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 [...]

A Chronic Perspective of Relationships

"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 [...]

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 [...]

The EDS Chronicles: Dating Shouldn’t be a Chronic Pain

Blooms, Over the past few months, I have been relatively busy over the past few months - attending hospital appointments, travelling to Scotland for a family graduation, seeing friends before the uni year commenced, and OH I downloaded Tinder. My experience with Tinder has been interesting - I've had only decent encounters with people who [...]