My journey

In July 2011, shortly after my 17th birthday and AS level exams, I started to struggle with joint pain and extreme tiredness. I woke up every morning feeling like I’d run a marathon the day before! After six months, I was diagnosed with M.E and Fibromyalgia – more commonly known as chronic fatigue and chronic joint pain. At this point, I struggled to walk without an aid and became predominantly housebound for the following six months whilst I completed the second year of my A-Levels. This also led to me suffering from depression and anxiety.

Despite illness, I managed to achieve the grades I needed to attend the University of Surrey to study BSc Economics.¬†Due to a weakened immune system, the next few years were struggle as I suffered from glandular fever, lung infections, heart palpitations and infections, stomach ulcers and more… I battled my mental health problems too, and unfortunately did not receive the support I needed from my University. Because of this, I’m now a Time to Change Champion – and am working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health problems.

After years of various medications; mad diets where I had to cut out gluten, sugar, sweeteners and alcohol (not a fun few months); buying a puppy and even acupuncture sessions, I’m now in a place where I have more control over managing the symptoms of my illnesses.

After graduating, I decided to pursue a career in the fitness industry and started blogging to document my progress and hold myself accountable. Unfortunately, due to a severe ankle injury, I had to postpone my studies. I am now a full time blogger – following my passions to share my experiences of chronic illness and mental health, whilst sharing my love of fashion, beauty and fitness.

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