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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The emotions of M.E. - a mild account

This lovely lady is Steph (you'll find her on Twitter here), someone I met online several years ago now, when I was first diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. When I first became ill with CFS/ME in 2014 she told me about her own experience with this condition, and she's been a great online support ever since! So when she asked is she could share her story for M.E Awareness week this week I had to agree - Over to you Steph!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Inspiration - Pippa Stacey

Pippa was one of the first people I found on social media talking about CFS/ME. She was at university when we met (virtually speaking!) and it always amazed me how she managed to juggle everything including setting up a fundraising project. Here’s a little bit about her:

Could you introduce yourself?

Hello! *waves*. My name's Pippa and I'm 22 years old. I'm originally from Sheffield and now live in York. I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology in Education and I'm now studying Health Psychology. I'm a chronic illness fighter and in 2015 founded Spoonie Survival Kits, my little non-profit fundraising project. When I'm not working I love to read and write, and I recently started my own blog about all my favourite things!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Dr Myhill is campaigning for CFS/ME patients

Dr Myhill is a well known name amongst the CFS/ME community thanks to her book "It's mitochondria not hypochondria" which talks about some of the physical causes of the condition. She presents the science behind the theory that those with CFS don't have properly functioning mitochondria, which leads to us being unable to produce energy properly. 

Personally, I never had mine measured as it was too expensive and Dr Myhill can only take on a certain number of patients at any one time. But, I did follow a lot of the advice she recommends - changes to diet and taking a number of different supplements which my body needs in order to produce energy. This made a big difference to my health, it was a turning point in my recovery combined with the hydrotherapy I was offered. I'm very much of the opinion that what works for one person may not work for everyone, but this was something I could try without fearing I'd do further damage. I don't follow it strictly anymore although if I'm crashing I do to help me recover faster.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

If the label fits

I run a support network at work for employees with conditions where chronic fatigue is a major symptom. We've got 93 members now, mostly with CFS/ME, some with MS, some with EDS and about 15 other conditions. Every month we get together (virtually speaking - we're spread out all over the country!) and talk about what we're working on as a group, and chat about issues that affect us, share advice and generally support one another. It's the absolute best bit of my job, I love it, and love how we make a difference to each other's lives.

Friday, 7 April 2017

What personality type are you?

There’s always loads of quizzes going round social media to tell you important stuff like which character from a TV programme you’re most like, or which country you’re destined to live in or even what your coffee choice says about you. But there’s also a few around which are based on more serious psychological theories.

Take Myers-Briggs for example – in my experience that’s the one that is most commonly done in work places, helping managers understand the makeup of their team and how to relate to them.

This week a colleague sent me a link to a free Myers-Briggs type test – you can find it here: Its based on a combination of Myers-Briggs Type Indicators and trait-based theories. This test says there are 16 different personality types, broadly described as analysts, diplomats, sentinels and explorers. I expected to come out as one of the analyst types – that’s been my job for most of the past 15 years so it’s a logical conclusion to draw!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Things I've loved: March 2017

March 2017 was a big month for me, finally launching the blog I've been thinking about writing for the last few years. Here's a few of the other things I've loved this month:

1.       Gala Darling’s #marchismagical challenge
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve been participating in Gala Darling’s photo challenge “March is Magical” It’s all about getting excited about the start of spring and generally brightening up Instagram with loads of happiness and love. Check out my posts HERE

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Health Hampers

Health Hampers are a fairly new company, run by Lucie Bryan. Lucie suffered with CFS/ME, which she’s managed to recover from. During this time she discovered the importance of a healthy diet. She works with Juliet Schaffer who is a Registered Nutritional Therapist to make sure everything that goes into their hampers is free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar and is suitable for vegans. The hampers include things like raw chocolate, organic teas, treats and snacks. Each hamper costs less than £20 and is available as a one off gift, or as a monthly subscription. I was gifted a box at Christmas from my parents who had met Lucie at a market in Harrogate, and since then I’ve had 2 subscription boxes courtesy of my Dad! It’s a great way to try out different products you might not ordinarily buy yourself, and I’ve found several of my favourites in my local health food shop now too.