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Amani Omejer

writer, cartoonist, health activist

Amani can be found enjoying herbalism, swimming in rivers, surfing, napping, laughing, and talking about life with friends or anyone who will listen. She is a firm believer in telling your story in order to heal and has never had a bad hair day in her life. She lives in Bristol, UK, and is currently writing a book and making a few zines.

Connect with her via her website (http://amani-omejer.squarespace.com) or through her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/amaniomejerwriter).

Five Invisible Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress

Healing developmental trauma is this all consuming maze that I'm walking through, where nobody has a map for, because no healing maze is the same. People can offer insights into their own experiences, they can offer me a look at my map from where they're sitting, but no-one (except myself) can tell me exactly which roads to go down to heal.
04/10/2017 12:56 BST

Six 'Socially Unacceptable' Things I Do Because Of My Chronic Illness

<img alt="everybody banner" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5399116/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> One of the most frustrating things about chronic illness is the unpredictability of it -- I never know how I'm going to feel. Sometimes I can do stuff, sometimes I can't, and it's so bloody confusing. Even after almost 10 years of health stuff, I still haven't figured it out, and I don't think I ever will.
25/09/2017 09:21 BST

Five Ways To Support Someone With Chronic Illness At Events

Today I have a wedding of one of my oldest friends, but I woke up in blinding abdo pain and with a crippling UTI. I should just stay in bed, but last year I missed 3 really good friends weddings because I was in hospital, so there is no way I am missing out on this one!
24/07/2017 14:44 BST

Let's Talk About Suicide

I also don't know where I would be without the online community that have continued to read and respond to my work. Finding so many people saying, "me too", in response to my articles and cartoons is
14/05/2017 16:02 BST

What Chronic Illness Looks Like Behind Closed Doors

Living with chronic illness is lonely as fuck. I spend so much time on my own -- more time than I ever expected to spend on my own, or have ever wanted to. There is so, so, much of my life that people don't see.
16/02/2017 12:22 GMT

Living With Chronic Illness Is Relentless

Waking up and being in pain straight away is beyond depressing and demoralising, but I'd always pick this one over being woken up by the pain. Both options are so tough, lonely, and exhausting, though. They also feel indescribable. Words somehow just don't do being-in-constant-severe-pain justice at all.
14/11/2016 13:04 GMT

My Life Wasn't Supposed To Be Like This

Experiencing chronic illness/chronic pain is like living inside a kind of a prison - watching the world go by outside and being unable to join it (or even remember it's there, because it hurts too much to think of everything that's happening that I can't attend).
11/10/2016 14:31 BST

Ten Ways To Empower Yourself During A Stay In Hospital

I have just come out of my third stay in hospital this summer. It's sucked, but there have been many things I've picked up along the way that helped empower me during my hospital stays and made them suck a little less.
08/09/2016 10:50 BST

10 Tips On How To Start Writing

If you want to try blogging, set up a blog. If you want to journal, journal. If you want to submit something to a magazine without much writing experience, do it! If you want to spend the next few years writing a book, do that. You don't need to be published to be a writer and you don't need to have been published in order to get published.
31/08/2016 15:52 BST

Living With Chronic Illness: Your Worth Isn't Dependent On What You Do

The fragility and vulnerability of being in so much pain you can't move is scary - I feel a lot more alone than when I was in hospital. Despite having amazing friends around me, it is the moments like this - the morning after the night before - that are the most lonely and vulnerable.
15/08/2016 15:02 BST

Healing a Suicide Attempt: Cartooning My Experience

Life post-overdose had a different intensity to it - I couldn't run from my struggle anymore. I couldn't keep stuff shoved down and carry on regardless. I couldn't neglect my needs because saving myself after overdosing (I called the ambulance) was cementing a promise to myself - I was going to do this.
14/08/2016 23:15 BST