Pole Dancing at 40!

I’m questioning my decision to start again with pole quite a lot recently. I’m 40, I have already been diagnosed with three chronic illnesses and investigations are ongoing to see if I have a third. I hadn’t really done anything in four years and I’m having to start from scratch. I was managing to teachContinue reading “Pole Dancing at 40!”

When Things Don’t Go To Plan!

This Monday I was due to go over to Manchester again. I was supposed to have some more tests on the Monday and be given the K1-70 trial drug for Graves’ disease on Tuesday. The plan is to then have stayed in hospital and be monitored until Thursday. Grace had been selected to take partContinue reading “When Things Don’t Go To Plan!”

Thyroid Eye Disease!

I remember complaining about double vision in my teens and never finding a cause, so when I got it as an adult I didn’t think much of it and generally just considered it an irritation I had to accept. I actually didn’t realise how bad my vision had got until I was being diagnosed forContinue reading “Thyroid Eye Disease!”

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger!

Before my diagnosis of hypothyroidism, I lost a lot of muscle mass due to thyrotoxic myopathy. I’m not exactly sure why excessive levels of thyroxine cause muscles to breakdown, I just know it does and if left untreated can result in severe respiratory distress and lots of other complications. I’d become stupidly weak. I couldn’tContinue reading “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger!”

Week 2 Freestyle Fitness Flexibility Challenge!!

This week I’ve decided to focus the challenge on splits. I think we all wants beautiful splits like Grace and I’m nowhere near there yet. But I have come quite far since June with my splits, so I’m pretty happy with them. The exercises included in this challenge I have been doing about 3-4 timesContinue reading “Week 2 Freestyle Fitness Flexibility Challenge!!”

Medical Experiments!!

I’ve done a lot of reading on Graves’ disease and the treatment of it since being diagnosed, and one of the things that confuses me is the fact that all current treatment focuses on the effect rather than the cause. The current treatment choices available are antithyroid medication to surpress the thyroid, Radioactive Iodine treatmentContinue reading “Medical Experiments!!”

It’s Not All Or Nothing!!

Graves’ disease is a pretty shit thing to have. There are so many ways it’s effecting my life, but there are some positives I’m getting from it. Since being diagnosed, I’ve understood why I’ve felt so shit for the last four years, and I’ve decided I’m not prepared to let it beat me. I’ve startedContinue reading “It’s Not All Or Nothing!!”

Freestyle Fitness Student Flexibility Challenge – Week 1

This challenge has come about purely because my aerial and pole students keep vocalising how unhappy they are with their current flexibility levels but very few actually come to stretch class. So I’m setting mini sessions for them to do each week at home, in their own time. Back and shoulder stretching is my favourite.Continue reading “Freestyle Fitness Student Flexibility Challenge – Week 1”

I’ve Learned To Love Stretching!!!

When it comes to stretching, there is so much information available online that researching becomes a little daunting and it’s hard to know what to do and how often. I’m not an expert but I have managed to make some pretty good progress in the last few months and I’m old! A lot of myContinue reading “I’ve Learned To Love Stretching!!!”