March 28, 2018

I feel like there's this pressure to become an activist once you become chronically ill. It'll only take you a few minutes in a Facebook POTS support group to hear all about the amazing turqouise cupcake sales, walk-a-thon's, and awareness events out there donating money to Dysautonomia research. I'm so glad someone's doing these things because no one person could do it all and POTS is a condition desperately in need of awareness.

I felt a lot of guilt accompanied by this sense of moral obligation because I didn't really want to do those things. I felt like I should want to do those things because, afteral...

March 1, 2018

In honour of Dysautonomia Awareneness Month (October every year), I created a post series this past October 2017 on my Instagram account. I decided to share the picture series I made as a blog post so others could share all the pictures at once to spread awareness about the complexities and debilitating nature of Dysautonomia conditions.

 

February 22, 2018

**TW: medical PTSD, medical malpractice**

Hey there! If you haven't heard, January 20th 2018 was my four year anniversary of developing POTS. In honour of that, I've decided to finally share my entire story in hopes that it might help even one person. It's been a lengthy, traumatic, and grace-covered story so I divided it into parts: part 1, part 2 and today part 3.

Today I'll specifically be starting with a chapter of my story that I think many people with POTS will relate to: a lengthy hospitalization, medical trauma, medication side effects, doctors who don't understand, and the relief of finally being d...

January 4, 2018

**This post may be triggering to those who have experienced suicidal ideation, depression, have lost someone to suicide, or suffer with a mental illness of any kind. This post is not intended to substitute professional health. If you are experiencing suicidal ideation please reach out to a trusted loved one and seek professional advice. This post is only intended to shine light on an important issue and share what has personally helped me.**

If you are currently suicidal and are in the U.S. please call: 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741 (from anywhere in the US) to talk with a trained Crisis Counselor. If you...

December 14, 2017

It's an all too familiar situation when you're chronically ill: you show up at a new doctor's appointment desperate for answers, relief, and empathy. We try not to get our hopes up too high because we know what it's like to be let down by doctors time and time again. Whether the doctor just doesn't know how to help you, is apathetic, does the bare minimum in terms of care, or doesn't believe you, it all hurts the same. In the Canadian medical system we wait anywhere from a few months to a few years to see a specialist so if they end up disappointing us, we have no idea how long it'll be until we can see a...

November 14, 2017

If you followed me on Instagram (@StrongerThanPots) throughout the month of October then these tips will be familiar to you. October is Dysautonomia awareness month so alongside some daily Dysautonomia awareness posts, I decided to also post tips for those with a friend or family member with a chronic illness. I used to get a lot of private messages on Instagram from boyfriends and husbands who wanted advice on how to best care for their girlfriend/wife with a chronic illness. This humble request really made my heart happy because it shows how much some people really do want to help those who are chronica...

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