alcohol much anyway and can party without it, but also it makes my MS worse when I do. So I had a couple of drinks but then I moved onto diet coke until 9pm and then for the rest of the night I was drinking tap water.

Water kept me hydrated and enabled me to continue to have a good time πŸ˜€

The final thing I will say and how I enjoyed my hen party with MS… For once I didn’t think about MS. I had a great time and knew that I would just deal with the consequences like most of us do.

Enjoy everything about your wedding if you’re planning one ☺️