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The Girl With The Five Lads is a Fibromyalgia blog started in 2015. It is all about my daily life with my five sons, our two dogs and our baby tortoise.


My name is Ness. I am a forty-six-year-old from Liverpool England.  If you found me it is possible you either have Fibromyalgia, you are a woman or a mummy like me so already we have something in common.


I love to crochet, drink tea, find happy little baby snails, wear red lipstick, my Sunday roast dinners, finding treasures in charity shops, bookshelves,  rainbows, bumble bees and spider plants....and fibromyalgia I guess as it made me the woman I am today, and I like her...a lot!


Life really can make you lose sight of the wonderful things, the small moments. It is so easy to lose your smile especially when you are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia so hopefully, I can show you that life can be magical, you just need to find your balance.


My earth mamma, hippie ways keep me smiling on the painful days. Also, it helps to be a qualified Holistic Therapist and someone who tries to maintain Buddhist beliefs as this helps my inner calm. I try my best to love life and create a positive, happy existence no matter what the day brings.


I hope you will love reading my little cathartic blog as much as I love creating it. I write from the heart and often speak my mind sometimes it is a blessing, sometimes a curse. I am funny, brutally honest and open about all aspects of my life.









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My current stats 01/05/2018


Blogger: 213,929k

Blog views monthly: 11,522k

Webpage: 85,570k

Facebook page: 2,069k

Twitter Followers: 5,543k

Instagram Followers: 2.451k

Pinterest monthly views: 110.3k


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My sons are my world but if I was asked to list the things I love outside of them:  

  • Feeling content with my little space in the world.

  • Sharing unconditional love and smiles.

  • Bright colours and rainbows

  • Colourful clothing and surroundings.

  • The hobbies of a 70-year-old Nan, I love to crochet, Jam making, baking, sewing, knitting, quilting.

  • Charity shops and car boot sales

  • Mugs of tea in pretty mugs and vintage teacups.

  • Cake, proper homemade stuff not synthetic fluff.

  • Real people who speak their mind.

  • Having a laugh, a real belly hurting laugh.

  • Polka dot anything.

  • Old buildings and architecture.

  • The seaside in every season.

  • Loyalty.

  • Being comfortable in my body and mind.

  • Hot water bottles.

  • Red lipstick and black eyeliner.

  • Art on canvas and on the skin.

  • Meditation and complementary therapies.

  • Writing, I adore writing!





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