100 Days

100 days. 

100 days of isolation. 100 days of quiet chaos. 100 days lost. 100 days found. 

However you view the past 100 days since this virus took hold of our lives, it has been a journey for each and every one of us. 

At first, I saw this time as a waste of a year. I felt stuck. In a life where I was constantly moving I was forced to stop. 

Not a totally foreign concept to me. I’ve been here before; Been pushed to a stand still thanks to illness. However, this has been the first time I’ve been healthy in doing so.

“What a waste”, I thought.

That is, until I began to shift my thinking.

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Living With Chronic Illness in a Time of Pandemic

I knew this virus was serious before it even landed in Canada. Anyone with a chronic illness knows just how quickly good health can be taken away, and with that, we’re hyperaware of these things that may impact our well-being, regardless of geographics. It’s shared empathy. Shared caution. Shared fear. Shared with those affected, no matter how far away.

For me, being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis ten years ago was life changing in so many ways. My doctor at the time gave me words that would stick with me – “This is life altering, not life ending.” And for the most part, this is true. I say “for the most part” because it does end some parts of your life. It can sometimes feel like it is over, however in the end, I always come back to those words, and remind myself that it could be worse.

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Live Free Canada Podcast

Hi Lovlies!

I recently sat down for a podcast with my friends at Live Free Canada and would love for you all to have a listen! HERE

It’s a raw and completely unrehearsed talk about mental health, Colitis, and the life I live in between.

xo,

D

Bell Let’s Talk Day – 2018

Hi Guys and Dolls,

Here in Canada, today is Bell’s Let’s Talk Day – We all join together in raising our voices to try to help end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Here’s a video of my thoughts and some of my story.

xo,

D

 

Oh what a difference a year can make.

This is a follow up to my blog post from last year that you can find here.

One year ago today, exactly so, I sat in a hospital chair crying after being told that I had a blood clot at the base of my skull. I didn’t even know then just how large it was; how it nearly blocked off an entire vein.

This time last year, I had barely survived the Holidays; sick and in pain, not even the slightest clue what was looming. It was horrible.

But oh what a difference a year can make.

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My Thoughts on Remicade

Hi Guys and Dolls!

I wanted to take a day off from blogging about makeup to do a post highlighting something a little more important.

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Putting Some Fun in Fragmin Injections

Hi Guys and Dolls!

Two days ago, my needle sucked so bad. I lied around writhing in pain after – It was ridiculous. Yesterday, I decided NO – If I’m going to do this every single day, that’s not how things are going to go down. Everything in life is what you make it, and this right here is what I’m making of these needles. Because this is who I am – A strong, independent woman who likes to laugh and dance through life. All of it.

xo,

D

My Invisible Battle

Hi Guys and Dolls,

For 7 years now, I’ve been battling an invisible illness. One, which I’ve only recently become more public about – Something I wish I had done long ago. However, everything in life happens when it should.

I’ve written a small story about what I’ve gone through here – Please give it a read, if you have the chance.

This is my 30th year of life, and I’ve dedicated it, as well as all the years that follow to making a difference by raising awareness and support.

My dear family, friends, and followers, if you can, please donate – Every single dollar counts; In honour of my 30th birthday, and in the hopes that we can find a cure for the ones that follow.

With love,

D

Progress Update – February 20th 2017

Traded in one needle a week for seven. Doesn’t feel like #winning, but if it works, it certainly is 😉

xo,

D

Today Was a Heavy Day

Progress Update – February 17th 2017

Remaining optimistic.