Blog Posts

Cochrane Consumer Champion

I am really proud to have become a Cochrane Consumer Champion. Without sounding cliche I never imagined "my journey" in patient and public involvement (PPI) with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research would take me to where I am now. What started as reviewing a few patient information sheets has led to being a… Continue reading Cochrane Consumer Champion

Doing PPI Virtually

2020 has been a really challenging year for everyone. After the initial worry of COVID-19 was over I then started to think about what I would do while we waited for the pandemic to be over. The government advised those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to shield and protect ourselves from the virus. Shielding meant… Continue reading Doing PPI Virtually

ICUsteps Webinar

Perspectives of being a younger person in the Intensive Care Unit. Over the years I written about my experiences in ICU in a very factual manner but I have never really spoken about the true impact it has had on me and even now I don't really tell people all the details of some things.… Continue reading ICUsteps Webinar

Medication vs Body Image

Are we ever happy with how we look? As a species it seems we are always looking for ways to improve our bodies wether it is our weight, physique, hair you name it there is probably a method out there to help you try and achieve what you are looking for. Even if you think… Continue reading Medication vs Body Image

“I can only please one person at a time. Today I choose me”

I recently read a blog post by Sally Crowe, who wrote about how her mental health was impacted after going through cancer treatment. She was diagnosed with cancer related post traumatic stress (you can read the blog post here). Sally chose this image: “Gardening as a metaphor for ‘tending trauma’, and learning to live alongside… Continue reading “I can only please one person at a time. Today I choose me”

Importance of helping the next generation of Drs and Nurses

I love speaking to medical students and student nurses. Even before I was a nurse I knew the importance of helping educate all the students wanting to go into the healthcare profession. Today I was interviewed by a couple of first year medical students. It was great to speak to them but I felt so… Continue reading Importance of helping the next generation of Drs and Nurses

Finding your other path in life.

From a young age we all have our dreams and aspirations as to what we want to be or do when we grow up. Our childhood dreams often don't quite equate to the reality of life. When we grow up you think that being Superman is just as much a possibility as being a Dr.… Continue reading Finding your other path in life.

Feeling like the odd one out at ICU support group

How can you feel like the odd one out at an ICU support group? I have written before many times that due to my asthma I end up in ICU a lot. I have written about my time in ICU and what happened but I don't think I have written much about the psychological impact… Continue reading Feeling like the odd one out at ICU support group

Multi-million pound Asthma Health Technology Fund at Asthma UK

Asthma UK- Asthma Health Technology Fund You may have seen on either the Asthma UK British Lung Foundation website or LinkedIn that there has been the launch of a multi million pound fund available to support the development of asthma health technologies. This fund I believe is so important because asthma lags behind other long… Continue reading Multi-million pound Asthma Health Technology Fund at Asthma UK