Doctors’ appointments can be very daunting and overwhelming when you’re chronically ill and especially if you are undiagnosed like myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and frustration of doctors’ appointments and have them be unproductive and unpleasant. To avoid this however, I have come up with a list of 10 ways to make doctors’ appointments more productive when you are chronically ill and undiagnosed. Continue reading
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
I’ve decided to speak about my biggest insecurity and hardest challenge I’ve faced while being undiagnosed and that is being doubted by others – medical professionals, strangers and even close friends and family. Watch my emotional video as I talk about my experiences. Continue reading
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
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
And just like that August is over! Overall, the past month has been really great. I’ve had some positive experiences with doctors, I’ve been feeling not awful all the time and I got to celebrate my 22nd birthday.
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
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.
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
I came across a strange referral link to my blog website the other day so I decided to check it out and this is what I found: