So who am I? I’m pretty normal really… I’m 19, I enjoy nights out, I try and look after my health, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, I love the beach, I like sports, I love the mountains – especially in the winter, I’m hardworking, I’m nice, I look out for people. All of these things make me who I am. But I also have some chronic illnesses… I have asthma, and a chlorine allergy, I have Raynaud’s and Seronegative Arthritis. These illnesses are part of me, and to some extent make me who I am. For instance, I am more conscious of other people’s health, I know that not all illnesses are visible and people might be struggling with something that isn’t obvious from just looking at them. My illnesses DO NOT define me, and I will dispute that point if it is ever brought up, but my illnesses have let me see another side to life that not everyone sees. I use this blog to try and show other people what it is like to live with chronic conditions and I use this blog to raise awareness of different conditions including conditions that I don’t have. Why? Because awareness is awareness! And awareness is key to helping people to understand the reality of what it is like to live with a chronic illness.
In this blog I share my personal experiences, and struggles that living with these conditions brings so that people can understand, and relate to what I deal with. I also share other people’s experiences with their conditions [look out for Guest Posts!] so that other people who might be struggling can read about other people’s experiences and perhaps feel a little less alone with their own illness.