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Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop on and let you all know that I am alive!

It's been quite a while since I've been on here. Things became a little overwhelming with trying to balance my continued health problems along with daily life, so I did what I always do, and hid away.

I'm trying my hardest to get back now though and I really just wanted to let you know that you might notice a few updates around here. I'm adding lots of information, updating stuff and generally trying to find my voice again.

I should also add that I'm not taking on any new work at the moment.

In the mean time, I'm still writing over at Endometriosis.net and you can also find me at my most active self on Instagram!

So, bear with me for now, but keep your eyes peeled! EMLWY is being made over and I will be back writing again asap!

S.

A Quick Update


Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop on and let you all know that I am alive!

It's been quite a while since I've been on here. Things became a little overwhelming with trying to balance my continued health problems along with daily life, so I did what I always do, and hid away.

I'm trying my hardest to get back now though and I really just wanted to let you know that you might notice a few updates around here. I'm adding lots of information, updating stuff and generally trying to find my voice again.

I should also add that I'm not taking on any new work at the moment.

In the mean time, I'm still writing over at Endometriosis.net and you can also find me at my most active self on Instagram!

So, bear with me for now, but keep your eyes peeled! EMLWY is being made over and I will be back writing again asap!

S.

13:05:00

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2015. I had started to get really stiff knees which I'd initially put down to all the bending down I was doing with our newborn baby. But, over time, it didn't ease. Having a diagnosis of fibromyalgia never truly sat well with me as I never suffered with the widespread pain others seem to talk about with regards to the condition. Over time, it developed in other areas - namely, my hands, but also, on occasion, my feet. This year, all my issues seemed to be solved with my crohn's disease diagnosis and my doctors agreed that it appeared to be the crohn's that had been causing the joint pain I had been suffering all along.

Unfortunately, I'm yet to find anything that will ease the pain I get in these areas. I have been on 20mg Amitriptyline since 2015 but honestly, it makes zero difference. Painkillers only ease it a little. The Azathioprine I take for my crohn's only made it worse when my dosage was upped to 100mg, and it left me barely able to walk (in fact, I did a lot of hopping during that time!).

However, I received a few products from a company called Fay Farm to review as part of the Chronic Illness Blogger Network, which really could not have arrived at a better time!... You know when nothing else is working, you're crying with the pain and then a wonder product lands at your door and you feel like praising the heavens above!? Yeah, that!

I received 2 items: the Healing Hemp Serum and the Rejuvenation Lotion.


The Healing Hemp Serum was developed specifically as a remedy for psoriasis and eczema, as well as other conditions such as sebborheic dermatitis. However, I chose this particular product as a remedy for my acne prone skin.

I've documented my battle with acne many times over the years, and in 2017 I finally found a routine which worked for me. Along with a change to my diet (I lost almost 2 stone last year with the help of Slimming World), I decided to take a simpler approach to my skincare. I started using less products, often just using water alone, and the products I did use were as natural as I could get. I had finally discovered that all these acne products that are currently flooding the market did nothing but make my skin sore and waste money!

Although my acne is almost non-existent these days, I still have to maintain a reasonable diet and skincare routine to keep it clear. After spending so long in hospital this year, I came home to find my skin was grey and spotty once again. I hadn't had access to my usual products, being on an increased amount of medications and not being able to get fresh air and natural light had all had a huge impact on it.

The Healing Hemp Serum contains:
:: grapeseed oil
:: hemp oil
:: apricot oil
:: argan oil
:: black cumin oil
:: borage oil
:: evening primrose oil
:: pomegranate oil
:: burdock
:: calendula
:: chamomile
:: chickweed
:: cornfrey
:: gotu kola
:: marshmallow
:: nettle
:: plantain
:: usnea
:: geranium essential oils
:: rosemary essential oils
:: lavender essential oils
:: tea tree essential oils

Fay Farm suggest applying a few drops of the serum on to affected areas preferably twice a day and you should start to see positive results within 3-7 days.

I started using the Healing Hemp Serum on my face each night after removing my makeup. At first, I put one pumps worth on and then put my normal moisturiser on top, every night, but this was far too heavy for my skin. I've found the correct balance for my own skin is one pumps worth, every other night, and on it's own without any moisturiser on top. One thing that is really lovely about the serum, is, unlike other oils I've tried on my skin, this absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy layer. My skin brightened up within a few days and felt plump and moisturised once again - something it had been lacking for a good while.

I've also gained a few little skin niggles since starting on Azathioprine (whether it's down to that or my ill health, I don't know!). I have recently started to use the serum on some little red patches of dry skin that have appeared on my legs and it's really helping them. They are still there (at the moment anyway) but they aren't as red and they are no longer itchy.

I will carry on using this product and hope to continue seeing positive results.


Several years ago, Fay Farm began researching the benefits of Hemp Oil Extract (HOE) and discovered it is effective for pain relief, anti-anxiety and improving mood. They began to develop formulations containing Hemp Oil Extract based on some of their popular products.

Hemp Oil Extract is a little complicated, so have a look at these articles for a better explanation:
:: What is Hemp Extract?
:: What is Hemp Extract? The Basic Science and Benefits of Hemp.

Hemp Oil Extract is legal in all 50 states in the US and 28 countries outside of the US. Fay Farm only utilises the hemp stem and stock to extract their CBD. The results contain less than 0.3% THC, and is considered a food additive and is regulated by the FDA.

The Rejuvenation Lotion is available in 2 different versions - HOE, which means it contains Hemp Oil Extract, or non-HOE, which doesn't contain the extract. I chose to try out the HOE version as I thought it might be a little more beneficial on my aches and pains.

The lotion is made with all organic ingredients (a blend of herbs and essential oils), is paraben and phthalate free and is designed to relieve joint and muscle pain. It is particularly aimed at those suffering with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy, sports injuries and other deep joint and muscle pain.

The non-HOE Rejuvenation Lotion contains:
:: purified water
:: MSM
:: organic hemp oil
:: organic grapeseed oil
:: organic sunflower oil
:: emulsifying wax
:: stearic acid
:: organic white sesame oil
:: organic argan oil
:: organic apricot kernel oil
:: organic jojoba oil
:: magnesium
:: essential oils
:: fennel
:: liquorice
:: turmeric
:: valerian
:: gluconolatone
:: sodium benzoate (a certified natural preservative)

The HOE Rejuvenation Lotion doesn't contain sunflower oil, but instead contains 200mg of hemp oil extract.

As I mentioned above, I've really been struggling with the pains in my hands and knees (and elsewhere) - more so this year than ever before. My hands ache to the point where I find it difficult to bend my fingers, holding anything becomes a struggle and I regularly drop things (I think I must have smashed a whole set of crockery in the past year!). On top of that, my knees hurt so much I sometimes cannot put any weight on them and cry with the shooting pains. And my feet ache like I've ran a marathon in a pair of stiletto heels!

I read about what the Rejuvenation Lotion said it could help and thought, hey, it's worth a try! But, I have to admit, I thought it would just be like any other cream with essential oils in it: that it would smell nice and probably make my skin soft, but nothing more. I was wrong.

I've been using it for around a month now and I have aptly named it the "magic cream". I'm not sure if it's the earthy aroma that is somehow changing the nerve signals to my brain or whether it's the cream working it's way through the layers of skin and muscle, but it's amazing!

Now, don't get me wrong, it doesn't magically cure you of pain. However, I would say it relieves pain and reduces it. I use it daily now and even keep it by my bedside so that I can drown my hands in it as soon as I sit down to relax each night. To be totally honest, some days I wish I could climb in to the bottle and just bathe in it!

The cream feels lovely on the skin. It sinks in quickly and isn't greasy in the slightest. One thing I love is that it leaves your hands feeling nice. I'm always a bit funny with hand creams as I hate when they leave your hands feeling greasy or chalky. But this sinks in really nicely so you could use it anywhere on the body.

Today, I let my mum try it out. She has osteoarthritis in her hands and she is in a tremendous amount of pain with them. Recently, she has been unable to bend her fingers and has been unable to grip because of it. Today, she used this lotion and within minutes she could bend her fingers - no word of a lie!

I honestly love everything about this product. It's natural, it smells nice, it feels nice on the skin and it actually relieves pain!... What more could you want!?


Fay Farm is a family run farm on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, Washington (US). On the farm, the family raise a herd of Nubian goats and use the milk from the goats, along with the herbs from their greenhouse, to infuse in to their natural body care products. None of Fay Farms products contain parabens, alcohol, mineral oil or phthalates and each of their products are crafted with all natural, organically sourced materials. Many of their high quality ingredients come from their own farm.

If you would like to try Fay Farms products for yourself, you can find a full range of their products on their website. Their HOE (Hemp Oil Extract) products can be purchased from the Canna Treehouse website. All of Fay Farms products, including those with HOE, are also available through a range of stockists in America.

If you would like more information on Fay Farm, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

S.

Fay Farm: Handmade Organic Body Care


I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2015. I had started to get really stiff knees which I'd initially put down to all the bending down I was doing with our newborn baby. But, over time, it didn't ease. Having a diagnosis of fibromyalgia never truly sat well with me as I never suffered with the widespread pain others seem to talk about with regards to the condition. Over time, it developed in other areas - namely, my hands, but also, on occasion, my feet. This year, all my issues seemed to be solved with my crohn's disease diagnosis and my doctors agreed that it appeared to be the crohn's that had been causing the joint pain I had been suffering all along.

Unfortunately, I'm yet to find anything that will ease the pain I get in these areas. I have been on 20mg Amitriptyline since 2015 but honestly, it makes zero difference. Painkillers only ease it a little. The Azathioprine I take for my crohn's only made it worse when my dosage was upped to 100mg, and it left me barely able to walk (in fact, I did a lot of hopping during that time!).

However, I received a few products from a company called Fay Farm to review as part of the Chronic Illness Blogger Network, which really could not have arrived at a better time!... You know when nothing else is working, you're crying with the pain and then a wonder product lands at your door and you feel like praising the heavens above!? Yeah, that!

I received 2 items: the Healing Hemp Serum and the Rejuvenation Lotion.


The Healing Hemp Serum was developed specifically as a remedy for psoriasis and eczema, as well as other conditions such as sebborheic dermatitis. However, I chose this particular product as a remedy for my acne prone skin.

I've documented my battle with acne many times over the years, and in 2017 I finally found a routine which worked for me. Along with a change to my diet (I lost almost 2 stone last year with the help of Slimming World), I decided to take a simpler approach to my skincare. I started using less products, often just using water alone, and the products I did use were as natural as I could get. I had finally discovered that all these acne products that are currently flooding the market did nothing but make my skin sore and waste money!

Although my acne is almost non-existent these days, I still have to maintain a reasonable diet and skincare routine to keep it clear. After spending so long in hospital this year, I came home to find my skin was grey and spotty once again. I hadn't had access to my usual products, being on an increased amount of medications and not being able to get fresh air and natural light had all had a huge impact on it.

The Healing Hemp Serum contains:
:: grapeseed oil
:: hemp oil
:: apricot oil
:: argan oil
:: black cumin oil
:: borage oil
:: evening primrose oil
:: pomegranate oil
:: burdock
:: calendula
:: chamomile
:: chickweed
:: cornfrey
:: gotu kola
:: marshmallow
:: nettle
:: plantain
:: usnea
:: geranium essential oils
:: rosemary essential oils
:: lavender essential oils
:: tea tree essential oils

Fay Farm suggest applying a few drops of the serum on to affected areas preferably twice a day and you should start to see positive results within 3-7 days.

I started using the Healing Hemp Serum on my face each night after removing my makeup. At first, I put one pumps worth on and then put my normal moisturiser on top, every night, but this was far too heavy for my skin. I've found the correct balance for my own skin is one pumps worth, every other night, and on it's own without any moisturiser on top. One thing that is really lovely about the serum, is, unlike other oils I've tried on my skin, this absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy layer. My skin brightened up within a few days and felt plump and moisturised once again - something it had been lacking for a good while.

I've also gained a few little skin niggles since starting on Azathioprine (whether it's down to that or my ill health, I don't know!). I have recently started to use the serum on some little red patches of dry skin that have appeared on my legs and it's really helping them. They are still there (at the moment anyway) but they aren't as red and they are no longer itchy.

I will carry on using this product and hope to continue seeing positive results.


Several years ago, Fay Farm began researching the benefits of Hemp Oil Extract (HOE) and discovered it is effective for pain relief, anti-anxiety and improving mood. They began to develop formulations containing Hemp Oil Extract based on some of their popular products.

Hemp Oil Extract is a little complicated, so have a look at these articles for a better explanation:
:: What is Hemp Extract?
:: What is Hemp Extract? The Basic Science and Benefits of Hemp.

Hemp Oil Extract is legal in all 50 states in the US and 28 countries outside of the US. Fay Farm only utilises the hemp stem and stock to extract their CBD. The results contain less than 0.3% THC, and is considered a food additive and is regulated by the FDA.

The Rejuvenation Lotion is available in 2 different versions - HOE, which means it contains Hemp Oil Extract, or non-HOE, which doesn't contain the extract. I chose to try out the HOE version as I thought it might be a little more beneficial on my aches and pains.

The lotion is made with all organic ingredients (a blend of herbs and essential oils), is paraben and phthalate free and is designed to relieve joint and muscle pain. It is particularly aimed at those suffering with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy, sports injuries and other deep joint and muscle pain.

The non-HOE Rejuvenation Lotion contains:
:: purified water
:: MSM
:: organic hemp oil
:: organic grapeseed oil
:: organic sunflower oil
:: emulsifying wax
:: stearic acid
:: organic white sesame oil
:: organic argan oil
:: organic apricot kernel oil
:: organic jojoba oil
:: magnesium
:: essential oils
:: fennel
:: liquorice
:: turmeric
:: valerian
:: gluconolatone
:: sodium benzoate (a certified natural preservative)

The HOE Rejuvenation Lotion doesn't contain sunflower oil, but instead contains 200mg of hemp oil extract.

As I mentioned above, I've really been struggling with the pains in my hands and knees (and elsewhere) - more so this year than ever before. My hands ache to the point where I find it difficult to bend my fingers, holding anything becomes a struggle and I regularly drop things (I think I must have smashed a whole set of crockery in the past year!). On top of that, my knees hurt so much I sometimes cannot put any weight on them and cry with the shooting pains. And my feet ache like I've ran a marathon in a pair of stiletto heels!

I read about what the Rejuvenation Lotion said it could help and thought, hey, it's worth a try! But, I have to admit, I thought it would just be like any other cream with essential oils in it: that it would smell nice and probably make my skin soft, but nothing more. I was wrong.

I've been using it for around a month now and I have aptly named it the "magic cream". I'm not sure if it's the earthy aroma that is somehow changing the nerve signals to my brain or whether it's the cream working it's way through the layers of skin and muscle, but it's amazing!

Now, don't get me wrong, it doesn't magically cure you of pain. However, I would say it relieves pain and reduces it. I use it daily now and even keep it by my bedside so that I can drown my hands in it as soon as I sit down to relax each night. To be totally honest, some days I wish I could climb in to the bottle and just bathe in it!

The cream feels lovely on the skin. It sinks in quickly and isn't greasy in the slightest. One thing I love is that it leaves your hands feeling nice. I'm always a bit funny with hand creams as I hate when they leave your hands feeling greasy or chalky. But this sinks in really nicely so you could use it anywhere on the body.

Today, I let my mum try it out. She has osteoarthritis in her hands and she is in a tremendous amount of pain with them. Recently, she has been unable to bend her fingers and has been unable to grip because of it. Today, she used this lotion and within minutes she could bend her fingers - no word of a lie!

I honestly love everything about this product. It's natural, it smells nice, it feels nice on the skin and it actually relieves pain!... What more could you want!?


Fay Farm is a family run farm on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, Washington (US). On the farm, the family raise a herd of Nubian goats and use the milk from the goats, along with the herbs from their greenhouse, to infuse in to their natural body care products. None of Fay Farms products contain parabens, alcohol, mineral oil or phthalates and each of their products are crafted with all natural, organically sourced materials. Many of their high quality ingredients come from their own farm.

If you would like to try Fay Farms products for yourself, you can find a full range of their products on their website. Their HOE (Hemp Oil Extract) products can be purchased from the Canna Treehouse website. All of Fay Farms products, including those with HOE, are also available through a range of stockists in America.

If you would like more information on Fay Farm, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

S.
22:00:00

"INGA Wellbeing's award-winning collection of meticulously designed, luxuriously soft and unashamedly stylish men's and women's wear is indispensable clothing for ill health: providing in and out patients with dignity, comfort, confidence and independence."

Having spent 3 weeks in hospital this year, one thing I very quickly got tired of was my clothing getting in the way when I needed injections, blood tests, blood pressure checks or while I was wearing an IV. I found I was having to wear short sleeved t shirts or vests and then I was getting cold, but if I put anything long sleeved on, it simply didn't fit over the cannula or it just as quickly needed to be removed again. Not only was this annoying for me, but it also held the nurses up while I was trying to remove the clothing so they could get access. It's not something you really think about until you have to spend a lot of time in hospital... But INGA Wellbeing have thought of it!

INGA Wellbeing are an award winning company, specialising in comfortable and attractive clothing, enabling patients to keep their dignity, independence and comfort while receiving hospital treatment.

INGA Wellbeing is named after co-founder Nikla Lancksweert's mother, Inga, and also inspired by Claire Robinson's mother, Diana, both of whom struggled with what to wear during their treatment for cancer.

Inga and Diana both found they were embarrassed and diminished by the limited and limiting clothing options available to them while hooked up to IV lines, drains and monitors. As a result, they walked less, ate less and saw fewer visitors during their frequent, and sometimes long, hospitalisations. This made them weaker and left them feeling helpless.

Having supported their mothers and friends through medical treatments, and, as a result of Nikla's own experiences as an in-patient, they were convinced that clothing adapted to the realities of medical devices and frequent examinations could boost patients mental and physical health.

Nikla and Claire joined forces with Fiona McGreal, a fashion designer, and Christine Berckmans, and their mission became clear: ensuring patients can wear comfortable clothing that is fit for purpose and beneficial to their physical wellbeing, as well as looking great.


You can view more videos on Inga Wellbeing's YouTube channel.


Inga Wellbeing's clothes have been created by a fashion designer with expert guidance from nurses, so they not only work really well in a medical setting, but look normal and are comfortable to wear. The discreet poppered openings provide easy access to the body and the clothes are all made using natural, soft, stretchy jersey for maximum comfort as well as pockets for drains, medical devices and personal items.

Patients
:: are empowered to dress themselves and can therefore maintain their independence
:: feel comfortable as IV lines and drains do not tug and the fabric helps regulate body temperature and odour
:: feel dignified, as they can remain well-covered for most examinations and many treatments
:: feel equal to their caregivers and self-confident, and thus more in control of their own treatment


INGA Wellbeing's clothes are not condition specific. They have taken great care in providing comfort and practical dressing solutions no matter how an illness evolves and what additional medical interventions a patient may require. Their clothing is made with soft and stretchy fabrics that will accommodate changing body shapes and sizes.

Features include
:: clothes look entirely normal
:: discreet openings for IV lines, drains, monitors, examinations, treatments and massages
:: full arm opening enables independent dressing and undressing (for many) even with IV lines in place
:: exterior pockets
:: soft, gently elasticated fabric
:: wrap design and/or poppers to adjust size
:: made from natural fibres, washable at 40 degrees C
:: contrast poppers/snap tape and red guide lines provided
:: no metal parts

I was kindly sent an item to review by INGA Wellbeing as part of the Chronic Illness Blogger Network.


I chose the women's long-sleeved t-shirt top in dusky pink (also available in navy blue) because I thought it would be a little more versatile. You could wear this item with other items from the INGA Wellbeing catalogue, or with normal pyjama bottoms. You could also pair it with normal everyday trousers if you have to go to the hospital for some sort of IV treatment.


Although the top gives full access to the arms, sides and back with the help of the discreet popper openings, it also keeps you fully covered. The poppers mean you can wear it as open as you wish and you can also roll up the sleeves.

The top is made with a cotton/viscose mix and feels really soft on the skin. Viscose (also known as rayon) is made from wood pulp and is very soft, breathable, drapes well, is highly absorbent and does not trap body heat.

The sizing is just about spot on. I'm a size 12 and went for the Medium (a UK size 10-12) and it was a comfortable fit and wasn't pulling across the bust. You can find a size guide here.

The poppers run down both sides, the front, and both arms (from shoulder to wrist). It also has a pocket inside and a pocket to the chest.

You can wash INGA Wellbeing's clothing as you would do your other clothes - just make sure you keep any poppers done up as it will keep the item in shape.

I'm really pleased with this top! It's really good quality, feels lovely on and I'm almost feeling excited to try it out in hospital!... Although not so excited for the hospital part!


If you would like to try INGA Wellbeing's clothes for yourself, you can find a full range of their products on their website, where they also offer free worldwide shipping. Their products are also available through a range of stockists.

If you would like more information on Inga Wellbeing, you can follow their blog or you can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

INGA Wellbeing have recently launched their #IFeelBetterWhenI campaign which you can read more about here. In conjunction with this campaign, they are also running a competition via their Facebook and Twitter pages where you can win your choice of a free top, trousers or dress from their adapted patient clothing collection. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is share their #IFeelBetterWhenI post on either Facebook or Twitter and comment with what takes the edge off a bad day for you.

You can also get 50% off the Midnight Blue range in their end of line sale, but be quick as this offer is only on until 8th May (while stocks last)!

S.

INGA Wellbeing: comfortable and dignified patient clothing


"INGA Wellbeing's award-winning collection of meticulously designed, luxuriously soft and unashamedly stylish men's and women's wear is indispensable clothing for ill health: providing in and out patients with dignity, comfort, confidence and independence."

Having spent 3 weeks in hospital this year, one thing I very quickly got tired of was my clothing getting in the way when I needed injections, blood tests, blood pressure checks or while I was wearing an IV. I found I was having to wear short sleeved t shirts or vests and then I was getting cold, but if I put anything long sleeved on, it simply didn't fit over the cannula or it just as quickly needed to be removed again. Not only was this annoying for me, but it also held the nurses up while I was trying to remove the clothing so they could get access. It's not something you really think about until you have to spend a lot of time in hospital... But INGA Wellbeing have thought of it!

INGA Wellbeing are an award winning company, specialising in comfortable and attractive clothing, enabling patients to keep their dignity, independence and comfort while receiving hospital treatment.

INGA Wellbeing is named after co-founder Nikla Lancksweert's mother, Inga, and also inspired by Claire Robinson's mother, Diana, both of whom struggled with what to wear during their treatment for cancer.

Inga and Diana both found they were embarrassed and diminished by the limited and limiting clothing options available to them while hooked up to IV lines, drains and monitors. As a result, they walked less, ate less and saw fewer visitors during their frequent, and sometimes long, hospitalisations. This made them weaker and left them feeling helpless.

Having supported their mothers and friends through medical treatments, and, as a result of Nikla's own experiences as an in-patient, they were convinced that clothing adapted to the realities of medical devices and frequent examinations could boost patients mental and physical health.

Nikla and Claire joined forces with Fiona McGreal, a fashion designer, and Christine Berckmans, and their mission became clear: ensuring patients can wear comfortable clothing that is fit for purpose and beneficial to their physical wellbeing, as well as looking great.


You can view more videos on Inga Wellbeing's YouTube channel.


Inga Wellbeing's clothes have been created by a fashion designer with expert guidance from nurses, so they not only work really well in a medical setting, but look normal and are comfortable to wear. The discreet poppered openings provide easy access to the body and the clothes are all made using natural, soft, stretchy jersey for maximum comfort as well as pockets for drains, medical devices and personal items.

Patients
:: are empowered to dress themselves and can therefore maintain their independence
:: feel comfortable as IV lines and drains do not tug and the fabric helps regulate body temperature and odour
:: feel dignified, as they can remain well-covered for most examinations and many treatments
:: feel equal to their caregivers and self-confident, and thus more in control of their own treatment


INGA Wellbeing's clothes are not condition specific. They have taken great care in providing comfort and practical dressing solutions no matter how an illness evolves and what additional medical interventions a patient may require. Their clothing is made with soft and stretchy fabrics that will accommodate changing body shapes and sizes.

Features include
:: clothes look entirely normal
:: discreet openings for IV lines, drains, monitors, examinations, treatments and massages
:: full arm opening enables independent dressing and undressing (for many) even with IV lines in place
:: exterior pockets
:: soft, gently elasticated fabric
:: wrap design and/or poppers to adjust size
:: made from natural fibres, washable at 40 degrees C
:: contrast poppers/snap tape and red guide lines provided
:: no metal parts

I was kindly sent an item to review by INGA Wellbeing as part of the Chronic Illness Blogger Network.


I chose the women's long-sleeved t-shirt top in dusky pink (also available in navy blue) because I thought it would be a little more versatile. You could wear this item with other items from the INGA Wellbeing catalogue, or with normal pyjama bottoms. You could also pair it with normal everyday trousers if you have to go to the hospital for some sort of IV treatment.


Although the top gives full access to the arms, sides and back with the help of the discreet popper openings, it also keeps you fully covered. The poppers mean you can wear it as open as you wish and you can also roll up the sleeves.

The top is made with a cotton/viscose mix and feels really soft on the skin. Viscose (also known as rayon) is made from wood pulp and is very soft, breathable, drapes well, is highly absorbent and does not trap body heat.

The sizing is just about spot on. I'm a size 12 and went for the Medium (a UK size 10-12) and it was a comfortable fit and wasn't pulling across the bust. You can find a size guide here.

The poppers run down both sides, the front, and both arms (from shoulder to wrist). It also has a pocket inside and a pocket to the chest.

You can wash INGA Wellbeing's clothing as you would do your other clothes - just make sure you keep any poppers done up as it will keep the item in shape.

I'm really pleased with this top! It's really good quality, feels lovely on and I'm almost feeling excited to try it out in hospital!... Although not so excited for the hospital part!


If you would like to try INGA Wellbeing's clothes for yourself, you can find a full range of their products on their website, where they also offer free worldwide shipping. Their products are also available through a range of stockists.

If you would like more information on Inga Wellbeing, you can follow their blog or you can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

INGA Wellbeing have recently launched their #IFeelBetterWhenI campaign which you can read more about here. In conjunction with this campaign, they are also running a competition via their Facebook and Twitter pages where you can win your choice of a free top, trousers or dress from their adapted patient clothing collection. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is share their #IFeelBetterWhenI post on either Facebook or Twitter and comment with what takes the edge off a bad day for you.

You can also get 50% off the Midnight Blue range in their end of line sale, but be quick as this offer is only on until 8th May (while stocks last)!

S.
19:21:00
Image courtesy of https://bit.ly/2Kde0CV

:: This column was originally posted on Endometriosis News ::


Endometriosis is one big waiting game.

I wouldn’t say I waited throughout my teenage years because I thought the immense pain I felt every cycle and extremely heavy bleeding was all completely normal. But I did wait for it to come each month.

Sex very suddenly became painful, and I waited for that pain to disappear. It didn’t. I waited for a doctors appointment to discuss how I was feeling. I sat through a series of examinations and endless embarrassing questions about my body and my sexual health. When everything came back clear, I waited for a referral to a gynaecologist.

I met with my gynaecologist and I waited for him to perform a diagnostic laparoscopy on me. I waited while he explained endometriosis to me by handing me a leaflet which told me nothing other than cold hard facts.

I waited for my next referral to a specialist consultant at another hospital. I spent years visiting him, watching as he would sit back in his chair, scratch his head and ask me “what do you want me to do”? I tried everything he suggested. I waited for him to fix me, to make me better, to stop the pain. Of course, that never happened. I waited for months and years for treatments to work like he said they would. I waited for this “cure” he always told me about.

I never expected to have any flare up’s with endometriosis. No one had told me that could happen. When it did, I waited for the pain to stop, for someone to help me. I waited to be given something that would stop this happening again. I wasn’t given anything other than an increased amount of painkillers. I had doctors refuse to take out the Mirena coil that I had inside me. I waited until they changed their minds.

Things didn’t get better. I didn’t stop hoping though. I took things in to my own hands, researching everything I could about endometriosis. I met people online who also suffered with the disease. I started speaking up about endometriosis and what it had caused to happen in my life. I helped others where I could. I waited for my specialist to tell me to stop “Googling endometriosis”, which he did a number of times.

I not-so-patiently waited to fall pregnant. My consultant told me to relax and it would just happen. A year down the line and relaxing wasn’t working. I waited for the waves of grief to flow over me month in, month out. I waited for our referral on to the fertility clinic, to find out that I was the problem. Months of counselling, regular blood tests, scans, injection lessons, egg collections, embryo transfers and then the seemingly eternal 2 week wait.

I waited for 2 years to fall pregnant. I then waited for our baby to arrive through 9 long months of extreme pain, long hospital stays, preterm labour scares and a multitude of scans and check ups. I waited for this miracle to “cure” me. I didn’t get my cure but we got our beautiful baby.

Post-birth, I knew what would eventually happen. I waited for it. The pain slowly but surely crept back in, gradually getting worse as time went on. I saw my doctors regularly and was eventually referred back to the hospital. I waited to see what my new consultant would suggest. I waited for her suggestions to work.

Now, I wait to see what happens from one day to another, because I have no clue, no indications that something might or might not happen. No big flashing signs to tell me a flare up is on the horizon. The pain comes and goes as it chooses too. And I wait for what it chooses to throw at me next.

Sadly, this is my last column for Endometriosis News, but you can read all of my previous columns here.

S.

Playing the waiting game

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:: This column was originally posted on Endometriosis News ::


Endometriosis is one big waiting game.

I wouldn’t say I waited throughout my teenage years because I thought the immense pain I felt every cycle and extremely heavy bleeding was all completely normal. But I did wait for it to come each month.

Sex very suddenly became painful, and I waited for that pain to disappear. It didn’t. I waited for a doctors appointment to discuss how I was feeling. I sat through a series of examinations and endless embarrassing questions about my body and my sexual health. When everything came back clear, I waited for a referral to a gynaecologist.

I met with my gynaecologist and I waited for him to perform a diagnostic laparoscopy on me. I waited while he explained endometriosis to me by handing me a leaflet which told me nothing other than cold hard facts.

I waited for my next referral to a specialist consultant at another hospital. I spent years visiting him, watching as he would sit back in his chair, scratch his head and ask me “what do you want me to do”? I tried everything he suggested. I waited for him to fix me, to make me better, to stop the pain. Of course, that never happened. I waited for months and years for treatments to work like he said they would. I waited for this “cure” he always told me about.

I never expected to have any flare up’s with endometriosis. No one had told me that could happen. When it did, I waited for the pain to stop, for someone to help me. I waited to be given something that would stop this happening again. I wasn’t given anything other than an increased amount of painkillers. I had doctors refuse to take out the Mirena coil that I had inside me. I waited until they changed their minds.

Things didn’t get better. I didn’t stop hoping though. I took things in to my own hands, researching everything I could about endometriosis. I met people online who also suffered with the disease. I started speaking up about endometriosis and what it had caused to happen in my life. I helped others where I could. I waited for my specialist to tell me to stop “Googling endometriosis”, which he did a number of times.

I not-so-patiently waited to fall pregnant. My consultant told me to relax and it would just happen. A year down the line and relaxing wasn’t working. I waited for the waves of grief to flow over me month in, month out. I waited for our referral on to the fertility clinic, to find out that I was the problem. Months of counselling, regular blood tests, scans, injection lessons, egg collections, embryo transfers and then the seemingly eternal 2 week wait.

I waited for 2 years to fall pregnant. I then waited for our baby to arrive through 9 long months of extreme pain, long hospital stays, preterm labour scares and a multitude of scans and check ups. I waited for this miracle to “cure” me. I didn’t get my cure but we got our beautiful baby.

Post-birth, I knew what would eventually happen. I waited for it. The pain slowly but surely crept back in, gradually getting worse as time went on. I saw my doctors regularly and was eventually referred back to the hospital. I waited to see what my new consultant would suggest. I waited for her suggestions to work.

Now, I wait to see what happens from one day to another, because I have no clue, no indications that something might or might not happen. No big flashing signs to tell me a flare up is on the horizon. The pain comes and goes as it chooses too. And I wait for what it chooses to throw at me next.

Sadly, this is my last column for Endometriosis News, but you can read all of my previous columns here.

S.
16:46:00

"Science and modern technology meets fashion undergarments, preventing leaks for all body types."

I've been keeping a keen eye on this recent wave of period pants that have been emerging recently. So, when Modibodi asked if I would like to try out some of their underwear, I jumped at the chance! A pair of knickers that you can wear without a sanitary towel or tampon... Really!? It's all been very intriguing!

Modibodi are an Australian brand, launched in 2013 and founded by fashion-tech entrepreneur and social advocate Kristy Chong. After having her second child, Kristy experienced bladder leaks from a weakened pelvic floor - something 1 in 3 women experience during and after childbirth. Kristy noticed there was little innovation in technology in products available to help women who face bladder leaks or heavy periods and she was inspired and determined to create a whole new solution for women that was fashionable, sustainable and reusable.

"Once I realised how problematic the issue was, I couldn't understand why, with all the advancements in technology, underwear and disposable hygiene had not evolved. I knew instantly that I was going to have to create a whole new product category for women. I am really proud that I took this idea and turned it in to a product that can more conveniently, comfortably and reliably manage menstrual flow or incontinence, and reduce the amount of single-use products ending up in landfill and damaging our environment."

Developed and designed by Kristy, alongside top Australian lingerie designers, Modibodi has created a range of stain resistant, fast drying and odour-free, period, pee and perspiration proof underwear and swimwear that are fashionable, sustainable, high-tech and comfortable. Modibodi underwear can be a total replacement for feminine hygiene products including pantyliners, pads and tampons, and works well as an additional backup for menstrual cup users. Their leak proof and moisture wicking products are available in a range of absorbances, protecting us from periods to discharge, light bladder leakage to weak pelvic floors.

Modibodi use high quality natural fabrics and breathable tech-savvy blends (bamboo, merino perform wool and microfibre) with the latest in antimicrobial fibres for a soft, silky fit.

There are a total of nine different underwear collections available in a range of styles and colours, including active wear, swimwear, maternity and pre-teen girls. Modibodi also offer a wide range of sizes from 4XS to 2XS for girls aged 8-14 years old, and sizes XS to 7XL for women.

Modibodi also have a newly released, patent pending, Modifier Swim Technology. This unique swimwear line is period and pee-proof, water and stain resistant, bacteria and odour fighting.

Modibodi products are more than just comfort and style, it is a mission that goes beyond fashion - it is empowering a kind of change that everyone can be a part of.


The Modifier Technology found in Modibodi's flagship period and pee-proof underwear is super slim at only 3mm thick and is a three-layer component:
:: A top layer that quickly wicks away any moisture, fights bacteria and stops odours
:: A middle layer that quickly absorbs fluid and locks it away (up to 20mls of absorbency)
:: A third, bottom layer allowing for extra waterproof protection.



The lining of Modifier Air Technology in combination with the breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics, draws sweat and discharge away from the source and fights bacteria to keep you cool, dry and fresh all day.



You can view more videos on Modibodi's YouTube channel.

Modibodi kindly sent me two pairs of underwear to try out for myself...


These are the Sensual Hi-Waist Bikini (in black) which have a heavy absorbency. They are Modibodi's bestselling style and feature natural odour-fighting organic bamboo fabric trimmed with lace, hugging the waistline.

These looked really nice on. This is my preferred style of knicker, but some can look less than attractive when they come up to your belly button and are bunchy and baggy on! These sit really nicely on your tummy, pulling you in where you need to be, but not digging in - great for those with sensitive tummies due to endometriosis, or any other tummy related issues. They also look good, with the lace trim adding some simple detail. The material is a lovely, soft cotton and feels and looks like really good quality.

I imagined that the padding in these pants would be thick and uncomfortable. I also thought it might move around a bit, you know like it does in some padded bras? But, no! It's just the right thickness, really comfortable and it definitely doesn't move around - it's fully enclosed in the underwear themselves! What I really liked about these, is that the padding comes from the front of the gusset area, right to the top of the back of the knickers. This would be great for night time use, giving you more protection than a standard pad.


These are the Classic Bikini (in beige) which have a light-moderate absorbency.

Surprisingly, I found these to be the comfier of the two pairs, which is pretty unusual for me since I love a big knicker! I usually wear a bigger style due to my c-section scar and I've always found anything smaller digs straight in to my scar which, as you can imagine, is not comfortable in the slightest. These, however, were really comfortable and didn't ride up at the back either.

The padding in the classic bikini style is less so than in the hi-waist bikini (heavy absorbency) pair, and it doesn't come up over the bottom area, so these would be great for lighter days.

The material is again very soft, and the beige colour is great for when you need some nude underwear. The material is the same as the black pair, and is again very soft and great quality.


I can't comment on the absorbency of either pair as I have to admit I've not been brave enough to wear them without a pad as yet. However, what I really liked about these, is that they gave me that added security in case something did happen to leak! I am one of those women who has to constantly feel their bum every time they stand up in case there is some wetness of some kind there! I'm always worrying about it! So, for me, these are perfect! I also really liked that the lining of the padded areas of both colourways is black so there won't be any yucky stains left inside.

To wash the underwear, you simply rinse in cold water and then cold wash on a delicate cycle.

If you would like to try Modibodi's underwear or swimwear for yourself, then Modibodi is available in Australia, online in the US via their US website or via Amazon USA, and in the UK via their UK website.

If you would like further information on Modibodi, their website is jam packed with everything you could ever imagine wanting to know! You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"Together with Modibodi, we are breaking taboos, opening minds, mentioning the "unmentionables" with a reusable, sustainable product line that will benefit all bodies on this planet."

S.

Modibodi: modern underwear for every bodi


"Science and modern technology meets fashion undergarments, preventing leaks for all body types."

I've been keeping a keen eye on this recent wave of period pants that have been emerging recently. So, when Modibodi asked if I would like to try out some of their underwear, I jumped at the chance! A pair of knickers that you can wear without a sanitary towel or tampon... Really!? It's all been very intriguing!

Modibodi are an Australian brand, launched in 2013 and founded by fashion-tech entrepreneur and social advocate Kristy Chong. After having her second child, Kristy experienced bladder leaks from a weakened pelvic floor - something 1 in 3 women experience during and after childbirth. Kristy noticed there was little innovation in technology in products available to help women who face bladder leaks or heavy periods and she was inspired and determined to create a whole new solution for women that was fashionable, sustainable and reusable.

"Once I realised how problematic the issue was, I couldn't understand why, with all the advancements in technology, underwear and disposable hygiene had not evolved. I knew instantly that I was going to have to create a whole new product category for women. I am really proud that I took this idea and turned it in to a product that can more conveniently, comfortably and reliably manage menstrual flow or incontinence, and reduce the amount of single-use products ending up in landfill and damaging our environment."

Developed and designed by Kristy, alongside top Australian lingerie designers, Modibodi has created a range of stain resistant, fast drying and odour-free, period, pee and perspiration proof underwear and swimwear that are fashionable, sustainable, high-tech and comfortable. Modibodi underwear can be a total replacement for feminine hygiene products including pantyliners, pads and tampons, and works well as an additional backup for menstrual cup users. Their leak proof and moisture wicking products are available in a range of absorbances, protecting us from periods to discharge, light bladder leakage to weak pelvic floors.

Modibodi use high quality natural fabrics and breathable tech-savvy blends (bamboo, merino perform wool and microfibre) with the latest in antimicrobial fibres for a soft, silky fit.

There are a total of nine different underwear collections available in a range of styles and colours, including active wear, swimwear, maternity and pre-teen girls. Modibodi also offer a wide range of sizes from 4XS to 2XS for girls aged 8-14 years old, and sizes XS to 7XL for women.

Modibodi also have a newly released, patent pending, Modifier Swim Technology. This unique swimwear line is period and pee-proof, water and stain resistant, bacteria and odour fighting.

Modibodi products are more than just comfort and style, it is a mission that goes beyond fashion - it is empowering a kind of change that everyone can be a part of.


The Modifier Technology found in Modibodi's flagship period and pee-proof underwear is super slim at only 3mm thick and is a three-layer component:
:: A top layer that quickly wicks away any moisture, fights bacteria and stops odours
:: A middle layer that quickly absorbs fluid and locks it away (up to 20mls of absorbency)
:: A third, bottom layer allowing for extra waterproof protection.



The lining of Modifier Air Technology in combination with the breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics, draws sweat and discharge away from the source and fights bacteria to keep you cool, dry and fresh all day.



You can view more videos on Modibodi's YouTube channel.

Modibodi kindly sent me two pairs of underwear to try out for myself...


These are the Sensual Hi-Waist Bikini (in black) which have a heavy absorbency. They are Modibodi's bestselling style and feature natural odour-fighting organic bamboo fabric trimmed with lace, hugging the waistline.

These looked really nice on. This is my preferred style of knicker, but some can look less than attractive when they come up to your belly button and are bunchy and baggy on! These sit really nicely on your tummy, pulling you in where you need to be, but not digging in - great for those with sensitive tummies due to endometriosis, or any other tummy related issues. They also look good, with the lace trim adding some simple detail. The material is a lovely, soft cotton and feels and looks like really good quality.

I imagined that the padding in these pants would be thick and uncomfortable. I also thought it might move around a bit, you know like it does in some padded bras? But, no! It's just the right thickness, really comfortable and it definitely doesn't move around - it's fully enclosed in the underwear themselves! What I really liked about these, is that the padding comes from the front of the gusset area, right to the top of the back of the knickers. This would be great for night time use, giving you more protection than a standard pad.


These are the Classic Bikini (in beige) which have a light-moderate absorbency.

Surprisingly, I found these to be the comfier of the two pairs, which is pretty unusual for me since I love a big knicker! I usually wear a bigger style due to my c-section scar and I've always found anything smaller digs straight in to my scar which, as you can imagine, is not comfortable in the slightest. These, however, were really comfortable and didn't ride up at the back either.

The padding in the classic bikini style is less so than in the hi-waist bikini (heavy absorbency) pair, and it doesn't come up over the bottom area, so these would be great for lighter days.

The material is again very soft, and the beige colour is great for when you need some nude underwear. The material is the same as the black pair, and is again very soft and great quality.


I can't comment on the absorbency of either pair as I have to admit I've not been brave enough to wear them without a pad as yet. However, what I really liked about these, is that they gave me that added security in case something did happen to leak! I am one of those women who has to constantly feel their bum every time they stand up in case there is some wetness of some kind there! I'm always worrying about it! So, for me, these are perfect! I also really liked that the lining of the padded areas of both colourways is black so there won't be any yucky stains left inside.

To wash the underwear, you simply rinse in cold water and then cold wash on a delicate cycle.

If you would like to try Modibodi's underwear or swimwear for yourself, then Modibodi is available in Australia, online in the US via their US website or via Amazon USA, and in the UK via their UK website.

If you would like further information on Modibodi, their website is jam packed with everything you could ever imagine wanting to know! You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

"Together with Modibodi, we are breaking taboos, opening minds, mentioning the "unmentionables" with a reusable, sustainable product line that will benefit all bodies on this planet."

S.
16:57:00