December 6, 2018

Ahh it's the most wonderful time of the year.

It can also be the most stressful and physically demanding time of the year.

Every single Christmas, since developing POTS, I pushed myself to keep up with all of the previous Christmas traditions I loved and enjoyed. As a result, every single year it took me around a month to recover from the holiday season.

Christmas became something I had to push through instead of something to enjoy.

Last year, as December approached, my stress levels began to rise. Shopping for gifts, going to holiday parties, and staying awake and upright all day on Christmas day were all th...

November 7, 2018

I receive most of my oils as gifts (birthdays, Christmas, etc.) from family members and friends. Not a single holiday goes by where I don't receive multiple new oils as gifts. I am lucky enough that all the oils pictured above didn't bring me to bankruptcy because of the generous gifts I have received from loved ones. However, I also spend almost all of my disposable income on health-related products, like essential oils. Health is my number one priority when it comes to spending my money.

I was at the POTS Treatment Center in Dallas, Texas when a patient's mom told me about essential oils. Well, I had hea...

October 3, 2018

"To give one's testimony" in Christian culture means to tell their story of how they came to know Christ.

If you've been following along for a while, you know that I was raised Catholic from birth, became an Atheist in college, and became a born-again Christian in 2013. People often ask how and why I converted from Atheism to Christianity, and that's a subject I hope to do justice in the future. However, it's not one I will be covering today as it's a topic I don't even know how to begin to tackle. I will be sharing my experience that started when I was 80% sure that Jesus was real, Jesus rose from the dea...

September 19, 2018

I often get asked about my Instagram story highlight covers, which I made myself on Canva.com (Canva also has an app but I prefer the desktop version). Instagram highlight covers are a cute and convenient way for people to find stories you'd like your followers to have access to later on. I decided to make a few free ones for you guys to use on your own Instagram story highlights! Just save the images, click on the highlight you want to choose the cover for, once it opens click on the 3 dots on the bottom right above "More," clikc "Edit Highlight," click "Edit Cover," and scroll to the far left to upload...

September 12, 2018

September 10th-16th is national suicide prevention week in the U.S.

September 10th is world suicide prevention day.

September is suicide prevention month in Canada.

I have written about suicidal ideation many times before, but in honour of suicide prevention week, I wanted to organize all my resources in one convenient blog post.

Why am I talking about suicidal ideation on a chronic illness blog? Well, if you're chronically ill, you already know the answer to that.

Because chronic illness is hard. Living with chronic illness can be isolation. Enduring chronic illness is mentally draining. And because depressio...

September 5, 2018

September is here, and for many people this means it's back-to-school time! This time of year can be bittersweet for those with chronic illness. Many of us have had to withdrawal from school at one point or another because our illness made it impossible. If you've had to do this at any point and time, but are choosing to return back to school now, you might be facing some reluctance. You might fear you will have to withdrawal again, you may doubt your ability to attend school after time away, or you might not feel ready. Whatever your situation may be, it's okay. Your feelings are valid. I, too, had to ta...

August 29, 2018

Last week, I published a review of scar treatments I've tried. Today I will be reviewing acne treatments I've tried. Whether it's stress-induced, hormone-related, a side effect of steroids, or an unknown cause, acne has been a part of my journey with chronic illness. Yes, I struggled with some acne since I was in grade 5, but it got much worse when I became sick.

Since I've been struggling with acne for more than half of my life, I've spent far too much money trying every product in the drugstore, every prescription cream my doctor has prescribed, many diet changes, naturopathic and homeopathic remedies, n...

August 15, 2018

If you've been following me on Instagram for the past year, you'll know that I've been trying everything under the sun to get my skin under control. I deal with acne, keratosis pilaris, atrophic scars from EDS, hyperpigmentation, mild localized psoriasis, and specific cystic acne scars on my shoulders, arms, and back. I developed cystic acne on my face, shoulders, arms, chest, and back when I developed a thyroid tumor. The scars this acne left behind prompted me to wear shirts with long sleeves (baggy t-shirts or cardigans) for two years. I was so insecure that I'd go out in a light beachy kimono/cardigan...