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Day Two - Blog Everyday In May.

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The subject we were given today by Jenni, was "Educate us on something you are good at or know a lot about."

Now I like to dabble in a lot of things but I wouldn't say that I was great at any of them, and definitely not good enough to educate people on. I love knitting, I taught myself using You Tube videos but I like to stick to basic stuff. Scarfs, blankets, hats, etc.. I wouldn't say that I could teach someone to knit. 

I love to write. It's the main reason that I started this blog. I once saw a quote from the writer Judy Blume which said, "You don't write because you want to, you write because you have to.." and that is so true for me. Again though, I'm not fantastic at it and still have a lot to learn myself. 

I love photography, capturing those moments in time that otherwise would probably be forgotten. I am self-teaching and much like my writing, I still have loads to learn. I am definitely a novice when it comes to photography. 



So I've pondered on this topic and what to write about for a while now. I've mentioned here a few times that I suffer from Emetophobia (the fear of vomiting). Since I've gotten pregnant I've managed to get my anxiety attacks under control and my eating has improved 100% after starving myself for years. 

I've suffered from this phobia for as long as I can remember. It feels like all my life but it properly started to affect me when I was around seven years old. I didn't even know there was a name for it until I was eighteen and happened to stumble across an article on the internet. That was the first time that I realised that I wasn't weird, or a freak and that I wasn't alone. This is the 5th most common phobia in the world, but there is not a lot known about it. A lot of suffers don't come forward for fear of ridicule or being laughed at. If I had a pound for every time someone said to me.. "But no one likes being sick.."  Well, lets just say that I would be a very rich woman.. I know no one enjoys it and it's not a pleasant experience for anyone but when you would rather die than vomit.. You know that you have a problem. 

I've seen countless doctors and therapist and most of them when I tell them what I suffer from reply with.. "Emetophobia.. What's that?" I firmly believe that a medical professional cannot treat you if they don't know what they're dealing with. 

Growing up my Mum had no idea that I suffered with this. I didn't tell anyone. Anthony didn't know until I was twenty-one. I managed to hide it but I wish that I hadn't. I wish someone had noticed and forced me to confront my fears.. Maybe then I wouldn't have let it control me all my life. I've literally given this phobia twenty plus years of my life and that's a lot of time to give up when life is so short. So today I wanted to list the common tactics that Emetophobia suffers use. The things they do to avoid stressful situations. Maybe you will notice some of these in a friend, a sibling or a daughter. Maybe they are suffering alone, like I was and you might be able to help.. 

I've used most of these myself.. Control is a big part of this phobia. You have to feel in control of your environment and what you are exposed to. 



So does someone you know.... 


  • Avoid food. Do they restrict what they eat or the amount that they eat? Personally I avoid meat at all cost and never order it in restaurants or if I don't know who has cooked it or how it has been stored. I try and avoid restaurants all together if I can. 

  • Restrict the amount of alcohol they drink or refrain from it entirely? Do they stay away from bars and clubs where the risk of people vomiting is high? I do, I haven't drank for five years and even when I did, I limited myself to just one drink. 

  • Do they avoid people who are or maybe ill? Do they cancel appointments when they hear of a sickness bug going around? 

  • Do they avoid travelling my planes and boats? Do they like to be the one driving when you go out? 

  • Do they fear getting pregnant because of the risk of morning sickness or the fact that their child will at some point become unwell?

  • Do they seem depressed, anxious or withdrawn? Do they close themselves off from other people? Do they suffer from Anxiety attacks, especially in the situations I've listed in this list?

  • Are they overly hygienic? (I laugh when I write this because apart from OCD how can you be overly hygienic!) Do they wash their hands excessively or scrub the door handles after someones touched them? 

  • Do they avoid public bathrooms?


I know some of these may seem really silly but to a suffer of Emetophobia these are things that they feel can put them in real danger. They need to realise though that there is help out there if they just ask for it. I have a wonderful dietitian who has helped me more than any doctor or therapist I have seen over the years. I'm learning to change the way my brain perceives food. Eight months ago I wouldn't even eat a slice of toast and now I'm eating small meals. I can now stop an anxiety attack before it starts. I now leave the house without worrying too much (I still slightly worry!) 

I hate the thought that there are so many people out there suffering alone. If you have any more questions then please leave me a comment or send me an email me at baylissliane@hotmail.com






 




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12 comments

  1. I never knew that was a phobia, Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I've seriously learnt so much from this post! I thought it was just a thing when I was younger so now I totally avoid situations that would put me in a position like that.

    So thank you for sharing :) educational indeed :)

    http://magicinacupcake.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad it was helpful.

      Have a great evening!

      Liane x

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  3. Wow, you certainly have educated me on this area! I can't say that I've seen much of this. Maybe some features of it here or there. Thanks for being so open and sharing your personal thoughts. I'm glad that your dietician has been such a source of support for you. I wish doctors had more time in their day to truly see the person behind their conditions

    Christy
    Sunny with a side of…
    PS. Found you through The May challenge link :)

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    1. I definitely agree with you regarding doctors! At my surgery they allow ten minutes per appointment which is hardly enough time to take your coat off!

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

      Liane x

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  4. Aw! That is awful honey! I'm sorry you've lived with this all your life. I had no idea it was a phobia either, you've taught me something new today. I'm glad you've opened up about it, it's not weird at all. I'm stopping by from the link up. I'm a new follower through Bloglovin.

    Nikki
    www.TheCraftySideOfSarcasm.com

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! I try not to dwell on my phobia on my blog but I do think its something that needs to be out in the open more!

      Liane x

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  5. How awesome you are for sharing your fears so that others will feel free to step out!
    HUGE ((HUGS)) to you!!!

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    1. Thank you! Up until a year ago I didn't have contact with anyone else with this phobia but thanks to blogging and good old Facebook I now talk to lots of other suffers and it helps to know that you are not alone.

      Hope you have a great weekend!
      Liane x

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  6. I'm pretty sure I suffer from this too, I've always had this insane fear of vomiting and I'm really weird about hygeine (definitely stay well away from people who have a vomiting bug) and I don't eat meat either. I'm so glad that I only suffered from nausea, not actual vomiting, when I first got pregnant!

    My baby is due a few weeks before yours! :)

    http://bella-vita-xo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. You are definitely not alone! I've also only had nausea during this pregnancy and my last one. Thank goodness! I'm still suffering from it now but I keep hoping it will go away soon.

    Congrats on your pregnancy! Do you know if you are having a boy or girl?

    Liane x

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    1. I'm having a boy! So ready to meet him, getting a tad uncomfortable now haha, I'm sure you know the feeling x

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