My First Year Anniversary: Reflecting On Loss and Rebirth.

Today marks exactly a year since my life changed completely. I’ve been procrastinating writing this post for a while now. I’m still not sure why exactly, but I have. Perhaps I am still trying to process the rollercoaster of emotions that come with any sort of anniversary. Continue reading

Why It’s Important To Acknowledge The Mental Health Issues That Come With Being Chronically Ill

From my early teenage years, I have suffered from anxiety; however, it has never held me back. Through years of counselling and therapy, I learnt how to manage my anxiety and how to handle my triggers. However, that word is plastered all over my medical records and is something I am almost ashamed to admit in fear that my anxiety will be blamed for my symptoms. In some instances, some of my symptoms actually have been dismissed entirely because I am labelled ‘an anxious person’ by medical professionals. Continue reading

Life’s Tough When You Are Constantly Choosing Between Your Health And Your Experiences

When it comes down to it, I am ‘too sick’ for a lot of things – most things in fact. Some of these things are made totally impossible by my symptoms but others are just made extremely difficult. I’ve been struggling with the ‘extremely difficult’ things lately; do I risk my body totally failing and resulting in immense pain/fatigue or do I play it safe and stay in bed? Continue reading

41 Songs To Help Get Through Chronic Illness

Music has always been there for me during some of the hardest times of my life. I have put together a ‘chronic playlist’ which features my favourite songs that get me through a bad day with chronic illness. Some of these songs are motivational and others are just relatable. As well as reading my playlist, you can also listen to it on YouTube here: Chronic Illness Playlist. 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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Why You Need To Stop Apologising To Your Chronically Ill Friend

I’ve always tried to make myself available and approachable to anyone who needed the extra support. Whether it be my friends going through a hard time, a stranger crying in a bathroom or someone posting a sad status on Facebook – I always offer genuine support and make it clear that I am happy to listen to them when they need to talk. Lately, I’ve noticed a huge change with my friends though, and I need to put a stop to it. Continue reading

A Letter To The Man Who Loves Me Despite My Chronic Illness

When I met you, you were a little lost. You didn’t know what you wanted to do or where you wanted to go. I, however, had it all worked out; the city move, the study, the career. The more I got to know you the more I realised that I wanted you above all other things. Continue reading

When Seeking A Diagnosis Feels Like Seeking Disapointment

Going to the doctors is easy; you call and make an appointment, you turn up and discuss your symptoms and then your doctor presents you with an answer and a solution. However this is not the case for people like me, people with rare and chronic conditions that are difficult to diagnose. Did we realise this the first few times we went to the doctors seeking answers? Of course not. We all walked into that office expecting to walk out with answers and treatment. Continue reading