Health Round-up: Celebrations, scars & the blood stuff

health round upAs we bask in the glorious summer weather and await the much-anticipated arrival of the royal baby, some of us have already been celebrating news of our own.

“It is the end of the road for the Pavlik Harness“, CJ from A Mummy’s View announced joyously earlier this month. It marks the end of treatment for her daughter’s hip dysplasia for now, although there’ll be follow-up appointments to monitor her daughter’s hip development. I’m actually hoping to have a similar celebration myself in a couple of weeks when my daughter has her next follow-up appointment with a specialist team to monitor the development of her feet after she was born with bilateral talipes. It’s been nearly five years since she started treatment and we’re hopeful that we’re nearing the end of the road in terms of hospital visits.

Meanwhile, there have been some birthday celebrations as a young girl turned three-years-old. While that in itself isn’t extraordinary, the little girl in question is. Yasmin was diagnosed with leukaemia last year. Our Life with Leukaemia is written by her mother Karen and aims to raise awareness of the condition as well as raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital where Yasmin is being treated.

And another child showing amazing strength is Jane’s eldest daughter. Jane writes on her Northern Mum blog about how the current heatwave is affecting her daughter who has diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes: What you don’t see is a very touching post and you can’t help but be moved by Jane’s words.

Jenny (A.K.A Cheetahs in my Shoes) reflects on her ulnar nerve transposition recovery, 6 months on. If you don’t know what that is don’t worry, you’re not alone! It basically means that Jenny needed a nerve in her elbow moving because it was causing her pain. Jenny writes about how things have progressed since the operation and it’s really pleasing to hear that her recovery seems to be going well.

Wendy (who writes at has written movingly about the day her heart was fixed. She recently underwent a heart operation to close a hole in her heart and praises the doctors and nurses for looking after her while she was in hospital.

Emma who writes at Crazy with Twins has some advice on what to look for when checking moles. She was due to have one removed from her back but the surgeon decided it was unnecessary. It’s a timely reminder what with the current heatwave and the need to look after our skin to avoid any dangerous sun-related conditions like sunburn or potentially even skin cancer.

And last month, Hayley wrote about National Blood Week on her blog, Simply Hayley. She explains how blood donors saved her life after she needed a transfusion following childbirth, an experience not too dissimilar to Dawn’s (from Knees Up Mother Brown who also wrote about how receiving blood saved her life).

It’s back to Emma now for the final post of this month’s round-up. In her most recent Wednesday Words post, she quotes Katie Piper who was a keynote speaker at BritMums Live who said “survivors wear scars” and Emma writes about her own. She doesn’t hide from them and she’s proud of them because they show what she has overcome.  It’s an inspirational post and certainly a lesson for us all.

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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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One Response to Health Round-up: Celebrations, scars & the blood stuff

  1. wendy 24 July 2013 at 10:51 #

    Thank you so much for including my heart operation post