It's been a funny week. Doubling the dose of medication I take was always going to be an adjustment, I knew that. But as with so many of these things you don't really realise until it happens. It creeps up on you and suddenly you're not sleeping so well, having anxious thoughts and generally feeling pretty crappy. It wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it was no fun. Thankfully things have eased up, but it has got me thinking about what more I can do to look after myself. I've been thinking about everything in terms of physiological symptoms, but maybe I need to be more aware of how what those physiological symptoms are telling me about my mental wellbeing. Something to think on.
I have been feeling so much love this week. Not just the love people sent my way when I wasn't feeling great, but in my wider community. Love and support has been an overwhelming narrative of the last week. People coming together, supporting each other and having each other's back. It has also reminded me that when we focus on putting love out into the world everything really will be ok.
Big love has to go out to Lau this week because she secured a training post in London!! I cannot think of a better person to look after the people of South London. We're lucky to have her!
I also want to share some big love from Carly's Womanifesto. Carley is an amazing woman, and has become a real voice for women's empowerment. Her Womanifesto really resonated with me, and I'd urge you to check it out here.
My department put on a whole host of talks in honour of International Women's Day, on an whole host of subjects. I wasn't sure what to expect when I went along to a session on trafficking, but I came away feeling so emotional. We were privileged enough to hear from women who had been subject to child sexual exploitation. The stories were heartbreaking. Utterly devastating. But what was awe inspiring was how articulate and composed these women were. They spoke clearly about their mission to end exploitation and had true passion. If we could all have a little more of that poise.
The other event that really got me going this week was heading to Lululemon to hear from Dr Nina Brochmann and Ellen Stokken Dahl, two student doctors and sex educations from Norway who are out to (and I quote) 'bring genital enlightenment to the masses'. And did they ever! Facilitated by the lovely Amy Hopkinson, Nina and Ellen talked about everything from cycle tracking apps to what the clitoris and a horse have in common (lots, as it turns out) with humour, charm and utter frankness. I liked the frankness. A lot. And I'm really looking forward to reading their book 'The Wonder Down Under'.
Training has been a little disrupted this week due to illness and some very nasty period pain, but I'm back on it and had a session with Chevy on Thursday night. In between chatting positive male allies, social media and my running form, he also dropped that from Monday I'm going to be on a training plan!! I am crazy excited to get that structure back into my training and to be running again. I can't wait!
And finally, as always, quick fire questions:
Instagram crush of the week: @gynaegeek - I think I have vaginas on the brain, but Dr Anita Mitra really is excellent, and you know you can trust what she's saying. Go check her out and get to know the facts about gynaecological health.
Song of the week: Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - my power song.
Podcast of the week: The Modern Mann - a long time favourite, I love the magazine format of this podcast, and their interviews are second to none. Plus you're guaranteed to learn something from the Foxx Hole.
Book of the week: In Shock, Dr Rana Awdish - this is an absolutely beautiful book, which draws some parallels to Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air (another favourite of mine) and is a lesson in compassion for everyone.
* images: Anna Rachel Photography