March 24, 2018

 This past April I went through a breakup that brought me to my counsellor's office. I was completely broken, numb, and had no concept of self. It wasn't just the breakup that brought this on, though, it was a build up of years of trauma. I started recovering from codependency and had no idea how severely codependent I truly was. In this season, I was at the end of myself. It was a place I've known many times before but was determined never to find myself here, at least when it comes to codependent relationships, again. My counsellor is a Christian who was recommended to me by a couple of my Christian fri...

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...

January 17, 2018

I intended to have this post ready to publish on January 1st but life happened.

And that's what this post is going to be about- that life happens.

That we can make New Year's resolutions all we want but ultimately, life will happen. Unpredictable hospitalizations, new treatment side effects, and flares will all try their best to get in the way of our goals. After all, the only predictable thing about life with a chronic illness is that it's unpredictable. With this in mind, it's very hard to plan day-to-day life, let alone new years resolutions. 

When you have a chronic illness, the beginning of a new y...

January 10, 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...

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...

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