We're often told that "we treat symptoms, and don't like to label people", however I absolutely disagree with this sentiment. It's nonsensical, if there are apparent and physical symptoms of a condition or comorbid conditions and you are purposefully undiagnosed because they don't like to 'label' you, this is so inherently ableist, and I think because you hear this rhetoric so frequently, especially in paediatric care, that it's important to unpick and discuss what's actually at play when they say this, and how it can feed into, and reinforce a patient's internalised ableism.
Hello lovelies, I just want to begin by thanking those of you who expressed their support for my recent blog post regarding self-nurture and feeding my inner child. If you are following my Instagram account, or have read my newest blog publications, you'll likely be aware of the fact I have battled mental illness for [...]
feel there has been so much going on all at once but nothing particularly discernible - perhaps this is a result of the last leg of lockdown 3.0. The past few months have been difficult for almost everyone I know, especially in regards to mental wellbeing; which of course, given we've been isolated from the outside world (no matter how necessary) is entirely understandable.
Hello lovelies! I hope you're all doing as well as can be expected - especially those out there who're frontline workers or folx in lockdown. It can be incredibly stressful, and I've began go feel the effects of 10 months shielding from the rest of society, and enduring 3 national lockdowns. Being disabled creates a [...]
I never thought I would make it to 20, I had developed this prophecy that I wouldn't make it through the difficulties endured during my mid teens.
As a young girl I spent a lot of time daydreaming about the future, my future - and how perfect everything was going to be 'by then'. Watching cheesy American teen movies about the toils of high school students for rich, white, and straight cis women gave me a highly unrealistic expectation of what my [...]
"How have your disabilities affected your relationships?" To understand how my relationships have been affected as a result of my disabilities, it's important to understand that my conditions have caused a shift in my relationship with myself. Chronic pain is difficult - the constant struggle to get through the days, some easier to navigate than [...]
I think we can all simultaneously agree that it has been a difficult few months, as we're navigating a situation which the majority of us have never experienced before. At first it seemed almost surreal, like it was a strange parallel dystopian universe - however now it's something that I am finding myself slowly [...]
CW: infertility Hello Blooms, It's a f*cking weird time to be alive huh? THE END No I'm only pulling your leg - however this pretty much sums up the alternate reality we seem to be existing in; almost like we're floating in space, waiting to wake up from this bloody nightmare. I'm having a bit [...]
Hello Blooms this blog post is going to be regarding how the pandemic has affected me, and how I'm trying to stay sane. A few days ago I published 'Head above water' in which I discussed the importance of safeguarding the vulnerable, and I received a positive response - so I must thank you for [...]