BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH – BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH IT

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH – BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH IT

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We have been reading a lot about the importance of getting checked out for early signs of breast cancer, and there has been immense coverage on television, which is commendable.  But very little coverage on the scariest part, which is the wait after the mammogram to be given the results.

So I would like to talk about that openly, and you the old saying ‘if you look fear in the face’, and in this case I would urge you to do the same.

As someone who has breast cancer in the family, I had been putting off having a mammogram, which I do know was not my best decision, but apparently a very common one.

Several friends urged me to go year after year, saying that they would come with me, and we could make a day of it afterwards either shopping or going to the local cinema.  But I just couldn’t face it.    I couldn’t even bring myself to say it to my nearest and dearest, but the mammogram itself didn’t scare me – but the wait for the results did.

Why I didn’t seek counselling or at least talk to someone about it I have no idea, but over ten years passed until I plucked up the courage to go.  It was a random letter from the local Healthcare Breast Screening Unit with an appointment was the offer I couldn’t refuse.

I went for the Mammogram alone, and the practitioner asked me the obvious question and when I told her it was just over ten years, she said she would put me down as having my first one, as the film would have been destroyed after ten years.  She also advised me that I may be called back for an ultrasound as they would have nothing to compare it to.

I then received a letter to say I had been recalled.  I was naturally panicked, but read the letter carefully and apparently 4 in 100 women are recalled and only 1 in 4 are diagnosed, so the odds are 75% in favour of a good outcome.  Did that make me feel better, perhaps a little, but I still went to those dark places until the day for the ultrasound arrived.

My very closest friend offered to come with me and I agreed this time.  I needed a friend as it was a bit like going back for a second interview for a job, but this time I didn’t want to be selected.

The ultrasound was uneventful and they had spotted an area of concern, but couldn’t diagnose until they had done a biopsy.  This was then done and was uncomfortable but not painful, and I was then told there would be another short wait.

In the meantime, I prepared myself for the worst, and spoke to girlfriends and family members who had been through breast cancer and discovered that even if I were to be diagnosed, the chances of survival were extremely high.  Also, the progress of the treatments in the past few years had made everything a lot easier and with incredible results.

This was probably the most anxious time, waiting for the result, but fortunately for me it was in my favour, and I resolved to have annual mammograms, although they offer them every three years.

I am telling my story because the fear of the outcome is almost scarier than the diagnosis itself, good or bad.  But as someone who had avoided being checked for so long – I could have avoided putting myself through such angst by a simple test and living with the short discomfort of waiting for the result.

I also wanted to share it even though it wasn’t a walk in the park, so that those of you who share my concerns about waiting for the results, and haven’t had a check for years, if I can do it so can you.

So I am urging all of you ladies out there who are sweeping it under the carpet.  Please take advantage of all the wonderful support we have today, and whatever the outcome you can do this, and chances are it will be a routine check with a positive result.

For help, advice and support check out https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
And look out for one of the macmillan coffee mornings near you
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WHAT’S HOT ON THE HIGH STREET THIS AUTUMN

WHAT’S HOT ON THE HIGH STREET THIS AUTUMN

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Autumn is always my favourite time of the year as I feel we get to wear the colours and fabrics that feel good and suit our personality.

It may seem cliché, but as the leaves turn colour so do my love of autumnal shades, and they can be anything from holy hues to florid flame and it seems anything goes this season.

We see reds and pinks combined, bright yellows with shades of green, tartans are back and kimonos worn over jeans outdoors.

Here are some samples of what is hot on the high street.

Paloma Printed Kimono – Monsoon £80

 

Cord Shirt – pink – River Island £36

 

Oversized Mustard Boucle Coat – V by Very £80

 

Ferne Jersey Midi Dress – Boden £90

 

Vintage Tartan mid swing Dress 50s style – Rosegal £16.22

 

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TREASURE YOUR CROWNING GLORY AND RESTORE THE SLEEK

TREASURE YOUR CROWNING GLORY AND RESTORE THE SLEEK

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Hair is definitely one of the most defining parts of us, and so it is important to keep it in good shape, both texturally and structurally. In these muggy days of Summer and with added colourants, it may seem a little dry.  The stresses of everyday life can also play a big part in the condition of our hair, and so now is the time to take action.

One of the most ancient traditions in keep hair shiny, thick and healthy is the application of oils, and in some cultures that tradition has endured and is key to the condition and appearance of their incredible hair.

In a recent interview with some ladies who are either working mums or semi-retired, their reluctance was that it was too time consuming as you would have to wait until the oil soaked into the hair and then was it out several times to make sure it had gone.  But in reality, it is far less time than a visit to the hairdresser.

How would it be to work it into your weekly beauty routine, either at weekends or chose an evening when you can take the luxury of time, perhaps whilst watching a film, and massage it into the scalp and gently into the hair itself.  You then wrap a warm towel around your head and wash off after a couple of hours.  Imagine the end result, which is sleek shiny tresses you have envied on others over the years.  It can also help to thicken your hair and produce a healthy regrowth.

Here are some products to try.

Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil, Liz Earle £19.50

Mauli Rituals – Grow Strong Hair – 30ml one size – £32

Ouai Haircare Hair Oil, Cult Beauty – £24

Moroccan Oil Treatment by Moroccanoli (Amazon) £28.49

Vita Coco Coconut Oil £7.69 – Holland and Barrett

Whats you favorite hair treatment?

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CLOTHES THAT TRAVEL – FROM BEACH WEAR TO BAR AND BEYOND

CLOTHES THAT TRAVEL – FROM BEACH WEAR TO BAR AND BEYOND

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If you are about to head off on holiday and want some last minute ideas for adapting your outfits from the Beach to the Restaurant, Café or Bar, I hope I can inspire you where to start looking.  There are some stunning options out there to suit all tastes and budgets.

These outfits will also be ideal if you are on a cruise or in a hotel or holiday village, where you alternate between the beach and other activities throughout the day.

Marks and Spencer have some incredible deals with all of their beach wear, and one I spotted is the Pure Cotton Striped Beach vest Top and Trousers set at only £22.50

Monsoon have a gorgeous Gemima Print Jersey Dress at £70.  This will also be useful to wear around the house at home, as the print is timeless and it is comfortable to wear even for dinner parties when you get back.

V by Very have a great wide leg Beach Jersey Jumpsuit at £30, which I adore as I am into wearing black this Summer, as it looks cool and chic, and this particular garment is worn with ease.  You can fold it up and put it in your beach basket too and it will still come out looking good.

Warehouse Panel Maxi Dress in Ivory at £90 is another adaptable dress for Summer, as it is perfect for casual day or dressed up as more glamorous evening wear.

Simply Beach have a gorgeous Watercult Beach Kaftan in Pink Sand at £119.00 but they do have offers of discounts all the time, so you may be lucky.  This is so adaptable and can even double up as a dressing gown.  Just love the simplicity of it.

Hope I have got your fashion taste buds flowing to consider how you can travel canny and still look a million dollars.

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LEARNING TO PLAY AGAIN – OR FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

LEARNING TO PLAY AGAIN – OR FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

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As we come into our ‘prime’ we often have a bit more determination to fulfil our dreams, whether it be to visit that far off destination, run naked through the woods or learn a musical instrument.  Well, I am talking about the latter, and how fulfilling would it be to pick up a guitar and start strumming at a party or even among close family and friends.  How many times have you been mesmerised by the funky guy or girl who is able to do that, and has the talent and ability to write their own lyrics and their own songs.

More and more people are fulfilling their dreams, and even if you are not going to be the next winner of Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor, (and stranger things have happened), it is guaranteed to be one of the most therapeutic things you could possibly do.

I can talk from experience, as I have recently achieved a life long ambition to learn guitar, after having found a teacher locally, a young funky guy himself, who resides on the outskirts of Beaconsfield.  He is a musician through and through, with waist long silky hair and an equally smooth voice, but with a sympathetic ear for my early stumbles on my favourite musical instrument, and after the first couple of months I am learning fast, and have just written my first song, which I am going to try out at my next social gathering.

It also came up as a result of a life coaching experience that I should give this as a present to myself after a lifetime of bringing up a family, caring for an ailing Mum and being a very committed wife and Mother.  But you don’t have to wait until the kids have flown the nest, this should be a gift as a recognition of your own self worth and courage as it takes that to even start to explore the options of living your dream or at least one of them.

It sounds crazy now, but my main fear was knowing how to tune the instrument – but with iphones and apps, this is the most simple aspect of learning to play.  So if your fear is holding you back from achieving one of your life goals, whatever that is, look at ways to overcome the obstacles and move forward.

My other reservation was that I am always ultra busy, as I run a demanding business, and wouldn’t have the time.  Another simple solution, I now get up half an hour earlier in the mornings and put aside that time to practise, and mission accomplished.

Hopefully this will have inspired you to weigh up the options of ticking off something on your bucket list whatever that may be, even if it takes a few months of procrastination, after all how bad can it be?  You may say, ‘well I have waited this long’, but my advice would be ‘there is no time like the present’ – and the present is definitely yours for the taking.

Check out this easy beginner guitar lesson and give it a try

 

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