Well, who would have thought we would be spending November hibernating like bears? It's a funny old one this time, I didn't see it coming. Non essential shops being shut again, restaurants closed, everyone back to working from home. Word of the year 'furlough' scheme being reinstated. Between me and you, I am relieved that… Continue reading Lockdown 2.0
Hi everyone, it has been a while! Sometimes I can't even believe what has happened. A global pandemic, a deadly virus sweeping the globe, and the Prime Minister actually shutting down shops and schools and telling us we cannot leave the house? It sounds like something from a book...War of the Worlds comes to mind.… Continue reading Living in Lockdown
So, don't tell anyone but I can now say that I will be 30 next year! NEXT YEAR! Granted, I need to get 29 out of the way first but still, next year?!?!? The thing that makes me laugh the most is that I do not feel anywhere near like a grown up yet. My… Continue reading #30before30
When does it get too late to be saying ‘Happy New Year’? I am, as always, a little late to the party. Oops. My main resolution this year is to blog more. I was finding before Christmas that MS was all I was thinking about. I was reading about people who weren’t doing so well… Continue reading Happy New Year – 2019!
Over on my Instagram account @manchesterspirit I have been doing the #AtoZofMS, posting a letter on each day of July, well, with some exceptions because it is me and I am forgetful! The aim of this was to create a comprehensive guide to MS, from the view point of helping someone who has just been… Continue reading The A to Z of MS – Part 1
So I went to see my amazing MS Nurse last week for my latest 3 month check up. I get so cross that the media in the UK constantly criticise the NHS. I know that sometimes wait times for appointments are long but having spent a lot of time going to hospital appointments in the… Continue reading Latest Medical Appointment
So this week saw the 1st anniversary of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, where 22 concert goers lost their lives and hundreds more were injured. As some of you will know, the name of this blog, Manchester Spirit, came from the strength and courage my home city showed in this time of extreme adversity.… Continue reading Being Kind To Yourself
The response to the last recipe I posted was so good that I am going to try doing another. Today's recipe is a Potato and Lentil Soup, based on a recipe I found in Casual Cooking's 'Gluten and Dairy Free For Me' cookbook. I LOVE this recipe book. It has so many recipes in it… Continue reading Potato and Lentil Soup
So the inevitable happened. My positive mental attitude towards my new diagnosis has slipped in the last few weeks and I have been finding the reality of it all a little difficult to deal with. Symptoms wise I am OK, no relapses since starting Copaxone injections, so I know I don't have an awful lot… Continue reading 6 months on…
This weekend, I had the pleasure of exploring the Vegan Life Live exhibition at Event City, Manchester. I had never been before so I was unsure what to expect. My new MS defeating diet is not vegan, but I was hoping to pick up some ideas that were dairy-free. I was most impressed that a lot of the products on offer were also gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I was in heaven!