Monday, 28 August 2017

My disease: When and how my Ulcerative Colitis was diagnosed!

My disease is Ulcerative Colitis and it is going to be mine forever! 
The time feels right to start raising awareness and sharing my story because my disease is not  going anywhere, and it certainly is not going to beat me. Please don't let the title of 'My disease' scare you off because I want these posts to be knowledgable, helpful and informative. Having a chronic disease has become part of daily life to me, I want to write these posts to share my experiences and not feel isolated throughout.


So when and how my Ulcerative Colitis was diagnosed!
If you've read my previous post 'Where my Ulcerative Colitis began' you'll be up to speed with how it started but I'll set the scene as mid-february 2017. It was my first trip to the doctors about what was going on and also the day of my first driving test which of course I failed! I was pretty terrified to say the least. I explained my symptoms, went through how I was feeling and then showed pictures of my stools (disgusting, but very helpful). As soon as the doctor saw the photos she told me I needed urgently referring to a specialist consultant and never really gave us an idea of what it could be.

Early March I met with this consultant and explained everything as I had done before.  I was told I had Haemorrhoids commonly known as 'Piles' which felt like a positive as it wasn't Ulcerative Colitis and it was easily treated! A sigmoidoscopy was planned (basically a camera through your lower large bowel) to certify that this was the problem and allow me to begin treating it.
At this point I may have been naive, but part of me felt so SO happy because it wasn't the disease I'd been fearing about. Even though it wasn't definite what my problem was, when you hear a doctor diagnose you with something you assume they're probably right, well apparently not!

It was 28th March 2017 and I was in for my sigmoidoscopy.
So a sigmoidoscopy!
I won't lie, having a sigmoidoscopy is not a pleasant experience but it is definitely not as bad as a colonoscopy which I will talk about in a few weeks. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and struggled with the level of discomfort in the procedure but it was bearable! I had no sedation (bad move) which was probably why I was so nervous and aware of what was happening. After my scope I had to wait for my results and to confirm or deny that I had piles.


And this is when my Ulcerative Colitis was diagnosed!
My consultant came in as I was sat with my Mum and Dad and began to explain what the procedure found. I did not have Piles and I did have Proctitis, which is Ulcerative Colitis in the rectum. They had taken biopsies and pictures in order to further confirm my diagnosis and that was when I discovered I had UC, three days before my trip to New York!

I was shocked of course but didn't fully understand the condition, the following weeks would bring a lot of reading and time into understanding Ulcerative Colitis...

Lucy Jane

Useful Links
Crohns & Colitis UK
SBs beating Ulcerative Colitis (Just Giving page)



Saturday, 26 August 2017

#CHARITYSHOPBOP - My mothers favourite floral!


If I had to live in one piece of clothing for the rest of my life and the choice was down to my Mum, then it would 100% be this dress! 

Since discovering it at the Manchester kilo sale, my Mum and I have been obsessed. I have no idea of the original brand of the dress but something about it is so perfect. The bright, bold pattern is a perfect match for the summery festival vibes I am always inspired by, paired with a ton of glitter it looks amazing. With having issues with my stomach, this summer I have been all about comfort. I struggle to find pieces that are loose fitting as well as flattering as the two just don't seem to work for me! However, the floaty design of this dress is absolutely perfect leaving me with so much space to breath and dance around!

Paying a whole £2 for this dress, I have certainly got my wear out of it! Paired here with some Primark metallic boots and my Zara star choker, it just screams summer. It's such a versatile piece you could pair with almost anything. For a festival add a pair of wellies, a cute rain coat and your good to go, its perfect! The fact I've missed out on festival season this year gives me all the more reason to wear my mothers favourite floral, I can act like I'm immersed in the music, not giving a care in the world when really I'm just dancing around in a pretty dress!

Lucy Jane




Wednesday, 23 August 2017

An Oriental Vibe


Writing blog posts almost a month after jetting off on holiday makes me so nostalgic, all I want is a little bit of sun, sand and sea surrounding me all the time! 

If there was one piece of clothing this summer that I could wear constantly and never get bored of, it would be this skirt. I picked it up from New Look a few months back and was completely drawn to its oriental vibe. The delicate print has a metallic thread running through so it glitters in the light and I love it! Anything glittery is a 10/10 from Lucy. Daringly I paired red and pink, a combination I usually would shy away from but for some reason it worked! This bandeaux style top is from Zara and it is a perfect summer staple! My heart chokers have been a Lucy Jane must this year and they were the best eBay purchase I have ever made. I'm always accessorising with this clear one, part of me thinks its so tacky but so fabulous!

The bright colours in this outfit may not be to everyones taste, but I am in love with the oriental vibe!

Lucy Jane





Wednesday, 16 August 2017

#CHARITYSHOPBOP - Gingham on Gingham


#CHARITYSHOPBOP IS BACK!
It's been months since I shared my favourite Charity shop finds and I must say, I have picked up some right gems over summer! Having made up around 70% of my summer wardrobe, Charity shop pieces are unique, slightly more sustainable and so so cheap!

Now who doesn't love a little bit of gingham?!
This summer I have seen it everywhere; gingham tops, gingham bags, gingham dresses, everything in gingham! From large prints to small, it is definitely a trend adaptable to different peoples styles.
I personally love the bright, small gingham prints as you can probably gather yet more simplistic combinations of black and white print suit the perfect minimalist. 

My gingham on gingham was rather a bold choice to make! I picked up this orange crop for £3 a while back and it gave me those cute, summery vibes that I could not ignore. I feel like it's previous owner may have been a country girl who rode horses on a farm or may be I just watched the Hannah Montana Movie too much! Either way I love the laid-back vibe it gives off with its relaxed silhouette but vibrant colour. I paired it with a red skirt I picked up from the Kilo sale in Manchester (my favourite place to shop). With it being such a simply shaped piece, I love that the print is bright and interesting to compensate for the basic structure. I'm in love with all things red so when I saw this I had to have it. Pair it with a bandeaux top, little lace bralet or another gingham print, it looks perfect!
To finish the outfit I threw on a PLT belt and my M&S shoes making for the ideal summery gingham on gingham look!

2017 has been the year gingham triumphed, what style triumphed for you?

Lucy Jane





Monday, 14 August 2017

My disease: Where my Ulcerative Colitis began!

My disease is Ulcerative Colitis and it is going to be mine forever! 
The time feels right to start raising awareness and sharing my story because my disease is not  going anywhere, and it certainly is not going to beat me. Please don't let the title of 'My disease' scare you off because I want these posts to be knowledgable, helpful and informative. Having a chronic disease has become part of daily life to me, I want to write these posts to share my experiences and not feel isolated throughout.

Where my Ulcerative Colitis began?
Who really knows! Doctors have no exact reason as to how the disease is triggered, some relate it to genetics, diet or a reaction from your immune system but nobody really knows.
This was how it went for me...

January 2017 was one of the best months of my life, I was balancing college along with my social life, my blog along with revising and everything was fitting into place. I got my offers from my favoured Universities and was feeling so excited about the future! In celebration, I booked so many holidays and festivals raring for summer 2017, there was so much good going on! I remember writing down how I hadn't cried all month because I was so consumed by happiness. Things were going right and I had no reason to complain about anything, life felt almost perfect.

February rolled around, I don't really know when things changed but they did and quickly. I remember spending 4 days in bed and sleeping for 15 hours each day, having no energy to move or do anything. I didn't know what was wrong with me, I assumed may be stress was exhausting me but I was so confused. Then I started to notice the blood in the toilet. My bowel movements weren't any different I had simply noticed a increasing amount of blood, so I told my Mum.

!!!!!ONE THING I WANT TO STRESS!!!!!

I stress to anyone if you go for a poo and there is repeatedly blood please PLEASE tell somebody! It isn't embarrassing, we all do it and it is a normal thing to discuss, the amount of undiagnosed IBD sufferers because of the stigma is scary so don't be embarrassed! The Crohn's & Colitis UK website holds a huge array of information for anyone to read and I highly recommend having a look to increase knowledge and understanding of the diseases, the charity and fundraising!
https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk

Little did I know at the time, that was where my Ulcerative Colitis began.
I had been suffering the symptoms of tiredness, stomach cramps and blood in my stools but wouldn't understand this till March. Thinking back to where it began, I was scared and wish I had let people know that. Colitis was a thought in the back of my mind but I hoped for the best and carried on. When I started attending doctors appointments, it was clear something wasn't right and I was frightened for weeks to find out the answer. I had so many questions, worries and thoughts and I sort of acted like they weren't important. I had A levels to worry about, 18th birthdays to prepare for and my huge trip to New York, I didn't want my health 'getting in the way'.
I wish I hadn't thought like that...

That was where it began, next is when and how my Ulcerative Colitis was diagnosed.
I hope these posts aren't too personal but I want to share it as my blog is personal.
Raising awareness for the diseases amongst the younger generation is also another reason as I want people to know and understand My Disease.

Lucy Jane

Useful Links
Crohns & Colitis UK
SBs beating Ulcerative Colitis (Just Giving page)



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Floral nights of Kefalonia

Two piece - Zara / Choker - Ebay / Bag - Topshop / Sandals - New Look

A floral night of Kefalonia, filled with countless cocktails and ever so fancy food. The calm of the 8 o'clock scramble up the small hill to Scala town centre was exhausting but rewarding, you could smell the tavernas from a mile off! The heat wrapped around your body all hours of the day and never giving up at night. The hours of perfecting the prettiest glow all gone to waste as humidity battles your make up, melting it off your face. The town of Scala is small but something about it feels homely, like a place to return to when in need of relaxing and rewinding.

I struggle to relax and rewind and felt almost 100% content whilst away. 
I wish so badly to be back in those floral nights of Kefalonia rather than the sleepless night of reality.

Lucy Jane




Tuesday, 1 August 2017

GUCCI

My purse was telling me no but my mind was telling me Y E S, so I did it.
I splurged big time and treated myself to these beautiful oversized square-frame Gucci sunglasses (part of me still dies when I say 'Gucci'). 

On the 18th July 2017 I jetted off to Kefalonia with my favourite travel companion, my mum. The past few months have been more than hectic so we made a last minute decision to get away from reality, relax and enjoy the sun! Having been to the Greek island two years ago, we knew what beautiful scenery and weather we were in store for. 
It was exactly what we needed.

Gucci, Gucci, Gucci! 
I don't know what possessed me to spontaneously buy these sunglasses but I couldn't help but think how nice they'd look with any holiday outfit! Firstly, the striped sides won my heart over. The two royal blue lines look so chic against the solid red (favourite colour of all time) but they also have tiny specks of glitter in which pleases me so SO much.  I LOVE GLITTER.
The overall finish of them looked so mature, I could imagine a well put together mid 20s lady wearing these around the south of France, they just scream chic! 

With my obsession with red being on going, my first holiday look was this thrifted denim skirt paired with a H&M off the shoulder crop. I can't get enough of embroidered prints at the moment and have been constantly reaching for this top as the colours look lovely against my pale complexion. Of course I had to throw on a belt, this Pretty Little Thing double buckled one receives a whole lot of love as it pulls any look together perfectly. I like to keep things bright and colourful at the moment, yet with my own little twist, keeping this outfit Gucci.

Lucy Jane