Thursday, 3 March 2016



I have another interview with someone who inspires me to share today. This one is with Donna, writer of the blog February Stars (formerly Fibro Geek).

Donna is someone who has shown me endless kindness. She first commented on my blog over a year ago and I was blown away that she had taken the time to leave such a thoughtful response. I've since had the pleasure of getting to know her a bit better and loved working with her when I first launched my business, BearHugs.

If were asked to recommend just one blog to someone living with chronic illness, it would be February Stars. Donna has compiled an incredible amount of content and formed a fantastic resource which is not only informative but also uplifting.

I love Donna's positivity and was not surprised in the least when her amazing attitude shone through in her answers to my questions.


What are you most proud of?

I would have previously said to you something like getting my first class honours degree or landing my dream job. However, I would say that my perspective has definitely shifted since becoming sick. What makes me most proud is what has ultimately helped me to achieve those past successes and what is helping me to move forward and reach my smaller goals today-- my resilience. I am proud of myself for having that. It's what enables me to make the most out of whatever comes my way and I feel it's what keeps me moving forwards.

Who/ what do you look to for inspiration?

There are lots of things that inspire me. I think what it mainly boils down to is doing things or being around people that bring me joy. I guess it just gets me into the right frame of mind.

For my writing, I draw inspiration from what I am personally going through; the highs and lows and how I can use that to help others. That desire to help others is what inspires me to blog.

I also draw inspiration from other people, especially those who have already walked down the path I want to take. If I see someone doing something that I want to achieve, it inspires me to keep going. I want to know everything about them and how they got to where they are!

When chronic illness feels like a bit of a cloud, what's your silver lining?

The people in my life. I am very lucky to have an amazing family and friends who give me so much love and support. They are like my own personal cheerleaders and will pick me up when I need it. They give me a lot of strength.

I would also add to that the connections I have made through blogging and social media. It's really remarkable being able to "meet" and become friends with people who are going through the same thing that you are (and I count you as one :)). There is a deep level of understanding there and the support is incredible. There really is a wonderful community online.

What would your advice be to someone who has recently fallen ill?

My advice would be to listen to your body and do what you feel you need to do. Don't underestimate the importance of rest in the early stages of illness and try to get out of the mindset of pushing to get back to where you were before; it creates stress and is counter-productive.  I think it's important to accept where you are at the present moment but hold onto the belief and hope that things will get better. It takes time though, learn to be patient. Finally, be open to change; even when it means making tough decisions. Often what we resist the most is exactly what we need to do to allow us to move forwards.




  1. I'm so glad to read this interview! Sadly I don't have an access to the Donna's blog, but more than sure that it's a wonderful source for people with chronic illness. Thank you both:)

  2. I'm so sorry you weren't able to access Donna's blog, Polina! I will check the links now in case I have mistyped anything... Sending lots of love your way xx

  3. It's not your fault - I (my computer) just don't have a permission to visit her blog. It might be because of country difference.


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