My Promise To Practice Self-Love Every Day

I often find myself giving so much to the people around me that I forget to give anything to myself. I use every ounce of my strength to please others and make sure I am always putting a smile on the face of others that I fail to do the same for myself. This then leads to an unhealthy cycle of me expecting others to give me as much as I give them and being disappointed when they don’t. When I say ‘give’ I am not talking about material things, I mean love and effort in my relationships. Continue reading

10 Perfect Present Ideas For Chronically Ill Friends

Birthdays have always been a very exciting thing for me; whether it be my own or someone else’s, I’ve always loved them! This year when I was asked by my friends and family what I wanted for my birthday it made it really sink in just how different my life is with chronic illness. The things I would normally ask for seem pointless and unfitting now which has been my inspiration for this post! I’ve spent the last few weeks thinking of the perfect present ideas for others with chronic illnesses.

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5 Ways To Stay Positive When Life Gets Tough

People are constantly telling you to ‘stay positive’ but no one ever tells you how it’s possible to think positively when you are going through a hard time. ‘Stay positive’ is kind of an empty piece of advice when you think about it. When I am going through a rough patch and someone tells me to ‘just be positive’ I kind of want to positively punch them in the face. However, I am a firm believer in ‘the power of positivity’ and I believe that everyone should at least give ‘being positive’ a chance. This post explains my most effective tricks to maintaining a positive attitude. Continue reading

Acceptance Is The Key To Finding Happiness Again

When I talk to people about my situation, most of the time I get the reaction ‘I don’t know how you do it’ or ‘how are you still so positive?’ My answer to this is acceptance. This applies to anything in life, if you can’t accept your circumstances, you can’t take control of them.

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Re-Evaluating My Identity

“Tell us about your self” was written in the empty box underneath my name. This question was one that I had never struggled with before, in fact if anything I struggled to write about myself within the word limits that capped my answer short every time. This question was now one that brought tears to my eyes and churned my stomach. Why is it so hard to answer this simple question? I feel torn between holding onto my old identity and accepting my new one, but I have no idea what my new identity is. Continue reading

The Darkness That Came Before The Light

It’s about time I open up about the beginning of my journey because to truly understand how I got to where I am now, you need to know how hard it was to get here. Picture this. You are 21, in the absolute prime of your life. You are studying your hardest at university to achieve grades in the top 10%. Continue reading

I am Thankful for my Illness

We have just passed my six month anniversary of my illness. Typically anniversaries are something to celebrate – so I’ve decided this particular one shouldn’t be any different. I could dwell on the fact that I’m six months into an undiagnosed illness with no signs of a diagnosis anytime soon or I could celebrate all the beautiful things that have come out of this time. I have recently come to the conclusion that overall, I am thankful for my illness. Continue reading