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 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 25, 2018

Before developing POTS, I LOVED travelling. In fact, my family and I went somewhere every year growing up. I've been to Disneyland 12 times and I live in BC, Canada so that wasn't a short ride away. I almost got "wanderlust" tattooed on me when I was 18. My brother is currently in Peru with his girlfriend with no plans on coming back anytime soon and my mom was in Kenya for a month in August and has been to Vegas and Hawaii since then. I, on the other hand, became fearful of travelling with POTS and have been avoiding it at all costs. 

On the one hand, I feel less of a need to travel because I no longer th...

January 21, 2018

Today, January 20th 2018, is my 4 year anniversary of the day I got sick with POTS. In honour of that, I wanted to finally share my POTS journey from start to finish! I first started with my life before POTS in which I still suffered with mild to moderate daily symptoms and severe, but localized, chronic pain here. Now I'm going to share my story from January 20th 2014 until now. It's a lengthy task but a blessed honour. I often get asked about the symptoms I experienced, how I knew it was POTS, and what treatments I've received over the years and hopefully by sharing my story I will be able to offer pers...

January 19, 2018

I’m often asked to share my entire story about my journey with POTS and just never got around to it. I always plan on getting to it, but the task sounded daunting to say the least. Where would I start? How could I give my story justice? I’ve told bits and pieces here and there to countless doctors that the whole process became medicalized. It no longer became my story, or a testimony, but a statistic. I’ve become quite disconnected from my story- perhaps because of the trauma it caused, perhaps because I have a very poor memory, or perhaps because of both. Writing out my POTS story became another thing on...

December 1, 2017

One thing that's been really important to me since getting sick is comfort: I buy products to achieve it and I focus my self-care all around it. When you're chronically ill your body is doing anything and everything but making you comfortable. So whether it's a heating pad that goes on the exact right parts of my neck or applying cooling wipes that get the job done, I'd invest big bucks to find any tiny bit of comfort.

Throw in a flare, a late night ER trip with loud noises, bright lights, sleep deprivation, and doctors uneducated on your illness and I'll quickly become in my most uncomfortable state. Afte...

November 10, 2017

"Well look on the bright side of it,"

"be positive"

"...at least it's not..."

"you just need to choose to be happy"

"change your thoughts and you'll change your world"

"you have to want to get better."

Those of us who suffer with a chronic illness experience this dilemma all the time: do we open up about what we're going through, or do we keep silent knowing they probably won't understand, or even worse, they won't try to understand. It can be discouraging to open up to someone about what we're going through only to hear statements like those above. These suggestions ultimately tell us "I know ho...

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