Side Effects and DrugStars

In a world where I struggle to verbalise my thoughts, I have found solace in writing the words, that so often got caught in my mouth, on this blog. But there is a topic I have always been uncomfortable discussing, a topic I actively ignored for fear that no one else would quite understand. Some … Continue reading Side Effects and DrugStars



When I began this blog, I felt a sense of urgency in my writing. I would often find myself frantic, typing pain onto a page. I would write to conceal the truth, I would write to try and forget. But now it has been 6 months since my operation and I am fully recovered. What’s … Continue reading Acceptance

‘Are you okay?’ Does chronic illness affect my mental health?

After my blog (I am going insane - the frustrations of recovery), I had someone ask me if I was ‘okay’. Of course, we all know what that means. Are you okay ‘mentally’ is what they are asking; (the word 'mentally' said in hushed tones and through gritted teeth, for fear of the neighbours overhearing). … Continue reading ‘Are you okay?’ Does chronic illness affect my mental health?