I’m sorry I’ve been MIA on here for a while. I’ve had a few lovely messages asking if I’m okay as you’ve noticed an absence. The honest answer to that question is no, but I'm working on it. If you’re one of those people that sent me a message – thank you so much. I didn’t expect anyone to notice I was gone, and it was lovely that some of you did. Thank you for checking in on me.
It’s been a year since I started this blog, and looking back it’s been one of the hardest years I think I’ve ever had. And that’s saying something. A lot has happened in the last 12 months, and I’ve been dealing with a lot on top of my chronic health conditions. This has meant that I haven’t been able to put as much time and effort into this blog as I would have liked. Nevertheless I’m very glad I started it, and moving forward I’d like to concentrate on it more. That’s if the universe decides to be a bit kinder in my 24th year, 23 has been a shitter. (It’s my birthday next month).
Speaking of moving forward, you’ll notice we’ve had a bit of a redesign around here. I hope you like it, it feels much more “me”. When I started this blog I didn’t really know where I was going with it, I just started writing and here we are. Now I feel a bit more settled with it and I’m excited to see where I can take This Thing They Call Recovery. I want this to be a safe place where chronic illness sufferers can visit and gain advice, experience and understanding. I also think it’s important that the loved ones of sufferers are included in this conversation. I want “normal” healthy people to gain something from visiting this website too. Perhaps a bit of insight into the reality of life with chronic illness. Ideally I’d love this website and its social media counterparts to increase honest communication between the healthy and the chronically sick. Because we all know it’s needed.
I’ve recently relaunched the Instagram account for This Thing They Call Recovery, which can be found here. Everything on there I have created from scratch and I put a lot of time and energy into making these posts. I hope the honest nature of them brings you some comfort. Please feel free to repost any of the images on your own accounts, as long as you give credit. I’ve also started using insta-stories to document real time video footage of life with chronic illness. Again, it’s all very honest and realistic, and aims to raise awareness. The other day I filmed what it was like after someone with M.E tries to wash their own hair. I was in my towel, soaking wet, heart racing, and unable to take a proper breath. Hundreds of people viewed those videos in the 24hrs that they were up. I want people to feel like they know me a little bit better after watching my insta-stories. I want sufferers to feel less alone, and more validated. I want people with no personal experience of chronic illness to gain an insight into what it’s actually like behind closed doors. That's the idea anyway.
I’ve also set up a Facebook account for this blog, and will be using it as an additional way of communicating with you all. I’m trying to make This Thing They Call Recovery better-rounded, but I promise not to spam you with posts unnecessarily. Again, feel free to share any of those posts. No need to ask permission, that’s what they’re there for.
Thank you all for joining me over the last year. As long as I’m helping at least one person then it’s totally worth it.