23 October 2014

Breast Reduction - The Story - Part 1

As most of you that read my blog will know, I have been planning to have a Breast Reduction for a long long time!!! (2 or more years)

Even though I had wanted to have one for a lot longer than that I was too nervous and was scared of all the potential risks, but it got to the stage the benefits out weighed the risks, or more that I was less scared off the risks!!

I am going to write my story of my reduction over a few days, if I can, I am not sure if it is that long of a story but as I have broken it up in my diary I feel I could have a section for each.

Therefore, this will be the before section, and finding the right surgeon, I will mention the surgeon names here, as in theory, this can be a kind of review of the surgeon, not in such that I am reviewing him, but if people want to have an op with him in the future they might see this and think, wow he sounds amazing. (unfortunately, I am a bit too shy to tell him how amazing job he has done, but I will get to that).

First things first, WHY did I want the reduction...

Well that is quite a big question and I could give you such a long answer, but I will give you a breif explanation, as most of you know I have Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, and due to this syndrome, I have been on HRT. HRT didn't agree with me and made my boobs grow FAR too big for my body!!

My breasts were weighing me down, stopping me from exercising, making me feel rubbish about my body, I could never fit in to any clothes I tried on, I couldn't find bras! It was one horrible vicious circle!!

I had tried many times to do some exercise and loose some weight, but with that weight on your front it is impossible!!!! The pain I had every day in my back, the relief to have that gone!

There was also the fact that I had so much unwanted attention from guys, old, young, none would hold back, I would be walking down the street and hear people comments and want to shout at them, but what would that do? There is nothing worse than when you walk down a street then have two little girls make a horrible comment at you. Some people are just so horrible!

I just knew I had to have the operation!!

My doctor in London Dr Conway referred me to a surgeon in London at the Royal Free Hospital, Dr Tim Davidson, I went to see him, he wasn't there, I met him once, but I didn't feel right, I was given a date for my op, it was cancelled, basically I just didn't feel hopeful.

I decided I would try and seek out a surgeon in Cornwall, and I came across this website: Cornwall Breast Surgeon

I emailed Iain Brown straight away, he told me to contact my doctor and get a referral.

I did it straight away, I kept chasing them to see how it was going, then a few weeks later I got my appointment!

I went to see Iain Brown and his colleague Imran Abbas, they both saw me measured me up and talked me through the procedure, as soon as I met Iain, I knew he would be the surgeon I wanted he was so kind and lovely and made me feel completely at ease!

The appointment was nearly an hour long, he explained the sorts of procedure they would probably do, explained where everything would be moved and told me all the risks and complications!

I was so excited! When I left I was told it would be about 18 weeks until I had my surgery!

I was scheduled for Surgery on 21 July!

I had had a car accident and fractured my hand a few weeks before my surgery and I was so worried it would be put in a cast and stop me from getting the op I had dreamt about, but I was in luck, it healed in time.

I was getting nervous and excited in the build up, the weekend before my op I went to London, I was driving on the Friday around the M25 (on my own, terrified) and I got a call, I have hands free bluetooth built in to my car (at the time I had a new Golf as a courtesy car) all I have to do is pretty a button and I can talk to people, anyway, it was the hospital, moving my date!! They moved it to 31 July, I was in shock and felt angry and sad!

My boyfriend had booked time off and couldn't get as much time off if I moved my date, my work had planned cover, everything seemed to of gone wrong....

I will continue tomorrow

22 October 2014

Recent Lomography Photos

All taken on Film using Lomo LC-A+ and a range of films!

To see more please go on my Flickr Page

21 October 2014

2015 Diary Planning - A5 Flex by Filofax Option

Today I will go over the basics of my idea of using a Flex by Filofax, which would have to be in A5 size due to none of the other sizes working with other notebooks other than the Filofax notebooks which could get costly.

This is the cheapest idea of all of them due to all I would need to buy is a Diary, I have loads of unused A5 cute notebooks and plain ones too which could all be used as part of my plan!

Today I went in to TK Maxx to see what binders they had on sale and I saw a Flex cover, I thought what a PERFECT time to buy it as I can use it to see if it would work as a bound planner. I wouldn't of bought it if it was expensive as it is only a test, it was £7.99.

Here is what I bought:

This is what the two notebooks look like:

I will use the Things To Do notebook as a To-Do list, of course just as part of my test, to see if I can use it instead! I am not sure how much I can move to  a bound diary.

All the reasons are the same as the Midori as to why I would go for this idea as a Diary, except they are held together differently!!!

Here are some of my previous posts on the Flex:

Guest post on Plannerisms 

Ways I could use the Flex when I was in a Planner Quagmire

Size Comparison

An unboxing video I did a long time ago!

Here are some other photos:

I will be back soon with some other possible options!!!!

20 October 2014

Paperchase Haul - Brussels Tape

Last week in UK Planner Addicts, someone posted this amazing photo of this tape, (main reason I am sharing this haul with you)!

As soon as I saw it I knew I had to own it, it was £2, but postage was £3.25 therefore I felt I had to order something else to make it feel a little less like a waste of money, so I ordered some stickers that have months on with gold borders as I felt they would look cute with what ever diary I use for 2015.

When it arrived, to my surprise it was normal tape size, which isn't in all a bad thing as I can use it to wrap my presents but it will be a bit harder to use to decorate my Filofax, we shall see how that works out.

Here is a close up of the tape:

You can buy the tape HERE, CLICK HERE

And finally here are the less exciting but still cute Stickers

I will give you an update on how the tape goes...

17 October 2014

2015 Diary Planning - Midori Option

Today I am going to talk about my Midori option for 2015 (I know you are all thinking, oh no not another one)

This would be my third I believe, I can't help it I love them but have struggled to use them, but for this time I will actually be using them for a certain reason!

First of all, to see all my previous posts on the Midori click on the link below: -

Here we go....

(photos borrowed from The Journal Shop)

What you get in the pack is 2015 Diary, in two books (that is the one thing I am not sure about) the cover and some stickers.

The diary is a week on one page with a page for notes, which I have always found seems to be a great combination for working with.

The two books are blue, one an Aqua and the other a Navy blue. The only thing I do not like is that it comes in two books, they also do have a monthly diary you can have but I would like my diary all to be in one, but I really love the functionality of the Midori as you can have different notebooks for different things.

I have been experimenting with the Midori diary (as I have a 2012 diary) photos will be below, and I have noticed I could probably include my to-do lists, and finances all on one sheet, I can keep track of my finances at the side of the diary and on the other side I can have my to do lists, with the main diary part being a place to keep track of everything I need too.

Also here is the last time I used the diary in 2012, November, I like the size of the pages as they are a lot bigger than Filofax pages and a lot more room!!!

The notebooks are quite cheap as well, and you can customise the outsides!!! I could cover the outsides in Washi Tape and they are a lot easier to file away and keep!

Here is a close up of how I have done my Finances and To-Do's on the pages.

I haven't been using this solely as it is out of date and I am using my Gillio up until the end of 2014! I want to have a fresh start in a new diary which is why I feel the beginning of 2015 will be the best time to start with a bound diary!!

I obviously will be able to go and grab my Gillio and use that if it all failed but I think it is worth a try.....

What do you all think?