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 12 – Undiagnosed Life…

Truth is, I’m technically still undiagnosed. I gave up chasing a diagnosis a long time ago. I’d well and truly worked out that I had many of the symptoms of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and I had access to none of the resources to chase a diagnosis. I certainly didn’t have the money to be attending specialist appointments over and over.

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A Year of Growth – Week 9 – Reactions to Chronic Illness

Everyone reacts differently to every situation that life throws at them… and unless you’ve been there (which generally I’m hoping the people I come across haven’t) then it’s pretty hard to comprehend what’s going on. Here are a few of the reactions that I’ve had over the years – 

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A Year of Growth – Week 8 – Why writing helps

So I’ve been sitting here staring at this blank page trying to think of something worth sharing for like a solid 10 minutes and I just suddenly realised the answer is right here in front of my eyes. What’s something that has helped me immensely through chronic illness? Writing of course! I honestly can’t think of anything more therapeutic and calming than writing everything down.

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