Diagnosed With A Chronic Disease at 19: My Initial Thoughts

Life isn't a race and your pace, whatever that is, as long as it works for you, is the perfect pace. 📷 @littlearthlings

So yeah… this is, perhaps, the biggest plot twist of my life thus far.

I never expected it. I mean, you can’t really expect to be diagnosed with a chronic illness, but this really did come out of nowhere.

And to be honest with you, It’s very daunting. Everything has happened so fast and it hasn’t really kicked in that this will be my life from this moment forward.

So… what’s the diagnosis?

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“Spikes Down My Throat”

 

To cut a long story short, my drink was spiked in a club a few nights ago. I think it’s one of those things that you constantly hear about happening, but yet the full effect of it never really hits until it happens to you.

 

Now, I’m not going to use this platform to complain about all the reasons it shouldn’t have happened to me, and I’m also not going to use this as a way to preach feminism because the truth is that the world isn’t perfect and things like this happen every day. Although it sucks that it happened to me, there’s not much I can do about it now.

Something I do want to touch on, however, is how I have been feeling since it happened. Not so much physically, but emotionally.

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The thought of blacking out and not remembering what happened in the span of half a night utterly frightens me. I’ve had friends tease me about the things I said and did while under the influence of this surprise substance and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Not having control and memory of my mind and body is quite possibly one of the scariest things to ever happen to me… and no one deserves to feel so helpless.

I was found in quite an alarming state with my skirt inside out. Whilst I am almost certain that I wasn’t sexually abused or taken advantage of in any way, my mind has been full of what if’s and how about’s ever since.

The idea of someone wanting to prey on/take advantage of another person (regardless of their gender) seems so deranged to me. It boggles my mind as to how someone could feel so entitled to need someone’s attention so desperately that drugging them is the only way to get it. No means no in every way, shape and form, and no matter how high and mighty you may think you are, no one is so authorized to overstep that right.

How is something so absolutely messed up so normal these days!?

Why must we teach young males and females to look out for drugs in their drinks when we should be teaching the minority not to do it in the first place?

I have never felt so violated and out of touch with myself in my entire life. In that moment, I felt so unworthy of my own body, as if someone else required it more than me. It was then that the host of my existence didn’t feel to be in my own control, and only then where I felt the most at fear.

I would like to ask the minority to learn to love, respect and treat others the way you would like to be treated; because frankly, there is no reason not to.

An Open Letter to the Class of 2017

It won’t be all rainbows and butterflies, but it’ll be one of the best years of your life.

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So, I’ve always been meaning to write a little post about what my senior year was really like… but the urge only just hit me when I noticed a large influx of new Year 12’s posting photos of their “Last First Day’s” of High School (and felt a hell of a lot of nostalgia).

Being someone who only JUST graduated from high school made me feel (somewhat) equipped to write a little letter to those who are about to go through the heaven and hell that is your Senior Year. I hope this letter provides a little insight to your year and lets you in on a few life hacks that I wish I had been warned of before starting.

So without further ado, here is my open letter to the class of 2017…

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A Complete Guide to Surviving Your Year 12 Formal/Prom

Ahh… the grand ‘ol Year 12 Formal. Arguably the most anticipated, over-hyped and stressful date for all aussie school-leavers…

Since I have just graduated from my final year of secondary schooling, I thought that now would be the perfect time to write a post on the reality of the anxiety-increasing, stress-driven ‘night of nights’ that every teenage girl dreams of. I have lived through the heaven and hell that is Year 12 formal so you don’t have to make the mistakes that the rest of us did.

Buckle up, ladies (and gents)… it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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100+ Coffees: #3

Layne

“Life is just so hard… Like this bread”

 

So I’m 100% sure that we have all stalked someone’s Facebook or Instagram profile at some point in our lives… In this day and age, it’s a given really. But what are the odds of them stalking you back at the exact same time?

Meet Layne – or better known as @layne.co, the social-media stalking sensation and new interviewee of the 100+ Coffees saga.

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5 Underrated Rap & R’n’B Artists of the 2010’s

Anyone who knows me personally will be more than aware of my endless love and appreciation for all things musical. Whether it’s the bubblegum pop of One Direction, the ever-so-explicit raps of Tyler the Creator, the funky fire of James Brown or even the deep and bassy drops of Diplo; music is something that defines and lets me express myself in the form of sound.

Growing up, my dad was without a doubt my biggest influence on music and contributed to my love (and not to mention education) on all things funk, hip-hop, rap, soul and house-related. Being a man of all genres, my dad showed me how to look deeper into songs and passed on his respect for music to me.

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Me, probably listening to some sick beats back in the day

Even though I appreciate all genres, I won’t hesitate to admit that some stand out more than others. Rap, Hip-Hop and R’n’B have always hit a soft spot for me and grabbed my attention the quickest. You can usually find me searching through the iTunes charts under those particular genres and forever scrolling through the ‘recommended for you’ and ‘listeners also bought’ categories on iTunes and Youtube. Not only this, but reading music reviews, scrolling Ticketek and checking out what my friends are listening to help me further expand my music library.

As my first official music post on my blog, I have decided to write about my favourite underrated Rap and R’n’B artists to give my readers a further insight of my musical taste and possibly provide some new tunes to jam to!

(P.S – A SPOTIFY PLAYLIST WITH MY FAVOURITE SONGS FROM THE LISTED ARTISTS WILL BE AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE! MAKE SURE TO GIVE IT A LISTEN!)

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2016 Billboard Music Awards Fashion Review

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Being someone who eagerly awaits the Billboard Music Awards each year and OBVIOUSLY fits into the criteria of a professional fashionista, it is with great excitement that I write this blog post. I have carefully chosen out my favourite hits and misses in the 2016 Red Carpet Fashion scene and hope that my opinions are somewhat universal. So without further a due, here are my uneducated thoughts on the Billboard Music Awards Fashion for 2016.

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100+ Coffees: #2

Sammi

“Hang on, we got food”

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I met the beautiful Sammi about two years ago after we got introduced online by my childhood best friend and her school friend, Georgia. One day in the winter holidays, being the boring teenagers we are, we both decided to finally meet up in person and go see a movie. We bonded instantly at our first hello and collectively spoke to each other as if we had been friends for a lifetime.

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