FAQ

Which conditions do you have?
Over the span of a mere year and a half I suffered with four bad episodes of gastro-enteritis. Following this, in the beginning of June 2016, I suffered with what my GP believed was another (fifth) case of gastro-enteritis due to high infection levels found in my blood tests. After several more tests, it was confirmed in August 2016 I had Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
When my symptoms still continued after the course of antibiotic treatment, further testing was carried out and it was subsequently discovered in October 2016 I have Colonic Inertia.
In the same month, I was also diagnosed with a Optic Neuritis in my left eye. (Therefore I am awaiting my test results of my MRI in respect of Multiple Sclerosis.)
Following this, in November 2016 after further extensive tests, I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. 
I have suffered with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome for most of my life, however, I only received a diagnosis in April 2017, and since then a lot of my symptoms throughout my childhood now "click" into place (Excuse the pun!!)
Similarly, in April 2017 I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.
May 2017, I was diagnosed with Chronic Migraines, M.E, Orthostatic Intolerance (secondary to my Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and Dermatographism
Finally, in June 2017, I was diagnosed with Autonomic Mediated Syncope, and Autonomic Dysfunction

Where do you live?
I live in West London, in England with my very supportive and wonderful boyfriend-James.

Why did you start blogging?
I came up with the idea to blog one day when I was terribly ill on a walk in the country with my best friend, we were standing in a beautiful field far away from anyone or anything. I was reminded that despite my terrible time right now, there is still so much beauty in the world to be happy about. Sometimes it can be so tricky when those around you don't understand your illness, let alone yourself and you feel like your life has been ripped beneath your feet. My desire to blog remains to motivate myself to seek good in everyday, and remain hopeful and determined to live a full life and not to let my illnesses define me.

Happiest when?
I'm on a beach, snuggling with furry animals, practising yoga, and dining out

Obsessed with?
Anything soft, sunshine, dogs, cats, animals in general, pillows, The O.C, blue skies, swimming, baths, candles, asian food

Dislikes?
Spiders, blood and chronic illness

Loves listening to?
Jungle, Razorlight, Mumford & Sons, Christine and the Queens, The Kooks, Will Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, The Strokes, James Bay, The Libertines

I want to get in touch with you!
If you wish to get in touch, please feel free to do so in the comments. Alternatively, if you wish send me a message directly, please email thehopefulchronic@gmail.com or contact me via any of my social media channels:
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