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Recovery With Nail Polish


For every time someone says ‘it’s only nail polish’ just remember that polish can be so much more than that.  This is my story and recovery with nail polish…

I have always been a bit of a nail polish lover and liked to buy the occasional polish (mostly commercial brands but I still have all the treasured Ozotics I got in this time). But it wasn’t until I got sick and my life turned upside down. That my doctor suggest I go further down the rabbit hole then things got really serious.

So what happened?

About 4 years ago I was away in Melbourne for a work trip and I suddenly got really sick. The lock yourself in a hotel bathroom and pray to the porcelain gods kind of sick. I assumed it was a stomach bug, so I flew back home and thought I would rest it away. But it didn’t go away.

To cut a long story short, the following 6 months things actually got worse. I began having issues standing, talking, and shaking uncontrollably. I then started spending lots of time in hospital so they could put fluids in me and doing test after test after test. I’ve had litres of blood taken, lumber punctures, MRIs, CTs, nerve conduction studies, EEGs… the list goes on.

I had to quit my job and spend my life in bed.

So many doctors either shrugged or suggested that it must all be in my head. But I did land in an amazing rehabilitation clinic to help me improve my symptoms, and it was here that I was given the diagnosis of Functional Neurological Disorder (basically my brain is sending wrong signals everywhere) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I was told that there wasn’t much that could be done other than manage help my symptoms. They could help me live the best life I could in the circumstances.

When you are that gravely ill it is hard to escape the mindset of thinking about your symptoms every second of everyday. So it was then my doctor suggested that to help me keep my spirits up. To engage in a community that had nothing to do with chronic illness. Why don’t I paint my nails every day and post them online?

I already had an unloved Instagram account, so I revived it and started posting…

And realised just how much I really loved it. And other people seemed to like it too as my follower count kept climbing. So, I also revived an old blog that I had and started seriously posting.

It was great. It gave me real purpose throughout the whole process. My previous life as a journalist had been turned on its head, but I had nails now! With the help of my clinic, I got even more serious and did my Nail Technology Cert III at TAFE.

My health is VERY slowly returning, I still can’t work much but I can function in daily life, and my Instagram and blog are now everything to me.

I have a room full of polishes and every time I feel overwhelmed by what I’m going through, I lock myself away in there and cover my nails n glitter. Glitter fixes everything!

So I will never let anyone say “It’s just polish”, for me polish is so much more!

A little more about your Picture Polish Writer…

Victoria Thorp is a journalist and qualified nail technician, living for all things glittery. She runs the nail art Instagram account @onemorecoat and blog www.onemorecoat.com

Thanks for your inspiring story Victoria.  The Girls xox