With the weather starting to warm up, I can’t help but hate this time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I love feeling the sun on my skin, but I dread having to wear clothes where I have to show a little bit more skin. There is really no escaping having to wear a skirt or dress, and this makes…

I never really know how to tell people I have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (T.O.S). Whenever I do tell people, they seem to just look at me blankly as if they’re thinking: “but you don’t look like you have a disability”; “but you’re a swimmer?” or “that’s a bit extra for pins and needles”.  How do you tell someone who you’ve…

Walkers wanted for the Ultra Challenge on the Isle of Wight in May 2020. Sometimes you come across an idea. You like that idea but you don’t fully explore it then and there. You go on about your day. But the idea keeps returning to your mind. It keeps coming back the next day. And the next. And when that…

Ooh, tricky. It is difficult to judge when the time is right to tell someone you have a chronic illness. Whether it be a new boyfriend/girlfriend, a new boss, or that work colleague Sandra who always takes a handful of Digestives for her cuppa and never leaves any for you, it's always hard to decide when to bite the bullet and just discuss what…

I’m a millennial-gen z hybrid through and through. There’s no end to ways in which I can use an avocado, my coffee order has more syllables than a Haiku and I’d rather give up showering than give up my Insta grid. True to form, I’m also an adept exerciser of ‘self-care’, a concept which has been banded about in social…

Vegan, plant-based, reducetarian, flexitarian, vegetarian, pescatarian ― there are so many labels out there that differentiating between them has become waaay too confusing don’t you think? I gotchu though, here is the breakdown. Since recently becoming someone who identifies as eating a (mostly) plant-based diet, I’ve had friends call me out on my fish-inclusive meals whilst others have been left…

My name is Abbie, I’m 22, I have been swimming since I was 3, and I have an invisible disability called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (T.O.S). I started competing when I was 8 and have loved swimming ever since. I managed to compete up to regional level when I was a teenager, and more presently, national level at BUCS.  When I…

It's okay, to not be okay

We hear about mental health a lot more nowadays, but it’s still not talked about enough. It’s something I’ve wanted to write about for a long time but also have been reluctant in doing so because we all have battles of our own, and probably a lot of mine, I’ve either only shared with a few people or with no…

Many people say social media is toxic and can lead to an unhealthy image of how a body should look and the subsequent anxiety that leads to. I agree that in several ways social media can be bad; I rarely use Facebook or Snapchat anymore as all anyone ever does is portray a skewed version of their best selves which…

The majority of people know that when you suffer mentally your mood is unwillingly affected, this has harmful affects on not only yourself, but those surrounding you. You may lash out in anger, or frustration, or just because your brain is exhausted. When your a parent and looking after tiny humans – your stress levels are already at a high…