Ten years ago I started this blog when I went back to University to study English Literature. My intention was to chronicle my journey as a student with disabilities and multiple chronic illnesses and I did just that. As time progressed the purpose of this blog changed, however, my openness about talking about my disabilities and my health did not. I’ve continued to keep talking about them in hopes of helping others and trying to stop ignorance through awareness.
This section of my blog has been shamefully ignored and for Disability Pride Month 2021 I’m giving it the attention it deserves. At the moment pages will link to a placeholder until I have everything finished.
About my health
As of writing this (July 2021), I’m at a grand total of seven chronic health conditions which are incurable and have multiple other health concerns. All of them impact my daily life. I don’t tend to mention the health concerns because let’s be honest, seven chronic health conditions are enough! I refer to my chronic health conditions as “my collection” (a phrase I saw someone use on Twitter, and they delightfully let me coin too) because if you don’t laugh you cry.
All of them are what are known as “invisible illnesses”; they have no outside physical manifestation. To look at me you would think I was just an overweight person. You don’t see the chronic pain and fatigue that prevents me from standing upright or walking for more than five minutes without rest. Or any of my other symptoms. That’s why talking about them is so very important.
You can learn more about them, my symptoms and how they affect my daily life below.
Chronic Health Conditions
- Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
- Depression and Anxiety
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Non-Allergic Rhinitis
- Compulsive Skin Picking
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress)
- Noise, Heat & Light Sensitivity
- -20 -20 Vision
- Smoke Allergy
Want to know more?
I regularly talk about my disabilities in my monthly updates and in various blog posts. You can read more by viewing the Health & Disabilities category or my Blog Post Tag cloud to see posts tagged with keywords like chronic illness, invisible illness and so on.
Comments are open on all pages and I welcome any questions here or on social media. I will, however, not indulge anyone who sees fit to argue, debate or lecture me on anything related to my disabilities or health. These pages are here to provide my audience with information so they can better understand how my disabilities affect my life, they are NOT a cry for help or a request for assistance. I do not care what worked for your sister’s cousin’s mother. You have been warned.No tags for this post.