Don’t just survive, thrive!But for individuals living with a chronic illness, sometimes surviving is all we can do. There’s no shame in that.
Hi, I'm August.
I was first diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and migraines in 2010. I was 15. Over the past 8 years, the diagnoses have only accumulated, and my patience has waned. I finally realized that I had to take my health into my own hands, that no magic pill would fix all my problems. I had to put in the work.
In 2016, I started this blog to share my journey to wellness. From trying yoga and essential oils to crystal healing and meditation, it feels like I’ve dabbled in everything. In the process, I’ve grown to accept my odd quirks and (mostly, if we’re being honest!) overcome the shame that comes with chronic illness stigma.
A year after starting this blog, I had connected with so many people experiencing a chronic illness that I wanted to add a variety of perspectives to Survival is a Talent. I wanted it to be a platform for the chronically ill to share their stories. This is how Stories of Survival started…
Stories of Survival is a monthly feature where individuals with a chronic mental or physical illness share their personal story. From embracing bipolar disorder to managing fibromyalgia, each story is unique and brings the reader into the life of an individual who knows the true meaning of survival.Many individuals who have recently been diagnosed may feel alone in their struggles. Sharing your story can provide encouragement and fight stigma. Speaking up may be hard, but it can be therapeutic to open up. If you’re interested in sharing your story, take a look at our guidelines and fill out the contact form below!
HUGE thanks to Abby Whittredge, Daniel Watts, and Emily Deibler for supporting this blog and helping raise chronic illness awareness!