I’ve been getting so carried away with work and the summer hols with the family that I missed Ordinary world of Fay’s 1st anniversary…. I’m so forgetful!
I’m going to take the time to recap what I have learnt and overcome in a year of blogging about living with Lipoedema. First of all I’d like to say how truly amazed I am with the support from people that have joined me on my journey and of course my family and friends that have been super brilliant.
When I first decided to write about coping with Lipoedema I was petrified! I think my hands hovered over the keyboard for at least 30 minutes while I debated with myself on whether to reveal myself to the world. I remember thinking “If I do this, everyone will know” but you know what? I’m so glad I did.
Before I started my blog I hid a lot about myself from almost everyone, because I was ashamed of who I was and how I looked. I always wore the same clothes, had low self esteem and I didn’t feel very feminine.
In a year I have learnt that I’m no different to anyone else, really. After all, we all come in different shapes and sizes but we are all people that have feelings. I have met and spoken to some great people that also suffer from Lipoedema. I have joined support groups that have given so much information and different perspectives that I’m learning new things about the condition all the time.
I can honestly say I have gained a little bit of confidence in the clothes I wear. I have actually ventured outside in leggings (I know!!) and I actually felt happy about it 😀 but best of all I felt comfortable.
See I’m smiling! Hate my lippy arms too though 😦 I notice them getting bigger.
My diet has changed a fair bit, I eat a lot healthier. I have gained weight lately though, I heard working nights can play a part in that. I’m not sure how true that is. I don’t think my eating pattern helps. When I’m working my whole eating regime changes so my tea would be between 2am – 5am. I will just have try harder at losing it 😀
Back on the clothes subject I have been seen in public with a dress on that hangs above the knee! Admittedly I was a little bit paranoid all night (I was out celebrating my sister’s hen party). I couldn’t help feeling like people were looking, they probably weren’t but it was hard to get the idea out of my head. One step at a time eh?
Finally, I find it easier to talk about it to people, I’m not so ashamed for people to know I have Lipoedema, mostly because I know that it’s NOT MY FAULT. I didn’t cause this therefore I shouldn’t feel ashamed.
I started this blog 22nd July 2015, I may not have published a lot of blog posts and it may not seem a lot is happening in my life, but inside I feel I have accomplished more than I hoped for.
Onwards and upwards! 🙂