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Who is Elly? 


I'm Elly, a wonderfully weird 31-year-old. I'm a British Brazilian woman living in London, England;

I'm healing and living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) & Endometriosis.

You'll usually find me talking about Mental Health, Society, Abuse, Endometriosis, Self-Care and Healing ~ truthfully, passionately, and unapologetically.

I'm a Mental Health Advocate and hope to one day start my own mental health charity...and become a published author (I'm currently writing my memoir. Eek).

I'm a Narcissistic Abuse survivor;

And an ex Event Coordinator, currently in training to become a Mental Health Support Worker.

What is this blog about?

I started this blog in 2016, during a mental health crisis. This space was born out of my need to have an open journal; somewhere where I could document my life with a mental illness as often as possible, without bombarding my family & friends with my suicidal ideation. I've ended up finding a beautiful online community of incredible fellow spoonies who inspire me daily.

The blog name

This blog was actually first called 'This is Mental', but as I became more aware and more myself, I felt the need to change the name to 'Unapologetically Elly'. Here's why: I spent a big chunk of my life trying to shrink myself and being silent about the things that matter; this silence is partly why I broke down and ended up in a mental health crisis. During the early stages of my recovery journey, I began to change and I became the complete opposite of that past me; I am now extremely open, honest, and quite unapologetic in making noise about the things that matter.

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
(E.E. Cummings)

The main categories

You might have noticed that the blog is split into three main categories; I've chosen to focus on these three categories as, at the moment, I see my life in three main parts:

Part 1) My life before I broke down ~ I think of this as 'The Hurting, The Breaking, The Trauma'
Part 2) My life during that breakdown ~ I think of this as 'The Crisis'
Part 3) My life now; in recovery ~ I think of this as 'The Healing, The Loving, The Self Discovery' 

The titles of my main categories are inspired by Rupi Kaur's debut book 'milk and honey', which I discovered during some of my darkest days. This book is one of few which gave me hope and therefore has a special place in my heart.

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Thank you for being here.

With love & kindness,

Elly x

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