Health round-up: Croup, cancer and some stressful blogging

health balls roundup 610Before I get going with my round-up of health-related posts from you lovely lot of bloggers, I have one health tip that I really must pass on this month. Please think long and hard about moving your blog to a self-hosted platform (if you haven’t already) – it can be hazardous to your health! I’ve recently moved Chez Mummy from Blogger to WordPress and my gawd, it’s been stressful! Mind you, it didn’t help that some malware got planted inside my files, bringing it crashing to the ground. Thankfully, all is fine and if you want to check out my blog’s lovely sleek new look then please do!

But I’m digressing. Sorry about that. I’m sure you don’t want to hear my (non)adventures in self-hosting so let’s get on with the round-up…

At the start of this month, Jenny (who writes at Edspire) and her family had to say a heartbreaking goodbye to their nine-month-old daughter who very sadly of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Jenny has written a beautiful poem to her daughter – Born to be an angel – and it is so touching and emotional. Meanwhile Ghostwritermummy is walking a mile in memory of Matilda Mae (Jenny’s daughter) to raise money for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. The charity funds research into SIDS to try and uncover the causes and ideally stop it from happening.

The Good Life Mum has written about gestational diabetes, having been diagnosed with the condition in both of her pregnancies, and CJ at A Mummy’s View has been raising awareness of Baby Hip Health Awareness Week. CJ writes about how she was diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) as a child and how she hopes that her youngest daughter won’t be affected.

Elizabeth (Momma Two) has been dealing with a toddler with croup and has some great tips to ease its symptoms. On a similar note, Ask the Midwife has written all about whooping cough (pertussis) and how it’s on the rise.

Meanwhile, Mummy Glitzer has had another trip to the neurosurgeon about her neurological condition called hydrocephalus and faces an operation in the coming weeks. She has a number of health-related posts over on her blog, including her most recent one about when her source of strength crumbles, so do go take a look and show your support.

MyMillsBaby has recounted the time her mum suffered a stroke and how it has affected the family ever since. It’s a very informative post which highlights the key signs to watch out for.

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts at the moment about something that is likely to affect most of us in one way or another – cancer. That awful disease that can strike indiscriminately. I know someone whose six-year-old son has been diagnosed with leukaemia like Tired Mummy of Two‘s daughter. Laura’s on countdown at the moment, waiting for her little girl’s Hickman line to be taken out and it sounds like a lot of fun and relaxation is planned afterwards.

Emma over at Crazy With Twins is currently recovering after having her thyroid removed because of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (AKA cancer). But, ever an inspiration, she is sticking two fingers up at it and decided to take it the challenge of Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Watch out cancer, she’s coming to get you. I hope your recovery continues to go well Emma and good luck with the race.

Another lady who regularly stuck two fingers up at cancer was Lisa Lynch. She’s not a parent blogger but I mentioned her in a much earlier round-up because of her blog, Alright Tit, which chronicled her battle with terminal breast cancer. Sadly, Lisa passed away earlier this month but her blog remains as an inspiration to anyone who might be diagnosed with the condition.

Have you written about health lately? If you have a post to share please link it up and it could well get a mention in next month’s round-up.



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About Laura

Laura is an award-nominated PR professional and freelance journalist. She writes the parenting blog, Chez Mummy and is also the editor of Working Parents United, a website to support working mothers and fathers across the UK.

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