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Back to the Jaw-ing Board

Hello! I haven’t done a Chronicles of Illness post in a while, have I? Seems about time.

Rather than this one being full of tips on how to cope with your illness, this one’s more of an update on my life, and why I’ve come to the decision to take a momentary YouTube break.

As many of you will probably already know, I’ve been having a lot of issues with my jaw for a little while now – I’ve lost a lot of weight because I’ve been struggling so much with eating and drinking, been having pretty bad headaches because of dehydration and the muscle spasms in my jaw, and mostly I’ve just been laying in bed because I have pretty much zero energy; especially in the last week or so.

I managed to summon the strength to go to my leavers prom last week and had a lovely time seeing everyone, but that night really made me realise how much I’m struggling at the moment! If you’ve seen any of my videos for the past month, you’ll also know that talking causes me a lot of pain. So, I’ve decided to heed the very kind advice of a lot of the comments on those videos, and have a little YouTube break until something’s done to help my face. I’m going to carry on with my blog posts on the two-a-week rota I have going on (because I enjoy it and want to speak to you, not because I feel I need to) and stick with Instagram like I have been. On days that are better or if I want to show you something, I’ll upload a video to my YouTube channel 

I’m not going to stubbornly avoid it, I’ll just upload as and when rather than to a specific schedule like usual. It’s just that I’d rather make good videos that you’ll enjoy watching than upload pants videos but stick to my schedule! I’m most definitely going to be coming back (hopefully very soon), so please don’t unsubscribe – I won’t be gone long!

In the meantime, if you could follow this blog so that you can keep up to date with my happenings, it would really mean a lot! Don’t worry, I don’t spam your inbox with emails (I don’t even know how to send a group newsletter, so there’s no chance of that happening anyway) and it would really cheer me up to see new followers when I’m feeling so pants! If you’re interested in what the current plan is with me medically, here’s the lowdown:

I have an MRI today (the day I’m writing this that is, Friday) on my jaw, and an emergency meeting with the oral surgery team in Norwich next Thursday to look at the MRI results and plan what the next steps are. On Tuesday (the 18th) I have an appointment with a dietician to get the lowdown on what the plan is for my little tummy – whether to carry on going through the (literally) agonising experience of trying to drink the meal supplements, or whether we’ll think about going down the NJ tube route. I’ll keep you all updated!

I hope you understand my YouTube hiatus decision, it’s definitely not what I wanted to have to do – I love making videos and chatting to everyone in the comments, it’s just unfortunately another thing that my stupid chronic illness has forced me into and is a decision that took a long time to make and has, to be totally honest with you, really gotten me down! Please don’t unsubscribe, I’m so grateful for your loyalty and I promise that keeping me in your subscription list will be worth it in the end!

I really do hope you’re all doing well health and happiness wise, even if I’m not… just another hurdle to get over, and I’m sure I’ll be back to my usual level of crippled-ness soon!


34 thoughts on “Back to the Jaw-ing Board

  1. Would it be possible to put this post up on your You Tube channel for followers to read – for those who don’t follow the blog to be kept up to date? Not everyone does Instagram either so it would be a way to keep everyone informed. Everyone will totally understand.
    I hope they are able to come up with something useful/helpful quickly now you have had the MRI done.
    Sending good wished and hugs.


  2. No worries dear Harriet! You need to do what’s best for your health! We will all be here once you are able to come back to doing your videos! Stay strong and stop worrying about your subscribers & take care of YOU! That’s really what’s most important!

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  3. Harriet, you’ve been incredibly brave through this recent ordeal and I (and I’m sure all subscribers) wish you the very best and wouldn’t even consider unsubscribing. You concentrate on getting better and we’ll be cheering you on/ praying/keeping you in our thoughts until you can return to us. I hope the road to recovery is smooth and that you’ll get past these difficult days very quickly. But however long it takes we will all be here so don’t worry about that and just concentrate on your health! 😘😘😘

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  4. Firstly I definitely will not be unsubscribing to your YouTube account, and I look forward to seeing more of your videos once you are feeling better. Hope your MRI went well today. And I really hope that the medical team can make a decision quickly so that you are not in any more pain. Also, hope the 18th goes well with the dietician, NJ will be far nicer than the supplement drinks! If there is anything I can do to cheer you up just give me a shout 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, fellow Harriet! I’m a funny mix of nervous and excited about my appointments, they’re all so important and far away and could go so many different ways – but then they could go really well!


  5. Definitely the right decision for you, although I know from personal experience how hard this must have been for you. You are not alone Hun, concentrate on getting well, I will look forward to your blog posts. Sending love, stay strong and happy Sewing! Xxx

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  6. Bless you little lady, I just want to give you a big hug. I will not be unsubscribing to your channel, and neither will my husband. We both love watching your videos. I’ll keep reading your blogs and look forward to them each time. I love the passion you have for your sewing. You have a world of followers out there. You take care of you and we will be here waiting for when you feel up to making another video

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  7. I am glad you took time to take care of yourself. I am looking forward to see your smiling face, but I would like to know you are better even more.
    I hope everything will go well and you get better soon. Until then I will be happy to see your IG posts and come here to find out how are you and what you have been doing.
    I was thinking that maybe, while you rest, you might like to hear some entrepreneurial podcasts:
    Best wishes!

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  8. Oh Sweetie, I know how hard this decision must have been for you. You must know that you have the support, love and prayers of all of us out here who love you! Just keep taking care of you, Dearie! You are doing the right thing, and I am confident that through these wise medical decisions, you will be back to your usual routine soon. I will miss the regular opportunity of seeing your smiling face on a fresh HH vid, but it will be awesome at least to continue to hear from you via blog. One step at a time… Praying for you, Friend… ~Lorie

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  9. Unsubscribe…I think not! 🙂 Wonderful to see you’re making the most of your time and writing more blog posts. There is such a flair and style to your writing. Its a joy to read. I look forward to reading more :))

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    1. Phew, thank you! I definitely want to keep chatting away at you all, so I’ll just be pumping blog posts out like nobody’s business! Thank you so much, that’s such a compliment – have a great week!


  10. I have my fingers and toes crossed for all your appointments! I’m glad to have found your blog, I love reading blogs of sewers around my age and some of your makes are so cute 🙂

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  11. Hi Harriet. So sorry to hear about the setback in your health. Do hope that the doctors and nurses will be able to help you. I have only very recently subscribed to your blog and am enjoying your videos. It is such a shame that you have to cope with all this at your young age. I have a health condition that causes problems from time to time but nothing on the scale that you have and I am a great deal older than you.. Look forward to your return when you are well enough.

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    1. Thank you, I hope so too! Thank you for following me, I really appreciate it! I’m sorry to hear about your health problems, I hope that you’re not in any pain or having any trouble at the moment. I hope to be back on YouTube soon – have a lovely week!


  12. Harriet, I certainly have no intention of unsubscribing. I’m totally in your corner and holding you up constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Your cheerful videos are quite delightful to me, and I am thrilled that you and other young women are taking up sewing. Sewing has been such a source of pleasure throughout my own life and I truly hope that you will derive similar happiness from it. I’m so sorry you are experiencing such physical hardships and I am in awe of your patience and fortitude in the face of them. Keep up your good cheer and for sure your fans will be waiting to hear further news of you and to see you restored.

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  13. I just discovered your channel on YouTube a few days ago and have watched almost every single one! and have just subscribed to your blog. You are so inspiring , and strong! I myself am dabbling more into sewing ( I love it but never have enough time) and am in the process of starting my own blog. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Just stay positive and keep doing what you love. I look forward to you next post. Take your time no rush. 🙂


  14. Hi Harriett – no worries, I will not unsubscribe. I think it’s great you are taking the necessary steps to take care of yourself, so don’t worry about losing viewers. Today is the 18th, so I hope your dr. visit went well today and you know what your next steps are. As always take care and I’ll keep looking out for your posts on IG and your blog.


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