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18 July 2018

- Dear Chronic Illness -




















Last year I wrote a letter and it has now been published in the book 'Dear Chronic Illness' along with fifteen other women's letters who sufferer with chronic illnesses.

I'm proud to have my name within the same book as these ladies because not only have we shared a big side of our lives with the world, but also because our illnesses are something we fight every day and every one of us can still openly talk about it in a light-hearted manner. 

It proves that rather than dwell on the rather unfortunate situation you've been handed in life, people with illnesses instead never take themselves too seriously, feel sorry for themselves or anything remotely along those lines. They are often some of the most positive people I have ever met, who want to do nothing more than try and live their own life and simply love and appreciate every moment of it!

The book 'Dear Chronic Illness' is by my dear friend Pippa of Spoonie Survival Kits. Spoonie Survival Kits make and sell bags full of surprises that help to put a smile on chronic illness sufferers faces, the kits/items on the website are also made by chronic illness sufferers too. So it really is a great community! All money from the books sales go back in to Spoonie Survival Kits to help with running and also bringing new ideas to the enterprise. 

The book was also published by Wallace Publishing and after reading our stories from the book they are now offering volunteering roles/work experience opportunities for chronically ill/disabled people, which makes my heart so happy!! This means that people who wish to join the publishing world are being given the first step to achieving their dream, how amazing is that?! It really feels like another great little step for the chronically ill world.




















I won't give away any of my letter, but I summed up what life has been like over the past nine years in as little words as possible. I wanted to keep it to the point, whilst also giving a good insight into how chronically ill life has treated me. So be sure to grab yourself a copy of the book and let me know what you think!

After nine years, I feel lucky enough to say that I feel as though life is starting to pick up for me now. I remember lying in bed and just daydreaming about simply being outside in the world, being at the beach, within the countryside, seeing friends and just being able to enjoy normal everyday things that I wasn't once able to do. 

I used to have to tell myself that I could see the light at the end of the tunnel- to not only feel better about the situation I had found myself in and give myself hope, but also because I truly knew in the back of my mind that one day I would be there and I wasn't destined to spend forever in my bed. 

A few years later and here I am... 




















I can honestly say that I feel as though I am now living within that light at the end of the tunnel. I still have a way to go, but past very unwell Olivia's dreams are coming true and it's honestly the most wonderful feeling! 

It's crazy how dreams can be things as little as being able to enjoy the outdoors, but that's what being unwell does, it makes you appreciate the near insignificant things in life and that's something I'll be forever grateful for. 

There really is a life after illness. If you're reading this and are in the situation I once found myself in, then always hold on to the hope and never, ever let it go! Just know that you'll reach that light at the end of the tunnel too. When that is your dream, you really will make it!

You can purchase a copy of 'Dear Chronic Illness' at the links below and read our light-hearted insights into living life with chronic illness. It's now available at Barnes And Nobel, as well as Amazon!
                                                 
Amazon eBook: Here - Amazon Paperback: Here - Barnes And Nobel: Here

Thank you having me be a part of such an exciting opportunity Spoonie Survival Kits and to all the women in this book... here's to girl power! 
                                              

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