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 The Story Behind Here's to Strength and The Self Love Mission

Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention

"I survived and you can too"

Elise Riannen

Elise Riannen - Founder and Designer of Here's to Strength #theselflovemission. Lifestyle Blogger.

Cramping, aching, sharp, invisible, exhausting, stressful, lonely pain. Sound familiar?

It did and still does for me too!

Before I became the creator of Here's to Strength, 

I was a young, divorced, single mother in her 20's

with a successful career managing 1800+ doctors

in the government health industry. I was incredibly

happy, funny, creative and most importantly in love

with my role as a single mum.

Growing up, I had a pretty confronting childhood,

battled anxiety, weight issues, migraines and

ovarian cysts but when I was 24,

everything changed.

Having just survived emotional, physical and sexual

violence by my partner at the time,

I couldn't sleep, laugh or function anymore and was

left only a shell of who I used to be.

Over time I started experiencing unknown and

sudden widespread pain. 

 

Literally every part of my mind, body and soul

felt like it had been beaten up all over again. 

I can't recall exactly how many tests the doctors put me through, but the answer was always the same, "everything is normal, exercise and you'll feel better". 

I honestly wish I had a crystal ball that could have given me absolute direction because I spent years of my life devastated with how quickly my world was falling apart,

trying to understand,  find miracle treatments, using any medication thrown at me, and dealing with the strained relationships around me that didn't believe or know how to understand that my illness was real or what it actually meant. 

I was grieving.

Not only did I feel the people

in my life were failing me

but now my body

was failing me too.

 

So how did I end up here?

Fast forward a few years and

the answer is - it took time.
A long time to be exact..

I needed time to listen to my body and advocate for myself and what I was going through. I resigned from work, binge-watched American Survivor,

went camping and allowed myself to hide away from the world for a while without guilt.

It's funny because you would think that the hardest part about being in pain is the actual pain itself, but ironically for me it wasn't the pain but the fact that it felt like

no one seemed to believe it was actually real. 

 

Two years later, countless doctors, hospital

admissions, a crazy concoction of medications,

lifestyle changes, and specifically requested tests

that I begged for, I was finally diagnosed with a

proper, thoroughly researched and evident illness

that was proof it wasn't all in my head from grief.

Once they found out one, the rest of the symptoms

were quickly answered too. 

By the age of 27, I was living with:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Spinal Sclerosis

  • Bilateral Sacroiliac Arthropathy

  • Bilateral Bone Marrow Edema

  • Vasculitis

  • Joint Narrowing Disease

  • Joint Dysfunction

  • Sacroiliitis

  • Osteoarthritis

  • CSF Leak (caused by a negligently performed lumbar puncture)

  • Chronic Migraines

  • Bilateral Sciatica

  • Bilateral Bursitis

  • Meniere's Disease

  • Endometriosis

  • Adenomyosis

  • Cervical Lesions

  • PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome)

  • and ADHD which affects young girls and women very differently                                                                                         than the disorder is typically known for. 

I have to admit, I feel pretty proud of how hard I pushed to get the answers I got

because not everyone is lucky enough to get the answers they need like I eventually did, but if there is anything that my story can help others do, it is to never give up on yourself because your inner strength, willpower and belief will see you through.

Whether your pain is physical, mental, spiritual, permanent or temporary, you aren't alone, and that is why Here's to Strength was born. I wasn't able to save my Mum from the depths of her pain and Depression. She chose to end her life. Her death was preventable. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now I am manifesting that my life will be lived with the intention to make a big enough difference so that future generations will be raised in a world where being different is embraced, prioritising wellbeing is "on trend" and where encouraging self confidence and body positivity is an everyday part of life.

I wanted to create a self love movement where

all the creature comforts were re-designed by

someone who knew first hand what is actually 

comforting when you feel at your most

 vulnerable as well as provide the platform for an

amazing experience sourcing

chronic pain support products. 

So if you are like me and loveeee wearing

oversized t-shirt's, fluffy socks,

cuddling up to heat packs,

drinking way too much coffee

and craving constant love from your animals

then this is the store for you!

Here's to Strength is all about toasting a cheers to your inner warrior.

You are the only person who can make a real difference to your life so give yourself a break, wear the comfy clothes, heat that heat pack and don't forget to believe in what you still have time to achieve! 

                                                                                                  From my HTS HQ in

                                                                                                  Sellicks Beach, South Australia -

                                                                                                  Sending you beauty, happiness, kindness, strength,

                                                                                                  Elise 

                                                                

Elise Riannen - Owner of Here's to Strength, Founder of The Self Love Mission and Advocacy Blogger.

Tackling the issues head on to end stigma around Invisible Illnesses, Positive Body Advocacy and Suicide Prevention. 

Contact Elise Here

Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
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Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
Elise Riannen creator of Here's to Strength and founder of The Self Love Mission ending the stigma around invisible illness, body positivity and suicide prevention
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