Carrie Armstrong
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Hi, I’m Carrie, I’m a TV Presenter. That’s what I do. Who I am is a girl that was told never to expect to get her life back after spending half my Twenties housebound and then in a wheelchair. What I did was prove everyone who told me this wrong.

What I do now is show anyone who needs it how to get from where I was physically to where I am now. Out of the bed, out of the chair and back into the world strong, healthy and confident. Their very own Life After. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Three years ago my own mother used to dress and feed me, I needed constant care and full time support. Now I’m on National TV. Walking, working, living and loving every minute of it.

Entries by Carrie Armstrong

Make a Friend...Any Friend...

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 10:59 AM

I've been thinking about friendship a lot recently. Because friendship is a weird thing in recovery. Any recovery. From anything.

Recovery teaches you that you can never assume how a friend will act. I had a flatmate who I wasn't particularly close to. She was lovely but we just didn't...

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Walking in Heels

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 11:43 AM

There are some things you can simply blag your way through. You can fool people into thinking that you like them. Into thinking that you don't. Into thinking that you're happy even.

Nobody can blag their way through walking. You can either do it or you can't.

Standing is quite...

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Shouldn't You Be Doing This For Free?

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 10:20 AM

I started all three of my websites at different points in my life, but all for one reason: to be what I never had.

I never had anyone be my example of how to lead a successful sober life, to get sober and stay there.

I never...

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Setting the Record Straight on Paul Gascoigne

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 3:46 PM

He had it all and he just threw it away.

It's none of my business what other people's opinions on public figures are. So l tend to just let them get on with it.

Look at Gary Lineker-he could have a life just like his right now.

Some people tend...

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Robin Williams, the Best Help Money Can Buy & Self Medicating

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 7:15 AM

This is not the bit where I talk about what a genius Robin Williams was.

There is a special type of aggression reserved for the wealthy individual who struggles with sobriety. From the outside it seems f*cking ridiculous. You have endless financial resources. You have time. You have control of...

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Why Sober Cheerleading Works (And Why I'm Gutted That it Does)

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 8:00 PM

You want me to do what?

There's this popular myth purported that when you get sober all your character defects just disappear. A person becomes flawless overnight. It reminds me of the belief people hold that if they reach a certain dress size life will be wonderful.

I used to...

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A Little Bit About NFL Training Camp for the New Chaps

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Ah yes, Training Camp is upon us. The month before NFL kicks off another season of fun and frolics for all. From the outside, (and let's face it until NFL London starts we are pretty firmly situated there) Training Camp looks like a bid to injure as many men as...

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Can NFL London Be A British Affair?

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:45 AM

NFL is coming to London properly this year giving us 3 games to watch on our own turf, and there's only one place in the UK that we can have ourselves a proper game of American Football. Wembley. Nowhere else is adequately equipped. It's inevitable that NFL will have a...

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The Truth About Fattist Folk

(10) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 8:00 PM

A mean lady wrote a pretty terrible confessional in the Daily Mail this week. And when you have a habit of talking about women and body image as I do, then the phone starts to ring with people asking you to discuss things like that.

Except I don't...

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Magaluf Sex Acts, Lord of the Flies and Why Raising the Legal Drinking Age Won't Work

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:50 AM

There's been a massive outcry this week over the young lass who allegedly performed sex acts on 24+ blokes in a nightclub in Magaluf. A lot of people seem to think it's an indication of our crumbling society. Part of the dangers of drinking. Others have ignored the...

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Starting With a Stop Is F*cking Up Your Sobriety

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:00 AM

I'm going to stop this time.

It's Monday. Which for a lot of people means at the worst a mild case of sadness that the weekend is over and work starts again.

Not if you are struggling over sobriety.

It's over now. For good.

For you it's the morning where...

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Stop Blaming Advertising for Your Alcohol Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:01 AM

So you drink too much. and your kids drink too much. But it's definitely not your fault though. Right?

Bullsh*t.

The biggest reason we have such a prolific alcohol abuse problem is because we refuse to take responsibility for our own actions. The reason that any attempts at sobriety are...

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A Royal Hangover - The Documentary About Drinking That's Actually Worth a Watch

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 9:38 AM

There are seemingly sh*tloads of documentaries made about the British Drinking culture. Or Booze Britain. Or whatever words you enjoy sticking a hashtag in front of and calling it a thing.

I get maybe one request a month from production companies wanting to do some filming about alcohol abuse specifically...

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Should I Get Sober Online?

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 8:00 PM

I remember when I finally admitted I had a major problem with alcohol.

No. I mean the real time. Not the occasions I'd woken up with the worst head injuries or biggest blackouts and tried to frighten myself into sobriety. I mean the actual, proper real time. The one where...

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Why a Nutritionist Is NOT the Answer to Orthorexia Nervosa

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 8:00 PM

So you've finally admitted it to yourself. It's probably not that normal to feel physical fear about food. It's possibly not quite right to spend most of the day obsessing about what you should be eating, spending hours searching on the internet for people who agree with you, then feeling...

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Why Do Children Drink More in the North East?

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 8:00 PM

A little while back I was having a bit of a chat about underage drinking on BBC Tees. We'd covered most content and were saying our goodbye's when I was asked the perfectly reasonable question "Why do children drink more in the North East?"

Sh*t...

Erm...

It's a...

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This Idiots Guide to Asking for Help in Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 8:00 PM

You are not fine.

Geordie dads are men of few words. Mine is no exception. This generally works in their favour as you tend to remember the things they say when they do decide to speak. Like when you are sat with your extended family and they are marvelling at...

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The Birthday Wall of Grief

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:00 PM

It's my birthday this week. The week I tend to think of more as Achilles heel week. Please-pass-the-Kryptonite week. Do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-£200-week.

You get the idea.

Birthdays have changed for me. I celebrated my last one at 26. After that most of them were spent indoors until around 30. Even when I...

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Can We All Stop Whining Like B*tches About the Difference Between Recovering and Recovered?

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 8:00 PM

There are few thing that make me want to swallow my own face with boredom more than the ridiculous, totally unnecessary, inane whining that goes on in recovery circles between those who describe themselves as a 'recovering' alcoholic, and those who call themselves 'recovered'.

Only in those circles. Obviously. No...

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Size Does Matter in Sobriety

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:39 AM

We are obsessed with length in sobriety. How long have you been sober? When is your sobriety date? How many days, weeks, months do you "have"?

Size does matter in sobriety: length is irrelevant though.

Width is everything

How wide is your sobriety? What does it encompass?

It becomes obvious...

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