Donating my hair to the Little Princess Trust

pippa with cropped hair holding locks of cut hair in hands and smiling

Lately, you might have seen my blog post about my hair loss story, and the bizarre turn of events that led to it growing back again, longer than ever. What I didn’t tell you back then was that before that piece was even published, I already had the appointment booked in to get the whole lot chopped off again. Wondering why? Let me tell you. View Post

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Finding accessible work with a chronic illness

hand holding notebook reading 'futile attempt at organising my life', with legs and feet in cosy PJs propped up in background

So, let’s talk about working with a chronic illness.

Since I started blogging, there’s one question I’ve consistently been asked more than any other: how I got my flexible, work from home job. If you don’t already know, I split my time between employment with a well-known UK disability charity, self-employment as a blogger and freelance writer, running a social enterprise, and relentlessly guzzling tea whilst making extensive to-do lists. You can find out a bit more about my background here.

This post has come about rather spontaneously, following preparations for a livestream on Zubia where I’ll be discussing accessible employment and managing work with a chronic illness. It was whilst doing my prep that it hit me: whilst there are a fair few of us talking about our own experiences, there’s not a great deal of practical support and signposting others to what helpful resources are currently out there.

So, that’s led me here: to a blog post I’m hastily putting together just before my livestream, in the hope that I’ll come back and keep adding to it. It’s no secret that there simply aren’t enough flexible opportunities out there for chronically ill people, with many employers yet to realise they’re missing out on a huge wealth of talent, but I hope these resources go some way in helping others to kick-start their own careers. View Post

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My Hair Loss Story, And How We Turned It Around

pippa stood outdoors with back to camera, displaying long brunette hair

I wrote the beginning of this post a while back and saved it as a draft, unsure of whether I felt comfortable sharing it. However, since the team at CareCo kindly sent me a really fitting product for review, I thought I’d take it as a sign and include that review in this very piece. Keep scrolling for my thoughts on their Infrared Massage Hairbrush, but first, here’s that post I thought I’d never be sharing… 

Lately on social media, I’ve had some really lovely comments about my hair and how much it’s grown. Now, anybody going out of their way to compliment me and make me feel like a precious lil princess is welcome any time of the day, but the recent comments about my hair have been particularly appreciated: namely because for the longest time, I was struggling to hold onto it. View Post

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Dirty Dancing On Stage at York Grand Opera House

onstage of johnny and baby in partner work dance pose

Image Credits: Alistair Muir

Expectations: 3/5

Reality: 2/5

Chronic illness-friendly: 2/5

I’ve had such a good run with musicals this year that I was long overdue a not-so-spectacular one. I had really high hopes for Dirty Dancing, having purposefully avoided watching the movie so that I could see it on stage first. And, whilst it did have its moments, I have to say that we did leave the theatre feeling rather underwhelmed.

Set in the summer of 1963, protagonist Baby embarks on a family holiday as the innocent youngest daughter and leaves as an enlightened woman who’s learned a thing or two about romance… namely due to the presence of hunky dance instructor Johnny. The Dirty Dancing film is considered iconic and holds sentimental value for so many people, but how did it measure up on stage? View Post

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