All About Me

Hello lovelies!

Taken on a shoot with Cosmopolitan
I'm Jenny, a thirty-year old from a small town in Hampshire, England. I currently live at home with my Mum, Dad and two sisters (Rosiie and Bekkah). I also have two brothers who live nearby with their wives (Richard and Lisa, and David and Emma) and I am an Auntie to the gorgeous Noah. We have a cat called Xena, and two dogs - a Golden Retriever called Alfie and a Parsons Jack Russell called Freddie. I also had a beautiful black cat called Jaffa, who my blog is named after, but sadly he died at the end of 2018.


I have had problems with my health for a lot of my life and doctors originally thought I had M.E/CFS. However, at the age of 25 I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and since then I seem to have collected additional diagnoses such as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Gastroparesis, Intestinal Dysmotility, Bladder Dysfunction and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. I try my best to live my life to the fullest, but my health problems can make it difficult, especially when I'm spending a lot of time at appointments, having tests and operations and feeling generally unwell and in pain.

As a teenager, I had planned to study Medicine at University, but the longer my health problems went on, the more I realised that a career as a Doctor simply wouldn't be right for me. I began to develop clinical depression and an eating disorder, and ended up spending a lot of my teenage years in and out of various hospitals. As my health stabilised a bit, I went back to college to study for a Diploma in Childcare and Education, then onto University to study Childhood and Youth Studies. However, it wasn't meant to be and after a few months I returned home.


I then decided to give The Open University a try, and took up a part-time degree in Psychology, while also working part-time as a Learning Support Assistant in my local Secondary School. Things were relatively good for a few years, but in 2012 my health took a massive dip and I ended up back in hospital. Physically and mentally I was very unwell, so my work and study were put on the back burner while I tried to gain my health back to where it had been before. I saw numerous doctors and specialists, and my diagnosis of M.E/CFS was finally changed to Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It explained so much and was a massive relief to finally start getting some proper answers.

After a couple of years I was well enough to go to college to study for an Access to Higher Education Diploma, with the hope of going on to University to do Occupational Therapy. But I soon realised this wasn't going to be right for me, as the course and job would be too demanding on my health. So I had a think about what I enjoy doing, and kept coming back to how much I love blogging. Journalism seemed like such a natural step! So I found a degree course at a nearby University and finally graduated with a First in the summer of 2018!

I continue to struggle with my physical and mental health, but I am now receiving support from the right people, which makes a world of difference. Since completing my degree, I am now focusing on my blog and YouTube channel and hope, one day, to be able to do these and other projects on a freelance basis.


I started Ramblings of a Jaffa Cat in October 2013. I have kept a diary since I was about 7 years old and have always enjoyed writing. I had been reading blogs for about a year and suddenly thought, why am I not doing this?! This little corner of the internet gives me somewhere to express my thoughts and opinions on all sorts of issues - from fashion and beauty, to mental and physical health problems. I'm also a keen photographer, so now have a great place to share some of my work and hopefully improve my skills. I also decided to take up YouTube in 2014 and love creating content for my channel.

I hope you will enjoy following my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!



4 comments:

  1. Awwww! I am so sorry that you have been in such poor health! :( That's terrible! I definitely think that writing is a fantastic thing for you to be doing, though! Aside from the fact that it is fun, research shows that writing is actually healing - so this might be one of the best ways to add to your recovery... Thanks for sharing this personal part of your life with all of us! Be well {{{hugs}}}

    ~ Mikéla Davelyn ~
    www.simplydavelyn.com

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  2. Thank you Mikela yes it's definitely therapeutic to write. Thank you for your lovely well wishes :) xx

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  3. I absolutely love your blog, I'm so glad you followed mine so I could discover yours 😁 I'm getting all comfy bow with a big mug of tea to read lots of it 😁

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    1. Ah thank you so much Emma! I hope you'll enjoy my posts! xx

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