The Turtle Of Overexertion – A Chronic Illness Metaphor

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As you may know, I’m a chronically fatigued human being. I was lucky enough to acquire a debilitating long-term illness as a teenager, and the time following my diagnosis was a real struggle. However, even with all the pain and suffering I still have today, I know I’m one of the lucky ones. My health […]

My Chronic Illness Story: ME/CFS Onset, Diagnosis and Symptoms

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“Dear M.E,    If this letter was part of an inspirational movie, I’m sure I would be saying a heartfelt thank you. Dramatic music would play whilst I’d gush about how becoming ill changed my life for the better and helped me discover more about myself as a person, whilst I waltzed off into the sunset with […]

For The ‘In-Betweeners’: The Invisible Challenges Of Moderate Chronic Illness

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I vividly remember writing this piece on a difficult afternoon where things felt, as they so often do, rather hopeless. At the time I decided there wouldn’t be any value in putting this out into the world, especially with this post being rather more sombre than my usual writing. However, after discussing the topic with […]

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[AD] This piece is sponsored by CareCo Ltd and features affiliate links. More information can be found at the bottom of this post! Something that comes up a lot in conversation is how I negotiate living independently whilst dealing with long-term chronic fatigue. And whilst that’s a broad topic to tackle all in one go, I […]