Life With Kadie & A Story About A Girl
Hello! Welcome to Life With Kadie. This a personal blog about lifestyle, chronic illness and mental health. I was born in 1980 making me a unique part of two generations, Generation X and the Millennials or Gen Y. I identify with both and neither. I am married to the love of my life Edward (aka Eddie) pictured below with me on our wedding day and we have 2 beautiful cats. A handsome big man named Max pictured below and a handsome little boy named Mango pictured with me above (13 weeks at the time this picture was taken last week). I started blogging in the early 2000’s on my blog A Story About A Girl.
You can head over there for older posts if you want. I decided recently I needed a bit of a change and after purchasing this domain as a lifestyle, chronic illness and mental health blog I decided to combine them down into one blog as I don’t have time to keep up with both. My aim with this blog is mostly to write about how chronic illness and mental health issues affect everyday life and also look at ways to adapt and overcome obstacles related to both.
Chronic Illness & Me
Over the years I have been diagnosed with many chronic illnesses including Fibromyalgia, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, Migraines, Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria and Dermatographia as well as Asthma. I am also in the process of being diagnosed possibly with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) or some sort of Dysautonomia.
All of these illnesses or conditions have caused struggles with living my life the way I thought I wanted to live it. Eventually, though I have realized that it is what you make of it and you can always adapt for the most part and still live the life you were hoping to live, if not slightly differently. I’ve learnt to never give up and always have hope.
Mental Health & Me
I have also been diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety (GAD) and Panic Disorder years ago and through medication, I pretty much have them under control at the moment. It can be a constant struggle but there are so many good times among the bad and that it makes it all worthwhile. Though it’s taken years to get to the point I am at right now. I am in a good place where I have learned to accept help, take medication when needed and love and accept myself for who and how I am.
I have used blogging over the years as a way to cope first with mental health issues and then later with the chronic illnesses. As I mentioned I started blogging in the early 2000’s and have been blogging somewhat steadily ever since. It’s one of the best forms of therapy I have found and I enjoy sharing things with others just in case they may help or at the very least to let you know you are not alone. If you want to read any of my older posts you can click here or on “old posts” in the menu up top to be taken to storyboutagirl.org my old blog which has been around since 2003 though I lost the first two years of posts somehow so they only go back to 2005.
If you have any questions please feel free to comment or contact me.