After living with a chronic illness for the majority of his life, Sean found the light at the end of the tunnel when he began to see he was the only one standing in his own way. Read about his story.

I’ve had chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia for about 10 years now and with that comes a plethora of other medical conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, anxiety etc. Lot’s of people with these conditions are bed bound or not living life to the fullest. Back in school I’d never make it through full week without having to come in late, leave early or take a day off, but now, I work full time, live out of home, exercise a few times a week and maintain a very detailed social life! I often describe myself as stubborn ambitious. If I want to achieve something I won’t let anything stop me and I think it’s challenges like that, that show you how resilient you can be, and how you are responsible for your own path. Nobody can change it except you, and now I do that, I’m proactive and tenacious.

The first time I went to New York City, it was in 2009 and ever since then I’ve been obsessed with it. I’ve been back three times now and it’s still the most magical place. There’s this electric energy that just makes you feel inspired and makes you want to get out and do something big. I lived in New York and did a short course in Digital Marketing & E-Commerce at LIM with 7 of my best friends! And I would move back in a heartbeat if I could.

In the last couple of years my self esteem has increased a crazy amount. I started to believe in myself and once I started to see my worth. Surrounding myself with people who make me feel valued and loved is the reason I am who I am. Human connection is something I think we need to invest in more. My mum once told me  ‘don’t be strong, be human’ and that’s something that will stick with me forever. 

Besides mum’s quote, my other favourite quote is ‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.’ Because one of the things they don’t teach you as a kid is that you can be confident and humble if you do what you love and let it guide you. So if I could tell my 14 year old self something it would be; you will be so proud of the person that you become, it does get better.

Words: Sean Galway 
Instagram: @seangalway

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