Back To Square One.

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My god it has been for ever! And oh my has life been taking me from one end to another…

Let me start by apologizing for disappearing into thin air after my last post of me being absolutely chuffed about feeling lots and lots better and thoroughly believing I had been cured once and for all… you may already sense what’s coming…

The pain is back — in all its glory and almightiness… (I know it’s not a word, I think… god! relax).

     ‘Bit by bit the pain weaseled its
way back in to my daily routine until I caught it red handed taking over my life again; terrorizing my every move…’

You might’ve even seen some pictures of me looking like I was having the time of my life — I was, I really was enjoying a life with almost no pain and feeling the power of having control over my life again.

But then it all came back, bit by bit the pain weaseled its way back in to my daily routine until I caught it red handed taking over my life again; terrorizing my every move… and well, call me crazy, but after sharing with you my success of feeling so much better I just couldn’t find the words or courage to share with you this major disappointment. I just couldn’t. And a big part of me was obviously wishing it would just be temporarily and the ‘painfree’ times were just around the corner again. But after waiting and wishing for a long time I just have to admit to you and myself. The pain is back.

I have been taking my meds and been to all of my regular checkups at the hospital. In the meantime I’m trying to hold down a steady job which is very challenging considering the state I’m in most of the time. I’m trying to do all the right things to prevent the pain from getting worse and more powerful but it feels more like carrying water to the sea.. that might not even be a saying in the English language but I’m throwing it in here anyways.

I’ve been prescribed new drugs almost every month or so and every time I would cross my fingers hoping these new pills would give me my freedom back. But up until this day that hasn’t been the case. And although this sounds and ís rather depressing I must admit I could’ve taken it worse and my life isn’t all that bad… some moments it is, being in pain still feels like running a marathon, on one leg, every day. But I’ve met a wonderful person who wants to share his life with this curled up little bundle of pain called ‘me’. So even though I’m angry and unbelievably disappointed about being ill, I do enjoy life and whatever I (we) can make of it.

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I’m very thankful of this wonderful human being, standing beside me, being all tough and strong. He’s there when I’m feeling a bit better and we go paint the town red! But more importantly he’s there when I’m all down in the dumps because I’m in pain. Thank you for sticking by me even though you barely know me. (insert monkey face hiding behind its hands).

On a more chipper note; look I have a car! Still no drivers license though haha but we’re getting there!
But look how cute! I’m totally and utterly in love with it and can’t wait to be huffin and puffin around in this one. Fingers crossed it will not disintegrate on the motorway 😉

Thank you for checking in on me, feel free to leave a massage!

If it’s been a while since we spoke or saw each other please don’t hesitate and drop us a text or fb message and we’ll go for drinks! Maybe not for large pints of Guinness but catching up  over a hot cup of tea works just as well:) god when did I become so English…

Haha Ok. Doei!

PS. Mocht je je nou afvragen wat mijn ziekte beeld precies inhoud heb ik hier een mooie/deprimerende opsomming van symptomen. Dit doe ik natuurlijk niet om zielig te doen maar wel om awareness te brengen voor MCAS, en mocht je jouw klachten nou hierin herkennen neem contact op met je arts! Ook mij mag je alles vragen!

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New Limited Edition BGB beauty bags!

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Hi gorgeous people, enjoying a nice Sunday evening?

I’ve been working on these new festive BGB beauty bags, just in time for Christmas!

Go have a look on my Hand Made page and maybe you’ll find just the last Christmas gift you needed for this year♡

Nu bij je thuis voor maar 9 euro!!! Geen verzendkosten! Wat een feest:)

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!!!☆°•○☆img_20161218_210518

Stay Healthy stay Happy

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Being Healthy means something different to all of us. For some people loosing those extra 5-10 kilo’s (Yes I’m using “Kilo’s” because even though I write in English I am a proper Dutchie), for others it means drinking less alcohol or going to the gym more often. We all have our own perception on how to be healthy and our own opinion on whether we think our habits are healthy or not.

For me it’s a little different than for most people. I have been struggling with belly aches and cramps and all sorts of discomfort for years; which made me very cautious about my living and eating habits. It made me think twice and sometimes even three times before I ate or drank something (very exhaustung though). For years I tried so many diets and adjusted my eating habits almost every month; I went gluten free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Sugar free etc, etc. Nothing seemed to make the ongoing and increasing pain go away. Now I finely know where the pain is coming from thanks to Doctor Eveline van de Ven, who tested me on way more than the hospital ever did and found out I have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth). Meaning I can’t digest my food, and for that matter almost any kind of food, properly; causing me to be rather underweight and in pain day and night. She also found out i have something called Colitis which basically means my colon is completely inflamed also causing me to have shooting pains and all sorts of horrible affects.

Now I have to follow a very strict diet and take several different kinds of antibiotics. After the first week of my new diet which mainly consists of fatty fish and cooked spinach and no carbohydrates what so ever I immediately felt the diference in my stomach.
For anyone who’d like to try this diet check out these two websites;
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Gapsdieet
I follow these two diets together, it’s quite tricky but worth it for now.

Now it doesn’t mean that these diets are meant for everybody who wants to be healthy, just for the people who are really struggling with tummy issues. You can have a balanced diet WITH carbohydrates, which I do prefer. I hate eating like this; especially after I’ve just been a vegetarien since the last six months; but it does make me feel better and it’s not for ever.

I’m still on the road to recovery so my ‘healthy’ may differ from yours, and that’s OK, everybody needs a healthy lifestyle that fits their life and needs.

I only have one Golden Rule; ‘Don’t eat too much of something and eat mindfully’. As long as you don’t eat a whole bag of something and don’t eat too quickly or have no variation in your diet, you’re being pretty damn healthy enough!

Happy Feet

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I started a little dog-walking-business a little while ago.

Ik voel me nu eindelijk wat beter vanwege mijn nieuwe medicijnen en daarom kan ik eindelijk op pad met de fijnste viervoeters op aarde!

Woon je in Eindhoven/Woensel(op de hoogte van het Catharina ZH) en heb je ook een energiek blij ding die misschien wel wat vaker uitgelaten mag worden als baaslief van huis is? Neem dan contact op met mij:) Je kunt me mailen: irisgerits@hotmail.com of bellen op 06-19013072. Voor 10 euro neem ik jouw hond mee voor een goeie wandeling naar bijvoorbeeld het Philips de Jong park en zijn we 45 tot 60 minuten weg.

We hebben het allemaal druk druk druk, maar laat je hond er niet onder lijden! Die trouwe beestjes verdienen het beste!

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Happiness♡

For me happiness is the most important thing in the world!
Sometimes life throws so much crap your way you can hardly see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it is there. If you have trouble seeing it just imagine it and it wil be closer than you think;)
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One of the things that make me very very happy at the moment is my new hobby; making my own BellyGirlBlog Beauty bags! I’m still in quite some pain these days so making those bags is a nice distraction. Go have a look at my (still small) Hand Made Collection:).

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I love this time of year!

I’ve had a lovely walk in the autumn sun today and also a little less pain, yay. My new medication is coming over from Belgium next Monday and I really really hope it’s going to make me better, fingers crossed!

~X Iris

HAPPY FEET

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I started a little dog-walking-business a little while ago.

Ik voel me nu eindelijk wat beter vanwege mijn nieuwe medicijnen en daarom kan ik eindelijk op pad met de fijnste viervoeters op aarde!

Woon je in Eindhoven/Woensel(op de hoogte van het Catharina ZH) en heb je ook een energiek blij ding die misschien wel wat vaker uitgelaten mag worden als baaslief van huis is? Neem dan contact op met mij:) Je kunt me mailen: irisgerits@hotmail.com of bellen op 06-19013072. Voor 10 euro neem ik jouw hond mee voor een goeie wandeling naar bijvoorbeeld het Philips de Jong park en zijn we 45 tot 60 minuten weg.

We hebben het allemaal druk druk druk, maar laat je hond er niet onder lijden! Die trouwe beestjes verdienen het beste!

SuperMan

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This guy!

This guy keeps me smiling even though I’m going through hell and back every day.

This guy keeps me going even though I just want to curl up in the corner and disappear.

This guy is my everything, I’m so grateful that this guy is MY guy:) 

He’s my hero, my SuperMan.