Hello and welcome to Hey It’s Fay; a blog written by a thirty-something brummie, autoimmune disease warrior, and passionate Christmas enthusiast. This is the place where I’ll be sharing my thoughts, challenges, and highlights from my life with Type 1 diabetes and Graves’ disease. I want to show how tough it can be to get through the week happily and healthily, and also show that you can live a fulfilled life (full of food) with careful planning and extra thought. There are so many myths and preconceptions surrounding diabetes, so hopefully I can get rid of some for you too. My favourite activity is eating (and drinking) out and about, especially in Birmingham, with fellow food lovers. I’ll be sharing the best and the worst things I’ve eaten, and recommending what I reckon you should go and try.
The early 90s were a joyful time; but it overwhelmed my pancreas so much that it decided to retire early, and I was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 9. It’s been tough, and diabetes is a shit condition for anyone to live with. However, I’m still here and have a million things to be thankful for so I’ll be sharing a mixture of emotions as I go. In 2015, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, and my thyroid became a right pain in the neck (haha). In October 2016, I sacked my thyroid for poor job performance and a handsome surgeon removed the bugger from my throat. I have a pretty cool scar which I’ve learnt to love this year as it reminds me of how far I’ve come. Balancing both conditions is a challenge, but it keeps life interesting and unpredictable, if a little frustrating at times.
I live with my husband Marv and my dog (and bff) Cosy, in an apartment in the Jewellery Quarter area of the city. I adore where I live, and am lucky to have some of the best friends and family I could wish for nearby. Interior design, homewares, cruelty free skincare, and trips out to eat pescatarian meals are what I like to invest my time and money in, and I’ll be talking all about those too. I’m super friendly (except first thing in the morning, pre-tea and food), so please say hey and get in touch. I’d love to chat, meet up, and work with fellow friendlies.
Peace, love, and carbs, Fay x
Churros, dipped in chocolate. The Custard Factory Digbeth, December 2016. What a time to be alive.