Chronic Illness: How Honest is Too Honest?

Selfies are gratuitous and shameless This post is part of my efforts to answer the following question: how honest should I be about my chronic illness? I am already aware that the answer to this question is varied and depends almost entirely on which individual I’m dealing with at any given time. For example, you … Continue reading Chronic Illness: How Honest is Too Honest?

Does Chronic Illness Make Me A Bad Person?

Pictured: Me, at my Masters graduation recently. Proof of my achievements and my good moods. Spoiler alert: this title is ridiculous and of course, not true. Except that it is. Well, maybe a little. (FYI anyone else out there who is disabled/chronically ill, please tell me you get where I’m going with this). Anyone who … Continue reading Does Chronic Illness Make Me A Bad Person?

On Finishing a Fantasy Masters (and other ramblings)

Peeking over my laptop in triumph of submitting my dissertation On Friday 6th September, I finished and submitted my Masters dissertation. Not just any dissertation – a dissertation on The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was the final piece of work to be submitted at the end of a wonderful year studying Fantasy Literature (with … Continue reading On Finishing a Fantasy Masters (and other ramblings)

It Never Ends: Ulcerative Colitis and Secondary Health Problems

Taken today after my armpit was sliced & diced Disclaimer: this blog post is short and a bit of a rant. Today, I had an abscess on my right armpit lanced and drained at the hospital. After being on antibiotics for 5 days with no improvement, the best course of action to get rid of … Continue reading It Never Ends: Ulcerative Colitis and Secondary Health Problems

Musings on Disease, Disability and Giving my Main Character a Shitting Disease

I’ve had an idea for a Fantastic story since I was 14 years old. I’ve had Ulcerative Colitis since I was 11 years old. At the age of 22, I have only just begun to consider the possibility of combining my considerable knowledge of those two things and giving my main character a chronic illness … Continue reading Musings on Disease, Disability and Giving my Main Character a Shitting Disease