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I was inspired by the wonderful http://boostesteem.com/ written by a friend of mine.  Her lovely blog put some sunshine into my day.  I hope that if I tell my story I might pay forward the favour to someone else. See 'My Story' for further details. I have no idea why this photo of me with …

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Therapy

My last post on therapy was back in 2015   I thought I knew a bit about counselling and therapy then - but I've done even more of it now! Some of it still stays true but there is a bit more I would like to add. 1. There is more than one type of …

Burka and Bikinis

A friend of mine recommended this TED talk and I think it is spot on.  It really highlights the dangers of putting any community in boxes, labelling them, stereotyping them.  The dangers to the community themselves how that pressure can be insurmountable.  It can come from within the community (and very powerfully so); or from without …

Transition

So this is something that's been on my mind for a while (for years in fact).  However, it's only now that the changes to my life are going to become a reality.  I'll stop speaking in code.  Two years after asking to be referred by my GP to the Gender Identity Clinic, I am going …

Noise

Imagine you've woken up having had a bit too much to drink and your head is pounding and everything is louder than it should be, or migraine suffers amongst us that you're just starting a migraine.  This is how I experience most days - it is tiring. Let me give you an example: I'm in …

Medication

So I take medication to help me with physical health conditions and mental health conditions.  Health professionals are often nowadays being criticised for handing out anti-depressants in particular much more frequently - or their usage has gone up anyway. Prescriptions for 64.7m items of antidepressants – an all-time high – were dispensed in England in …

Benefits

There probably aren't many of you who haven't heard me rant and rave about our benefits system lately.  Why? I guess because like a lot of things - until it touches our lives directly perhaps we don't realise how truly unjust and unfair the systems are. This isn't a sob story - I'm extremely lucky …

Longing

This is quite a lazy blog post really, I'm just linking you to something else.  For a long time I've struggled to find anything that really spoke to me about my grief - within the church but this talk is refreshing in an number of ways 1. It's honest (it doesn't shy away from the …

Hearing Voices #2

So to follow my last post, I watched a really good programme on the bbc last night about hearing voices. You can watch it here. Warning: it's not easy watching, you might find it difficult to watch, disturbing, or even triggering. However, I guarantee that you will end up with a greater understanding. The experiences …

Hearing Voices

I have hesitated for some time before posting this as there is such misunderstanding and stigma around this topic: but in fact that is the reason I think there needs to be more openness and discussion around it.  I can only talk from my own experience, and some others will experience things very differently. Apparently, …