Living with the symptoms of a brain tumour everyday can take its toll. The rare brain disease, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension changed my life just two years ago. I didn't intend IIH Awareness Month (fill yourself in with more posts in this series) to become so self-absorbed but it's surprisingly difficult to write about a subject so close to your heart, that affects your every move without referring to your own experiences.
Pretty, polished and professional photos are more important than ever in the bloggersphere and I'm all over that. I love flower filled images with fancy focus on a B&Q floor-sample background. However, when it comes to learning photography skills or even just pressing shoot on the camera, my IIH impairs me. Short-term memory loss and poor concentration are symptoms caused by the the build up of pressure within the skull. Knowing that you were once able to research and remember something but now have to google the same question a thousand times over is frustrating.
Whether I'm in front of the camera or behind, taking photos is physically a struggle. Your brain being squashed hurts, let me tell you, but pressure headaches intensify when moving. Moving to stand up, sit down, bend over, reach or change positions. Damn sure, I'll try my best to get a perfect shot of 'that mascara' or 'that dress' but you can bet my body will be paying me in pain later.
IIH gave me cognitive impairment, the bitch. Feeling lost and confused in a place I once knew so well is infuriating, not to mention scary. I don't find writing content easy, at all, and it certainly isn't as quick as it used to be. Being a fast-thinker is something IIH takes away and it often leaves you feeling like a blank book. Of course I wouldn't blog if I didn't enjoy it, I couldn't think of a hobby to suit my beauty obsessed personality more. Its given me hope.
As a final push for IIH Awareness Month and to say thank you for the amazing support, I'm giving away a Charlotte Tilbury Luscious Lip Slick in a colour on your choice. Please read the T&Cs to enter, good luck.
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T&Cs: Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and complete the mandatory tasks. Extra entries can be gained by completing the optional tasks. One winner will be chosen at random to win a Charlotte Tilbury Luscious Lip Slick. The winner can select a shade that is in stock and available at the time the giveaway ends and has responded to me. The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date and must respond within 7 days to claim their prize. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, another winner will be chosen. Open to UK residents aged 18 or over. The closing date is 30th September 2015 at 23:59 (GMT).