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Bipolar Type I
"When I am unwell, I hear voices and feel suicidal and need to go to hospital...now I want to be a positive role model and voice who are struggling with mental health issues"
Endometriosis, anorexia, anxiety +
"My struggles with mental health not only affected me internally but also externally. I want women to know they aren’t alone and that their pain is seen and heard."
"Despite my many hospital admissions and over 20 surgeries, I feel like I am living my life to the fullest."
Fibromyalgia, PTSD, insomnia +
"Initially it started as typical whiplash presents, but over the course of the months the pain and emotional toll on my body progressed and became widespread."
Chronic pain, PTSD +
"It has become so bad that due to the heavy amounts of pain killers I am on, the doctors have told me that I might go to sleep one night and not wake up"
SVT, IBS, Chronic fatigue +
"I have struggled for years since my symptoms started to appear when I was a teenager, potentially as far back as the age of 10 or 11."
MCAS, dysautonomia, BPD+
"MCAS is the most challenging aspect of my life; unable to predict what I can safely eat, I have to carry an epi pen around in case I have an attack - it can even be to perfume."
Rare heart condition
"When I was 19, I was diagnosed with a rare heart condition after catching a parasite in South Africa, where I was volunteering."
POTS, May Thurner syndrome +
"My journey to diagnosis was not easy. I faced a health care system that treated me like I was making stories up when I entered the hospital with chest pain."
"I have been discouraged by the lack of awareness in the medical field concerning my birth condition, as I often have to educate doctors before they can treat me. "
Ulcerative colitis, IBS +
"Months and months of not being able to shower myself, walk without crutches, drive or work, put me in a downwards spiral."