For a long time I thought my life was "perfect" 💜 A loving husband, a house we had worked so hard to make our own, 2 happy little girls, cars, holidays....life was pretty sweet but in 2015 that all started to change. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a life long condition that at that point I knew nothing about. I started treatment and naively thought it would all get better soon but it didn't. Things got worse and it gradually started to take over my life. My body was being pumped full of drugs but nothing helped. I was so exhausted that I wanted to stay in bed all day but I had 2 little girls to get up and keep working for. As the months rolled by my health continued to deteriorate. By 2017 I was being hospitalised regularly, it had well and truly taken over. My so called "perfect" life was a distant memory. I had the love and support from my family and friends but without my health, I felt like I had nothing. In August of 2017 it all came crashing down. Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of a surgery that without, I wouldn't be here writing this now. I was so sick that I was given no choice but to have my entire large intestine removed. It ultimately saved my life but it left me feeling broken. I was 31 and still had my whole life ahead of me but I felt crushed and hated my body for what it was putting me through 💔 I spent a long time in hospital recovering and it gave me all the time in the world to think about how I was going to handle this. I truly hated what had happened but I had to find a way to love myself again. I couldn't allow myself to feel this way, I'm a role model for two very impressionable little girls.
Perfectly Imperfect, thats what I told myself and it's been my mantra ever since.
Two years later and things are very different. My hospital admissions have slowed right down - winner. I don't take anywhere near the amount of medication that I used to. I feel like I'm finding myself again. My health is like a rollercoaster, I can be up and then come crashing down but I appreciate good health and do everything that I can to live a life thats RICH in health! Be good to yourself, you only get one body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So please girls - stop chasing that so called "perfect" life because news flash 🗣 it doesn't exist. Learn to love all the things about you, maybe you don’t always like them and thats ok but they are part of what makes you you and nothing can ever compare to that. I have my battles, some days are easier than others but when things get tough, I take a step back and look at my Perfectly Imperfect life, because it's the life I choose. Not perfect. Perfectly Imperfect. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are proud to support Crohns & Colitis UK by donating a portion from every sale of our #perfectlyimperfect range to them 💜 I've vowed to spend the rest of my life raising awareness for invisible illnesses life Crohns and Colitis. If you know someone who is affected by IBD - reach out and talk to them about it. They'll appreciate it more than you will ever know.