Confession time, coping time

But first… one of my articles has been published by The Mighty! Click here to read “6 Coping Mechanisms That Help My Mental and Physical Illnesses”.

The Mighty

The Mighty is a site with information and personal stories about various mental, physical, and chronic illnesses. It’s not a “woe is me” site, but rather a site that tries to share awareness about these illnesses and conditions (many of which are “invisible”) and does a good job of making fellow sufferers feel less alone.

I won’t lie, it took quite a long time for me to decide to actually sit down and write for them even though I’ve been wanting to for some time.

Confession Time

“Carin Marais is a South African fantasy author and copywriter. Her hobbies include knitting and crochet. She has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, OCD, and Meniere’s Disease. She is also currently waiting for clarity on where she has EDS or Fibromyalgia – but as everyone knows, this can take a while.”

That’s my bio on The Mighty and it’s surprising how long it took and how difficult it was to write those few words, mostly because of the stigma still attached to illnesses. Especially if they are invisible. While I have mentioned chronic illness and “flares” on the blog before, I’ve never really said everything that is wrong with me in so many words. Well, now you know. And you know why I sometimes disappear for a bit and talk about having “flares”.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


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