Confessions of a Perpetually Single Sick Girl
Chronic Illness Traveling 101
"For better or for worse, Crohn’s is a part of who I am, and most people that know me know that. There is, however, one glaring exception to my openness about my disease: that exception is hot guys."
Taking Back Sunday
"Traveling: an idea that many individuals with chronic illnesses fear or steer away from. I am the girl to tell you that traveling is possible! My name is Maria and I have a passion for traveling."
"A friend and fellow M.E. sufferer told me calling it Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is like calling Alzhiemers disease "Chronic Forgetfulness Syndrome". I really like this comparison, it puts a context to how insulting it is to the sufferers."
The Beauty in the Battle
"This is letter I wrote to myself, from my "friends", to represent all the things people have said to me over the last year. Hopefully how ridiculous this letter is, will shine some light on how ridiculous people sound to me."
Dear Lady at Target
"Sometimes we are unaware of how strong we really are until we are truly tested. Our bravery and persistence cannot fully be realised until we experience fear and challenges. When you learn that you can survive more than you ever thought you could, it’s a pretty amazing feeling."
"On behalf of all of us woman with our invisible diseases - please think twice before you judge us. Most of us have been through more than you can imagine"
How to Live the Limited Life
"I don’t think any of us ever truly let go of the things in our past. We can put up all the "no trespassing" signs we want, but sometimes we still jump the fence."
Chronic Beauty Calendars
"All this talk of life without limits and "you can be anyone you chose to be." Damaging for those whose limits are not lack of self confidence or intellectual ability. Who writes and talks about those who can barely leave their home?"
Turning my Negative into a Positive
"These were some of the strongest women I’ve ever met. I thought, if this is only a few amazing women, I know there are a million other stories out there to be told."
"Quite recently I read an anonymous comment about someone not wanting to hear about people being ‘tired all the time’. It was not directed at me or anyone, but it hurt because it felt as though it was directed at CFS. It is this lack of understanding that motivates me to keep advocating in the community."
Chronic Illness Awakening
"We've helped normalise illness and make people realise they're not alone, there is always someone somewhere fighting a similar issue. It's amazing what a community can do when they all come together."
"At times felt alone with my illnesses until I go on Instagram or Facebook and talk to the community. I fight each day to keep my head above water and I enjoy helping others feel the same way."