Who am I? This is a question I ask myself so often, the short answer is this…

I am a wife, a mother, and a friend, I live in the country, and have a beautiful loyal dog and four feisty cows – at first glance you would agree with me, my life is pretty amazing! I smile a lot, have a pretty curious sense of humour, and have pretty much perfected the act of hiding my illnesses (to avoid making others feel uncomfortable, and for fear of judgement)! Plus I have a fantastic husband of more than 16 years who I love dearly (and who loves me in return), and two awesome children who light up my life.

However, like all good things, there is an end. The past few years have been a struggle to survive as my “invisible” illnesses soared to severe limits.

I have suffered deeply with anxiety and panic disorders, severe depression, and post traumatic stress disorder most of my life. These combine with ongoing pain from daily headaches and other chronic health issues, due to a bad car accident in 2014 which caused moderate spinal damage.

Happily though, through the support of a great team of people, my husband included, I am finally on the road to being able to recover and learn how to manage the invisible illnesses which have, in the past, controlled me.