July 25, 2018

My family and I love to travel. When I was a kid, we'd go on a "big trip" every 2nd year, and a "small trip" every year. In the past couple of years, my Mom's been to multiple continents, while my younger brother has lived out of a van in New Zealand and went backpacking across Peru. I, on the other hand, became terrified of travelling when I developed POTS in January 2014. Just the thought of being in a foreign country, without the security of medical insurance, doctors who know my conditions, and barometric pressure I'm used to was enough to make me panic. POTS turned me into a 21-year-old woman who, af...

April 11, 2018

I remember reading a post that said "the only thing predictable about Dysautonomia is that it's unpredictable" and I couldn't say it better myself. Making lasting changes is hard enough when you're able-bodied, but when you're chronically ill it can feel impossible. I know the first 2 years after I first developed POTS, my main goal was to survive. I had no other thought running through my mind but "I need to get better." I guess in some way, that's still the main thought going through my mind on most days. 

There was one goal I had and implemented strategically back in late 2014 that I could learn a lot f...

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 21, 2018

Whether you're bedridden, housebound, or just trying to get through daily life, chronic illness is known for causing various degrees of isolation. The emotional and physical isolation will try to break you, and once it has, it'll take everything in you to fight it and fight for authentically vulnerable relationships. I wish someone had warned me that isolation would be a side effect, or a symptom, of chronic illness. I wish someone had told me that it didn't always have to be that way.

 This is one of the first pictures I posted on my @StrongerThanPots Instagram account. I remember when I first saw it and...

March 8, 2018

I am not sponsored by any of these companies. I purchased all of these products with my own money and these are my honest reviews.

Before I got sick I became a tree-hugger (I still am) who wanted to depend on as little products as possible. When I realized that I could buy a big jar of coconut oil and castile soap and replace about 20 of the products in my house with them, I was sold. I realized that mentally depending on 20 unnecessary makeup products, excessive toiletry products, and a hundred other things for comfort resulted in overweight bags at the airport and an overwhelmed soul. I didn't even want...

March 4, 2018

 Image from Emily McDowell's empathetic card line 

Grief is most commonly known as the psychological distress experienced after losing a loved one. However, any loss can bring about the anguish caused by grief.

Many psychologists have established 5 key stages in a grief process but in reality, grief is as unique as the person experiencing it. For the sake of simplicity, I will be relating my experience of developing POTS with the 5 stages of grief most commonly used: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Categorizing grief in 5 stages is definitely an oversimplification of a messy and compl...

February 14, 2018

Learning to navigate life with a chronic illness is a huge learning curve. For most of us this means learning to tweek our daily activities so they're do-able, whether this means doing things differently or doing less. The same is definitely true for learning how to date with a chronic illness. You're still a human who desires to love and be loved, and you are equally worthy of love as you were before (whether or not you believe it), but you don't know how to navigate the dating scene. Whether you're in a long-term committed relationship or are hoping to put yourself back out there, this will be another l...

January 31, 2018

POTS is a ruthless condition that often affects women in their childbearing age (although it can affect anyone). With this in mind, it's no wonder that many people with POTS become ill right before or during their college years. There's no perfect time to get sick but it's definitely no fun getting sick when you don't have the security of a post-secondary degree under your belt. 

Before developing POTS, I was starting my 3rd year of my BA in Psychology. I was taking courses full-time while working part-time at my dad's office. When POTS hit me in the beginning of the spring semester in 2014 (January 20th),...

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