My name is Clare, and I was born in London in the UK in 1982. I moved to Co. Wicklow in Ireland in 1997, and now live in the lovely coastal town of Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. I love to travel, meet new people, design things – flipping apartments and creating websites being the latest creative design projects I’ve had a go at. I worked in insurance for many years, but it wasn’t for me. After losing 4 stone, I gradually became interested in health and wellbeing as something I wanted to pursue as a job, so my current goal is to study to become a Nutrition & Health Coach.
Off The Couch originally came about in 2016 as a marathon training blog, and evolved beyond that to general health and wellbeing topics. However fate loves to intervene, and I never got to run the marathon. I developed chronic pelvic pain in June 2016 and by October 2016 was bedbound and in a lot of pain 24/7. It was beyond misery!
To cut a long story short to the present day, I have come to a major realisation – I was not healthy. I had severe hormone imbalance, gut health problems, musculoskeletal imbalances, chronic sinus and ear infections, and I tested positive for Lyme antibodies – my immune system was battered. All this had fed into the chronic pelvic pain, I was like a ticking time bomb. According to Western Medicine, the condition I have – “Interstitial Cystitis” or “IC”, is incurable. I don’t believe that – I’ve come across too many people who have recovered, who are now leading healthy and happy lives. I’m about 70% there myself, working my way through the root causes mentioned above, and taking a holistic viewpoint by improving my overall health. I’m also slowly working my way through my bucket list and doing silly things like getting a tattoo. I’m sure I’ll get around to skydiving, but not til I’m fully recovered!
No matter what your own health story is, this site is for everyone, to help you be healthy and happy. I cover topics from physical health, to mental and emotional wellbeing, to reproductive health (something we don’t talk about enough). I’ve also created a separate dedicated IC section for patients to learn more about what causes it, and how to treat it effectively.
Feel free to drop me an email anytime – email@example.com – always happy to hear from readers.
Wishing you health and happiness!