Tales of Two Adventures

HELLO, YOU! I feel we needed a capitalised greeting given it’s been such a bloody long time since I posted anything on here. I’ve been having a FAB summer, with lots of adventures, which has been so lovely after all the shitty illness and surgery stuff – it’s been busy! After my last blog post, I went to Cuba; I’ve wanted to go there since I was about sixteen so I felt VERY lucky to finally have the opportunity to. My favourite thing about the place was unquestionably the people – as Cuba is such a poor country, lots of the citizens don’t have a lot of money but they have SO much spirit. We spoke to lots of staff at the hotel, all of whom had to travel two hours every day to get to and from work, many worked two jobs and had very limited time off because they wanted to make as much money for their family as possible. A tour guide told me that doctors there make around $35 (USD) per MONTH, which is about £26. Everything is mad expensive out there because almost everything has to be imported, so the citizens can’t really afford much.… View Post

To thirteen year old me…

To thirteen year old me,   You’ve just turned thirteen and you’ve stopped sleeping. Let me tell you, kid, this is the start of a very long road, you’ve got five years of illness ahead of you, so buckle up. You’ll have a sleeping disorder for two years, no sedatives will knock you out and box sets will become your best friend. The night can be a lonely place but you’ll get through it, you’ll be awake to see the sun rise, so trust that at the end of the darkness there is always light. Just as you start sleeping properly again you’re going to get hit by chronic pain. You’ll be in hospital six times within two months and the doctors won’t know what causes it; they work it out eventually, keep going. You’ll be loaded up to your eyes on painkillers and experience treatments so agonising you can’t even comprehend the pain and the pain will still be there, but you’ve got to carry on. While this is going on, you’re going to lose the most monumental man you’ve ever known and the pain of it will break you to the point where you feel like you can’t… View Post

Everyday Champion: Gemma

Hello, you! The first of my every day champions is the absolutely, drop dead gorgeous GEMMA. For a long time Gemma suffered with Anorexia Nervosa (an eating disorder characterised by an obsessive need to lose weight, often by not eating and excessive exercise) and after a really shitty struggle, became a CHAMPION of her mental health and came back kicking. Now Gemma models, works bloody hard, exercises and eats well to take care of her body and travels the world! Gemma kindly agreed to be an every day champion, here’s what she had to say…     How I’d describe myself at the time of being unwell: Whenever I think back to that period in my life, to be perfectly honest, it all just seems really rather fuzzy. It’s all just a sedate kind of blur, constant low energy, having the personality of a soggy lettuce, mood swings, attending social functions but only being ‘half there’ due to being so occupied with food, what she’s eating, what I’m eating, estimating how many calories are in this or that, how I look, how she looks, what size she is, do I look like that, etc. And of course there was the… View Post