Fly Free

Fly Free

It happened gradually. So gradually, that I didn’t even realise it was happening until I was unwittingly set free. Cages – used to keep animals and people controlled. These days you can find beautiful ornate bird cages, with intricate detailing so beautiful that you forget its original purpose. That’s the kind of cage I imagine [...]

The Unexpected Side Effect of Chronic Illness

The Unexpected Side Effect of Chronic Illness

We often hear about the symptoms of chronic illness and chronic pain. Muscle fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, nausea, stomach & bowel disturbances, skin issues, chest pain, fatigue, malaise, and many many more. But what's often not mentioned is the emotional toll any chronic illness takes on every person who suffers. In particular, the [...]

How Do You Feel?

How Do You Feel?

"Are your migraines gone yet? Maybe you're just tense. "Oh your struggling with fatigue? Man I'm tired too, it's been a busy week!""Muscle pain? Probably from lack of exercise." "Have you tried NOT taking all those medications? Maybe they're the issue." "How are you... Are you better yet?""Are you depressed?" I hear a lot of [...]

How Am I Supposed To Love A Body Like This?

How Am I Supposed To Love A Body Like This?

If you want to include both my battle with endometriosis and with an autoimmune condition, I have been fighting my body, and medical professionals, for ten long years. Ten years of chronic pain, chronic illness, and chronic anger towards my body for never giving me any relief. With Endometriosis comes not only extremely painful periods, [...]

Feeding the Stigma

Feeding the Stigma

This is entirely my fault. For two years I have been suffering with health issues and chronic widespread pain, spending thousands of dollars on appointments, tests, medications, hospital visits and surgery. Unable to work full time or have a normal social life. And apparantly unable to let my own family in on this huge life [...]

The Importance of Mental Health in Chronic Illness

The Importance of Mental Health in Chronic Illness

For most people with a chronic illness, there comes with it a care plan that includes multiple specialists. One of these specialists is a psychologist. This makes complete sense, given the toll it takes on the person, body and mind. However, I hadn't really been thinking much about it lately, just going along with the [...]