Appointment prep: a symptom of ableism

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.

Mental Health Relapses – A Disabled Experience

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 [...]

Valentine Gifts for Spoonies

Valentine's day is approaching, and whether you choose to celebrate it or not - either that be with a partner, or put a platonic twist on it and have a fun filled day to celebrate your love for your best friend, it's always nice to ensure you have put thought and effort into the way you choose to share your love and affection. I like to think I'm a good gift giver, and I absolutely love celebratory holidays, therefore I thought it wise to share some suggestions I have for a fellow spoonie in your life, with an emphasis on independent businesses.

Needing a carer from a sick person’s perspective | ME Association

Hello, my name’s Lori- AKA ‘Bud to Bloom’, a UK based disability, and mental health blogger living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, ME, and a host of other comorbidities.  My journey with chronic illness started at age 13, and like many spoonie warriors it appeared to come from nowhere.  However after a few years I was [...]

Gene me up Scotty

Hello Blooms, Firstly, I wish to take a moment to thank the individuals who reached out and said such positive things about my last blog post, Journaling and Riding the Depression Wave (w/ exercises). Secondly, you'll be pleased to know storm Doris has come to an end and it goes without saying I am beyond [...]