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...

August 8, 2018

There’s not a week that goes by where I don’t see two completely contradicting health theories. I’ll read an article titled “Is red wine causing cancer?” just to immediately find an article talking about how the antioxidants in red wine help prevent cancer. 

We live in a world with endless access to information and not a clue what to do with it all. It’s overwhelming to the average person, but to the chronically ill, it can be panic-inducing.

The ability to critically analyze health claims is an essential skill to have when you’re chronically ill and especially desperate to fall into the traps of pricey “fi...

August 1, 2018

If you’ve been following my Instagram this past year, you’ll know that I’ve been on a journey of recovering from codependency. As someone who used to be a serial monogamist, I’ve learned quite a bit about what not to do when dating. Thankfully, through over a year of intensive counselling, I’ve almost completely recovered from codependency. Throughout the past year and a half, I’ve learned how our relationship with ourselves provides the foundation for our relationship with others.

These “mistakes to avoid” can be applicable to those who do or do not have a chronic illness, but I’ve personally seen th...

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