May is ME awareness month. I try to raise awareness all year around, mostly on my Instagram @bodypositivepear, but I'm making a Special Effort this month to write a piece on it, so from the floor of my living room, whilst wearing fluffy penguin slippers and listening to the "It Follows" soundtrack, I shall bring … Continue reading Inside ME: What You Need To Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(Trigger warning for descriptions of sexual assault and rape.) As a teenager, I was raped by one of my closest male friends. It was a different kind of rape to the one you're expecting to hear about. It may be a form of sexual assault/rape that you never knew existed. Because until recently, I didn't … Continue reading When Your Friends are Friends with Your Rapist
Last month I was diagnosed with ME/CFS, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. I don't know how long I have been ill for, but certainly the past 18 months at least, if not the last few years. I struggle to describe the full extent of the impact that this illness and the diagnosis of … Continue reading 6 Things I Want You To Know About My Chronic Illness
Exercise: it is a prominent part of our lives. It is a prominent thing on our minds. It is something that those with eating disorders use and abuse to lose weight, change their bodies, and deal with negative thoughts and feelings in a negative and unhealthy way, but it is also something that has become … Continue reading Exercise: Is it Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle, or Are You Waging War on Your Body?
I am a 26-year-old woman who wears a size 10/12/14 (this is being a woman isn't it?! What size am I? Who knows...) on top, and a size 14/16 in bottoms. I am classed as obese. And I am sick of hearing my body being talked about negatively in the media. I am sick of … Continue reading The Anti-Obesity Rhetoric Is Not Helping Anyone And We Need To Start Seeing That