Health round-up: A look back at 2013

health round upCan you believe it’s nearly the end of 2013 already?! I can’t quite frankly. It seems time goes quicker as each year passes; it honestly feels like yesterday when we were celebrating the beginning of 2013 and welcoming it with open arms, eager to see what the year ahead would bring.

But while we look ahead to 2014, let’s not forget what 2013 brought us. One thing that the start and end of this year has in common is Multiple Mummy. With Kerry’s tragically sad passing this time last year, bloggers took time out to remember the impact that Kerry had on their lives and to mourn the death of someone so young with so much to live for. Liska from New Mum Online organised a twitter event – #KerryInOurHearts – at the start of January this year for everyone to come together and wrote about the family’s public thanksgiving service. Now, as 2013 draws to a close, we are remembering Kerry once more. The Boy And Me has written about Kerry’s legacy and opened a special Family Frolics linky, which will stay open for another week.

Kerry’s friend Emma (who writes at Mummy Mummy Mum and Science Sparks) has also produced an e-book to raise money for Addenbrookes Hospital where Kerry was cared for. Enlisting the help of a number of bloggers and Kerry’s friends, With Love at Christmas is full of Christmas activity ideas, recipes and crafts.

Earlier this year, we also said goodbye to Matilda Mae who died at the tender age of just nine months from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Her mother Jenny wrote a poem – Born to be an angel – on her blog Edspire back in March in memory of her daughter and it continues to bring a tear to my eye. Jenny has worked tirelessly since then to raise awareness of SIDS and I believe she is an inspiration. One of her most recent posts is about MM’s first Christmas in heaven and is heartbreakingly beautiful.

This year has also seen Emma from Crazy With Twins deal with a cancer diagnosis. She has written about how her diagnosis and treatment on her blog, as well as how her mother and father have been affected. She has written about the need to stay strong and how it’s not about bravery, but survival. I really hope that 2014 heralds some good news for you Emma and I know you have a lot of support from so many bloggers.

In April, an outbreak of measles spread across South Wales. It prompted a number of bloggers to write about it, including Liz over at The Mum Blog who asked why wouldn’t you get your child vaccinated against measles?

With May being Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month, Jenny from Cheetahs in my Shoes took the opportunity to write about the condition with her post,  a day in the life of an ehlers danlos syndrome family. Jenny hasn’t had a fabulous 2013 what with needing right ulnar nerve transposition surgery to move a nerve in her elbow that was causing problems with her hand. Now, as we near the end of the year, she’s been battling sinusitis and has written about how sinusitis is much more likely when you have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Angelina Jolie also came out publicly to reveal that she’d had a double mastectomy. Jen from Mum in the Madhouse was inspired by Angelina’s decision to go public and did the same thing herself, writing about her decision to have a double mastectomy after discovering she had a faulty gene that substantially increased her risk of developing breast cancer, just like Angelina.

Moving into August and a host of bloggers were invited to an event at the Houses of Parliament to find out more about the Saatchi Bill (also known as the Medical Innovation Bill). Championed by Lord Maurice Saatchi, the Bill aims to encourage ‘bold, scientific innovation’  and research. In October and in advance of the Bill’s second reading in the Commons, I asked if you support the Saatchi Medical Innovation Bill outlining ways you can get behind it. The government has now announced plans to consult on Lord Saatchi’s proposals to encourage doctors to be more innovative by removing the threat of litigation so it looks like 2014 could be a big year for the Bill.

There were a lot of dental-related posts during September and October what with Colgate and Oral-B both working with bloggers. You can take a read of my 10 dental care myths busted for Colgate Oral Health Month on Chez MummyHonest Mummy and Richmond Mummy also wrote about Colgate’s annual awareness raising month in September while about 100 bloggers took part in the Oral-B ‘love your gums’ linky in partnership with BritMums in October.

And there has to be mention for Movember. Tom (AKA Diary of the Dad) declared it’s Mo time and took part in to raise money to fight prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. I hope your fundraising went well Tom – were you tempted to keep the ‘tache afterwards?

But I’ll end this End of Year health round-up with a fantastic ‘and finally’. With the Christmas school holidays almost upon us, here’s a very apt post from Suzanne, who blogs at 3 Children and It. Originally published back in March, it still rings true – the affliction of endoftermitis.

So that’s it, 2013 is practically over. Merry Christmas and see you in 2014!

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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.