First things first, a really important update. Work on the Invisible Illness Human Library has officially got underway! I’ve started meeting with people who are interested in getting involved and have contacted my first potential venue. It’s not a massive start but it’s a start. It’s super exciting to be dipping my toes back into running events!
I’m currently also trying to recruit a little team to work with me on this project. First and foremost, the people with the stories!
For anyone who wants to be one of our “books” the main things we’re exploring about your stories are:
– Highs and lows
– Organisations that have supported you
– Tips for people to support others with an invisible illness.
We’re looking for each person’s story to last between 5 and 10 minutes.
We’ll be doing a physical event (the human library bit) but I would also love to record your stories and upload them so that we can show that it’s okay to talk about invisible illnesses.
Next up, a little life update. It’s been a really tough couple of weeks recently. I’ve found myself feeling physically and mentally exhausted. Luckily, I’ve had lots of people very kindly making sure that I don’t lock myself away and wallow in my own mad mind! I also received the nicest, most thoughtful gift of all time. I was taken to see Eliza and the Bear which was absolutely amazing and then I was given an incredible, heartfelt card and this beautiful wooden Success in Selflessness guitar pick. It’s really hard to stress how important it is to have amazing friends around you. Try your best not to shut yourself away, even if you’re feeling extremely anxious or your depression is hitting hard. Even send a text to say hi to someone. It will help. I promise.
Wow, here’s hoping you are successful in your venture. This sounds like a great project and I hope you get the green light.
Thanks buddy! I’ve got the funding for it so I’m just in the planning stages now and trying to recruit a bunch of people 🙂