If you’ve managed to stumble across my site, then welcome & a huge thank you for visiting.
I’m Natalie and a Scouse Spoonie*; a twenty something year old woman trying to figure out the world of chronic illnesses and living amongst and with them… and it’s hard work let me tell you! I live with my husband who incidentally is my best friend and partner in crime.
I am a huge animal lover and particularly dogs; and if my energy allows it I love nothing better than being in nature with my dads dog. I find nature soothing and therapeutic, even if English weather can rarely be relied upon.
I wear my heart on my sleeve and speak openly and honestly about my journeys and experiences, through the grief of loosing my mum to living life with Chronic illnesses – as for me both hit at once. I want to raise awareness on invisible illnesses and give others insight and perspective to topics that often go unspoken about outside of the chronic illness community. Awareness and advocacy are essential in order to prevent others having the same… lengthy experience to diagnosis as me. Whilst additionally helping others in a similar position to not feel isolated or alone.
After a ten year battle, in August 2018 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and six months later received a further diagnosis in my third surgery. It was then that I took to writing a blog to capture my journey and process this new chapter in my life..
In 2019 I was also diagnosed with:
- Thoracic Endometriosis (diaphragm)
- Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Adding to my existing condition of IBS. Needless to say it wasn’t the 12 months of my life, but it was a period in time when I began to get answers for things that had troubled me for years.
Whilst I fight to not let my chronic illnesses define me, they are very much an inescapable part of my life and that of millions of other people; so it’s time to start making the invisible visible.
Happy reading xox