Health Round-up: Stoptober, Dryvember & Ebola

health round upThere is a definite chill in the air now and this is a time of the year when talk naturally turns towards illness and health issues as the winter sets in and as always there have been lots of bloggers talking about a variety of health issues this month.

Health is of course in the news a lot at the moment with the Ebola crisis that is affecting so many people.  Michelle from Mummy from the Heart has tackled the subject with her post; Ebola in the UK – What you need to know and offers a well researched post which offers a lot of facts about Ebola and links to other sites where you can find out more information if you need to.

Another health issue that has made the news headlines this month is Type 1 Diabetes with the amazing and potentially life changing news that scientists have made a breakthrough in the search  to find a cure by using embryonic stem cells.  For anyone with or being the parent of a child with Type 1, this research offers hope that there really will be a cure one day.  This post; Talking to 5 News About Type 1 from Young, Fun and Type 1, explains the news in easy to understand terms and from the point of view of someone whose life would change if a cure was found.

Louise’s post Jessica’s handmade heart is a heart-warming and emotional post that she wrote for World Heart Day.  Louise’s daughter Jessica was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome during Louise’s 20 week scan and through a process of fetal surgery and open heart surgery on the day she was born,  Jessica has defied the odds stacked against her to make it to the age of three.  Even though the future is uncertain for Jessica, Louise is thankful for her little miracle and their story is an inspiring one.

The HPV vaccine is the subject of my next post from Mum Reinvented.  In the post HPV Vaccine – To Vaccinate or Not? she talks about the decision she has to take regarding her daughter having the HPV vaccination, which is now offered to teenage girls to protect against Cervical cancer.  To be able to have a vaccination against Cervical cancer is a positive thing, but her GP urged her to research the possible side effects of the vaccination and she was quite shocked by the result.  Both the post and the comments left make for very interesting reading.

October has changed its name to Stoptober thanks to the health initiative to help people to stop smoking.  The idea is to stop smoking for the at least 28 days as statistics show that if you can do this, you are five times more likely to stop smoking for good.  Stoptober offers support and resources to help smokers break the habit. Andrea from All you need is love an cake has written a poignant post about her mother’s death which she is certain was caused from her being a heavy smoker.  It is a moving post and you can understand why Andrea is supporting the Stoptober campaign.

Michelle from Bod for tea is also sharing an inspiring story on her blog.  Having lost an amazing amount of weight, she has signed up to take part in a 10 mile race; the Stebbing 10 mile race, in November and she is sharing her progress in weekly updates.  In Countdown to 10 miles: 6 weeks to go, she talks about her progress and how she found the need to upgrade to a running watch to help keep her going with her training.

Another blogger who is looking to running to help lose weight and improve her health is Sim’s Life and in her post; Week 3: Couch to 5k progress update , she gives us an update as to how she is finding the app and the huge progress that she has made.

With November nearly upon us, there is a certain amount of talk of  significant event that takes place in December and the Alcohol Education Trust  have launched a timely campaign; Dryvember.  They are encouraging people to take up the challenge to give up alcohol during the month of November to save money, get healthier and have a pre-Christmas detox.  The Alcohol Education Trust work hard to educate children and teenagers to have a healthy relationship with alcohol and to help support parents and teachers to teach children the risks involved with drinking. If you want to find out more about Dryvember and how you could get involved with fundraising, take a look at the Alcohol Education Trust website for more details.

A trip to the dentist is a common cause of anxiety for many people but if you are a Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) any dental treatment can be the cause of huge stress due to painkillers and anaesthetics not working properly and hypermobilty affecting your jaw.  For anyone suffering with EDS, Dental Work with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is a great post as Jenny having gone through the stress of dental work recently, she has some wise words that could make the experience a little easier.

Finally, an uplifting post from Emma at Emma and three.  Emma’s three children are all going through different health issues at the moment and even though none of the conditions are life-threatening, they impact on all of their lives.  Emma has taken the time to write this post; Raising Talented Kids, to remind herself that in spite of the on-going health worries, her kids are really amazing.

As always, you can find me on Twitter (@stressymummy) and  would love to hear from you if you have any health related posts that you would like to share.

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About Nikki Thomas

Nikki Thomas really is the Stressy Mummy in her blog of the same name and she blogs about just about anything that comes into her head about life as a busy mum. Being a mum to four, wife and part-time teacher takes its toll. Healthy living is something that she always aspires to and having very sporty and active children inspires her to find ways to make sure that she can keep up with them and their antics.


  1. 26 October 2014 / 22:31

    Thank you so much for sharing my post about Jessica’s handmade heart – looking forward to checking out some of these other posts too 🙂

    • 10 November 2014 / 09:36

      It was my pleasure Louise, it is an amazing story and Jessica is an amazing little girl

  2. 06 November 2014 / 17:02

    I recently started a blog called Tummy Wars which is my way of sharing all the experiences and information that I’ve reluctantly and grudgingly gained since having two kids with multiple food intolerances. I’ve love it if you had a look. Thanks for the round up, I’ve enjoyed the blogs

    • 10 November 2014 / 09:37

      Thanks Jenni I will take a look

  3. 10 November 2014 / 13:48

    Thank you so much for including my series of posts about my preparations to run my first 10 mile race – I took part yesterday and finished in a PB time that beat all my expectations! Final update post will be going live later today. Next year: preparing for a half marathon!

  4. 11 November 2014 / 12:57

    Having worked as a Midwife for over 7 years, I’ve found that there’s not much information given to mum’s and mum’s to be with regards to nutrition. Hence I’ve embarked on a Nutritional Therapy course to be able provide nutritional information to women at all stages of life. Hope everyone finds the information on my blog helpful.

  5. 27 November 2014 / 13:35

    Fab roundup. I absolutely love Louise’s blog and reading about Jessica and Sophie’s adventures! If you are ever looking for content about allergies, eczema and ‘free from’ recipes, I would love it if you looked at my little blog, Le Coin de Mel.