MS Awareness Month

The Journey..

Hey everyone! How are you all? I hope you’ve had a good week? Do you have any plans for Mother’s Day?

This month is MS Awareness month and I wanted to write a post about my journey so far.

I was diagnosed with MS in 2014. I had gone numb down my left side and was admitted to hospital for a week. I think apart from waiting to find out what I had, it was the most unsettling and stressful time of my life.

Once being diagnosed with MS my first feeling was relief when I chat to people about it many of them say that they felt relief. Relief that it was nothing worse and also relief at the fact that they had actually been diagnosed with something… It starts to send you a bit mad not know what’s wrong but knowing that something is wrong, you know?

I went through a lot of highs and lows through my beginning stages of MS, I was very fortunate and lucky to have family members with the condition too. There was still something missing though, people either my age or going through the start of their MS journey to talk to.

Some of my family members I don’t think truly understood at first, I also felt that they tried to bury the fact that my fatigue levels meant that I couldn’t do certain things and that I was feeling low because of it.. also trying myself to come to terms with everything and trying to rebuild my life with MS.

June 2017 I joined Twitter and started following people who were either my age with MS or on a similar wave length and wow I’ve met some truly amazing people and some of even call internet friends!

Out of this diagnosis and a few years or just dealing with things on my own (mentally not physically, I’ve had great support) I finally felt I had built a little community and it wasn’t just people who had MS.. it’s was everyone battling chronic illness.. from ME to Fibromyalgia etc and it was wonderful to meet all these people and still be in contact too!

June 2017 was a rather dark time for me, not having certain people truly understand or bury their heads etc and battling with my own mental health demons.. I decided to set up a Facebook group for young/newly diagnosed people with MS. It was THE best thing I ever did!

I set it up with the lovely Natalie – Surviving Life’s Hurdles and so far I think we have about 130-150 members! That’s fantastic!

October 2017 I decided to change my diet (I was going through my fourth relapse of the year) and focus on a wholefoods plant based diet (No Animal Products at all) I also tried to include a lot of anti-inflammatory ingredients too for example, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger etc. And I can honestly say that I’ve actually felt healthier than I ever have and I also believe my symptoms have been slightly reduced!

NYE 2017 was when I decided to change my mindset. I decided to embark on a new motto and that motto is called “Not My Problem” I’ve spoken about it in more depth in my previous posts, however since training my mind to think this way and becoming a more positive person, i find that it’s really helped!

I don’t “ignore” my MS… Far from it! I acknowledge it every single day! I’m constantly listening to my body and pushing myself just a little, because at the end of the day our body’s will take over and MS can take control sometimes. So I try to just listen to my body! Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy myself and I’ve learnt now how to socialise with friends and manage MS! Also how to have a work life balance!

But most importantly… To appreciate every single thing and everyone! I am honestly so grateful for MS! Showing me how to slow down and appreciate this beautiful world, how to actually take control of my life and start doing what I want to do! Becoming a stronger person inside and out.. and finally I’m grateful for MS and all the amazing wonderful people I have met along the way.. whether you have MS or not! I am grateful we crossed paths!

So yes it’s MS Awareness day and I think we need to shout it from the roof tops because looking so normal majority of the time with a chronic illness definitely makes us super heros! Now… Where’s my cape! 😂

Sending you all lots of love

Hannah xx


A Hang over & MS

Hey everyone, how are you all doing? I hope you’ve had a great start to the week and feeling good!? Let’s have a chat in the comments below!

So at the weekend I went out with some friends from work.. we didn’t go “out, out” just “out” and it was lovely! We all stuck to the same drink… Prosecco and have some tasty food.

However, I don’t know if any of my lovely MSers out there have this too. When I drink alcohol (which is very rarely) I find that my symptoms flare up, either I get really wobbly on my feet or my arms and legs go really heavy etc.

I found myself when I awoke this morning, not with a traditional hangover, but just more tired than usual (fatigue is our tired right!?) Anyway so I thought about how can I make myself feel better and recover from this mini MS hangover without doing too much.

I’ve come up with some simple tips to help combat the hangover & MS symptoms and I found that these helped me 😊

1) Drinking Water! — I could tell that my body was dehydrated mainly because I had this full headache that wouldn’t budge.. so for the whole day I drank nothing but water and by the end of the night. I definitely felt much better. If you don’t like water you can flavour it with different fruits (a favourite of mine is lemon and lime)

2) Getting More Rest — When I woke up at around 7:30am I definitely felt an overwhelmingly feeling of fatigue/tiredness so I decided to not get up and make a coffee.. instead a took care of my body and gave it what it wanted.. sleep! When I woke up again at around 8:30am I still felt tired and groggy, however not as bad and I made myself get up then.

3) Eating Well Throughout the day We all know how hard this can be at the best of times, however studies that I’ve read shows that eating a good wholesome meal instead of the traditional greasy ones actually cures a hangover quicker!! Get my all the veggies and fruits please! I try and eat as well as I can, however sometimes we all fall off the wagon and land in the take away trolley don’t we? We are only human. Try sticking to good wholesome foods throughout the day and if you grace something not so wholesome in the evening. Don’t deprive yourself of it.. just have a little bit.

4) Light Exercising — There was a time when I hated the thought of exercise. When someone would say that exercise helps you to feel better… However, since doing light yoga everyday (5-10mins) I can actually say that it DOES help you to feel better. Even when you’re feeling groggy or can’t be bothered to do it.. once you have it does help a little 🙂

5) Having some “You” time — I’ve found that this is so important at any time really, not just with this mild hangover lol.. but taking time every day to do something that j love to do makes me mind and body feel better. Even if that’s just, writing in my Bullet Journal, or having a relaxing bubble bath.. anything that I love to do I try to do it every day!

6) Getting an early night — So when you’ve had a slightly late night the previous night, getting an early night seems like a great idea the following evening. I do find that when I do my evening routing and totally relax and get that early night, I feel a lot fresher the next day and I don’t really suffer with that dreaded second day Hangover lol!!

And these everyone are just some simple tips that helped me to manage this hangover with my MS symptoms and they really helped me. I hope they can help any of you out there too and I hope you enjoyed the read.

I don’t have any pics on this post, purely because I forgot to take any 🤣😂

Sending you all lots of love

Hannah xx

Things I’ve loved in January 2018

Hey Gang! How are you all doing? Let me know in the comments as always and we can connect. 😊

So… January 2018 is almost at an end and for me.. it’s been a great month! On NYE I decided to start living a more positive lifestyle. Now I know this might not be possible ALL of the time and I know things will try to bring me down, however I felt so much stronger and ready to tackle things head on!

My new motto starting at the beginning of 2018 was/is “Not My Problem” and honestly it really has changed my mentality. Not getting dragged into other people’s issues and problems was my biggest problem last year. Allowing people’s negativity to bring me down and consequently turn me negative. Now that has all changed! Yes there are times where stress and life get a bit too much, but with my new motto and being able to control my mental state a little better I’ve really been able to enjoy January 2018.

A lot of you will say “oh it’s because you got engaged, that’s why you’re so happy” and yes you’re right, I would be lying if I said that it’s wasn’t because of the engagement that I was so happy and positive, however it’s also my change in mindset and also the amazing MRI results I got too along with just looking at things differently, listening to motivational speeches etc.

So… What have I been loving in January 2018 I hear you ask!? Well, I’m going to Bullet point them down below and show you what I have been loving.

1) Getting Engaged — 01/01/18

2) Booking Our Wedding Venue

3) Getting Great MRI Results

4) Going Back To Work

5) Not Allowing Negative People Affect Me

6) Booking The Marquee for Our Wedding

7) Having A Lovely New Hair Cut

8) Having More “Me” Time

9) Getting Into Reading More

10) Listening To Motivational Speeches on Youtube

I have made sure that the start has set off to be a more positive one, mainly to not allow negativity affect me.. to take things in my stride and just to enjoy the little things.

(The pictures below are all the good times through January 2018

Sending you all lots of love and hugs!

Hannah xx

First Week Back At Work

Hello everyone! How are you all!? How is your January going so far?! As always let me know in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to reply 😊

So. In my last blog post I mentioned that I was going back to work, I’ve almost had my first full week and it’s gone really well!

I am back on phased return hours of 4 hours a day but have dropped a day and gone down to 4 days a week at the moment. I can honestly say that so far this has really helped! I have Wednesdays and Thursdays off so I have two days together in which I can rest or do what I want.

Ever since New Year’s Eve I’ve made a plan with myself to keep remaining positive and happy throughout the year.. now obviously I know that might not be possible all the time, however last year I allowed other people’s issues and negative mindset drag me down and it wasn’t good for me at all… Hence why I came up with my motto… “NOT MY PROBLEM”.

So far living by this motto has been truly amazing. I feel more relaxed and happier to just let things glide on by! If someone complains to me about something I don’t allow myself to get sucked in and start saying things like “oh yes I know what you mean, I feel like that too” etc.. instead I just go with the flow.. stay out of that negative cycle because I found so well that once you’re in it… You can get easily trapped!

I also feel a lot stronger and don’t get afraid or anxious to say no or yes to things.. I feel stronger to stand up for myself more and say how I truly feel.

Also when I went back to work last time, I’d always feel anxious about what time I’d get home.. making sure I would be at home in good time before fatigue hit… So that I could get all the jobs done that needed to be done. If I missed a bus or I got home late then it would set off the anxiety and therefore the rest of my evening would be ruined… Whereas now.. my mindset is.. “I’ll get home, when I get home” I know George will help me out always so I have stopped myself feeling that I need to do everything at home straight away and on my own!

All in all.. my first week back at work has been good.. but I think it’s helped greatly by my mindset and how I’m looking at things now too!

I hope you’re all doing okay?

I’m sending you lots of love and hugs!

Hannah xx

Going Back To Work & Some Great News! 

Hello Gang! How are you all!? I hope you’ve all had a great second week of January!? Let me know in the comments how you’ve been and we can connect! 

Ever since New Year’s Eve (No George didn’t propose then lol) I’ve just felt so positive and focused! It’s almost as if a light switch has just been flicked in my head because I don’t think I’ve ever felt like this! 

I have a new little motto for myself for the year and hopefully years to come and it’s… “Not My Problem!” My whole life virtually I was a people pleaser. I always cared about what others thought not just about me but about themselves. I always wanted to be friends with people and just be nice to everyone. 

Yes this has had good points throughout my life, however there’s also been a lot of negativity from it too. I found that if someone was having a bad day or in a bad mood, it would drag me down too.. making me feel low or stressed and do you know what.. it wasn’t even MY PROBLEM! 

2017 wasn’t the greatest year with 4 reasonably big relapses and having a considerable amount of time off work for each relapse.. but it wasn’t until the end of the year when that light switch flicked and I thought “do you know what.. I’m now going to concentrate on ME” I need to stop allowing myself to get caught up in other people’s dramas or problems and just focus on my own and ever since I have thought this way I have felt so empowered and strong from it! 

Today I went to the Doctor’s for a review and I was thrilled to tell her that I was ready to go back to work!!! I actually felt so happy and like I’ve said above, empowered and focused to slay it! My Doctor was also really happy for me and she too said in order for my MS symptoms to remain minimal, we needed to control my stress and anxiety levels, which again is why I have my new motto “NOT MY PROBLEM”. 

I’m going to be going back to work 4 days a week starting at 4 hours a day and slowly increasing those hours over a period of time until I’m doing 4 days a week full time.. my aim is to get back to work full time.. but I don’t plan ahead.. I live for today so each day is unique. 

My first day back at work is going to be this coming Saturday!! Everyone who I work with was really happy that I’m coming back and I can honestly say that I’m truly happy to go back and be with them all 😊

I also have another piece of great info! I received a letter from my Neurologist following my recent MRI scan aaaannnddd….. There are NO NEW LESIONS!! 😃😃😃 I’m so so happy with this cause even though my relapses were pretty nasty last year, my neurologist said they haven’t caused any permanent damage which is fantatic! 

This has given me more of a boost to continue my vegan lifestyle, to continue the anti-inflammatory foods and exercise….well…one step at a time lol. 😂 

I’m really happy at the moment and I hope I can spread my happiness and positivity around 😊 

Thank you for reading and I hope you’re all okay.

Lots of love

Hannah xx 

Relaxing Night Routine

Hey Everyone! How are you all doing? Leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to reply 😊

In today’s blog post I’m going to be talking (writing) you through my relaxing evening routine to help with sleep. Now this is working very well for me and I hope it can help at least one of you to hopefully get a better nights sleep.

For my MS fatigue I was given Amantadine and I found a couple of side effects quite disruptive. The first one was crazy weird dreams at night, not nightmares just very strange that would cause me to wake up a few times in the night. Another side effect was insomnia, where I couldn’t actually sleep. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to sleep for a couple of hours, consequently making the fatigue worse during the day.

My MS nurse told me that it will pass over a few days and my doctor gave me Amitriptyline to take at night to hopefully help me to sleep and calm my anxiety… However, since doing this routine I’ve not needed to take the amitriptyline AND I’ve been sleeping through the whole night 😊

1) When I can I put my phone away on silent and on charge at 7:30pm, I don’t look through Twitter, Instagram or messages after 7:30pm. I also put my iPad on charge at 7:30pm and try not to look at that either, I don’t watch YouTube videos after this time or anything stimulating. I’ve found this to really help me to wind down before going to bed because being off work at the moment I’m on my phone and iPad a reasonable about during the day and having a technology detox at night after 7:30pm really helps me to relax.

2) Sometimes I like to have a nice relaxing bath to help me wind down and relax. Now I don’t do this every night, mainly on the nights where I’ve felt particularly uptight, stressed or anxious or if I’m having a pamper night. Normally I do other things to help wind down but also to keep me entertained too. I do find that having a nice relaxing bath really does help me, I always have a nice cold glass of water to sip and this is when I do watch YouTube on my iPad (yes I know if said I put it in charge but I don’t do this every night) when I do watch YouTube at night then it’s relaxing, restful videos like night routines etc.

3) Herbal tea. I only try and have one cup of coffee a day and then I try and stay away from caffeine as much as possible and after 5:30pm I don’t have any caffeine at all and stick to water, decaf tea or herbal tea. My favourite herbal teas are: Lemon & Ginger, Peppermint and Camomile – I always make a cup of this every night and have it in bed.

4) Before I get changed into my pyjamas, brush my teeth,go to the toilet etc I like to do my exercises. These are the exercises that my physio gave me to do and some nice gentle yoga stretches. I find this a really nice way to relax the body and just loosen up before bed. I don’t bring my yoga mat upstairs purely because i don’t need it on the landing 😊

5) Once I’ve done my stretches I get changed into some nice cosy pyjamas, wash my face with my amazing Liz Earle cleanse and Polish with warm water, brush my teeth and then climb into bed 😊 this is when I’ll either write in my Bullet Journal, colour in an adult colouring book or on this occasion, paint my nails 😊 and whilst waiting for my nails to dry I just sip of my herbal tea of choice 😊

6) Once my nails have completely dried I then read my book of choice. At the moment I’m reading a book called “A cat called Alfie” it’s a lovely light hearted book and reminds me so much of my cat Arthur! (Any cat lovers out there, I’d recommend this!) I find that reading really helps me to relax in the evenings and during the day too if I want to read. I always make sure it’s a nice light hearted book and not a thriller or mind stimulating and I really do find that reading makes me sleepier, I always read one chapter a night (this book has fairly short chapters which I like!

7) Once the chapter is finshed and I’ve had my tea (I never manage to drink a full cup lol) I put my iPad on low light setting, low volume and out a film on that helps me to fall asleep. I’m one of those people who can’t go to sleep in silence, I don’t know about any of you guys, but I find that if I try to sleep in silence then my mind wanders and I end up not being able to sleep. So having a nice relaxing film on helps me to drift off, it’s been the best way for me 😊

And that is my relaxing night routine to help with sleep. I try and do this every night unless I’m away or out for the evening, but I find it has really made a difference with my sleep pattern and I feel a bit more refreshed when I wake up in the morning.

I normally fall asleep around 9pm and wake up at around 5:30am, sometimes I wish I could sleep for longer but I think this is my body clock at the moment which is fine cause I’m still getting 8.5 hours of un-disturbed sleep.

I really hope you’ve found this post useful and I really hope I helps just one of you 😊 the main thing I think that has helped me is not using my phone or iPad after a certain time in the evening.

Thank you for reading

Lots of Love

Hannah xx

Time to TOTALLY relax! (At home Spa)

Hello everyone, how have you all been? As always leave me a comment down below and I’ll be sure to reply 🙂 I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. 

So… I’d say over the last couple of days I’ve fallen down those mean and evil negative holes. Beating myself up, putting myself down, making myself feel guilty and that I need to try harder.. you know these nasties… 

“Surely you’re better now? It’s been 4 weeks” 

“Come in you’re only tired, others have it much worse and they have to go to work still” 

“When are you going back to work then? How long are you off for?”

“Maybe you need to push yourself through this and just try harder”

“People at work are getting annoyed with you now, it’s not fair on them”

“Just try harder and get better quickly, you need to both financially and physically, just do it”

Yep… Those thoughts.. let’s call them “little devils”. Even when writing them out for you all to read its like hearing them again… BUT NOT ANYMORE! 

I’m now trying to stop being so hard on myself and forcing myself to get better so quickly when all its been doing is I believe knocking me backwards slightly. Learning to relax more and just *chill* lol. 

Looking back at how far I’ve come and all the things I have achieved.. I may do a new Bullet Journal page about that so I can see in front of me all that I’ve achieved so far. 

I need to remember that I will get better with time and that time is a healer too.. not doing 20 step ups and 15 squats a day until I’m totally knackered (yes I was desperate to get better quickly and thought doing all these exercises every single day would help me get there)… 

So now I’m going to do more things for the Mind as well as the Body.. just looking after me, not thinking about others for a change! So that’s where we get onto the topic of creating an At Home Spa. 

My lovely mum and step dad came over to decorate the bathroom at the weekend and I’m just so happy with the result, it looks so much brighter and calmer in there now, so why not create an At Home Spa? 

Just a little disclaimer — everyone’s thoughts and ideas are different and these are just mine, I’m not saying you need to do it this way 🙂

Here was the before and after photos of the bathroom 🙂 



I am beyond grateful for the work my mum and step dad put into the bathroom.. this room is where I like to relax my mine and body lol (I know that sounds a bit corny lol) but before the amazing transformation I’d never feel totally relaxed after a bath, no matter how many candles I lit etc.. however now.. is a totally different story! 

The Paint we used was Dulux Bathroom Apple White the ” Chatsworth tall boy” cabinet was from The Range UK the other things I already had.. and the candles are actually battery powered from Amazon.. overall I just think it’s amazing and I’m so happy with it 🙂

For me creating an “At Home Spa” is all about the environment and setting.. I like to have the main lights out and with candles (battery ones are fab). I also love bubbles and at the moment I use some of the radox bubble baths and I also use Epsom  Salts too which are super relaxing. 

I then like to have a little pamper session.. this usually involves washing my hair, face mask you know.. the works 😁😂

Once I’m out of the bath (literally had THE best bath tonight) and I’m feeling much more relaxed, I then like to have a little treat.. on this occasion it was a delicious Vegan chocolate made by my mum (yes she is just amazing lol) some fruit and a nice cold drink.. tonight orange squash with orange slices. 

Then I just relax, put on a nice film (tonight was Mrs Doubtfire – a classic favourite) and just relax whilst my hair roughly dries — I find that I need to rest after I’ve had a bath and regain some energy so relaxing with a nice snack is perfect. 

Sometimes I write in my Bullet Journal and I love creating and seeing inspiring pages on Pinterest.. I’m working on a page at the moment about “Things I need to do more often” so I can look at it and choose to do at least one thing a day 😊 

And I also love painting my nails so I chose a colour from my selection and do this too, I find it very therapeutic lol. 

(Tonight it was this gorgeous purple colour from Barry M)

To completely relax me before bed, I put my phone into airplane mode and out of the way at about 8:30pm and make myself this delicious drink that the lovely Jen from Tripping Through Treacle got me into called “Golden Milk” she had a pic of it on Instagram and I was very interested so decided to give it a go:-

Almond milk, ginger & cinnamon (I use 1/4tsp), turmeric (1/2tsp), sweetner of some kind and a light dusting of pepper (to help the turmeric absorb) 

Then it’s lights out and time to settle down into sleep – the Golden Milk really helps me to drift off to sleep, it’s so relaxing AND an anti-inflammatory super drink 😊

And this is how I totally relax.. and I need to keep the “relaxing” up… No more beating myself up, no more obsessively pushing myself… Nope… Now it’s actually taking care of “ME” time! 

I’m sorry this post has been long, I hope you’ve all enjoyed the read and I hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Lots of Love

Hannah xx