Once upon a time, there was a princess, and her name was Ella. Remember the story of the princess and the pea? Well you see, that’s why I’m a princess. If I were atop of 20 mattresses, I would feel the little bump, because I have Fibromyalgia. But hey, I’m not going to let that define me. So here are a few other things about me:

1. I like dressing nicely, all the time, and doing fancy hair dos (July 2015 update: I now have short hair, so never mind about the hair dos). If I don’t feel great inside, I might as well look great on the outside. This way, when I look all put together, people don’t see my pain.

2. I love to write.

3. I am a huge fan of Bastille, Kodaline, Passenger, Daughter, Ed Sheeran, Lauren Aquilina, Lewis Watson, Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Florence and The Machine, Gabrielle Aplin, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Hozier, Birdy, Ms Mr, Soley, The Script, The 1975, Luke Sital-Singh, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Alt-J, Bear’s Den, Lorde, Adele, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Radical Face* and many more…  (July 2015 update: Wow, updating this list will be difficult… I shall leave it). Music is such a wonderful thing, and my vow to myself is that when (/if) I get better, I will learn to play an instrument.

4. I battle with myself very often, and the best way for me to reach conclusions is to write the battles down.

5. I’m working on a novel. Currently about 10,000 words. The goal is to finish it, no matter what the end result is. My soul is crying to create a story. (July 2015 update: funnily enough, when I started this blog in April of 2013 this was a true about a certain book. Now I’m working on a different book and I’m once again nearing 10k).

6. I like lists.

I’m sure I’ll think of more things later and then I’ll update this page. (It’s very hard trying to write about yourself like this. If you really want to know about me, read my posts, and figure me out through those. I believe people are a lot more complex than how they present themselves. Things are never as they seem, and we should never assume.

Yours truly,

Ella (I’m not really a princess)

The Princess and the Pea

*The man behind the name is Ben Cooper, and he saw a ripped up piece of a flyer, with the words “radical face” and decided that would be a great stage name. He later realized the flyer was for “a radical face lift”.

General 2015 update: I created this page a few days after I created this blog, over two years ago. Incredible how true this still is, and yet how different I am from the girl who wrote it then. Thinking about it is giving me a headache. 


146 comments on “About

  1. mary3atkins says:

    Love your blog, keep on telling it as it is. We all need educating so we can skim past the initial reaction to any chronic illness and see the real person underneath. xx


  2. ParchedSouls says:

    Hi, I really liked your blog.


  3. Taylor Leigh says:

    I look forward to reading more of your writing. Best wishes!


  4. I’ll be back to read more. I hope you feel better soon! Best of luck with your writing!


  5. tsf36 says:

    I will keep reading your blog. I have R.A., degenerative arthritis and Copd. I know what it’s like to be sick and sick of it.


  6. This is a really interesting site–I like lists and writing things down as well.


  7. jamiemulac says:

    Love you blog! Follow for sure


  8. dotedon says:

    Hi Ella, second comment today :) Nice blog, I’ll read more next time. I just wanted to send you this link dotedon.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/486-days-to-go/ (As I mentioned in that post, everything in my life is connected to something…).


  9. Hey Ella,
    Your blog is beautiful, would like to spend some time here.


  10. I appreciate your transparency, refreshing and encouraging!


  11. I’m following you on here now, you seem cool.


  12. Elinor says:

    Admiring your strength! Looking forward to reading more :)


  13. mwitasblog says:

    Like what you write


  14. Ronovan says:

    Following you now. Would on Twitter but the link on the side didn’t work. I’m @ronovanwhester if you want to have a follower.


  15. scturnbull says:

    Being the husband of fybro sufferer, I have some sympathies. Keep on writing.


  16. lynnetteok says:

    Hi there! Your blog’s awesome and I’m now following you! I also have a disorder which causes chronic and severe pain (description in my blog), so I get where you’re coming from there. I also know how hard it is to be honest about the pain and what it does to you mentally, so I have a lot of respect for you for doing that.



  17. jewelbrodie says:

    Stay encouraged. Every test is an opportunity to share an awesome testimony.


  18. I love your name Ella. I have an Ella too, well she’s a character in my Y/A novel. She is spunky like you as well as having grace and determination and will power. You both rock it!


  19. jnkron1991 says:

    I know it means nothing coming from a stranger, but you have great taste in music.


  20. jilrob says:

    I like lists too!


  21. Mona says:

    I wish you all the best on your healing journey and your amazing goal of writing a book! How is it going? Out of curiosity, do any alternative health therapies assist with your energy levels?


  22. Maybe you really are a Princess.
    I wouldn’t write off that possibility.
    Perhaps you come from a long line of Princesses, but somehow got lost in a cruel shuffle.
    Maybe all your Princess friends are out looking for you right now.
    I’ve always felt I was the member of a curious league, but for some reason have to fly solo for now.
    Have a great day!
    I love the picture of the stack of beds.
    Robert (definately not a Princess)


  23. Hey Princess! ;) I battle myself often too, and like to write as an outlet. I’ll be following. Take care!


  24. 5thshadeofmist says:

    “My soul is crying to create a story…”
    Wow. That is some real passion. Kudos.


  25. lilabyrd says:

    I know I’ll be coming back to read more of your blog.


  26. Sheila says:

    Just discovered your site and really enjoyed it. Here is a post from Facebook. My husband said that was about me. I, too, have Fibromyalgia. I think you will enjoy this….
    I’m trying to be awesome today but
    I’m exhausted from being so freakin’ awesome yesterday.


  27. robertsonwrites says:

    I have nominated you for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award! You can see the details on my blog at http://robertsonwrites.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/dragon-loyalty/. :)


  28. You are very inspiring and I just nominated you for a Sunshine blogger award!


  29. Kimberly says:

    Above all, keep writing. You may also enjoy reading 50Figment and on those days when even reading is too much of an effort, peruse the photos that inspire me at http://www.writingwelldesignandphoto.wordpress.com

    Your positive attitude inspires me! Be well.


  30. namenews says:

    we look forward to watching (or reading) your mind’s work and imagination flourish.

    We are rooting for you.



  31. I like Maroon 5 too…I think Adam Levine is simply divine! :)


  32. Take it from someone else that has fibro, it is a struggle every day. But everything got better when I found a passion for helping people in my community and making our air cleaner to breath. You have a passion too, writing. That’s great , it makes the pain so much better, doesnt it?


  33. debtal says:

    Hi Ella! I have also often referred to myself as the princess from the Princess and the Pea story! Fibromyalgia can do that to you. Keep writing and keep listening to your body. I was a grandmother before I did and might have seen some relief from my fibro symptoms earlier if I had listened to my body as a young person. I pray you will see improvement soon!


  34. Jordan says:

    My mom has Fibro ….she’s always in a lot of pain. Not something I’d wish on anyone. Good to see you putting your own spin on a raw deal.


  35. I really like your blog!


  36. elmcal says:

    :) I truly hope you well soon! I like your style of writing. You’re good.


  37. I was not truly aware of Fibromyalgia before but learned more after reading what you have shared. You write so well! The way you have expressed your condition with the example of the Princess and the Pea is so very fitting in terms of your writing skills. I am also very impressed when anyone is writing a novel :) Wishing you all the very best with this endeavor!


  38. Hi it’s thesweetreview -I’m just saying that your website’s good, I love browsing when I can! Could you recommend a book? I’m down to the bottom of my pile :( :D


  39. demostenes13 says:

    You have absolutely no idea how inspiring you are.


  40. Berhanisms says:

    Awesome posts! Can’t wait until you’re able to finish that book.



  41. daylerogers says:

    You’ve got real talent and a boatload of courage to do what you do. I appreciate your heart and hope. Your willingness to be genuine is brave. Keep working and praying and hoping. I love what I’m seeing here.


  42. jameeschn says:

    Wow! You are such a beautiful person just from what I can see through a computer screen. My mother suffers from Fibro, so I am very familiar with it. Praying for you and I can’t wait to learn more about you! Blessings!


  43. i like your music taste…i too love some of those people…Florence, birdy, ed sheeran and many more… isnt music the best thing that ever happened to mankind along with pets, junk food and coffee :)
    hope you finish your novel..mine is stuck ..


  44. You are a beautiful person and a beautiful soul.
    I think we should be friends.


  45. offbeatjim56 says:

    Hoping all the best for you. – Jim Wittenberg


  46. Hi Ella, well your pain has certainly put mine into perspective, though like you I long to go back to the time I was pain-free. Sometimes it’s a prison isn’t it? Your writing is excellent. It has also reminded that, once again, I need to surrender to the prison of the body. I got this idea from Satyam Nadeen who wrote a book called From Onions to Pearls. He had a great life until he was arrested and imprisoned for drugs. Somehow in prison he was able to surrender and became fully enlightened. I’ve also read of other people who’ve become enlightened in prison. It made me realize that each of us is in a kind of prison. No matter how we try we can’t escape from being who we are/physical circumstances/the way our life is, etc. It’s why so many people yearn to win the lottery I suppose, but when it’s the body that’s the difficulty no amount of money will help.
    I have a friend who had fibro years ago and it eventually went away. I hope yours does too. I had no idea I was going to write all this. It just came out. Anyway I just wanted to wish you well with all my heart.


  47. Sandy says:

    It’s so nice to “meet” you, Tiredella! Actually… I think I’ll just call you Princess Ella! You are delightful!!! And your eloquent, heartfelt writing indeed makes you a princess! Perhaps, in our age of medical and technological advancements occurring at breakneck speed, they will find permanent relief from fibromyalgia and you will be able to be “tired” no more!



  48. Hello Ella, I wish you enormous strength and hope as you battle this illness. Never give up and never give in right?

    Music for you: I think you might like it: Before we fall …we rise up again. Just when we least expect it:

    or: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFoDu6n8ly4


  49. momfawn says:

    I admire your courage as you battle fibromyalgia..I have watched a dear friend deal with it for years and it is not easy. Please keep on writing and fighting. – Fawn


  50. skaapp says:

    Your courage, strength and Never Give Up attitude are inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story and blessings of peace and restoration to you and yours.


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