Star Bright

Being off work while my hip heals is reminding me of this time 31 years ago when I was on maternity leave with my first daughter, Victoria.  I can remember wishing the days away and just wanting it to all be over because I was big and uncomfortable (and itchy!). They always say, 'be careful... Continue Reading →

Hips don’t lie

This blog post is brought to you via a cocktail of very strong painkillers, so if it doesn't make sense (well, less sense than my normal ramblings make) I am blaming dihydrocodeine with the odd syringe of oramorph. As you may remember from Presentations and Patches, my hip replacement was cancelled over a slight disagreement about... Continue Reading →

Presentations and Patches

A lot has been happening since I last posted in A little bit brave. I gave another two talks on ICP. One was at the Manchester: Maternity, Midwifery and Baby Forum on 26 September. The talk seemed to go really well and you can catch it here. When I listen back I cringe at the 'ums' and... Continue Reading →

A little bit brave

Last week I told you about how I was finding it hard to prepare a talk I was giving on the legacy of grief. I'm pleased to report that I managed to get the talk written in time. It took many stops and starts and a lot of tears, but I presented it at the... Continue Reading →

Griefology

I have three presentations about ICP (intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy) to give over the next three weeks. I am honoured to be doing this and it's a great opportunity to fly the flag for our charity, ICP Support. All the talks have different themes, but it's the first that I'm finding challenging (okay, that's not... Continue Reading →

You had one job…

When I first started thinking about registering ICP Support as a charity I spoke to the CEO of another charity to let them know what I was contemplating. Their first words were: “I hope you like fundraising because that’s what you will be doing a lot of unless you have the money to pay for... Continue Reading →

I’m not even joking

I was walking from East Acton to Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital on Friday morning and started day-dreaming about what I would do if I won the Lottery. I do this quite a lot these days because funding for ICP is becoming harder to obtain, so my daydream always starts with me presenting my professor... Continue Reading →

I got the Hippy, Hippy Shake

I've been given the date for my hip replacement.  6 October – THAT took the wind out of my sails! I kept saying to the PA, "Um... so that's the date then? The ACTUAL date?". She must have wondered what planet I was on (it's called Planet Denial). Wow. It's actually going ahead. I'm hoping... Continue Reading →

Founders and Imposters

I'm having an interesting time settling in to my new role as CEO of ICP Support. It's only new in the fact that I actually get paid to do it now (and for the record, I took a pay cut). For the last umpteen years it's been a voluntary role shoehorned in between my work... Continue Reading →

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