A bit about you
Hi! My name is Tayla Collison, I am 27 years old and I am from Norfolk. I used to be a Deputy Store Manager at B&M Stores but in November 2019, I had bladder surgery and haven’t been able to return to work since. I have a 9-year-old son and he is my main priority so, I’m a disabled single mum.
I studied in London and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography which is a big passion of mine. However, due to my medical condition(s) I am currently unable to pursue a career in this. I now use various social media platforms to promote body positivity and advocate for chronic illness – this is now my day-to-day job/hobby per cé.
I have Interstitial Cystitis which is a bladder condition that makes my bladder red and inflamed. It is easily irritated which means I have to stick to a special, non-acidic, diet. I also have Fowler’s Syndrome which is the reason for needing a catheter. The muscle that would keep me continent and allow me to urinate, doesn’t work. So, the muscle is constantly stopping my bladder from allowing it to void meaning I have to use a catheter as an aid to urinate.
I also have a bulging disc in my lower lumber which gives me back ache but isn’t bad enough to class as a disability as such! But, I do have Fibromyalgia which is a condition that causes widespread, extreme fatigue amongst other symptoms. These conditions combined, mean that I struggle daily in general.