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Kayleigh Herbertson’s posts

Kayleigh Herbertson

About Kayleigh Herbertson

Kayleigh is a 20 something year old woman who is currently living with a chronic pain condition, a skin condition and a mental health condition. Juggling these three can be something of a challenge but she's always ready to take things on head first!

HotRox Handwarmers

22Dec

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With my chest condition, direct application of heat can immediately make breathing comfortable again. And when I’m gasping and wheezing with my chest feeling like it’s caught in a vice, there are a number of avenues I try to keep … Continue reading

  

Living With Damp and Mould, What Are The Health Risks?

16Dec

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My partner and I moved into our current flat in May and, in almost every area, we’ve been incredibly pleased with the move. This is why it was a little disappointing to find that traces of damp began to develop … Continue reading

  

If The Sports Bra Fits, Jump in it!

4Nov

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I love my sports tops, I have about four matching Lonsdale sets that are always ready for an impromptu workout. I don’t tend to wear sports bras, especially those with underwire, because they tend to compress my chest. Instead I … Continue reading

  

Holidays With Conditions In Mind

30Oct

It’s true that having a health condition really finds it’s way into all kinds of facets of your life. As I’ve mentioned previously, my chest reacts incredibly badly to the cold, which makes winter something of a pain. So I’m … Continue reading

  

The Pillow Fort: A Magazine For Chronic Health Problems

28Oct

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Living with a condition today is very different from when I was first diagnosed. It’s much easier to find documentation, research and advice on any number of strange health problems. Spelling Teitze’s Syndrome correctly is something of a demand for … Continue reading

  

My Experiences With Suicidal Thoughts

19Sep

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When I was 15 I attempted to kill myself. In a very typical story I was ground down by school, home and in an abusive relationship with an older man. There seemed to be no end, no escape that I … Continue reading

  

When a Skin Condition Returns

3Sep

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It was touch-and-go for a while but now I’m certain: my rosacea has returned with vengeance. Once again my skin is flushed, flaky, spotty and my god so itchy! I’m ashamed of how much I’ve been scratching lately but half … Continue reading

  

What Are Weak Ankles?

29Aug

I suffer from weak ankles, as does my friend. Key difference? I’m self diagnosed. I don’t even know when I started saying this about myself or even where I heard it from. I’ve been reporting “weak ankles” since I was … Continue reading

  

“Breathing’s Just a Luxury”

25Aug

I was incredibly moved by Saz’s recent post about how some Coldplay lyrics had proven to have a deeper meaning relating to her experiences with Epilepsy. I feel the same when it comes to my own condition. There are certain … Continue reading

  

Gemstone Healing: A Not-So-Serious Look

12Aug

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Whenever I see advertisements for herbal medicine, gemstone healing and magnetic treatments I can’t help but feel a tug of curiosity. I know that such forms of complementary therapy are offering non-specific results at best and expensive placebos at worst … Continue reading

  

When Did I Need Help?

9Aug

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When it comes to this question, the answer for all three of my conditions seems to be “months before I actually tried to get any”. It’s pretty much the case of everyone I meet, a total reversal of hypochondriacs and … Continue reading

  

No Pain, No Gain? Keeping Fit with Tietze syndrome

1Aug

I know that almost all gyms and fitness instructors have long-since moved away from the die-hard dedication to “No pain, no gain” but it can still be a psychological issue for someone with a chronic pain condition. Depending on what … Continue reading

  

Surprising Responses to Chronic Conditions

24Jun

It never fails to amaze me how people can instantly become Drs and start prescribing you treatments, no matter what the condition. Some people will offer you home remedies, some will tell you about an amazing new treatment they heard … Continue reading

  

The Things We Give Up For Our Conditions

19Mar

It’s been a long time since I’ve breathed as confidently as I do now. My chronic pain condition seems to be fading away of its own accord and I’m left dumbfounded at the grip it has had on my life … Continue reading

  

Sunbathing With a Skin Condition

7Oct

I suffer from rosacea, so the skin on my face can break out into an itchy and blotchy rash seemingly at a moment’s notice. It also makes my skin look flushed and red, particularly around my cheeks. Safe to say, … Continue reading

  

The Damaging Desire to Compare Conditions

26Sep

When it comes to longstanding medical conditions that aren’t common knowledge, it can be a real pain to make yourself understood. Sometimes it’s tempting to liken your condition to one that is more well-known but I’ve found that sometimes it … Continue reading