About

“The little things that kill you make you glad to be alive.” – C’est La Vie, Protest The Hero

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Hey there! My name is Claire, I am in my mid-twenties and I spend most of my time talking utter bollocks. I’m married to The Best Man in The World (otherwise known here as the Husband), and we live at home in Birmingham with our adorable dog Lady.

I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety back in 2003 when I was only 13 after a period of self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Having bounced between therapies, medications and similar episodes and breakdowns over the years, I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in August 2014.

It took me a very long time to accept that my mental health was something I needed help with – I’m still coming to terms with my disorder, amongst other things, but I want to use my experiences to help those who may need it. So, I decided to start this blog back in April 2015 to talk about my life with BPD along with other ramblings. I ramble a lot.

I spend most of my time writing, but I do also volunteer for a well-known organisation – something I am incredibly passionate about. I’m also taking an Access module with The Open University in preparation for taking my Psychology degree next year. My BPD makes getting and keeping a ‘normal’ job almost impossible, but that isn’t going to stop me from doing what I love and showing the world what I’m made of.

Random things about me;

  • I’m a huge nerd – I met my husband playing Magic: the Gathering! We have three bookcases full of sci-fi, fantasy and horror books in our home.
  • I fucking love video games. I’ve put nearly 800 hours into Final Fantasy XIV since last year…
  • Last Christmas, Mark Hamill liked one of my tweets and that was awesome.
  • I love trashy TV.
  • I’ve been with Slimming World since last year and I love it.
  • I own far too many red lipsticks…
  • I still cry over the John Lewis Christmas advert with the penguin. The Husband still mocks me for it.

 

 

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8 Responses to About

  1. memeethemuse says:

    Hi Claire.

    I am sorry to hear about your dad. I couldn’t read it though. I lost my dad unexpectedly 2 years ago and still struggle daily with the loss… it can be immeasurable. The fact that you wrote such a long piece about it tells me your loss is similar.

    I found your blog via the Mental Health writers guild. I am reaching out to you today because I co-host a mental health awareness blog and would love for you to consider writing a letter to borderline personality disorder. We are always looking for contributors, and no one gets turned away. It is my belief that the more we speak out about living with mental illness the sooner we can come to a world without stigma, a world in which we who suffer from mental disorders can walk freely side-by-side with others without the burden of trying to hide our own truths.

    I am providing a link to our About page in the hopes you will check out our site and join us in working towards greater acceptance and, some day, end stigma altogether. Thank you.

    https://letterstothemindblog.wordpress.com/about/

    Memee
    Letters to the Mind

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    • Claire says:

      Hey Memee,
      I’m really sorry about your loss. I lost my dad ten years ago, and my mom nearly three. Grief is a terrible inevitable thing that we all have to face at some point, and it’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
      I would love to contribute to your blog. I’ll have a look at the link and I will definitely get back to you. Thanks for reading and stopping by – and I would certainly love a world without stigma, that’s what I’m working towards myself. X

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      • memeethemuse says:

        Thank you for your kind words, Claire. I really do appreciate them. I am excited to have you join our little blog community. I think our cause is so vital to helping people survive these illnesses. The shame and fear and anger and fear that society puts upon us has cost far too many casualties!

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  2. Hiya honey,

    I’d like to pm you but I don’t really do blog stuff so I’m not sure how. We need to talk.

    I’m guessing you can manage the vagaries of how the F&£@ we overcome my technical shortcomings easier than I can. Please message me. We’ll both be glad you did. 😉

    Keep your chin up sugar,

    Ixx

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  3. Stephanie says:

    Hello Claire,

    Is there a way for me to contact you via email?

    Thank you,
    Stephanie

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