Don’t let anyone discourage you from sharing your story

“Please don’t be afraid to tell your story – it will inspire others”  As you all know, I’m very open about my health struggles, and I’m not afraid to show the reality of living with chronic illness and mental ill-health. I believe it’s so important to have this open discussion, and the majority of the Read the full article…

Unsolicited health advice is intrusive & invalidating – Please stop

Everyone living with a chronic illness has had to deal with unsolicited advice about their health. Whether it’s from strangers on social media or from well-meaning friends and family, uninvited advice is a frustrating part of living with an incurable chronic illness. It’s so common that we often face these comments daily. I’m sure you Read the full article…

Why is it so hard to ask for help?

“Asking for help is not a burden nor a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of humanness.”  If you’ve ever shied away from asking for help because you fear that you may seem weak, you are not alone. I often battle with this misconception myself, and no matter how many times I reinforce the message Read the full article…

10 Benefits of Having a Pet When You Live With Chronic Ill-health

The term ‘pet’ always seems so inadequate to me. Let’s face it, our animals are part of the family. Animals are truly amazing. They can be trained to be someone’s eyes or ears, to help disabled people live more independent lives, and even protect their owners while having a seizure. Animals also offer much needed Read the full article…