Dans Ma Peau
Welcome to ‘Dans ma Peau’, which is French for ‘In My Skin.'
Why French I hear you ask? Well, for no other reason than I liked it!
What is it that drives each and every one of us in this world? For me, it's the need and want to help others. Since I started my personal development journey in 2013, I have found such a sense of fulfilment, joy and meaning in my life. I'm a big giver and enjoy writing about my passions, what interests me, what interests other people, and sharing it with the world.
I wanted to create a place where I could talk about issues that not only affect my life but the things that at some point will affect us all. The good, the bad and the ugly. As we go through life, we can sometimes feel alone or that the world doesn’t understand us. We might even feel like we are the only ones who have problems. I'm here to tell you that lots people know what you are going through.
I'm not an expert by any means and what I talk about will be my experiences and opinions, and I hope that I can help and inspire you as well as share what I'm learning. I see this as a place for healing, growth, self-love and transitions.
I invite you to come with me on my journey and get into my skin
Hear It From Me
Hi! My name is Sheleen and I work full time for the Civil Service. I am a carer to my nan and I recently re-trained to be a life coach, so I do that alongside my full-time job.
I wanted to create a space where I can talk about experiences that affect my daily life and share those experiences with others who are also affected by similar things.
So with that said, let me tell you a little bit about me. I grew up with my nan and granddad until about the age of 11 when I went to live with my dad. I stayed there for a couple of years before deciding that I preferred living with my Nan. I stayed living with her until I moved out on my own. I had a pretty good childhood. Although I am an only child I had lots of friends and even more cousins! Being an only child never really bothered me. I felt rich in many ways.
My mum was absent for a lot of my years growing up, and we were estranged for some time. In later years my relationship with my mum became one of the most significant relationships in my life, for many reasons.
My Nan is the love of my life, and both her and my dad were a big part of my life while I was growing up. In many ways, they made me the woman I am today.
In 2006 I started developing symptoms of what later turned out to be psoriasis. I have now been living with this incurable condition for over ten years.
Toward the end of 2010, I started to experience what would turn into an intense two years of chronic pain. This was later diagnosed as endometriosis, a somewhat chronic condition where women experience abnormal period pains.
Around the same time as this, my aunt (who I was very close to) was diagnosed with throat cancer and began a five-year-long battle to fight this disease. A year after this, my mum started to become ill and was later told that she had early onset dementia. In September 2016 was further diagnosed with an aggressive form of throat cancer. She died in June 2017. Just ten months after her sister.
In 2013 I started my journey into the world of personal development, it shook me to my core. It turned my entire world upside down and caused me to question lots of things in my life. After a long, hard look at myself, I embarked on one of the best adventures in my life so far. It truly is was a turning point for me, and I hope as you read more of my blog, you will come to understand why.