My name is Alexis and I’m a 32 year old female living in Burlington, Canada (west of Toronto). I suffer from a multitude of chronic illnesses, including but not limited to: fibromyalgia, scoliosis, depression, & anxiety (sigh!). I have only recently begun to consider myself in the “disabled” category, but refuse to allow that label to define who I am and what I am capable of.
I’m a passionate, mostly introverted, hard working student (currently in school studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist), with my head up in the clouds at times. I’m a middle child (think what you want!) with two amazing brothers, as well as very supportive and caring parents, fiance and friends.
I love staying active with long meditative walks in nature, hot yoga, co-ed volleyball, and downhill skiing. I’m an avid reader and love getting suggestions for new books from my monthly ladies’ book (and wine) club. I also love visiting with my nephew Grayson and niece Mila – they makes me smile, laugh and love more than I thought was possible.
My objective, and hope for this blog is to educate others and increase awareness around chronic illness.
Because I have been struggling with these chronic health issues for over 20 years, and I am still young, I’m hoping to use my blog to get in contact with others in a similar situation, young or “old”, to chat, educate each other, and just be a comfort for one another. It can be a lonely life living with chronic health issues, and I want you to know that you are NOT alone and I most likely understand what you’re going through. I would also love to reach out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those suffering, to help them better understand this incredibly detailed and confusing topic.
I’m hoping to create an open dialogue for those of us suffering from chronic disease, whether it be chronic pain, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, and the list goes on. I want to create a community of support and encouragement so that nobody feels alone anymore. There are many, many others out there suffering just like yourself.
Over the next few months and hopefully years, I’d like to publish posts about living with chronic pain, fatigue, and depression, as well as chronic illnesses in general. I plan to write about topics, including but not limited to: working with a chronic illness, diets, the Canadian (and possibly American) health care system, doctors, relationships, stigma of chronic illness, exercise, support groups, types of treatment, disability insurance, jealousy towards “healthy” individuals and schooling.
My mission (as my dad would say): take it one day (sometimes one hour or one minute) at a time. Everything will work out.
Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to connecting with you!
PS. I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by commenting on a post, or sending me a private message through this site.