Hi! I’m Catherine. So nice to meet you! Let’s get to know each other, shall we? I’ll start…
When chronic illness came into my life I wasn’t sure how my life was supposed to carry on, and for a while it really didn’t. I was stuck. I felt like I had lost everything that made me who I was. I didn’t even feel like a whole person anymore, until one day I picked up a journal and started writing and couldn’t stop. Bit by bit I started to feel like a person again, a little less scared and a little more steady. That’s when I started this blog, and the rest of that story you will find here.
That’s pretty much the gist of it, but for those of you who are like me and like details, here are some more specifics.
I’m in my mid 20’s and I live on the west coast of Canada, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. I am completely hooked on crochet and I watch Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Friends too much. I like bears, hummingbirds, tulips, polka-dots, snail mail, lifesavers and of course yarn.
The whole reason I started writing and blogging in the first place is because I really struggle with my health. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and a few of its friends so I live in a broken body. My biggest challenge is the gastroparesis and GI dysmotility and after trying to get by with a feeding tube for a while I now depend on TPN (IV nutrition) to keep me going. My collection of medical supplies is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself.
I am both realistic and optimistic.I believe in the healing power of humour. I believe in giving other people the benefit of the doubt because everyone is going through something. And I believe in gratitude. I’m grateful for the medicine that keeps me alive. I’m grateful for my family and friends and their incredible support. I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met through this medical mess.
Life isn’t perfect, but it’s not supposed to be and an imperfect life can still be a good life. So I’m just here living my imperfect life, laughing whenever I can, learning from it all and of course blogging along the way.
And I hope you’ll join me.
Not sure where to start? Want to get a better idea of what this is all about? Here are some of my favourite posts:
- Finding my miracle…and finding the name of this blog – the very first post
- The not worst year of my life
- You’re doing a good job – check out this one if you need a little encouragement
- Six years sick: I would rather have a dragon
- Dear new doctor – in response to a letter from a doctor to chronic illness patients
- Happy New Year tutu you
- Life, reality and fairy dust – my secret to staying positive