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

Sharon Maughan, The Bechdel Test & The Glaring Gender Equality Gap in British Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Two female characters. With actual names. Talking to each other about something other than a man.

Not exactly shooting for the moon. Is it?

Yet a staggering amount of Theatre, and even more Films, fail to pass this test. And it is a test. The Bechdel Test to be precise....

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Sober for the Sake of It

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Sobriety is not a goal.

It's not a destination either.

We are told so many lies about Sobriety. But the biggest one is that Sobriety Is Hard.

It's not.

Even in our darkest days. Our most f*cked-up drinking sessions. All of us achieve a cessation of drinking. We do...

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Taking the Lady out of Ladies Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Torn dress. Broken shoes. Body covered in bruises. A black hole where memories of the afternoon should be.

Welcome to Ladies Day at The Races.

At one time synonymous with grace and glamour. Now little more than a glorified Hen Night without the wedding to look forward to. I...

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Is That Why They Call It Memory Lane?

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 9:39 AM

I went to a mates house on Sunday. She lives very near the place I used to, back when I was someone else.

I spent a few hours with her at her place. We did some work, drank some tea, had some laughs, just being the person I am now...

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How Undereating Is F*cking Up Your Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 11:53 AM

If my life has taught me anything then it is this: Doesn't matter what we are recovering from, all recovery is just a bridge. The start of the bridge is a destination we find ourselves that we don't want to be in. The end of it is the place where...

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Bouchard's Twirl: Sexist? Or Just Another Athlete Bullied By the Camera?

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 5:11 AM

Eugenie Bouchard celebrated her victory on court at the Australian Open by having a little pirouette for the millions of lads and lasses watching at home.

Not because she wanted to. But rather because a man asked her to. A man with a captive audience and a microphone. The kind...

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The Inconvenient Truth About Women, Alcohol & Sexual Assault

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:28 AM

Please don't make me say it.

You don't get ready for bed at night, then go sleep outside in your front garden. I'm pretty much willing to bet that instead of a hole marking the entrance to your house, there's a front door. Possibly you lock it at night to...

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Are You the Christmas Party Performing Chimp?

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:00 PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Days upon days off work. People to see. Presents to wrap.

Bars to drink dry.

And that's okay. Nothing wrong spending your free time any way you see fit. Spending those hours you aren't working - or on the long commute -...

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Can't We Just Enjoy Jordan Spieth For a Little While Please?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:18 AM

So Jordan Spieth has a new addition to his impressive repertoire of victories with a stellar course-record 63 at the Australian Open. In a round that resulted in scoring 13 under par and featured no less than 8 birdies, clinching a second Championship title for Spieth and securing him qualification...

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Make a Friend...Any Friend...

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 9:59 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 | 10:43 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 | 9:20 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 | 2:46 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 | 6:15 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 | 7:00 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 | 7:00 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 | 10:45 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 | 7:00 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 | 9:50 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 | 5:00 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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