This is a post about ‘misdiagnosises’ <- (not a word, but should be) and my issues with them.

Before I go any further, I completely understand that the NHS has sadly been stripped of funding in recent years and I back the notion of free healthcare one hundred percent. It is and always should be a human right. Fact.

However, ‪I feel like I also need to talk about the time a clinician / consultant MISdiagnosed me with an illness based on the continent where I originate from MORE than my symptoms and results of the MRI (which took 4 MONTHS to happen in the first place)…‬

‪Apparently, me being Lebanese and it [Lebanon] “being so close to Cyprus” means that I MUST have Bachetes [a Cypriot-based form of arthritis, apparently], which causes a whole host of symptoms that I didn’t, never and still don’t have but also swelling round a joint (which subsequently turned out to just be a sport injury).‬ Umm… If you know me well, you know what’s coming… PARDON!? 👂👋

I’ve had plenty of colds and flus in England, none of them started a full blown conversation with me in English. Illnesses are not location specific. End of. Don’t insult my intelligence…

‪My theory is: the reason they came to this conclusion was because the system had taken so long to have me seen, by which point the worst part of injury had healed, and they were left scratching their heads not knowing what could’ve been the cause…‬

They then proceeded to stick a syringe in my hip (after draining fluid from my knee) and its liquid content looked like chicken broth, no lie. They didn’t (as far as I recall)  even ask me to sign a declaration and I don’t to my knowledge remember them telling me what the liquid was either… Then again, I was heavily sadated with pain relief…

But, what I do remember is that they tried to prescribe me a medication that has a strong likelihood to cause liver damage ‪even though I refuted that I had arthritis, and stated time and time again there’s no family history… Again, PARDON!?!

So let’s do a quick recap… I am the owner and inhabitant of my own body – knowing full well I’ve not got the majority of the symptoms that come with this geographical-location apparently dependent form of arthritis (and have no family history of it) – was being told I have it, then was injected with what looks like liquidated chicken stock, and told to take a liver-damage inducing medication… I think you know what came next… A resounding NO followed by a “I’d like to discharge myself”.

‪Anyway, I went to seek advice elsewhere and was told I had a blocked lymphatic system which worsened my injury. This made more sense to me as I had a relative who suffered from a weak lymph system anyway.

Lesson? Seek a second opinion, always. Your health depends on it…‬

There are more than one possible ‘diagnosises’ for more than one symptom…

Of course, healthcare professionals alike are amazing, but sadly, we’re sometimes met with the wrong clinicians who just look at us as a statistic, even if there’s more than one could-be explanation.

Needless to say the result of this farce of a mis-diagnosis was that I discharged myself and have been injury free for over 9 months, touch wood.

DISCLAIMER: both NHS or private clinicians can be prone to misdiagnosing. It’s a mix of bad luck and timing, nothing more. Like I said, seek a second opinion if it doesn’t feel right and you’ll be fine.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum


I’d heard so much about this serum and have wanted to try it for ages but was reluctant to. However, I ended up biting the bullet and purchasing it yesterday. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be hasty with posting a review so soon… But why can Jenny be hasty and me not?

Apparently, this is an overnight miracle and one that starts working instantly. People raved about it, so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I did. Yesterday.

The fuss was about something INCREDIBLE. In a word, that’s exactly what it is. INCREDIBLE.

I’ve always said that investing in something that goes a long way is never not going to be worth it, and I wasn’t wrong.

This serum, which is packed with ten essential oils, really replenishes the skin and revitalises it overnight. You wake up with new skin. I can’t wait to see the effects after continued use…

Watch this space. Bracelet yourselves! HELLO?!

Oh, and Happy Easter. Hope this renewed Spring season brings all that you desire.

I love you.


Weddings are of course a big part of our day to day and Disney’s portrayal of love and romance is always so inspiring. Love is always so perfect in Disney movies and it can make us long for something just as special in our own lives.

This infographic below goes through the best Disney weddings/romances and includes the stories of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, Roger and Anita from 101 Dalmatians, and even more recent love stories such as between Tiana and Naveen from The Princess and the Frog. Love is always so perfect in Disney movies that sometimes real life can never compare.

This infographic from The Wedding Band Shop looks at some of the best Disney romances and it really does make for a fun read.

One of the most amazing stories is between Ariel and Eric as one of them lived under the sea! It didn’t matter to either of them though and their wedding was attended by all their friends from both land and sea.

Of course, not all romance revolves around weddings and there are many little moments in Disney movies that stay with you. The time when Nala nuzzled Simba and their love for each other was so clear or the time Lady shared her spaghetti with Tramp. Check out the full infographic now for more amazing Disney moments.

Find out more at The Wedding Band Shop.

Health Benefits of Belly Dancing
Belly Dancing is extra than just an exercise, it increases wellness as it combines the utilization of mind, body and strength. It improves balance, attentiveness, posture and elasticity. Belly dance students have the capability to practice more elegant, harmonized movement, improved energy
and earlier reflexes.

Improved Posture and Muscle Toning
Our spinal column consists on extra bones and ligaments than every other part of the body. Its 33 vertebrae are stacked jointly in a column attached together by cartilage and ligaments, and approximately each movement of the trunk depends upon its elasticity and function. Muscle
groups that connect to the ligaments and vertebrae generate movement in the chest and pelvis areas. The belly dancing tones these muscles and keeps flexibility in a safe and effectual manner.

Low Impact Form of Exercise
The refined hip drops, twist, and pivots of this dance variety make use of muscle groups in the stomach, pelvis, upper body, backbone, and neckline, working with the body in its place of against it. Contrasting ballet, which can potentially modify and distort the skeleton or supplementary dance forms that work in opposition to somewhat than with the body’s physical inclinations, belly dancing is based on actions that come unsurprisingly to the female form. The benefits of belly dance can be enjoyed by women of every age.

Helps in Preparing for Childbirth 

The movements of belly dancing create a superb prenatal exercise procedure that strengthens the muscles used throughout the childbirth process. The conditioned abdominal muscles and standard hip tucks, which are indistinguishable to the “pelvic shaking” trained throughout
prenatal classes, teach the pregnant mother how to shift her pelvis. For women who want natural childbirth, this type of work out through dance, with its importance on muscle control not simply facilitates normal childbirth, but as well makes a superb post-natal exercise that helps support
abdominal tone.

Stress Reduction
The rhythmic movements of the dance and the attention needed to perform them can assist a mind full with everyday stress to  “give permission go” a while and calm down. One consequence of stress is that our bodies stressed up, resulting contractions or spasms in muscle groups, such as those in the neckline, shoulders, or backside. When a muscle is constricted, lactic acid accumulates, creating the “soreness” or tenderness that occurs. Blood streams to the affected muscles drops down as well. The belly dancing smoothly stretches and uses these susceptible muscle groups, and since they are used, blood flow improves and lactic acid is flushed away.

Stressed muscles calm down as they are smoothly worked out, “relieving the muscles” frequently seen in our society. The body becomes flexible and supple, and practitioners often report that pain reduces in the back and neckline areas.

Improve Brain Functioning and Memory
Learning to dance stimulates your brain to create new and diverse neural pathways. Stimulating your mind in fresh ways has been shown to maintain your brain young and ward off diseases like Alzheimer’s and further dementia. Dance produces the liberation of the brain-subsidiary protein neurotropic part that boost the expansion, preservation and smoothness of neurons essential for learning and memory. And dance is a means to assist us get better mood and manage with stress that can stimulate or impede with learning.

The Belly Dance classes provide women a passage for imaginative appearance, self-discovery and hop movement. Lessons are intended to extend and work out the physical body, confront and uplift and mental body and to develop and communicate the spiritual body. Belly Dance is
outstanding for women who are looking for an additional exotic way of exercise, who desire to learn new ways to go and communicate themselves, and those looking for a workout treatment that focuses on mind-body- spirit incorporation through dance.

Guest post by: Elsa Queen