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Living With Chronic Illness: 'I Didn't Look In A Mirror For Five Years'

Thursday 15 August 2019


From PinkNews:


Hannah Shewan Stevens
Hannah is living with chronic illness.

Living with chronic illness: ‘I didn’t look in a mirror for five years’

By Fiona Hayward
August 13, 2019
© 2019 PinkNews.

Living with chronic illness has “not been a linear path” but Hannah Shewan Stevens is learning to embrace being “queer and beautifully scarred.”

After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and scleroderma, a rare autoimmune condition at just 14, Stevens’ relationship with her body broke down.

“At 14 I was dealing with scarring which seemed to be never-ending, which had a huge impact on my confidence as a teenager,” she tells PinkNews.

“I basically didn’t look in a mirror for five years or so, I just refused to acknowledge the condition existed which was both detrimental to my mental and physical health.”


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