Hello my darlings.

If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you’ll know that in addition to being an intensely creative, busy, curious, and generally chatty person, I also struggle with chronic illness.

And I have the double whammy of both physical and mental conditions.

These features of the Essie-package are ones that effect my life – and that of my family – in profound and far-reaching ways. And they’re ways that I’m still coming to understand.

In an effort to get to grips with this, I’ve decided to film my life for one year, and really create a picture of what it’s like to live with chronic illness. Because that’s the thing about it being chronic: it’s ongoing. It’s impact is such that it can really only be truly understood when looked at in a wide angle, longitudinal way. So that’s what I’m going to attempt.

The first thing I did was make an introductory video, outlining the various conditions with which I’ve been diagnosed, some of their symptoms, and how they interact. You can find that here:

And starting on the first day of 2017, I began to vlog. I’ll be uploading weekly videos all year, and painting a picture of what this is like (the first couple are a little long at around 20 mins each, but fear not, I’m getting better at editing, and they’ll get snappier as I go).

You can find week 1 here:

Here is a link to the channel if you would like to subscribe. It would mean the world to me if you would.

Whether you’re a fellow sufferer of mental or chronic illness, or you’re just interested to learn what it’s like, I hope you’ll find it encouraging or enlightening.


I’ll be back soon with some other video things – and of a much more cheerful and crafty nature!