Monday, 10 June 2013

Carers Awareness Week

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Hello :)

I haven't been on here for quite a while, mainly for good reasons :) I did my zip wire for AYME and raised £557 in the process which is amazing. I've been working hard for exams, and hopefully will finally have both my maths and textiles A level next year if health stays good! And at the moment, I am resting up ready for my trip to London which I am super excited about :) Health wise I took quite a dip, then been up and down, and hopefully heading in the right direction now :) Stable-ish I like to call it ;) I don't really think about my health in too much detail though, it's what I have and I just want to make the most of what I've got :)

 Linking on to this, I really wanted to do a post tonight. I don't really talk about the help I need, but it's Carers Awareness Week starting today, and a lot of people don't see what hard work and dedication these carers have. I have 7 main carers, which are all fab :) They do so much for me, from making food to taking me out, and so much more in between. Being a carer for me is a tough job, with my ME it's not like being a carer for someone 'just' with mobility problems or anything like that, you need to be a mind reader as well. My carers need to be able to know when I need things, when to leave me and when to help me without being asked. They need to take one look at me and decide whether I am well enough to talk today, whether to let me sleep or whether I can sit up in bed. It's an huge task, and when I am bad, I am not 'with it' and sometimes so tired I cannot communicate properly so all these decisions are critical. It's a balance between stretching me but not making me worse. It's deciding why I am extra poorly that day, and if they need to phone the doctor or hospital. Being a carer is a 24/7 job, and you don't get to choose when I will need help. You have to try get a balance between being a carer and caring for yourself, and this is really hard when you have someone with such an unpredictable, and sometimes very scary, illness. Some people you wouldn't have a clue had so much on at home. Any one of my carers always have a smile on their face and you would never tell they have such a hard job when they get home! So I just want to single out my 7 carers who care for me every week who I wouldn't be here without (quite literally). I can't care for myself, it's hard to admit, but with the help of these beautiful people I can live more of a 'normal life'.

My mum, Tracy. My dad, Steve. My sister, Abi. My boyfriend, Michael. My 3 daily hired carers, Charlotte, Terri and Emma. They are all fabulous. Not one of them has ever complained. Not one of them has not ever been scared seeing me at my worst. All help me daily in so many ways, and really have made a huge difference to my life :)

Lots of love, kate xx

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Back to reality

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Hello lovely ones :)

I once again apologise for the very very very lateness of my weekly blog post. When I started this blog, the plan was to post every week, but it hasn't been possible, and I felt under pressure by it, so I have decided to post when I can :) It might be weekly, or it might be a few months apart, but when I have the energy I will try my best to update it :)

Now, since last time, what has been going on.. It's been 2 months since my last post, so quite a lot has happened, most of which I have probably forgotten! I have definitely had a lot of ups and downs, but I like to focus on the positive things on here :) So here we go :)


  1. I went on holiday to Gran Canaria. I had the most amazing time, relaxing in the heat, and even got to train some dolphins since I wasn't strong enough to swim with them. It was a once in a lifetime experience!
  2. I have changed my business name. 'Dreamers Jewellery and Crafts' is no more, it has been taken over by the more sophisticated name 'Cherry Blossom'. I have expanded into bath products, and have been asked by a few more shops if they can stock my makes, so all very exciting!
  3. I am doing two crazy challenges this year. I am zip wiring off the Tyne Bridge for ME Awareness Week, and then in September I am getting pushed in my wheelchair for the Great North Run. 
  4. I got an A in my maths resit. And an A in my textiles unit! Didn't do so well in the other maths unit, but we knew I wasn't ready. College have said they will continue funding and supporting me too which is awesome :)
  5. I got my new snazzy automatic car, and managed to drive for an extra 5 mins, but it put me flat in bed for two days afterwards so I'm going to have to be careful with that..
  6. I had a lovely (belated) valentines day (as I was in hospital) with my boyfriend which involved ice cream and posh lunches with the loud interruption of a monitor every 30 mins :')
So, I have achieved quite a lot of nice things :) I'm busy working on a book I've been asked to write to get published (crazy!) at the moment, and just trying to keep my head above the water :) I am also starting to think MEAW planning, so keep an eye out! Going to leave it here for today, I will come up with a more interesting blog post soon hopefully!

From my snuggly hideaway, love kate x

Friday, 18 January 2013

Exams can make you laugh

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Hello :)

I managed (just) to sit my maths exam last week, and I have one coming up on Wednesday which I really am struggling with so got the resit forms at the ready ;) Too much for me! Anyway, I gave my dad a 'funny exam answers' book for Christmas, and actually love it, so I thought I'd share it with you :) These are real answers from exams..

Totally sexist, but I do applaud the person who decided to put that down as the answer!

  • Q: Name the four seasons.
  • A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
  • Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be
    made safe to drink.
  • A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists. 
  • Q: What happens to your body as you age?
  • A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
  • Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
  • A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.
  • Q; Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
  • A: Premature death.
  • Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
  • A: Keep it in the cow.
  • Q: What does the word "benign" mean?
  • A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
  • Q: What is a turbine?
  • A: Something an Arab wears on his head.
  • Q: What is a Hindu?
  • A: It lays eggs.
  • Q: What is a vacuum?
  • A: Something my mum says I should use more often
Hope this made you smile a bit, and I hope everyone isn't snowed in! Bye from a very sleepy girl..

lots of love, kate x


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Spring / Summer Must Have's

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Hello :)

Today is a shorter post, as I have an exam tomorrow, which I'm absolutely dreading, so need to rest. Please everyone keep your fingers crossed, I need all the luck I can get..

As I am now a textiles student, I've been doing a lot of Vogue studying, and since I've been keeping an eye on the catwalks, here are 10 trends for 2013!

Spring / Summer Fashion Trends - 10 Must Have's

Graphic Dress - Think big, bold and shapes
Sheen Skirt - Become a magpie and love everything shiny
Pencil Skirt - Think bold colours and power
Florescent Top - Neon - the brighter the better
 
Bomber Jacket - Statement jacket
90's Styling - Layers, clashes, it's in!
White Dress - Pretty self explanatory
Burmuda's - Or 'boy shorts' as I like to call them 
60's Top - Sexy and floral
Candy Stripes - Still in!

Hope you enjoy  my little fashion run down for this coming season :)

lots of love, kate x