'You would have no idea I'm suffering a chronic illness from my Instagram feed,' reveals Irish blogger Aisling Chan
Irish blogger Aisling Chan has revealed she intends to be more open with her followers, including detailing her experience battling a chronic illness.
The 20-year-old from Dublin said she was inspired to be more transparent about the non-Instagrammable moments of her life amid the backlash in the Irish blogging community about over-editing or manipulating images on their feed.
Chan took a break from updating her blog, both to focus on improving her health, self doubt and "pure laziness" and is back with a bang - reflecting on the importance of being honest with the members of a community you helped build. She also revealed she has been battling fibromyalgia, which is a disorder that affects pain receptors in the body, as well as fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
"My time away has let me reflect on things and I want to be real and authentic with everything I do," she wrote on her blog. "I just want to write about things that make me happy and not worry what other bloggers are doing because we're all different...A lot of people don't realise that Instagram is a highlight reel of peoples lives and so many girls are comparing themselves to these one-time photos that show a split second of a person's lives."
"If you take look at my Instagram you would have no idea that I am suffering with a chronic illness. I feel as though I'm not being truthfull (sic) by not speaking about something that affects me almost every day. I think it's important to remember everyone is human and has their own issues that they deal with. What you see online isn't always real life."
Chan said she's had to adapt to a "new normal" which involves constant pain, adding: "y joints and muscles all over my body ache almost everyday, I get migraines and I'm constantly exhausted due to chronic fatigue. Basically it feels like my body is sick - you know that horrible pain your body gets when you have the flu.. except I don't have the flu."
She's now focused on ways to "keep my soul happy" which includes beauty and fashion updates. "If I dressed for how I felt I would wear a duvet around everyday but it's nice to look at myself and feel 'normal' on the outside even though you would never know the pain I'm in on the inside," she said.