An inspiring few days at the SHARP Stakeholder Board Meeting

If I had to be honest I was not sure what I thought would be the outcome of the Stakeholder Board Meeting for SHARP an ERS Clinical Research Collaboration. During my time as a patient involved in research I have been to many meetings, board meetings, scientific meetings and each time gone into the meeting… Continue reading An inspiring few days at the SHARP Stakeholder Board Meeting

Discussing smart technology for asthma self-management at the Lung Health Cross Party Group at the Scottish Parliament

The following blog post was shared on the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research website. I was so privileged to speak at the Lung Health Cross Party Group meeting at the Scottish Parliament. I spoke about digital health and how I have integrated smart technology in my life. "Following her presentation to the Scottish Parliament… Continue reading Discussing smart technology for asthma self-management at the Lung Health Cross Party Group at the Scottish Parliament

COVID-19 Vaccine

It seems the entire country (I mean all 4 Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Ireland) are waiting with baited breath as to when everyone will get vaccinated. Everyone will get the vaccine in time but we just need to be patient. We have managed this long we can manage a little… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine

Key Information Summary for those chronic health

I have had a Key Information Summary (KIS) on my notes for a number of years and until today I have always taken it for granted. For me it is something that has always been and I just assumed that it was something that everyone with a chronic health condition had. Today at an Asthma… Continue reading Key Information Summary for those chronic health

Pain Management Appointment

No one likes pain and I mean physical pain. We do what we can to limit ourselves from getting pain or alleviate the pain we feel. A pain word cloud with some of the terms I would use to describe my life with chronic pain (taken from google) I have lived with chronic pain related… Continue reading Pain Management Appointment

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

“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”

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