Mesh Repairs.

September 27, 2018

Yesterday, was another amazing opportunity and experience for me as I was a guest on Victoria Derbyshire talking about hernia mesh repairs. 

 

As I have previously stated it is a very sore subject for me. I guess through my recent health battles, past hurt and injury has been hidden away a little. I have focused on my mission and passion to protect people and help myself re-gain self-worth and purpose. I have come a long way mentally in just a few months but it doesn't mean the pain is any less. 

 

 

I can't rewind, I can't rewrite and I can't erase what has happened and occurred previously. A lot of it I didn't have control over, like many of us don't and often that hurts far more because we can't 'put right' our wrongs. However we do have a choice in how we view our circumstances and situations. I often hide a lot of the hurt I harbour on a daily basis because negativity spread negativity and that isn't what we need or something a positive role model would do. I try to be as open and honest as humanly possible so people can relate and feel less alone. 

 

Anyway I can help, I always will

 

I have never really considered the huge risks of having a hernia mesh repair. I was just 13 in the height on my swimming career. I listened to the professionals and adults around me The risks of nerve damage were so low that I never considered I would be within that percentage. I had believed that all would be okay and it was just key hole surgery, nothing severe.

 

I knew what an awful few years it was going from consultant to consultant and having treatments after treatments but getting nowhere. I was losing my health, my passion and sense of self. It was a dark time in many ways. Yet, with the added bonus of Lyme Disease ahead of me, I never considered what purely, beyond words HORRIBLE days I had to come. 

 

I sound ungrateful.. I am not. I have had some AMAZING, INCREDIBLE days and times that I will cherish forever within these 11 years. I still mourn my swimming career and it's tragic end but I also am so very thankful to the path fate has led me on. I have, after SO many years begun to find myself and yes, I still have days where I question myself. I have however become far more grateful for life and that is a massive lesson I do not regret. It has made me become a far more positive person and a stronger one. 

 

I hope in time we can receive and see some justice for mesh repair sufferers. I have to thank Victoria Derbyshire and Anna Collinson for their extremely hard work on the topic and helping raise SO much awareness

 

Thank you, and we keep fighting, 

S

xo

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Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
 
#3
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
 
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DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
 
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NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN. 

Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.

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