Carrie Armstrong
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Hi, I’m Carrie, I’m a TV Presenter. That’s what I do. Who I am is a girl that was told never to expect to get her life back after spending half my Twenties housebound and then in a wheelchair. What I did was prove everyone who told me this wrong.

What I do now is show anyone who needs it how to get from where I was physically to where I am now. Out of the bed, out of the chair and back into the world strong, healthy and confident. Their very own Life After. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Three years ago my own mother used to dress and feed me, I needed constant care and full time support. Now I’m on National TV. Walking, working, living and loving every minute of it.

Entries by Carrie Armstrong

The Last Five Years

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2015 | (00:00)

I moved to London in my very early twenties to go to Drama School. I didn't know much about Drama School so I chose an old famous one because I thought that a combination of old and famous would mean it was so strict that I would have to adhere...

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Coming Full Circle With Orthorexia Nervosa

(0) Comments | Posted 24 August 2015 | (00:00)

When I was in the throes of orthorexia I would spend hours obsessing over cookbooks, before and after stories, dietary plans. I spent a lot of time reading and almost zero time actually cooking because what the hell was I supposed to eat? What if I was doing it wrong?

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The Ties That Bind Us

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (16:14)

I went to the future. But when I got there I couldn't find you.

I searched everywhere I could think of, but there was no trace of you. It was the same story every place I went. When I asked about you people just looked at me blankly.

I...

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The Foundations of a Successfully Sober Body

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (00:00)

The body has so many seasons of change in terms of sobriety. Most of us are sleeping with the enemy in the beginning. And eating with her. Living every second of every day in a shell we despise.

The only connection we really have to our physical selves in the...

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Sexy Sober Summer

(1) Comments | Posted 5 August 2015 | (00:00)

Sexy wasn't something I had ever considered to be of relevance to me when I was a drunk lass. I'd never felt attractive. I'd never been in a relationship with anyone I was attracted to (which is pretty good going for someone who was a serial monogamist for the 10...

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Change or Die

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2015 | (00:00)

When I was doing a 23 day water-only fast, up a mountain in Panama, to get cured and get out of my wheelchair, I met a young lad with a tattoo on the base of his neck.

Fasting is weird because either you can recall things with totally crystal clear...

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What Four-Year-Olds Can Teach Us About Foodbanks and Government

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2015 | (13:00)

When I was very little I moved from England to Scotland.

Where I ended up living was one of the country's most notorious Housing Schemes.

My family were very obviously English. When it came time for me to start school it was recommended for my own safety that I...

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How To Be A Sober Girl 30 Day Kickstart

(1) Comments | Posted 1 May 2015 | (15:50)

I set up How To Be a Sober Girl because I wanted to give simple, no bullsh*t advice to any girl who wants to have a fabulous sober life. Because when I was desperately searching for this advice in a bid to stop drinking? I couldn't find it...

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Why Katie Hopkins Is an Inspiration

(29) Comments | Posted 30 April 2015 | (00:00)

When I have a fit at night, my arms come out. They dislocate. So I have to go into hospital to have them relocated. That's happened 26 times in the last nine months. So we all have crap to deal with in our lives.

I never really took Katie Hopkins...

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Sharon Maughan, The Bechdel Test & The Glaring Gender Equality Gap in British Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2015 | (13:06)

Two female characters. With actual names. Talking to each other about something other than a man.

Not exactly shooting for the moon. Is it?

Yet a staggering amount of Theatre, and even more Films, fail to pass this test. And it is a test. The Bechdel Test to be precise....

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Sober for the Sake of It

(2) Comments | Posted 14 April 2015 | (00:00)

Sobriety is not a goal.

It's not a destination either.

We are told so many lies about Sobriety. But the biggest one is that Sobriety Is Hard.

It's not.

Even in our darkest days. Our most f*cked-up drinking sessions. All of us achieve a cessation of drinking. We do...

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Taking the Lady out of Ladies Day

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2015 | (00:00)

Torn dress. Broken shoes. Body covered in bruises. A black hole where memories of the afternoon should be.

Welcome to Ladies Day at The Races.

At one time synonymous with grace and glamour. Now little more than a glorified Hen Night without the wedding to look forward to. I...

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Is That Why They Call It Memory Lane?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (13:39)

I went to a mates house on Sunday. She lives very near the place I used to, back when I was someone else.

I spent a few hours with her at her place. We did some work, drank some tea, had some laughs, just being the person I am now...

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How Undereating Is F*cking Up Your Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2015 | (15:53)

If my life has taught me anything then it is this: Doesn't matter what we are recovering from, all recovery is just a bridge. The start of the bridge is a destination we find ourselves that we don't want to be in. The end of it is the place where...

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Bouchard's Twirl: Sexist? Or Just Another Athlete Bullied By the Camera?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2015 | (10:11)

Eugenie Bouchard celebrated her victory on court at the Australian Open by having a little pirouette for the millions of lads and lasses watching at home.

Not because she wanted to. But rather because a man asked her to. A man with a captive audience and a microphone. The kind...

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The Inconvenient Truth About Women, Alcohol & Sexual Assault

(0) Comments | Posted 8 January 2015 | (14:28)

Please don't make me say it.

You don't get ready for bed at night, then go sleep outside in your front garden. I'm pretty much willing to bet that instead of a hole marking the entrance to your house, there's a front door. Possibly you lock it at night to...

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Are You the Christmas Party Performing Chimp?

(2) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (23:00)

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Days upon days off work. People to see. Presents to wrap.

Bars to drink dry.

And that's okay. Nothing wrong spending your free time any way you see fit. Spending those hours you aren't working - or on the long commute -...

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Can't We Just Enjoy Jordan Spieth For a Little While Please?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (10:18)

So Jordan Spieth has a new addition to his impressive repertoire of victories with a stellar course-record 63 at the Australian Open. In a round that resulted in scoring 13 under par and featured no less than 8 birdies, clinching a second Championship title for Spieth and securing him qualification...

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Make a Friend...Any Friend...

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (14:59)

I've been thinking about friendship a lot recently. Because friendship is a weird thing in recovery. Any recovery. From anything.

Recovery teaches you that you can never assume how a friend will act. I had a flatmate who I wasn't particularly close to. She was lovely but we just didn't...

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Walking in Heels

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2014 | (15:43)

There are some things you can simply blag your way through. You can fool people into thinking that you like them. Into thinking that you don't. Into thinking that you're happy even.

Nobody can blag their way through walking. You can either do it or you can't.

Standing is quite...

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