On the 26th September, I kissed goodbye to my stomach. Why? Well, to cut a long story short, I inherited a mutation in the CDH1 gene - which means I have an increased chance of developing diffuse gastric cancer and lobular breast cancer. After a routine gastroscopy in April revealed one of the biopsies to … Continue reading Kissing my Stomach Goodbye
Last month, Bjørnar and I went back to our favourite place; Croatia! Initially, we had discussed doing city breaks this year with Amsterdam in the Summer and Iceland in late October. But with everything that's going on, we decided to have a nice relaxing beach holiday instead. So this year, we went to Baška Voda, located … Continue reading Basking in Baška Voda
One year ago today, (gosh that went quick) I opened a can of worms / was the day I embarked upon this journey / was the day I stepped onto this crazy rollercoaster ride... Today I'm feeling positive - but realistic (hence me describing it as a crazy rollercoaster ride) On my down days, I tend … Continue reading A Year of Knowing
June 21st: The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year For me: My first PET/CT scan, which felt like the longest day of the year! So, before I get the final go ahead for my surgery in September, my surgeon decided to refer me for a PET/CT scan to … Continue reading June 21st – The Longest Day (in more ways than one)
Yorkshire formerly known as the County of York and "York" comes from the Viking name for the city, Jórvík It's no surprise that Old Norse has influenced the English language; particularly in the North where the Vikings dominated for many years! When I started to learn Norwegian a few years ago, I found some similarities to Yorkshire words and places … Continue reading Old Norse in the North
So here it is, my very LONG, open and honest blog post about my 104 interesting days on Escitalopram (aka Lexapro/Cipralex) 💊 💊 💊 Timeline 7th February - 10mg 23rd February - 20mg 16th March - 10mg 20th April - First appointment with Psychologist 11th May - 5mg 21st May - Last 5mg pill Mental health is still a … Continue reading Happy Pills – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
Still feeling a little bit blurry headed after the 17th May Celebrations in Norway the day before (which, by the way was fab!) I struggled to comprehend the news that I had just received on the phone. The surgeon, that I had met with just a week earlier, had just called to let me know … Continue reading The Dreaded Phone Call
Earlier this month, my mum came to spend some time with us in Bergen again. The first time she came to visit was the last weekend of August in 2015. In true Bergen style, it rained a lot! So this time, I told her to come around the start of May, and promised her a weekend of … Continue reading Mum’s (2nd) visit to Norway
Today I cried; something I’ve struggled to do for the past few months thanks to the antidepressants I’m taking. I've always been skeptical of taking such a thing, but over Christmas, my anxiety was getting progressively worse as I struggled to come to terms with the fact that I was walking around with a potentially … Continue reading It will never be the perfect time…
Don't worry, this isn't an erotic blog post! I'm simply referring to what took place yesterday morning; my first Gastroscopy. Since I received my genetic test results in November, I have a mutation in the CDH1 gene, which can lead to Diffuse Gastric Cancer, I have been anticipating this procedure ever since. Mainly because I … Continue reading Deep throating a hose pipe…
🇺🇸 I'm all about the palm trees and 80 degrees (not forgetting the Vitamin D)☀️ We've had some dark, dingy and damp months here in Bergen over the Winter period (nothing new there), so I was more than ecstatic when I received a message from my mother inviting me to Florida with her this Spring! Part … Continue reading Florida
💍23.02.2017💍 B had just got back from work, I'd just finished cleaning and the sun was still shining - so he convinced me to go on a walk. We went to Svartediket, which is a beautiful lake in the city. We were planning on walking to the end of the track that leads to a … Continue reading We’re Engaged!
Whisky and Beer; two of my favourite things! ❤ The event was open for 5 hours on the Friday and 6 the following day, so we decided to try Whisky on Friday and Beer on Saturday. Ireland Jameson Caskmates * Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve * Teeling Whiskey Single Grain * Scotland Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt … Continue reading Bergen Whisky and Beer Festival
It’s been 24 hours since I discovered that I have a mutation in the CDH1 gene, and what an emotional 24 hours it’s been. As soon as I read the words “The CDH1-mutation has been detected in your blood sample”, I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably. I know a lot of people won’t understand and … Continue reading CDH1 Positive
Syden - Literally meaning "the south", is a common Norwegian term for destinations with a warmer climate. After visiting Pula in Croatia two years ago and falling in love with the place, the atmosphere, the wine and the friendliness of the locals, we have been itching to go back there ever since. Last year, we were focused … Continue reading Tid for Syden
Every summer, Bjørnar and I head to Fjørtoft; the beautiful island he grew up on in Sunnmøre. In the past, we have taken the bus from Bergen to Ålesund, and then another bus, before getting on the final ferry to the island. This usually takes around 12 hours and is very draining! So this year, … Continue reading Road Trip to Fjørtoft
On this day last week, Bjørnar and I were sitting in the airport, waiting anxiously to board our plane to Oslo after seeing a small propellor plane parked at our gate. (For those of you that don't know us very well, we are both nervous flyers and have always insisted that we would never travel … Continue reading A Weekend in Oslo
A few weeks ago, Bjørnar and I were lucky enough to have some professional photographs taken by two wonderful British photographers. Jamie, who I met a year ago when he was the photographer at my cousin's wedding in England, had made arrangements to travel to Bergen and do a styled shoot with some models, and asked … Continue reading Couples Shoot
Travellers and expats like myself, often transfer money to their bank account from an overseas account - this can be time consuming and costly! A few months after relocating to Norway, I came across a wonderful service that not enough people know about...
The 17th May, also known as Norwegian Constitution Day, is an official national holiday that is celebrated all over the country. The Constitution was signed in 1814 and declared Norway to be an independent kingdom. Despite me being in Bergen for almost 3 years, this was my first time celebrating it here so I was … Continue reading 17. Mai – Gratulerer med dagen!