Life in a Break Down came about when I stopped wanting to blog about the bad sides of my illness and how bad things are in my life, because really they aren’t. It might feel like it sometimes, but I’m alive and kicking and from time to time having a great time, so yes if you’re wondering if it’s a play on words you would be correct.

Life in a Break Down has progressed since its early days but in essence it’s still as it was, I’m here a blogging because I want to be, because I love it and because it helps me. Sometimes I go off on the odd rants, talk about things I don’t really find ‘great’ but that’s down to the fact sometimes these things just need to be said.

Over the past 5 years I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing people and work with some fantastic brands and feel really blessed to be able to call a number of them friends now. I look forward to seeing what each day brings, who I will meet and what never adventure it might bring to me.

Since Life in a Break Down started in 2010 I have branched out in a number of ways back in 2013 I set set up a Facebook group for UK Bloggers. A place for bloggers from all genres to come together share posts, ask for help and generally just have a natter. Over the time it has been running it has gone through a number of changes we now have a website, twitter account and most recently we added an Instagram account to UK Bloggers family, all dedicated to helping UK bloggers and brands come together.

The start of 2016 saw the opening of the Life in a Break Down shop, which is starting with a small amount of acrylic jewellery. However, I do hope it will grow and be home to a wide range of products.

So who’s behind this mayhem I’m sure you are wondering.. well some of you may already know me for those who don’t here I am.

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My name is Sarah, I am 30 years old and live in the Midlands of England, with my amazing partner Ash and our crazy dog, who is often seen on my blog Sally. Along side our two lovely guinea pigs Dobby and Sock.
I personally suffer from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hyper mobility Syndrome, Keratoconus and a number of mental health issues.

Ash AKA Morphman.
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The guy with no real face – Ash, following a rather crazy review on this suit, Morphman came to be and Ash’s addiction to Morph Suits started. Since then he has shown up in different guises to bring that touch of “style” to game.

Animals.
Sally

Sally came to me as a rescue dog, in fact she was rather thrust upon me and while she loved me from the start I was rather more wary, but she soon won me over and is my doggy soul mate and shadow. She’s seen me through some of the toughest times in my life and has saved my life on multiple occasions. She is a complete mixed breed, is around 15 years old and has been in my life for almost 10 years.

Dobby and Sock

Dobby and Sock the ‘newest’ additions to the household this terrible twosome came from the rescue centre at Pets at Home. So far Sock (brown and while) is the dominate piggy, while Dobby is the more confident with humans and leader of the pack when it comes to ‘food time’ it is all his!

Gone but never forgotten.

Robbie

Robbie was in the rescue space at the local Pet at Home for weeks, and we often stood and talked to him while we went to pick up supplies, after we moved Artie into Artie mansion we were left with his original cage looking a little lost and empty and just the right size for a Robo so it was soon disinfected and Robbie came to be with us – he was the ‘should be on Jackass’ hamster as he used to head dive off of his platform or spin off his flying saucer.

RIP 23/04/2013 – Run free at Rainbow Bridge Little One.

Artie

Artie was the only hamster in the pet shop one day, the guy came over when he saw me and my Mum looking and talked about how he was a cutie but slightly deformed, from that second I knew he had to be mine and soon he was, Artie was the interior designer of the flat with Artie mansion often getting a daily make over.

RIP 23/06/2013 – Run free at Rainbow Bridge Mr Moley

Posts of my past:
Depression
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence
Bullying

I’ve been featured:
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Sverve
Bromford
Bromford – Living on your own with depression.
Bromford – Tips on feeling safer at Halloween.
Bromford – Life in Social Housing
House of Fraser
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact me on sarah@lifeinabreakdown.com.

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This page has 140 comments

  1. Laura Harris

    Wow! What a strong person you are! Hats off and much love to you!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aw thank you – it just makes me though 🙂 I’ve learnt a lot through my life and I just hope that my stories might help another one day, like the people who told me theirs helped me. x

  2. Shelley Jessup

    Love your hamsters so cute! I didn’t realise Sal was a rescue (sort of), what happened to her? It’s a shame we don’t live nearer I think me & you would be good friends & Hudson and Sal. xxx

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you :D.
      She’s technically a full rescue – it’s a really long story – I’ll try and shorten it haha.
      My ex really wanted a dog and he promised me he would look after a dog if he got one, it would be his I wouldn’t need to do anything (I had grown up with cats so was a cat person back then)- so I took him to Birmingham Dogs home to choose a dog, thinking it would take a while and he would probably lose interest after we had been. While we were there he decided he HAD to have Sally as she was named the same as one of his old dogs and looked the same :/. I assumed he would have to go through all sorts of visits so still thought it wouldn’t happen so I said we could ask what happened next, anyway they just said oh you can have her, we would love for you to take her today. I managed to convince everyone that wasn’t possible, that was a Friday and he arranged for us to pick her up on a Monday. I still kinda didn’t think he would go through with it – but he did and then as soon as he had her, he couldn’t be bothered with her, I’d find out she hadn’t been feed or let out since I had last been there, I taught her to jump in and out the lounge window in the end so she could take herself for a wee. I had no idea how to look after a dog – I knew they needed feeding, walking and letting out that sort of thing but there is so much more as you know – so I was freaking out. She taught me to look after her though, thus why she is allowed to do lots of naughty things like sleep on the bed and curl up on the sofa but we soon became inseparable and although that relationship didn’t last much longer me and Sal are still going strong lol.
      I got her 6 years ago on Wednesday 🙂 she was about 5 when I got her – she’s obviously had a bad life before she came to me, she had lots of puppies has a torn ear and scared face but she’s a diamond love her bits <3.

      I know! Wish we did - would good! Lots of walks and comping haha! xx

      • Shelley Jessup

        So very simlar to Hudson’s story! When I lived in Manchester with my ex he decided he wanted to start a family which I thought was hilarious considering he seriously couldn’t look after himself!! So I always had fancy a dog so I said what about getting a dog instead which he was excited about, he said I’ll look after him, etc etc. well we brought Hudson & I fell out of love with my ex & in love with Hudson. He didn’t even try to look after him so once I decided I was moving back up to my parents as I needed medical treatment & I wanted to get away from him I was taking Hudson no doubt about it as I knew Hudson would of ended up with a horrid life with him. Hudson is the best outcome of any of my relationships lol!

        • Sarah-Louise Bailey

          Haha go you! Don’t think you can beat a dog definitely tells you a lot about a person, I remember when I got with Ash I told him if the dog didn’t like him he was off haha. x

  3. thebestdressup

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
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  4. Maggie Osborn

    Well done for looking after Sal, AND the rescue hamsters! 🙂

  5. Reshama

    You have a lovely blog Sarah and you are doing such a great job! I admire the strength that you possess! Just stopping by as part of the Aloha bog hop to say hi!
    -Reshama
    http://www.stackingbooks.com

  6. Merchon

    I just found your blog hopping around on different link ups (I love my post), although I haven’t joined it yet because I already posted today, but Love your story. I love meeting so many new and interesting people blogging and you are my new fav! Keep being strong and inspiring others.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you so much for popping by 🙂 Your welcome to join in the ILMP hop anytime even if you haven’t posted in the last 7 days you can pop an older one onto the link up :).

      Thank you so much and I look forward to talking to you more – hopping back to you now xx

  7. Wendy Tolhurst

    Hi there, I signed up to your blog recently and have entered a few comps, but today I took the time to have a good look around. Very interesting blog – not least because I had, mistakenly, thought that the title referred to a relationship breakdown – how ignorant could I have been. Incidentally, I have one hamster, who we did buy, 5 cats (all from rescues) and 2 dogs (both from rescues). Have always loved animals and was never allowed a dog as a child – one of the first things my husband and I did when we moved in together was go to a local pet rescue and get ourselves a dog – best joint decision we have ever made. Hope to get to know more about you over the coming months. Wendy 🙂

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I have to admit that made me chuckle 😉 I don’t think a lot of people get what I’m getting at with the name so you did better than most.

      Aww yay! For rescue animals – what sort of dogs / cats do you have? I’m a total animal nut could talk about them for hours 🙂 lol Sarah xx

      • kim_styls@hotmail.co.uk

        I got my Lizzie also a rescue dog when she was about 4-5 yrs old- also having obviously had loads of puppies- she had been dumped in a layby. She is now a huge part of our family and yes sleeps in the bed , has her own sofa in the living room and is a wonderful dog with children!!

      • Wendy Tolhurst

        Well, we have a German Shepherd – she’s called Shadow and we’ve had her since we rescued her at 8 weeks -she’ll be 6 in January and we have Daisy, who is a Golden Retriever – we became involved with the Irish retriever rescue, who rescue retrievers and then they come to the UK to be rehomed. Daisy was the first dog we fostered for them – and we failed! We have had her since July 2011 and she is about 8 now. We didn’t foster again for a while after having her (couldn’t afford the risk of keeping another dog). However, this year we have fostered four retrievers for varying lengths of time and were very strong and let them move on to forever homes. It can be quite sad, but is very rewarding.

        • Sarah-Louise Bailey

          Aww wow – I was talking to someone the other day about fostering and I don’t think I could do it I would want to keep all the animals that came through my door lol. You are so strong for managing to let the ones this year move on! Thank you for fostering some lost pups! xx

  8. Kathleen

    I just wanted to say HI and tell you that I am a new follower. I am glad my travels through blogs brought me to yours. I too suffer with a chronic condition that has really altered my life. I have severe back pain that has been dealt with by many spinal treatments and two spine surgeries. Because of daily PAIN I ended up with clinical depression that I take medication for. Actually I takes so many meds, I have to use a pill sorter to keep them straight. One medication causes a side effect and that leads to another, and then another. I HATE it!! I often vow to stop taking everything but then I have a BAD pain day, and I know I cannot live without help for the pain. 🙁 It is difficult to be afflicted with something that others can’t “see”. I don’t mean to go on and on about myself, but wanted to let you know, I GET IT. I feel a connection to your blog now because I know you get my life… THANK YOU SO MUCH for having the courage and honesty to share your life with us; your followers. <3

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Hi Kathleen,

      Your not going on – I know how it can be so great to just let it out, especially when you know the person gets it and wont look at you like yeah whatever.. If you ever need a chat or just a good old moan please just drop me an email – always open for moaning, or being silly 🙂

      Sarah xx

    • whit

      i have to say thanks to both of your posts really hit home with me. Living with chronic pain is something i find most people don’t understand. I know they try and i appreciate it but its not the same.
      I am a new follower and i know i don’t know either of you or your full stories but its nice to think i am not alone in all of this.
      For almost two years now i have had pain every single day. i am about 3 months post operative from my second spinal/back surgery, and we still don’t know if it is going to work. My meds kept growing and growing, try this one, now that one, now take 2 more to combat the horrible side effects. Every month or so i had to find bigger containers to hold all my meds.
      I suffered from depression when i was in my teens but it was manageable. after all this i was told i have a major depressive disorder (or something like that) and anxiety.
      Thanks you both for sharing your stories with me, its nice to know that someone out there understands.
      Thank you

      • Sarah-Louise Bailey

        Aww I’m so sorry to hear your having to live with a chronic illness as well – it really is so hard for people to understand if they haven’t been there – I guess it’s a bit like mental health, you often look well on the outside so there can’t be anything wrong.

        My inbox is always open if you fancy a chat – I believe my email is up there but just incase its not it is: sarah@lifeinabreakdown.com or give me a tweet or grab me on facebook I don’t mind if it’s even just to have a good old moan we do after all need those from time to time 🙂 xxxx

  9. Jules @ADoseofJules

    Hi Sarah- I came through the Friday blog hop you are co-hosting. I was very moved by your post. I look forward to reading your blog. I couldn’t help notice you mention bullying on your post….this is something that we have been talking about a lot amongst my friends here in the US. If you care to take a look, you can see that post on my blog title: Geeks Rule the World. I hope you enjoy it.

    I’m your newest follower!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Hey, Thank you so much for stopping by – it’s lovely to have you here and I really hope you enjoy my posts.

      I shall definitely pop over to you now and have a look for the post 🙂 Thank you. x

  10. Vicki Hale

    Wow, your life mimics mine in so many ways, I too have hypermobility syndrome, fibromyagia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a host of mental issues. They all can be very debilitating. I’m glad you have found an outlet. Vicki

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Oh no 🙁 **hugs** if you ever need a chat my inbox is always open 🙂 I would love to have a natter myself sometimes so please don’t feel bad about emailing me if you need a chat. xx

  11. Nena Sinclair

    You’re amazing, Sarah! Being able to do all this with everything you have going on, big kudos to you! I also love the fact that you’re a big animal lover like me! My kids and I are all into animal rescues and helping out all types of animals! We love them all!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you 🙂 it really does keep me going in some ways though it’s my outlet and it helps me relax as well.

      Aww do you have any animals? I still really miss Mr R right now 🙁 xx

  12. Kathaleen Petelle

    I am also a survivor, and feel it has made me the person I am today. You are also a survivor and am glad to call you friend

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Yay! So glad to hear your a survivor! (Not that you had to go through it of course) If you ever need a natter please drop me an email its always open to people 🙂 x

  13. Laura Harris

    Sorry to read one of your hamsters has gone to the great hamster wheel in the sky…… :0(

  14. Malea Cooper

    I found your blog while actually entering a giveaway. I also suffer from Fibro, Chronic Fatigue, and the mental health stuff too, and you are right, it can be so easy to get caught up in all the negative. One has to decide not to focus on it. It is deliberate at first, but evenutally becomes a natural state of being. It is hard some days, though–as for me, I am fighting the American disability system. Unless you are three steps away from dead, you are just fine in their eyes and do not qualify for compensation. Is it similar in the UK? Anyhow, keep fighting the good fight, I’ll pop in again!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It’s pretty much the same sadly and getting worse – they are changing over all the benefits to new systems which are meant to be ‘better’ but sadly they are far from it – there was a doctor who had worked for the assessment company who basically said if you can get dressed you have the motivation to work – if you walk from the waiting room to the doctors room you have the ability to walk 200 meters and there for work! Not looking forward to having mine – I get het up enough just thinking about it. I hope you manage to get something sorted over there :(. If you ever fancy a natter about anything please just drop me an email 🙂 Xx

  15. Sofia

    I love getting to know other bloggers. I must say that your fur babies are extremely cute (even the hamsters, and that is saying something since I am so not a hamster person).

    You are a very strong woman…and Ash is silly, awesome suit!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you so much – I have to admit they do have something about them lol I am yet to see another like Artie that is for sure.

      He keeps me smiling which is 1/2 the battle some days 🙂 x

  16. Laura Harris

    Morph man makes me laugh so much every time I visit your site!

  17. Kera

    I love your pup Sally and the IG posts I see of her! Precious 🙂

  18. Rosemary Emery

    You are an inspiration. I have been with my Mother in Law during the past year while she battles breast cancer and I agree with you in that you just have to stay positive and be thankful for what you have. 🙂

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you so much **hugs**

      I really hope your MIL pulls through I can’t imagine how it must be both for her and all of you around her as I’m sure both positions hold hard ways.

      Sending you positive thoughts. x

  19. Debbie Skerten

    You are very strong and very brave to put all this down in writing. Well done and thank you for sharing. It helps others.

  20. julie baxter

    lovely pictures

  21. Andrea Balderstone

    Its always great to find out who is behind the blog & to find someone with such a positive attitude. x

  22. julie perry

    What a strong,brave lady you are 🙂
    I am loving your blogs,nice to say hello x

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you so much – I am so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to all these comments I’ve been thrown for 6 these last couple of months but hopefully I’m now coming back fighting 🙂 x

  23. Rachel Craig

    Nice to read a little bit about you, and how you have been supported to be where you are now. Your pets look delightful, and I’m sure bring you much joy and entertainment. As animals are unconditionally loyal. Best wishes and try to remain strong and involved.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      They really do – I don’t know where I would be without them – Sally especially she’s my little star, but all of them they give me reason to get up even when I really don’t want to x

  24. Rachel Craig

    I was wondering about your dog’s name. As it seems unusual. You mentioned she was a rescue dog, so I was thinking she may have come to you, already having a name which you kept to.
    The Sally which comes to my mind is in the Gracie Fields song “Sally, Sally, Pride of the Alley” is what I recall of the lyrics. Will now go investigating on the web to find full accurate lyrics. Best Wishes.

    • Rachel Craig

      Found your story of how and why you got Sally. Pleased to hear that the two of you have a great relationship. Dog’s can be so loyal.

      • Sarah-Louise Bailey

        I shall have to go and have a look at that song – I have to admit if I had named her myself it probably would have been Cleo (after Cleopatra) but she’s definitely a Sal I couldn’t imagine her being anything else now x

  25. Emjaywilkinson

    Just found your site! Inspirational!! Keep up the amazing work x

  26. Rachel Craig

    How does Morphman breathe in that suit? Good outfit for Halloween, but my concern is :- How does he manage to breathe in that suit?

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Its made of a breathable material in fact you can even drink through it – though I haven’t tried it myself I did get Ash to do it just to prove to me it could be done lol 😉 xx

  27. Alison R

    Love your blog – really relate to the relationship with you and Sally as my 2 rescue dogs have saved my life too – best wishes to you and yours xx

  28. Rachel Craig

    Glad to hear you have some good days. Please update us when you get the chance.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I definitely will – I’m so so sorry it’s taken so long to reply to all your lovely comments, I’ve been through a bad patch and they have meant the world to read but I just haven’t felt able to reply I hope you can forgive me 🙂 x

  29. Susie Wilkinson

    I am a long term sufferer with depression and anxiety, just knowing there are others out there is a help

    • Rachel Craig

      Hope your life and health improve. Best wishes.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      **hugs** I can totally relate it can feel so lonely, often as if your the only one – hopefully it will keep being talked about and the stigma will decrease and we will find each other easier. x

  30. K Mayers

    One of the things I like about you Sarah is that you’re obviously an animal lover! We have 3 cats (was 7 believe it or not) & a Conure (the smallest type of parrot). I also love to go out & get pictures of animals when I can. I’ve even got one of a Humming Bird sitting on it’s egg in it’s nest in Cuba! Unbelievable 🙂

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I completely believe you had 7 cats – I have a friend who had about that many (gosh I wish I could remember the number now) it was always lovely being around there as there was always a warm fur pile around lol I would love to see your pictures some time? They sound amazing x

  31. Wendy Tolhurst

    So sorry that you lost both Robbie and Artie within a couple of months of one another – that’s the problem with small pets; they don’t live very long. My seven year old has had hamsters for a number of years now and gets distraught when they die. In fact this year we lost a cat, a dog and a hamster within 6 weeks of one another. Mind you, another of our cats gave birth to 3 kittens in the summer so we now have 2 dogs, 7 cats and 1 hamster.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It’s so sad when they go isn’t it they are so small but have such huge individual personalities, we knew both were going you could tell Artie was the hardest though as he didn’t want to give up, we went away on holiday and we were sure he would go while we were gone my friend and her Mum were looking after him and they both knew that he could go and he hung on until we got home and came out for cuddles and then went… Gosh even now it sets me off.

      I try and think that they will all be at Rainbow Bridge waiting for us to join them once again 🙂

      I don’t think it’s a home without animals 🙂 x

  32. Rachel Craig

    Hope you are doing well. Thanks for doing the Christmas Advent Competition via your website.

  33. elle cowan

    thank you for being so candid, i found this insightful <3

  34. Jane Ritz

    Thank you for sharing a piece of your life. I can relate, but it’s a long story. I love your pets. I partial to dogs but I have a cat because I’m not able to walk a dog. The hamsters are cute too.

  35. Kim

    I enjoy reading your blog…I admire your willingness to share your story with your readers…I have physical disabilities as we’ll (SMA, & severe scoliosis) so I can identify…thanks…

  36. Christina Cooke

    Nice to meet you from a fellow Brummie (at least I assume you’re a Brummie!)

  37. gtennant1@hotmail.co.uk

    What an interesting life you lead. Love all your pets, not allowed any as hubby is allergic. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you all.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Thank you 🙂 aww what a shame – I couldn’t imagine being allergic I think it would make me very sad. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too 🙂 x

  38. elle cowan

    i think you and bex do a great job! keep smiling!

  39. Rachel Craig

    What do you find helpful? :- Your pets must bring you joy. Whilst your blog :- maybe a distraction?
    Best Wishes

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I used to love crafting but sadly my hands don’t allow it so much anymore – I’ve started doing a little swimming again recently – I can only manage a few very slow lengths but it’s nice to be in the water it helps the aches and pains, plus where I go has a steam room and jacuzzi which work a treat on everything ;).

      Ash is very good at helping me when I’m feeling mentally unwell keeping me going and away from the dark thoughts.

      I actually love watching films and play a few video games as well I’m a little obsessed with Disney Infinity at the moment 🙂

      x

      • Rachel Craig

        Great that you have such options. Swimming can be such a wonderful exercise. Whilst heat / warm can ease muscles (aches and pain). Thanks for sharing. Best wishes. When you get the chance could you update us on how your pets are etc.

  40. Rachel Craig

    Nice to hear that you have had support from your friend Bex. Best wishes with your ventures.

  41. Rachel Craig

    Please update us on how you and yours are. It is always nice to see pictures of your pets and read about how they are.

  42. Rachel Craig

    What plans have you for Christmas and the festive season? Any hints on organisation etc?

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I’m just going to be spending it with my parents and my other half – probably be very quiet – Ash has been quite poorly of late and it’s thrown me all out of kilt as normally he’s the one looking after me so to see him not right was quite scary.

      Tip on organisation don’t be like me I’m a nightmare!! 😉 x

      • Rachel Craig

        Maybe we both need help in regards to organisation. Christmas can be such a busy time. Nice that you have had some quiet time with your family etc.

  43. Rachel Craig

    Best Wishes to you and your for Christmas and New Year.
    Thank-you for the opportunity to enter the Advent Competition. Nice variety.

  44. michele hemmings

    I think you are amazing, am currently in the last year of my nursing degree and have shared your blog with both fellow students and patients. Keep strong you are doing a fab job 🙂

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you so much both for your kind words and becoming a nurse always very inspired by all they do – they are after all the forefront of care and I wouldn’t have the stomach to be one I would end up causing more problems I think 🙂 so thank you to you all 🙂 xx

  45. Rachel Craig

    Please keep us updated. Tell us how you first got interested in blogging . How the pets are etc.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      That’s actually my resolution for the new year to go back to basics a bit more and get those more personal posts rolling again – so it’s really nice to hear they would be appreciated as well thank you 🙂 X

  46. Rachel Craig

    Is this a busy time of year for you? Or have you managed to find ways to become more organised (pacing yourself :- a bit at a time etc)? I would value any tips.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I am so out of it at the moment honestly – I’m running behind on everything last year I was organised calm and collected I have no idea what happened to that this year – hopefully next year the plan will all come together again. When I’m track though I normally have 101 lists on the go 😉 x

  47. Sam Dowle

    What a wonderful blog. My mum has Fibro too, I’m definitely going to send a link to your blog I think it will give her much hope.
    Thank you
    xxx

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Hi! Aww thank you 🙂 – when I first got my diagnosis I’m not going to lie I gave up – I thought it was the end of everything and while I still get frustrated and upset I don’t feel so alone now – there are people going through the same thing and although you need to change what you do in many ways there are things you can still do 🙂 xx

  48. sandy ralph

    aw what cute animals you have 🙂

  49. julie perry

    Just popped by to say hi. The morph suit made me chuckle as my elder son wore a bright pink one on a boys night out….I couldn’t stop laughing 😉 Loving your blog too 🙂

  50. RUTH GROVER

    love your Guinea Pigs ! My Dobby is a Chihuahua ….. I made a coat for him from a Sock ! Aren’t animals so good for us !

  51. sandy ralph

    aw you have some lovely pets, we have dogs, fish and cats 🙂

  52. Robin Wilson

    I just wanted to let you know that I too suffer from fibro and cfs. It has almost taken my life in more ways than one. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  53. sj wesley

    What a strong person you are 🙂 Please keep up the good work on your blog because I love to read it 😀 x

  54. there and back again... a mother's tale

    Just wanted to say hi, I followed your Pinterest board when entering one of your lovely giveaways and got lost in your board for a bit, I love it, especially the beauty board!!

  55. Vohn McGuinness

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks so much for adding me to your UK Bloggers Facebook group. I too have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have been very ill the past couple of years but have been on the mend in the past six months. My blog has got me through the worst – I don’t really mention my illness much on there but blogging has helped me feel of value and to reconnect with the world.
    Well done you on being brave enough to put your whole story out there. I am very impressed with your honesty & courage!
    Gentle hugs,
    Vohn
    x

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  57. Marie Evans

    I liked reading the above info about you,You look at people but never realise what problems/illnesses other people have,I do’nt know if your condition is likely to improve as i do’nt know anything about your illnesses but i dare say that you have really bad days.I love you dog glad he has been their for you.I think it’s nice you are doing this blog as it may take your mind off things.Take care.Mariex

  58. Felicity Williams

    My daughter Bethany love your animals, we have guinea pigs called Leonard, Coco and Pebbles and a hamster called Buttercup 😀

  59. Julie Roo

    Hi Sarah. Just a random thing you might smile at. Pet fur makes me itchy, so do feathers…. and I’ve got 5 furry, and 5 feathered companions. oops!

  60. Laura T

    Loving the animals

  61. Laura T

    Scarey orange skeleton lol

  62. angela thompson

    I’m new to this blog still having a nosey around 🙂 I have to say you’re an inspiration Sarah!

  63. mycupofbeauty

    Just read your story… You are a really strong person. I admire you!

  64. helen newton

    Loved reading about your pets especially Artie your Hamster , we too had Hermione our Hamster who went to heaven in October … she will never be fogotten…

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  66. George Williamson

    We had a rescue collie sheepdog. So obedient & docile

  67. Sheryl Keene

    Hi, thank you for your blog. It’s a great distraction from my life! I love your animals, we have 2 hamsters a ‘thrown-away’ blue british-short hair cat an what ever animal wanders over. We’ve just found a badger in the back garden! Again thanks

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Hey!
      Thank you so much. Wow I can’t imagine have a badger in the garden so cool! I’d want to be out watching it when I could haha! It’s a shame people just leave there animals 🙁 glad your cat found you though 😀 x

  68. Jan Holden

    I think you are so brave in opening your heart on here. I have neurological and mental health issues, but like you, I am trying to have a more positive outlook on life. Stay strong.

  69. Sunita Verma

    i initially came over to enter a competition but i have read through alot of areas on yr blog you are very inspirational and take my hat off to you for having such a blog which will potentially inspire others to face personal issues and mental health issues which are becoming increasingly common or maybe its more that people are willing to talk about it and its thanks to people like yourself who help others to address this. I am also an animal lover a mad cat woman 3 cats and a puppy who thinks she is a cat, they drive me crazy but wouldnt have it any other way 🙂

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Aww thank you so much – I am sorry for my delay in replying, it’s been my birthday this week and I’ve been visiting family, I’m not normally this bad. I think in some ways we are becoming more open about the issues we face, in the hopes of making it less of a taboo.

      Haha that is the best thing about animals isn’t it – they are crazy and drive you up the wall but you just can’t imagine life without that bit. x

  70. Bex Jones

    Its sooo nice to know of another sufferer… I too have Fibro, Chronic Fatigue and Hypermobility … as well as chronic migraines, PCOS, Epilepsy, Mutiple Chemical Sensitivity, Reactive depression and the usual Asthma, Hayfever Eczema !!! Sending gentle hugs … you have now guarenteed yourself a new follower xxxx

  71. Stacey Forsyth

    Hes, just came across your blog tonighy after seeing a Giveaway post on twitter. I to am a fellow spoonie! Trying to not suffer with EHLERS-DANLOS (Hypermobility Type), fibro, ME, POTS and kyphoscoliosis. Cant wait to read more of your posts 🙂 x

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