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 […]

…And another thing from this millennial

Technically, aged 25, I am a millennial. Glossing over the fact that this term throws together millions of young people- at a time in your life where a couple of years, for instance, can make the difference between a near affordable degree and one that will land you with a debt worthy of a small country- does it actually help anyone?

Don’t mind me; I spilt some heparin in your coffee

Ah it’s that time again.  Home Intravenous Antibiotics and work. Always a tricky balance, but one made a lot easier for me this time by  a job I truly enjoy and that I can plan treatment around. Let me take you back a bit, to my last post but one, ‘fear is not conducive to […]

Nothing like a nasal potential difference test to teach a little patience

Patience and perspective come in handy in many professional situations. They’re also pretty useful qualities to have when a doctor is sticking a plastic wire up your nose while passing a tiny electric current through it to measure the transference of ions across your sinus cells. No, I don’t really know what that means either […]

Fear is not conducive to good work

Starting this blog was not easy. I used to struggle with the idea that future employers might pass me over for candidates who didn’t have a serious antibiotic habit going on behind the scenes. I kept CF purely in the personal life tab and didn’t think it was relevant to my work life. Of course,  I […]