Why I love Frida Kahlo, and I think you should too

Frida Kahlo is like, so cool right now.

She has such a recognisable face that seems to be plastered everywhere – all through Mexican restaurants, painted on the sides of buildings, in tattoos, on t-shirts, as costumes on Halloween. She’s just everywhere!

But who is Frida, and why is she so fashionable right now? And why am I writing about her on a chronic illness blog?! Well, I’ll tell you.

Continue reading “Why I love Frida Kahlo, and I think you should too”

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Good health is a privilege. I hope you appreciate it every day.

You know when you have a cold and your nose is all gross and stuffy and blocked. Every time you blow it, your nose is still blocked – it’s like nothing happens but you’re still going through boxes of tissues and getting a sore red nose.

You tell yourself, “when my nose is unblocked, I will be so endlessly happy!” Continue reading “Good health is a privilege. I hope you appreciate it every day.”

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Sick women are strong women

Today is International Women’s Day so I thought it was a good day to write about my chronically ill girls and ladies!

I have a  theory that while we may not be physically stronger than men on average, women grow to be much stronger than men in other ways. By going through the experiences they go through in their day-to-day lives and how they just keep on living and blossoming and growing and giving despite all of that, it’s just amazing. Continue reading “Sick women are strong women”

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Dealing with the death of your online support friend

Content warning: Death, dying, and physical illness.


You have a rare or chronic illness and you struggle with feelings of being alone and people not understanding. So you go onto Facebook, or another forum, and find a private group of people with the same issues as you. Amazing, you’re no longer alone! Continue reading “Dealing with the death of your online support friend”

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To rosé or not to rosé?

It’s the start of February. That means I haven’t drunk any alcohol for a month.

The only reason I wasn’t drinking is that I finally started listening to my body and realised that the reflux I’m getting from mixing my medication with wine is really uncomfortable and I’m not sure why I’m doing it.

The idea was to stop for January, see how I felt without the reflux and see if helps the symptoms of my bowel disease also ease up a bit. Then in February, go back to drinking as usual (but maybe less to avoid the reflux). Continue reading “To rosé or not to rosé?”

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New Year’s resolutions are so 2017, now it’s all about the Word of the Year

I no longer do New Years resolutions. Nope! I have a shiny new approach to  “new year, new me”. I now just choose a word, and do that instead!

Let me explain. Continue reading “New Year’s resolutions are so 2017, now it’s all about the Word of the Year”

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It’s ok to cry on Christmas day

 

Content warning: Mention of eating disorders, death, dying, miscarriages, mental and physical illness.


This is a post as much directed toward me as it is written by me for others….

I cried on Christmas day.

It felt rude. It felt ungrateful. It felt like an overreaction. It felt self-pitying. Continue reading “It’s ok to cry on Christmas day”

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TO SWAP: One body, one female owner 30 years, few defects

5″6′ 30-year-old female body for swap.

Swaps only. This body is not for sale.

Mixed race; NZ/Scottish and Cook Island Maori. Short, brunette hair, hazel eyes and olive skin. Fairly athletic looking build (if you go swim laps, people will think you know what you’re doing). Continue reading “TO SWAP: One body, one female owner 30 years, few defects”

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I want you to know why complimenting my weight loss hurts me

“I’ve lost so much weight recently and can’t seem to gain it back, no matter what I do.”

“Wow, I wish I had that problem!”

I’ve been experiencing some pretty unexpected, prolonged, and horrible gut issues for over 4 months now and I’ve had more conversations like the above than I’d like to admit. Continue reading “I want you to know why complimenting my weight loss hurts me”

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How to make yourself feel better when you can’t do much

Going through life’s ups and downs is really ridiculously hard and it takes some real work to get through hard times and come out the other side with a smile on your face.

I know that through personal experience and I have a few tried and true methods to get a quick happy hit when things aren’t going as I’d like. Continue reading “How to make yourself feel better when you can’t do much”

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