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

Trust Her, She's a Doctor...

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2015 | (13:13)

"Sometimes you just have to trust another person's instincts"

My life has shown me that the biggest epiphanies come in the most unlikely of places. I just never expected a hospital treatment room to be one of them.

And I definitely didn't expect the words of a Nuclear...

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Why Loving You is the Antithesis to My Chronic Fear

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2015 | (14:04)

I was never a very curious person by nature. It always took crisis to motivate me to seek answers.

Fear found me quite suddenly. Just a moment. That's all it took. A split second. My life pivoted and all darkness became all I knew.

I lived in fear of fear...

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What You Aren't Telling Your Doctor About That Stomach Ache

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2015 | (17:48)

It's got to be coeliac

You are tired. All the time. Your stomach hurts. All the time.

I must have a gluten intolerance

You go to your GP. Even though you don't want to, because everyone knows the GPs know nothing...

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CC Sabathia and the Quandary of Addiction in Sports

(1) Comments | Posted 6 October 2015 | (00:26)

It's not an actual injury though. Is it?

CC Sabathia is good at making headlines. He did it when he signed with the Yankees before the start of the 2009 season and became the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

There's nothing physically wrong with him.

He continued...

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It's Hard to Speak My Heart

(0) Comments | Posted 15 September 2015 | (14:08)

It's easy for me to draw a very definite line between who I used to be and who I am now. To pinpoint when my old life ended and my new life began.

I felt myself change irreversibly as I lay dying on my bathroom floor. It was a...

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Why Learning to Listen to Experts Is a Vital Skill in Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2015 | (15:54)

The best thing I can recommend is you take a job in a charity shop for a few hours a week. Don't push yourself.

I'm not very good at being told what I can't do. But I'm also fairly bad at being told what to do. Which leaves a...

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The Last Five Years

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2015 | (01:00)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (17:14)

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.


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The Foundations of a Successfully Sober Body

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (01:00)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (14:00)

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 | (16:50)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (14:06)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (01:00)

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 | (14:39)

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 | (16:53)

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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