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Do Adult Colouring Books Really Help With Stress?

Adult Colouring Books After Brain Surgery

Do adult colouring books really help with stress and anxiety?

We all know how tedious it can be when you are stuck at home recovering from an operation or illness.

When you go home after treatment, you need to keep busy so as not to go crazy from boredom or overthinking your situation too much. Too many questions and thoughts go flying about in your mind, and you make yourself sick with worry.

I started using adult colouring books after I heard about them in a programme on tv. I was struggling with reading and writing post surgery, I was able to draw while winding down listening to music on in the background. Normally some Sam Smith or James Arthur.

The first book I came across was Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure.

See if it works for you. There are loads on Amazon and they are cheaper there than in shops. You don’t have to take my word for it. I asked people on the Facebook Group to see if anyone else used them.

Here was the response:

“Yes. I have an adult one with some awesome words in lol. It was my Christmas present. Plus I get involved when the girls colour, I love it myself really. Shhhh”

“Yes took them to the hospital with me also”

“Yes! I love them so much”

Let me know how you get on if you try Adult Colouring?

So why not have a look at what is available and maybe have a go, it really is very therapeutic. Here Are Some Adult Colour Books You Can Get Your Own:


Adult Colouring Books Really Help With Stress


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My Brain Tumour Left Me In A Mess

My Brain Tumour Left Me In A Mess

My Brain Tumour Left Me In A Mess. I know we all have trials, some more than others. But God loves me, and He is always there for me.

Carol Vaughan is one of the strongest people I know!

In July 2016 I had the pleasure of interviewing Carol on my radio show. She talked about her experience with her brain tumour diagnosis and all the operations she has had to overcome.

On the 28th July 2008, Carol went to a courthouse for jury duty and was excused early. When she was going back to her car, she fell on the ramp. Because she fell, someone coming to her aid called the ambulance. In the ER after a CT scan, they found a brain tumour. Listen here to hear Carol's original interview.

Now 2 years on Carol Shares where she is now with her recovery.

Hi Carol, How are you feeling now 10 years on from your diagnosis. Are you struggling with anything since your diagnoses and recovery?

Not too good. Barely getting around. I have scoliosis and went in for a “routine” injection in March 2017 and got numbness, nerve pain and “drop foot”. Still dealing with it.

Have to use a cane and walker.

We all have trials, some more than others

I have been struggling with depression. You can't even imagine having to look at yourself every day in the mirror with a deformed head

I still have no bone flap and can't have any more surgeries. Nothing I can do about it.

Every time I had an operation I got an infection. (12 or more-surgeries, I have lost count)

I now have Frontal Lobe Syndrome. I will have to deal with this the rest of my life.

What has motivated you while you go through your trials this year?

My daughters are both getting married this spring. One in February, and the other in May.

What do you do in your life To Distract Yourself?

I just do the routine things…grocery store, pharmacy, doctor visit, read books, use Facebook.

What is the toughest challenge survivors face?

Dealing with the changes a brain tumour brings. Even if you have a brain tumour removed…anytime you have surgery on your brain you have Traumatic Brain Injury.

Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?

Try to stay calm. Try not to get upset. I have my faith in God, and it gives me comfort, If I didn't have my faith in God, it would be tough.

Who are your personal heroes?

Any person that is dealing with trials and troubles and maintains an uplifting attitude.

What would you say is the most exciting thing you've done since your diagnosis?

Probably the 2 trips we took in 2015 and 2017. Met another meningioma survivor, Claudia Helecky and visited Reno and Old Sacramento. In 2017 we took two tours to Civil War Battlefield sites in Gettysburg and Antietam and other near there.

Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything?

I have survived death at least 2 times. I wasn't expected to live after my craniotomy in 2008. In 2015 I totalled our car on the freeway. Didn't hit anyone else-could has died very easily!

God protected me.

It is in Your strength, not mine – 1 Chronicle 16:11God loves me, and He is always there for me

You can listen to Carols Original Interview Here:

My Meningioma Changed My Life


I am so grateful to Carol for her bravery and being so open and honest with us about her struggles. Something I have learned over the past 10 years, that although some people are very lucky to not had any long-term problems from treatment or surgery. There are others who are on a continuous battle in living a somewhat normal life.

Do you have ongoing struggles?

Other Personal Stories To Read:

My Brain Tumour Left Me Incredibly Positive

I Have A Diffuse Astrocytoma On My Brain Stem

Victoria And Her Meningioma Story

I Was Diagnosed With A Central Neurocytoma


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