My Double D’s

Heads out of your bra’s ladies, I’m not talking about those double D’s. This is about something entirely different.On the 17th of May I suffered a fairly dramatic dip in my mood. I have suffered from depression for years so this wasn’t a new thing to me. But in the past my depression had a prolonged build up. A measured lead in before I got to the stage where I thought the world was better off without me in it. And while I had some stress indicators this time…it certainly hadn’t built up to the point where I was looking at the rafters in the barn and wondering if they would hold my weight from nothing. I was smiling and laughing like everything was normal, then bang. Like I was going 100mph then just hit a wall. 

Staring up at those rafters thinking thoughts I promised I’d never think again, I was terrified. I did something then that I couldn’t do last time. I picked up the phone, called my dad, and he helped me through the night. 

The next day I went to the doctor’s. Anti-depressants were prescribed and a blood test for the next day ordered just to “rule out anything like anaemia or B12 deficiency”. I had the blood test on Thursday morning, and the doctor called me at 7pm on Friday 20th of May while Louise and I were waiting for Bjorn Again to come on the stage at Keswick Mountain Festival to tell me I had the other “D”.

Diabetes.

I knew diabetes could affect many aspects of a person, but I didn’t know that it could cause such dramatic shifts in mood, but a lot of other things suddenly came into focus and I’ve got to be honest folks, the signs and symptoms were all there. Thirst–I was drinking 6ltrs of water plus a day. But it’s hot and I work hard…a girls Gotta drink, right? Going to the loo…drinking that much it’s not surprising is it? Tired all the time, but we all work hard. Everyone’s tired right? Blurry vision. We all get that staring at a computer screen all day long, don’t we?

As I’m sure you can imagine I hit the Internet pretty hard then to find out everything I could about type 2 diabetes. What it is. What it does. The complications. The medications. What can I do to help myself? Is it curable? Everything. I needed to know everything.

Medical opinions are fairly split. Some say that variate if surgery is the only way to control or cure type 2 diabetes, others say it can’t be reversed at all, while yet others say it can be done with lifestyle changes. A lot of the information conflicts, but what I got out of my tons of research is that if I wanted to give myself the best chance I could of avoiding the complications like blindness, limb amputation, stroke, and/or heart attack…I had to make changes and fast. I was the one who knew my body best, and could monitor what I was taking into it and how that was affecting me. I had to be 100% honest in what I ate and drank, and what I did every single day. I was prescribed Metformin, and started taking it immediately.

I didn’t know or really think about getting rid of diabetes. I didn’t know if that was possible. What I wanted was to live as healthy a life as I can for as long as I can. And that’s down to me to manage. Not my doctors or health care professionals. Not my partner or my family. Me.

So chocolate–my love Galaxy–we are no longer on speaking terms. Every time I look at a bar now, I imagine how I wouldn’t even be able to find them on the shelf if I was blind. It stops me wanting it.

Lucozade. Syrupy sweet energy drink that was my biggest vice. Now I imagine having bottles of those instead of feet…and I don’t want one.

Pasta, bread, cakes, pasties…heart attack, stroke, death.

It’s truly amazing what fear does to a persons motivation.

In the past two months I’ve lost over 2 and a half stone. That’s 35lbs for my American friends, and almost 16Kgs for my European friends. I’ve changed my diet, my exercise regime, and pretty much everything about my life that I possibly could. I use finger prick testing to test out what foods at what amounts affected my glucose levels because everybody with diabetes reacts differently to different levels of sugars and carbs. And the only way to know how they effect you…is to test you. I tested it to see how exercise affected them, and I tested to see what stress, different sleep patterns, and so on had on my blood sugar. I decided to find what worked for me, then replicate it while figuring out the next price of the puzzle. Because that’s what it is. One giant human puzzle. 

My goal was to be able to manage my diabetes without the need for medication for as long as I could. That means getting off the Metformin. 

Today I got the result from my latest A1c result. I’m in the normal range. No longer in the diabetic range. If my next blood test shows the same result, I come off medication. If I stay in normal range off Metformin…I will have reversed my diabetes.

And at the same time beaten my depression too. 

Those are my DD’s, ladies. Depression and Diabetes. And right now, I feel like I’m on top of the world!


Then and now pictures.

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New Book Launch By Lambda Award Winning Author

Yesterday was awesome. The sun shone, beer flowed, people came, the BBQ claimed no lives, and I’ve even seen a snippet of a video clip on Facebook! The architect of that little stunt will be made to suffer, don’t worry. Regardless, I think we can safely say that the book launch for Collide-O-Scope was a roaring success!

One lady even came all the way from Italy just for this event! Wow. There were a lot of people who came quite a distance, from Glasgow, London, Germany (wink,wink), Cambridge, Suffolk, and more. Talk about flabbergasted.

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We had a short reading, then a lovely walk along the Coastal Path to look at some the scenery that inspired the story, before we stopped at the local pub for a drink. The BBQ followed and I think it’s safe to say we all had a pretty good time.

Thank you to everyone who came. It was truly lovely to meet you all. I feel like I made some great new friends. Now I’ve just got to hope they all enjoy the Collide-O-Scope!

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Radio Pride Live interview with Lambda Award winning Author…

Sounds well posh, doesn’t it? Lol.

Last week I was interviewed by Jules Bremner for Radio Pride Live on Future Radio station. A local Norwich radio station that is available on line but with time changes and what not, I know that not everyone was able to listen to the show live. A few people have asked if there’s a way to listen now, so here it is.

Just follow the link here and you’ll be able to listen to your hearts content as I talk about my new book, Collide-O-Scope, about the upcoming book launch at Deepdale Backpackers and Camping on the 15th of May, and some other stuff too.

That link one more time. To listen to me chatting with Jules Bremner or Radio Pride Live, the link is https://www.mixcloud.com/futureradio/andrea-bramhall-interview-18-04-16/

I hope you enjoy it, and please don’t laugh at the knocking sound in the background. That’s not a drummer who’s really out of time…t’was my knees knocking together! 😉

One bloody twist and the whole landscape's changed

One bloody twist and the whole landscape’s changed

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Read all about it!

A few days ago the wonderful Jove Belle let me loose on the Women and Words blog and I promised I’d let you all see the other “newspaper atricles” I wrote about the murder in my new book Collide-O-Scope. These fake newspaper articles are something I wrote while I was building my fictional world and filling it out. It helps me stay submerged in the world I create while working out some of the minute details for the book. I’m asked quite often about my writing process as it seems to be a little different to the way other people work. I’m going to blame that on being a slightly eccentric, writer type person. 😉

But anyway, this was part of my process in writing Collide-O-Scope, so I thought I’d share…

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This was the first “newspaper” to pick up the story. A daily local paper with a good grasp of local events and happenings.

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The Hunstanton Weekly then had a tough act to follow, but this small “newspaper” outlet managed to capture a great human interest angle in this local tradgedy.

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The King’s Lynn Metro has bigger concerns than just one murder victim, and our story didn’t make it above the fold. Still, they manage to raise a few questions about it all and the police departments handling of local crime.

Okay, time to go visit my shrink and see what pills she’s got to offer me this time.

Oh, but before I go, Collide-O-Scope is a murder mystery story set on the North Norfolk Coast and is now available from Ylva. If you enjoyed these “newspaper” articles, You’ll probably enjoy the story too.

Blurb

An unidentified woman is found murdered on the North Norfolk Coastal Path and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have the task of figuring out whom, how, and why. A job that’s made more difficult when everyone of the forty residents in the village has something to hide and answers her questions with a string of lies.

Georgina Temple has her own secrets to keep, and her own reasons to keep them. But her growing attraction to Kate makes it increasingly difficult to keep them.

Kate’s investigation into the woman’s death delves into the heart of the tiny fishing village where nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

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Collide-O-Scope Released!!!!

That’s it. The wait is over and you can now buy my new book, Collide-O-Scope!

An unidentified woman is found murdered on the North Norfolk Coastal Path and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have the task of figuring out whom, how, and why. A job that’s made more difficult when everyone of the forty residents in the village has something to hide and answers her questions with a string of lies.

Georgina Temple has her own secrets to keep, and her own reasons to keep them. But her growing attraction to Kate makes it increasingly difficult to keep them.

Kate’s investigation into the woman’s death delves into the heart of the tiny fishing village where nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

One bloody twist and the whole landscape's changed

One bloody twist and the whole landscape’s changed

It’s already getting some pretty cool reviews.

Jem over on Goodreads said “This is a very well-written and carefully plotted police procedural. There is an elaborate and believable mystery that had me guessing till late in the book. Meaty characters abound–both good guys and bad and an endearing kid who could ‘grow up to be either a criminal or a cop’ ;). Lead investigator Kate is as dogged and smart as she’s supposed to be and the other cops are no slouches either. I had fun trying to puzzle things out.”

And Tiff said “What makes this book really good is that it’s realistic. You feel like all the pieces are 100% plausible. Never did I feel like the author was grabbing at straws or making things too convenient for the cops or the killer. As the story unfolded all I could think is yeah I’m pretty sure this could happen in real life. This is a police crime drama with a side of romance. The romance unfolds in a way that was sweet and perfect for this book. Kate and Gina, while instantly have a spark, they also dance around each other enough to keep the reader guessing will they or not ever find their way to each other. Great book by an author that always delivers!”

Certainly made my day when I saw those lovely comments.

Click here to go to Ylva’s website and get your copy now. Hope you enjoy it!

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5 Days To Go!

Just 5 days to go until Collide-O-Scope is released. Stoked!
So to celebrate I’m giving away 2 copies this weekend! Paperback or ebook…your choice. All you have to do to go into the draw is make me jealous. Lol! Tell me where you’re going on holiday this year?

All responses go into the draw up to midnight (GMT time) on sunday the 17th of April. 

Collide-O-Scope by Andrea Bramhall

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Book Launch and BBQ!

Hey, Everyone! I’m launching my latest book, Collide-O-Scope, at 2pm on the 15th of May 2016 at Deepdale Backpackers and Camping on the North Norfolk Coast. With a short reading from the novel (I promise it will be short), a guided walk of some of the area that inspired the novel, and a FREE BBQ to finish up, everyone is invited to come along.

The novel is a murder mystery set on the North Norfolk Coast published by Ylva Publishing, goes on general release on the 20th of April 2016 and here is a short blurb of the book:

One unidentified dead body. One tiny fishing village. Forty residents and everyone’s a suspect. Where do you start? Newly promoted Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon and Kings Lynn’s CID have to answer that question and more as they untangle the web of lies wrapped around the tiny village of Brandale Stiathe Harbour to capture a killer.

http://ylva-publishing.co.uk/product/collide-o-scope-by-andrea-bramhall/

Or for more information about the book launch please see https://www.ylva-publishing.com/norfolk-investigation-stories-by-andrea-bramhall-ylva-publishing/

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One bloody twist and the whole landscape’s changed

It’s a FREE BBQ and there’ll be loads of other much more interesting people to meet too! Come and join us!

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