My First Marriage Equality March

It’s taken me well over a week to finally make a post about this because I ended up pushing myself too hard on the day of the march and I’ve been recovering ever since, but I’m proud to say that on July 1st, 2017 I was one of the thousands of people in Belfast marching for marriage equality.

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Chest Infections Suck

Just last week I had my second chest infection of the year thus far. It’s not fun, but being sick often is something you kind of get used to when you have an immune system that doesn’t want to do its full job. That sounds bad and people often give me pitiful looks as if I’m some sort of defeatist when I talk about it, but it’s just a fact of life for me, so there’s no point in sugarcoating it.

Anyway, being asthmatic I’m keenly aware of when something is going horribly wrong in my chest. Usually when I get wheezy or out of breath I’ll use my reliever inhaler. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, but I’ll eventually feel better and be able to carry on with whatever I was doing. On this particular day, however, relief could not be found.

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How My Bad Energy Days Feel

Anyone who follows my twitter will be aware that a while back, I had a fairly lengthy string of really bad energy days. On one hand, I’m okay with it because I planned on making a post about them eventually, and experiencing them is a good way to get notes on how I feel so I can write about it later. On the other hand, those days make me feel like unproductive garbage and the more I have in a row, the harder it gets to try and be positive.

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My Experience: CFS/ME

To start off with an incredibly brief summary, CFS/ME is an illness that can appear in any person of any age and often varies in severity from one sufferer to another. Onset can vary too, with the most common form being linked to a viral infection. The illness also has a range of different names, but for the sake of my own post, we’re just going to stick with CFS/ME.

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My Experience: Depression

TW: Mentions of suicide & self-harm.

Depression is an illness that ravages the body and mind, and while I’m sure some of you reading this might think I’m taking my definition of depression a tad too far, I personally think it’s not far enough considering the dangerous oversimplification of the illness as ‘the blues’ or ‘feeling sad’.

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My Experience: Anxiety

Before we get into the details, what is anxiety? Anxiety is defined on Google as a general feeling of unease or worry, and most people will have felt it to some degree at some stage in their lives. It’s usually triggered as a response to something important coming up, like an exam or job interview. People with anxiety disorders, however, can have a variety of triggers for what sets their anxiety off and it can be a difficult thing to manage.

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