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As we enter the month of December there is a buzz of festive activity almost everywhere you turn. From twinkling lights to
I have not had the chance to complete exams or experience many milestones that teenagers and young adults have. I didn't
In 2014 my life changed. On holiday in Tenerife, I went on a boat out to see the dolphins, we had the chance to trapeze into the sea, being the person I am I jumped at the chance! Unfortunately, as I hit the cold water and gasped for air I swallowed a large amount of sea water. This gave me a severe gastritis.
My pain started when I was nine. We don't really know why (that's the nature of the thing, I guess) and I went from being a normal child, running around with my friends, to one that couldn't do that because of the terrible pain that had developed, especially in my knees.
A six-year-old girl is unable to ride bikes, attend sports day or sleep with her teddies, because the slightest touch will
Asking for help is the bravest thing a sufferer will ever do. This illness you have nurtured, your body, all the things you have gone through together are now in the hands of another person. It's like watching somebody else holding your baby.
Three chronic illnesses that left me bed bound, feeling more ill than I had ever done in my life, and more and more depressed (which certainly didn't help the situation). I spent hours trawling the internet and asking people online how they were able to live 'normal' lives. That's all I wanted. I had had to give up jobs that I loved...