Well hello! My name is Pippa Stacey, and I’m a disabled freelancer based in Yorkshire. I split my time between writing and blogging, speaking and presenting, and working in communications consultancy in the charity sector. In my free time I enjoy theatre, reading, and fundraising, and can usually be found wearing the cosiest of loungewear and drinking *all* the tea.
When I was a teenager, I acquired a debilitating chronic illness. This completely changed my busy, active way of life and it took a huge amount of time and effort to find my feet and adjust to my new normal.
However, once things seemed a little less like the end of the world, I began to feel more like ‘myself’ again and rediscover my sparkle. I found the chronic illness community on social media and for the first time, I was able to connect with other people I could relate to. From there I started rebuilding my confidence and sharing my own story, and this led to media opportunities as well. It started with speaking up about being a university student with a long-term illness, but these days I find myself happily chatting about anything to do with being a young adult with a life-alerting condition.
I’ve always been a writer, but all through this topsy-turvy time, writing has been my lifeline.
It’s something that I really love to do, and something my condition thankfully hasn’t taken away from me. Living with a long-term illness has taught me to find humour in even the most bizarre situations, leading to plenty of what my friends have affectionately named ‘Life Of Pippa’ moments. Therefore, in 2017 I decided to launch my own blog of the same name, centred around the things that are most important to me.
I’ve been part of the online world for almost a decade now, and I’m truly thankful for the opportunities that sharing my story has brought me. I’m building a freelance career that I love, connecting with thousands of brilliant people through my social media platforms, and have even managed to pick up some shiny awards and accolades along the way.
Above all else, I hope to document my mission to live my very best life and chase my ambitions in a way that works for me – alongside my chronic illness, rather than despite it. It’s not easy when your dreams are bigger than your daily energy allowance, but I’m doing my best to find the balance and show compassion to myself in the process. My condition and lived experiences have shaped the person I am today, and I hope that with all I’ve learned and continue to learn, I can try and open the door for others too.
Thank you so much for reading, and welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. If you’d like to get in touch, be sure to say hello on social media, find out more about my work, shop my books and eBooks, or contact me via email at [email protected]!