A Year of Growth – Week 22 – Memories

Isn’t it funny how our minds like to collect completely awful things and remind us of them at every chance. When you cast your mind back and try to bring up certain memories the first things that pop up (especially when trying to make these memories specifically about chronic illness) are scary or tragic. They’re painful and big and not at all the kind of memory intended. And it’s not that there aren’t good memories too, it’s just simply that the scary ones get deemed ‘more impressive’, ‘more appropriate for the category’, ‘more worth telling’.

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A Year of Growth – Week 21 – The Not So Friendly Hobbies

In week 20’s post I talked about a few of the things that I love to do when I’m in a flare, or I guess you could say, the things that I like to do when I don’t want to cause a flare… and that’s all very well but let’s not forget about all the things we like to do that ARE NOT “chronic illness friendly”. After all, this illness doesn’t define me, I wasn’t always sick and yes, some of my favourite things to do are not always the healthy or most appropriate option…

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A Year of Growth – Week 20 – Spare time with Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness generally means you have a lot of down time and often there are some pretty intense criteria around what you are and aren’t up to doing… and yet often we still need to be doing something. Lying in bed unable to move can be pretty boring stuff, and well, brains like stimulation.

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A Year of Growth – Week 19 – Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

I’ve been thinking about which characteristic to choose for a while and I’ve finally settled on something which actually is one of my weaker skills. Before becoming ill I had a wicked temper, it’s something that I still very much have, but it’s also something that I’m learning to control through patience.

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A Year of Growth – Week 18 – One sentence to describe your current situation

Hi, I’m Jodie; I’m 24 years old and I’m just getting started.

“I’m just getting started”.

I think this kind of sums up absolutely everything I’m going through at the moment. At work it’s my answer to everyone when they ask how the new roles going. “I’m just getting started”. What I really mean is – it’s too soon to say, but I’m loving getting into it.

At home it’s the wedding planning, many people comment on how organised we are and how everything seems planned and ready to go still 14 months out from the day… my response? “I’m just getting started”. There is so much to plan! And I want to make sure the whole thing goes exactly as we want with minimal stress…

I think this year is a year of planning, of starting new things and of preparing for what’s around the corner. Hi, I’m Jodie; I’m 24 years old and I’m just getting started.

How would you sum up your life right now?


This post is Part 18 of 52 in the series – A Year of Growth.

The series is a celebration of the first anniversary of The Truth About M.E and is designed to help me grow through my illness throughout my second year of blogging. I look forward to having you along for the journey! 

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A Year of Growth – Week 15 – Dream Job

I wouldn’t have a clue in the slightest. Is something fun a good answer? Honestly, I’ve never had a clear idea of what I want to be. I don’t want to lock myself in a box of aiming for something that might not even be what I think it is. I want to be lots of things, I want to keep evolving and growing and try different roles as I go. I don’t want to be one thing forever, I simply want to be always learning and always accepting of change.

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