Firstly I wanted to thank each and every one of you, for everything. For all your support, reading my blog posts, commenting, sharing and just being all round good friends to me over the many years I’ve been waffling away on this blog.
Thank you all
Thanks to those who came and visited me on my stand at The Allergy Show this year. What an incredible experience. I loved having my own stand and meeting so many of you in person so much. If you came along to London or Birmingham, thank you!
I meant to write a blog about all the amazing products and brands I discovered there but I never quite got around to that. If you’d like to hear about it let me know in the comments below and I’ll get that remedied ASAP! You know when you could have sworn you wrote the blog but you definitely didn’t write the blog!
Spot the deliberate mistake and win a free book
As a thank you to you all I’m giving away a free copy of one of my books to one lucky winner. If you can share below in the comments what the glaring deliberate (aherrm) mistake in this photograph is, I’ll be choosing a random winner in the new year.
So much happened this year
In January I will reach four years in topical steroid withdrawal and I am so pleased with my healing. I think I’m experiencing some very mild cycling of TSW symptoms; sore redness, itching and then very gentle flaking. I think my skin now looks more like mild eczema, in fact one GP visit the doctor commented, “it just looks a bit dry.” I’ll take that as a huge win thanks!
What I’m most proud of is all that I’ve achieved this year, so here’s to 2022:
- Visiting friends – I’ve caught up with so many friends over food, coffee and walking and it’s all been about living in the moment and not getting through the experience. My skin is not affecting my quality of life any more.
- Organised an Topical Steroid Withdrawal Retreat – this was incredible and I am so proud of what we achieved. Thanks to Izzy, Sasha and Steph, my co organisers and to everyone who came along. It was such a special day.
- Spoke at events – I spoke at two Food Allergen Service conferences, a local writing group and at the Allergy Show. I both dread and love public speaking and that’s something I really want to do more of in 2023.
- Went to two special weddings – All weddings are special but the two I was invited to this year were so incredible. Both very lovely friends who have both been through and achieved so much. I am so proud to call you both my friend and really very grateful to be invited to share your special days. Thank you Caroline and James and Rash and JP.
- Basked in the Lakes – I love the lake district and this year I was so lucky to be able to visit three times. Once with a huge bunch of friends, once with my family and the final time on my own. It’s a very special place for me with so many memories and I am looking forward to more lake swimming in 2023 now I have my own wetsuit.
- Eaten out at loads of places – I’m not letting my allergies stop me joining others in the joy of food and eating out. There are enough places who are able and willing to cater for me and I now have a good, robust process in place to keep myself safe.
- Kitchen renovations – I now have a new fancy kitchen which I love so much. It cost so much more than my original calculations but I’m so pleased I did it, went for it and chose things I loved and not went for the cheapest things. I spend a lot of time at home alone, I love my own company, cooking and giving my body the fresh healthy food it needs to heal so I deserve this lovely new kitchen. I am now never going out again though as it’s emptied the savings but I don’t regret it for a second.
- Guest blogs galore – You all know I love blogging and I’ve been feeding that passion this year. I’ve written lots of guest blogs, including:
- How to get the most out of your dermatology appointment – this would apply equally to any complex medical condition so do read it if you are struggling with any element of your health.
- Allergy disclaimers when eating out – have you signed one?
- And more… for a full roundup of guest blogs click here
I probably haven’t even mentioned half the things I did. I also read a tonne of books, listened to a zillion pod casts and audio books, rekindled my love of doing a jigsaw. I walked loads and just enjoyed my house and garden and building real connections with the wonderful friends I am so lucky to have.
Throughout it all I’ve blogged. This blog is my happy place, where I can share what I’ve learnt and rant about things that make me mad.
Thank you for joining me for the journey. Here’s to many more years of blogging, sharing, learning and adventures with allergies, asthma, eczema, anaphylaxis and topical steroid withdrawal.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful and restful Christmas with friends and family. See you in 2023!