Why we must talk about illness when it isn’t life or death
I want to take a minute to tell you why Professional Sick Girl exists. It’s true, I like to write; it’s my way of connecting with the world around me. But the reason I write about the things I do is to raise the profile of people with chronic illnesses, and the many different lives…
Travelling carefree and with a carry-on full of drugs
Previously I’ve written about working with a condition, amongst other aspects of life but I haven’t shared any travel stories. This is the first post in a series on travelling with chronic illness. Fresh out of school 10 years ago, I travelled to Cuba for two months to learn Spanish and fail at Salsa. I…
With every percentage
That scrappy bit of paper above is a list of life ambitions I wrote, aged 18. You can see I didn’t exactly hold back.
My seven to eleven
Do you ever have one of those days where it just feels like life is ruled by numbers? For someone with CF, I don’t really take that much medication, but these are some of the numbers CF can add into the day. 7:00 Wake up. 7:15 Shower and do 5 mins of physio. 7:40 2 puffs of…
Professional discrimination with cystic fibrosis, Part II: Sticking it to the man.
In January 2012, I went to Korea anyway. The previous summer I had posted a message about a Korean-English language exchange in a local oriental food shop. A few weeks later I got a call from a Korean student who was in England on a summer programme and wanted to get some conversation practise with…
Professional discrimination with cystic fibrosis. Part I: on TEFL and South Korea
This is a topic I really want to talk about and if I could give any advice to young adults with health conditions it would be this. I suppose it’s about more than work discrimination, it’s about being comfortable with who you are and having the confidence to believe in your abilities, which is definitely…