I’m a keen reader, avid binge-watcher, and am at my most comfortable curled up under a blanket with a nice hot drink and some fluffy socks.
As I’m sure is probably quite apparent, I started Chronically Clumsy as a way to process my diagnosis with a chronic illness in 2018, Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, to be specific.
What started as my equivalent of screaming into the void slowly evolved from an outlet to vent my grief and frustration, to a place for introspection and hope. As I rediscovered my love of writing, I realised that there was an opportunity to grow C.C. from being able to just help myself, to helping others.
When I decided to grow my blog, I searched the internet for inspiration, immersing myself in the chronic illness community, learning about spoon theory and zebras and a whole other world I’d never known existed. These incredible creators have inspired in me a passion for advocacy, and the determination to, in my own small way, follow in their footsteps.
I also realised how few Australian chronic illness creators there were, and so, in my own small way, I hope that sharing my story will help towards filling that void.
I know that when I was searching for answers, it was the unknown that I was afraid of above all else. It would have been so incredibly reassuring to hear from someone who had also experienced similar challenges in the same context.
However, it’s important to note that I refuse to let myself be defined by my illness. It’s a part of me, but it’s not all of me. As much as I can, I try to keep busy and live as full and rich a life as possible.
I’m currently in my final year of university studies, and working part time in a large law firm in Sydney’s CBD. I am slowly returning to physical activities, with the goal of returning soon to competitive Irish dancing.