Right, introduction time. I’m Chloe, I’m 28 and live in Liverpool in the UK. Over the last few years my life has changed quite drastically, I went from normal, slightly tired, party girl, uni student who just got sick a lot, to spending 70% of my life in a blanket on the couch. 18 months ago I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS for short).
I really struggle with my illness most days, it takes a toll on me mentally as well as physically, I suffer with bipolar/mood disorder alongside this, yay. I’ve written this blog to help myself to see the funny, lighthearted side of life with a chronic & mental illness. I’ll be sharing my life alongside embarassing and funny moments that you may or may not relate to, chronic illness or not.
So hEDS. It’s a relatively rare genetic condition that causes issues with connective tissues. Unfortunately this isn’t just in the joints as you might originally think (just the joints would be enough), it also effects my internal tissues too. I have a lot of problems with my bowel which has now been classified as functional bowel disorder/gastroparesis.
It’s an invisible illness so a lot of the time my sickness and pain isn’t visible on the outside. We women also have the wonders of make up to aid this, so don’t be easily fooled. Having my crutches often makes it more obvious, but that limp isn’t the full picture.
As you may imagine with a bowel disorder along comes some pretty grim stories.. I’m probably not for you if you’re easily offended. I’m a fan of a good unhealthy coping mechanism too, alcohol features heavily in these stories, but more about that in other posts.
My cat will definitely be a focal point in a lot of posts as it’s me and her against the world. This is me anyway, if my posts make another person other than myself laugh, then I’m happy with that.