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Living with Invisible Disabilities and Chronic Pain with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Living with Invisible Disabilities and Chronic Pain with Sabeena Z Ahmed

My name is Sabeena, I love fair trade chocolate, travelling and writing blogs and producing films and about the fair trade producers and artisans I visit when I'm well.

I've lived with invisible disabilities for 30 years and chronic pain for last 4.

I've tried to keep the video short because my left shoulder is very painful.

Its been frustrating explaining my invisible medical disabilities and chronic pain to individuals who couldn't care less.

I'd like to change the narrative!

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November 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

November 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

Another painful month and a stressful MRI scan and multiple appointments to see my orthopaedic consultant. My left shoulder has been excruciatingly painful.

I was happy to receive my copy of Bruce Crowther's book 'Not In My Lifetime.'

I attended day one of the annual International Fair Trade Towns Conference 2021.

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October 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

October 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. Another painful month with my shoulders causing me stress and pain.

I published my blog and videos about the World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program in English and Urdu. This blog took 5 months to write and translate due to my painful shoulders.

I attended the Ethical Consumer Week online conference 2021 and wrote a summary of some of the sessions I attended.

I was chosen to attend the IKEA Lagom Live 9 month sustainability program.

I received my certificate for attending the Muslim Mental Health and Wellbeing Alliance Conference, Muslim Mental Health in an Unequal World.

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September 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

September 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. Another painful month with my shoulders causing me stress and pain.

I celebrated International Literacy Day 2021 online with the World Literacy Foundation.

I attended the World Pulse Community Mentor Midpoint Check In Zoom webinar with other mentors and mentees.

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August 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

August 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. Another painful month with my shoulders causing me stress and pain.

I completed my first call with my Mentee Minakshi Birajdar for the World Pulse Community Mentor Program 2021.

I participated in a webinar about participating as a Fair Trade Ambassador with the WFTO.

Many thanks to all my fairtrade friends and family for their birthday wishes.

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July 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries. My shoulders were particularly painful and I struggled to type.

I participated in my third Plastic Free July 2021.

Many thanks to the Common Objective team for organising and hosting the EXPO 2021 webinars.

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Plastic Free July 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

Plastic Free July 2021 with Sabeena Z Ahmed

My Plastic Free July 2021 Summary.

This year was a painful and difficult Plastic Free July, my shoulders caused me severe pain and typing and posting was very difficult.

I've tried my very best to continue to live a plastic free lifestyle and am making gradual changes.

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June 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries,

I raised awareness for World Day Against Child Labour and attended a few webinars.

The first webinar at the beginning of the month was 'Wave of Hope Crafting Session' with the Fairtrade Foundation UK and the Arts University Bournemouth teams and the second 'Preparing your Board Ready CV' with Lara Oyedele.

Many thanks to Sabeena Akhtar for my signed copy of 'Cut from the Same Cloth.'

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Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask and Balancing Citrus Super Tonic review with Sabeena Ahmed

Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask and Balancing Citrus Super Tonic review with Sabeena Ahmed

As a fairtrade campaigner I believe it is my duty to support fairtrade organisations using fairtrade ingredients in their products and for this reason I have searched long and hard for products that suit my acne reactive skin.

I am relieved to have found a mask that works for my skin.

I apply the Odylique 3 in 1 Maca Mask to my skin every 4-5 days which is particularly helpful before you feel a cystic bump appear before your menstrual cycle.

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May 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, raised awareness for Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 and participated in two webinars,

the first webinar was a round table discussion about Social Enterprise in the UAE. the second was about 'Periods in a Pandemic.'

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April 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, raised awareness for Fairtrade Ethical Ramadan 2021 participated in a Wikipedia training session with Whose Knowledge and World Pulse and  

was Sister of Ceremonies for the Encourager Party with World Pulse.

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March 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

March 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from all my surgeries, celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 21 completed my 9th Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind the Label, and 

participated in International Women's Day 2021 with The World Fair Trade Organization. 

#AllForFairTrade #WomenOfFairTrade

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

#WomensDay2021 #InternationalWomensDay2021 

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February 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

February 2021 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery, participated in my 9th Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind the Label,

celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 21, had my Covid 19 vaccination and attended the Spirit Awards with World Pulse.

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An honest review of the Facetheory Acne Range 2020/21 with Sabeena Ahmed

An honest review of the Facetheory Acne Range 2020/21 with Sabeena Ahmed

Acne does not define you!

For those struggling with acne please be kind to yourself, find your tribe and those who love you and help you to achieve your dreams and ambitions. 

This blog is an honest review of the Facetheory Acne Range tried and tested November 2020 to present.

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December 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

December 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery and

ordered acne products from a vegan, paraben and cruelty free company called Facetheory, located Sheffield, UK.

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My Acne Journey 1990-2021 - A personal insight into cystic, hormonal acne and reactive and sensitive skin

My Acne Journey 1990-2021 - A personal insight into cystic, hormonal acne and reactive and sensitive skin

Hello, I'm Sabeena, a fairtrade campaigner, educator and social entrepreneur.

I've also had cystic and hormonal acne, reactive and sensitive for over 30 years.

For all those who suffer with or have cystic and hormonal acne, I empathise and understand the physical, mental and emotional stress and pain you experience on a daily basis.

Its affected my confidence and how I felt for most of my life.

In this blog I write about my acne journey and hope it will help those struggling with cystic and hormonal acne.

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October 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

October 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Completed the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program and

Attended Ethical Consumer Week 2020 via virtual sessions.

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September 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

September 2020 Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Participated in Zero Waste Week 2020.

Continued learning about literacy on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program and

visited the Makers Market West Didsbury, Manchester.

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August 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

August 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Continued learning about literacy on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program and

flew to London to attend my father in law's funeral.

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July 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

July 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Participated in my second Plastic Free July 2020.

Was accepted on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program and 

completed my Future Learn MOOC - The Power of Podcasting For Storytelling.

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June 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

June 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Supported the Black Lives Matter Movement by forwarding links about organisations, activists and consultants promoting equality and diversity in the workplace to Sian Conway of Ethical Hour.

Was accepted on the prestigious World Literacy Foundation Ambassador 2020 Program.

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May 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

May 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery.

Embraced Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions by participating in Observing Ramadan in Britain/Overseas Research project.

Supported World Fair Trade Day 2020, Dubai, UAE by recording a video and promoted fair trade artisans.

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Six Items Challenge 2020 - Labour Behind The Label with Sabeena Ahmed

Six Items Challenge 2020 - Labour Behind The Label with Sabeena Ahmed

So here I am for the eighth consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label.

This year the challenge commenced 26th February - 9th April 2020. 

During the fashion fast my beloved grandmother returned to her maker, the world faced Covid 19, I had surgery for a ruptured cyst and observed Lockdown to protect key workers. 

Congratulations to all the Sixers and everyone who supported garment workers at this critical time.

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April 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

April 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

This month I continued to heal from surgery for a ruptured cyst,

completed my eighth Six Items Challenge 2020 with Labour Behind The Label and

embraced Ramadan 2020 under Covid-19 conditions by participating in Observing Ramadan in Britain/Overseas Research project.

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