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Friday, 23 June 2017

My Experience.

I never share this story as Its quite personal and also I never talk much about it. Today I want to share my story of going through a liver transplant, I want to share my experience to help people or just put the message out there for people that may be going through this today and need some hope and encouragement to get through their experience. 
So here goes.....

Hello, my name is Shula Jenkins and I am 22 years old. I was born with a liver disease called Biliary Atresia. Everything my family and I had to go through; the many hospital appointments and smaller operations I needed since birth I fortunately can not remember due to being so young, but I was lucky enough to be able to have a liver transplant when I was 6 years old. I was put on a waiting list for a transplant when I was five years old after I coughed up blood but it was soon sorted and fixed.
On the 10th april 2001 at 4 o'clock in the morning my mum received a phone call from Kings College in London to say they had a donar that was a match for me, so an ambulance would arrive to pick me up and take me to the hospital in London where I would have my transplant. From this moment on, everything happened very quickly and all seems a bit of a blur to me, I remember getting into the hospital with my parents and being greeted by hospital staff and told to sit on a bed. The next thing I knew, I had the transplant and was waking up and trying to adjust to the equipment around me and the tubes and wires that were attatched to me, helping to monitor, feed and medicaite me.
The next day, after my huge operation, I was moved into a ward. This meant it was easier for my family to visit and spend time with me. From this day on, I would receive physiotherapy to help me move from the bed to the chair, then once I was strong enough, the staff would help me to walk to the play area so I could play games,etc.
I still had to be monitored, having tubes attached to my stomach, hand and neck, helping me take necessary medication and to remove any waste. These tubes were removed in the first week, which helped me move easier and become a bit more mobile. I did have a few set back with being in pain  but with the hospital staffs helped me, I was soon feeling better. After making such good progress I was able to leave the hospital and go home after 3 weeks. After 3 weeks I was soon playing in the children's park enjoying myself.
I was sent home with all my medication I needed and my parents/family was shown how I needed to take them. I had to be away from school for 6 months, which I didn't mind at all, but when I returned I was slightly behind, so had a lot of catching up to do. 
I had to still take all my medication and attend regular hospital appointments and blood tests, but over the years each of these decreased and now I only need to take two anti-rejection tablets morning and evening and only attend one hospital appointment a year to make sure everything is okay. 
I went to study art and design at college and now I am in full time work, working with young children.
I wanted to share my story, so that anybody who is waiting for a transplant or families who have a child with a liver complaint like I had, I hope it will show that everything can be all right and although waiting for a transplant or having a disease, like this, can be a very troubling time, you can get through it and go on to live a happy and healthy life!
Thank you for reading about my experience :)


Sunday, 26 March 2017

22 on the 22nd of march 2017

Recently I turned 22 on the 22nd of March 2017. I was actually quite excited to turn 22, the main reason was because I was turning the age of the date I was born which only happens once. 

I had a great day, the sun was out, I was spending time with my family and I had a amazing homemade cake done by my sister ready for me to eat at home. I went out to the titanic museum in Southampton which was brilliant, I saw many artefacts and read loads of information about the titanic that I never actually knew before, like girls at school got taught how to do house work so they were ready to be housewives when they were older, that really shocked me, it just shows how much time has changed over the years.
I also watched a few films in the museum from people who were on the ship when it started to sink and It was fascinating to hear all the stories about how terrible that night was for millions of people.

Once we were all done, we got back home, I opened all my lovely presents which I loved each and every one. We then all got ready for a lovely meal out which ended the night perfectly. 

I can't believe I'm 22, I still don't look a day over 16 years old. I'm looking forward to see what the 22nd year of my life brings. I'm excited to explore different places, different food or just meet new people.

Here are a few photos of my 22nd birthday! 


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Halloween 2016 - Scary Spiders

Its October which means one thing....HALLOWEEN........
I personally enjoy making bits and pieces for Halloween ,I really enjoy buying all new Halloween decorations for the house, reasons because you can buy pumpkins which can be for autumn and Halloween and because it gets colder in October which means fires are on and hot chocolate is made.
This year I have made some scary spiders which are super funny and adorable to make, this craft is brilliant for children. 
I hope you enjoy seeing how I made mine. leave a comment below if you've made any and let me know how it turned out.
Scary Spiders

Step ByStep
You will need:
Black Paper
Double sided tape or Glue
A pencil
Glitter or paint or tissue paper or sequins .etc. 

Step one: You need to draw out your spider template, Make sure you 
have four legs on each side and that they are thick.

Step two: Once you are happy with your spider template you have
drawn out, Grab your scissors and cut out the template, if
your doing this with your children, make sure a grown up is 
helping with the cutting.

Step Three: When you have finished cutting out your spider template, 
Grab your pencil and draw a triangle on one side of the body, make 
sure one of the sides of the triangle is in line with the leg. (see picture 
above to follow)

Step Four: Grab your scissors and cut the triangle out. 
Once cut out you should have something like what the picture above shows.

Step Five: At this stage, you
can bend the legs (see picture below ) by folding the legs flat to the body first then take the top half of the leg and fold it back down to the end of the body to create spiders legs. 
Now take your double sided tape or glue and lay your double sided tape or glue on the right hand side of the spiders body and stick together.

Step Six: At this point, your spider should look like this.
If you used Glue to stick the two sides of the body together, 
make sure the glue is dry before continuing.
Step Seven: Now you have the body stuck and you got a spider shape, 
you can now chose if you want to hang the spider up or not, if not you can skip the next few steps.
You can go straight on to the decroateing.
If you want to hang your scary spider, you need to grab your scissors again, you need to cut a little hole at the top of the spiders body
ready to put some string through to hang in your house.

Step Eight: Get your string and thread it through the hole at the top of the spiders body, turn the body over and tie a tight knot that is bigger than your hole in the card. Test that the spider wont fall off the string.

Step Nine: Once you've tied the knot, turn the spider back over and 
tie a loop at the top of the string, so its all ready to hang somewhere in your house.

   Step Ten: ITS THE FINAL STEP... you can now decorate your spider in 
glitter or paint or sequins. Go crazy!
I f you want to make a smiley face on your spider, get a white pen or pencil and create a scary or smiley face. 

Hope you enjoyed!! 



Saturday, 16 April 2016

New Blog

I have recently created a new blog which I put my art work up. I am trying to create and upload a new piece of art each week, each drawing will be something that has happened in my life within the last week. So far I have uploaded three drawings. 
I would love to receive some feedback on each post I upload as well as answer some art questions, you can ask me on my blog: 

Please check it out and enjoy seeing my drawings. 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year! 2016!

Happy New Year! It's officially 2016, it's gone so quick, it feels like yesterday that I was thinking of what 2015 may bring and now its happened and we are on a new year that could bring lots of possibilities towards your way. 
Thinking back on 2015, for me, it was a good year at the start it was the usual sales, sales and more sales. I had my 20th birthday in march which was a good day. In June my day to day life changed for the better as before the summer  I applied for my first job, On the 1st of June, I started my new job which completely changed my life, as my confidence grew and I have a new path in my life to follow for a career, I have worked there for 7 months now which has gone so fast.
From June onwards has been busy from work but now everything has come to a stop for Christmas.
My new years resolution for 2015 was to get a job which I can give it a big old tick next to, My new years resolution for 2016 is to stop worrying about small silly things and to stop caring what others think of me, I have to say that these two may be hard for me to complete but I'm going to prove myself wrong and change my minds perspective. I can't wait to see what 2016 will bring me and I'm looking forward to bring in new experiences that may enter my life. 

I wish all of you guys reading this a very happy and healthy new year! 

What are your new years resolution? What is one thing that you will always remember from 2015?
let me know in the comments below. 


Sunday, 1 November 2015

Happy 1st November

IT'S NOVEMBER!!!! WHAT?!!! Where did October go!!
For me this is when Christmas starts to bloom, Christmas drinks start appearing in to coffee shops, Christmas take-away cups start popping up, the air gets colder and crisper, fireworks starts to go off more frequently, shopping centres get lights up and slowly puts out the Christmas gifts/cards. 
 Everything starts to get more Christmassy.

The first event is the 5th of November, which is Bonfire Night, which leads to fireworks banging around left, right and centre. Bonfire Night is very exciting and great to go and see if you don't mind standing in the cold, I personally love watching fireworks, I sometimes watch them out of my bedroom as it has a good view to the firework display at the nearest school to me. I love seeing the colours and patterns. 

November for me is going to be busy but an exciting month, its going to be busy because of work and exciting as I can start slowly get organised for Christmas, planning what colour scheme me and my sister may have on our tree this year, planning gifts for friends and family and how I'm going to wrap the presents. 
October has just gone, that means Halloween is done for another year, October for me was a very Hallow-weeny month as it was nothing but crafts and it was more exciting as I needed to dress up, so the excitement of picking an outfit and planning how to do the hair and make-up made me look forward to the Halloween Party (at work). I enjoyed October this month, I loved seeing the leaves in the tress change colours to a yellow and red colour. 

 ^^^ Here are a few photos of me dressed up as the Evil queen,
A wreath my mum made for Halloween,
A Halloween game I made for work.

Share what you enjoy about October and November in the comments below! 
I would love to read what you guys like to do or drink or craft in October, November and even December.


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Username: Evie - Joe Sugg

I recently bought a new book called Username: Evie which is a fun, comic book that has drama, romance and a lot of action, which makes the book fun to read, My sister bought it for me yesterday and I couldn't put the book down, and finished it this morning, the author of this new amazing comic book is by the one and only Joe Sugg aka Thatcherjoe.

you guys may know him from being Zoella's little brother as well as Thatcherjoe, if neither of you guys know of Joe then here is his YouTube link: 

I have been following his process of this new comic book from when he first mentioned it and I was very excited to see it for real, I have watched each vlog of his to get the latest news and a sneak peak on what his character Evie looked like. 

I have really enjoyed reading this book especially as you read your involved in the book as you got amazing illustrations to follow, which makes you feel like your in the book yourself. I find comic books interesting to read as you get to explore the story line more with the illustrations than just following the words. 

Here are some photos I took of my copy of Username: Evie

If you guys have bought the book or have seen the book in shops or from Joe's Vlogs, let me know what you think of it in the comments below.