Living with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)

Our apartment was in this gorgeous building!
Our apartment was in this gorgeous building!

ME literally comes from nowhere. For me before the diagnosis life was good, I had a great social life, I was driving a sports car, I was buying a flash apartment with my boyfriend, I was fit and healthy and going to the gym regularly and work was…….well work! And then I got ill. Nothing major, just a virus my GP said. So I did what you usually do when you’re ill, rested and took it easy and waited to get better…….but I didn’t. After a few more visits to my GP and various tests I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Continue reading “Living with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)”

My top 5 tips to more effectively manage your invisible illness in the workplace

I have an invisible illness, 16 years ago I caught a virus and didn’t get better. Eventually I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, it has taken me many years to understand the illness let alone spell it! There are many of us suffering with these invisible illnesses, which despite being crippling at times, have no outward visible effects. That brings a set of unique challenges that need to be managed to minimise the impact on both yourself and your job.

There have been two marked occasions where I have needed to involve the company I worked for in my illness due to the symptoms being so bad; the first when I was initially diagnosed and was really ill for 2 years; the second when I suffered a massive relapse 10 years later. I got it wrong on both occasions! To be fair I got it wrong because I was ill, my symptoms made it impossible to work out what I needed to do. So with the benefit of hindsight, and being in a better place now, here’s my top 5 tips for managing your invisible illness in the workplace: Continue reading “My top 5 tips to more effectively manage your invisible illness in the workplace”

Forever Clean 9 My Review

Welcome to my first product post! So many products to choose from, so many products that help me look and feel better, so many products that help me every day…….where to start?!  Well, may as well start at the beginning with the first product I ever used – the ever popular Clean 9 programme.

My friend Debbie's fab weight loss
My friend Debbie’s fab weight loss

I’ll begin with why I wanted to try it.  Unlike many, my motivation wasn’t weight loss, although as a mum of 3 I am of course always happy to try anything that will help with those annoying few extra pounds that I seem to carry these days!  But back in late 2012 I was coming to terms with the fact that I was heading into a massive relapse in my ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), to be fair at the time I didn’t realise quite how bad the relapse was going to be but I knew it felt far worse than anything I had experienced in the last 10 years since I originally got it ‘under control’.  I had begun to take steps to re-adjust my life and was actively looking for anything that could help me.  I knew about Clean 9 through my friend Debbie, having struggled to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight after having her two gorgeous boys she had incredible results with Clean 9 and the follow on Nutri Lean programme as it was then. Continue reading “Forever Clean 9 My Review”

Not giving in to ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis)

So this is my first bog post (nervous or what?!) , and I had to start with this – not giving in to ME.  It’s really important to me at the moment, the last three years of my life have been dramatically affected by myalgic encephalomyelitis but I still refuse to give in to it or let it define me.  Now I’ve had ME for about 15 years now, and I was very ill for the first two of them, but I then had it in control for ten years.  When I say in control I guess it never really goes away, but, for those ten years I pretty much lived a ‘normal’ life.  In fact so normal that I actually googled my symptoms just over three years ago, I searched on “feeling tired, can’t think straight, headache” and there towards the top of the results was the NHS Symptom checker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome……..you can imagine how stupid I felt!   Continue reading “Not giving in to ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis)”